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Division: AtlanticGM: Sam HinkieHead Coach: Brett Brown
2012-13: 34-48 (9th in East)vs. division 7-9
Points93.2 (30th)
Rebounds41.3 (20th)
Assists22.8 (11th)
FG %.444 (22nd)

76ers staring down the lottery

CHOOSE YOUR TEAM

Eastern Conference Atlanta Hawks Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets Charlotte Bobcats Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Indiana Pacers Miami Heat Milwaukee Bucks New York Knicks Orlando Magic Philadelphia 76ers Toronto Raptors washington wizards


Western Conference Dallas Mavericks Denver Nuggets Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets LA Clippers LA Lakers Memphis Grizzlies Minnesota Timberwolves New Orleans Pelicans Oklahoma City Thunder Phoenix Suns Portland Trail Blazers Shaqramento Kings San Antonio Spurs Utah Jazz

So that Andrew Bynum deal didn't work out all that well, did it?

Bynum, he of the increasingly ridiculous hairstyle, never suited up once for the Sixers after coming over as the team's prized offseason acquisition from the Lakers due to knee problems. He signed this past summer with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Twenty-sixth in offensive efficiency, last season was decidedly unremarkable for the Sixers outside of head coach Doug Collins's rope getting shorter and shorter to the point that his postgame pressers became must-see due to their overwhelming contentiousness.

A ninth-place finish seems to indicate that the Sixers fell just short of the playoffs, but they weren't even close and the forgettable year ended with Collins' resignation.

The 76ers have now embraced a full on rebuild. The front office made some nice moves for the future this summer, but it could make the present tough to watch.

Who's In/Who's Out

Key Additions: Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, Tony Wroten, James Anderson, Daniel Orton, Darius Morris

Key Losses: Jrue Holiday, Andrew Bynum, Nick Young, Dorell Wright, Damien Wilkins, Royal Ivey, Charles Jenkins

Analysis: Many people predicted that Noel would go first overall in the draft (including us here at TSN.ca). He ended up sliding all the way to sixt before being selected by New Orleans who promptly sent him to Philly. He has all physical tools to be an elite rebounder and shot blocker in the NBA and will be a centrepiece of the 76ers rebuild. The team will be in no hurry to push him back in his recovery from a torn ACL though as the 76ers look to next year's lottery as well. Carter-Williams is a dynamic playmaker that should get plenty of minutes in his rookie season. (-TSN.ca)

Round 1* 6th overall (via NO) Nerlens Noel PF/C Kentucky
Round 1 11th overall Michael Carter-Williams PG Syracuse
Round 2* 54th overall (via WSH) Arsalan Kazemi SF Oregon

The Good

Rookie head coach Brett Brown (coming over from San Antonio) knows that expectations are almost nonexistent for the Sixers this season and won't be given the baptism by fire that his Brooklyn counterpart Jason Kidd is in for.

ATLANTIC PICKS


Nets (54-28)

The Nets are all in


Knicks (48-34)

2nd fiddle in New York


Raptors (40-42)

Flirting With .500


Celtics (27-55)

Embrace the rebuild


76ers (12-70)

This could get ugly

Last season's best player, Jrue Holiday, was dealt in the summer (somewhat inexplicably considering he's just 23) to New Orleans and Nerlens Noel, the talented centre from Kentucky who was likely going to be the first-overall selection at June's draft until tearing his ACL and falling to the Sixers at #6, isn't expected to play at all this season.

Brown knows that this year will be all about figuring out what he has in his young players. Evan Turner is going to score, because he pretty much has to and is far and away the Sixers' first option, but it will be interesting to see how the former second-overall pick stays motivated in what's going to be a long year.

Thad Young will be expected to build on an impressive 2012-13 campaign and rookie Michael Carter-Williams will have the opportunity to step up in Holiday's absence.

76ers fans can also look forward to a very good 2014 draft class.

The Not So Good

Take your pick.

The talent and depth just aren't here and nobody is pretending otherwise.

They lack a true No.1 scorer so points will be at a premium as guys more suited for a supporting role will have to carry the load.

If the Celtics weren't in the Atlantic, then the Sixers would be the surefire favourite for dead-last in the division. They still might be but with the Celtics also rebuilding, there may actually be a battle for the basement.

76ers' Depth Chart

Power Forward

Lavoy Allen
Arnett Moultrie
Nerlens Noel*
Royce White

Centre

Spencer Hawes
Kwame Brown
Tim Ohlbrecht

Small Forward

Thaddeus Young
James Anderson

Shooting Guard

Evan Turner
Jason Richardson

Point Guard

Michael Carter-Williams
Tony Wroten
Darius Morris

What To Expect

Expecations are very low in Philadelphia and a trip to the lottery is all but assured as this team is the odds on favourite to finish last in the NBA this season.

Twenty-five wins is the likely ceiling. The floor is much lower.


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(1) SA 1, (8) DAL 0 (4) HOU v (5) POR
(2) OKC 1, (7) MEM 0 (3) LAC 0, (4) GS 1


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(1) IND 0, (8) ATL 1 (4) CHI v (5) WSH
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