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Philadelphia 76ers

2010-11 Record: 41-41
(7th in East, 3rd Atlantic)

Playoffs: Lost in First Round to Heat (4-1)

Stats
Points Per Game: 99.0 (18th)
Points Allowed: 97.5 (12th)
Rebounds: 41.8 (13th)
Assists: 22.7 (6th)
Leading Scorer: Elton Brand 15.0ppg

Additions: F/C Tony Battie (re-signed), F Thaddeus Young (re-signed), G Antonio Andersen, C Dwayne Jones, C Mike Tisdale, G Xavier Silas

Subtractions: G/F Jason Kapono

Synopsis: The 76ers were one of the most improved teams in the NBA last season despite keeping their roster mainly intact from the year before.

The team's 14-game turnaround to get back to .500 without having a true star on their roster was one of the feel-good stories of the season.

 

Coach's Corner

Doug Collins | 9 seasons
Record: 373-328
Playoffs: 16-27
NBA Titles: 0

And there's reason for more optimism this year despite even less player turnover.

The sixers starting point guard Jrue Holliday was one of the most improved players in the league a year ago recuding his turnovers and gettting to the free-thrown line more regularly.

He is a gifted playmaker who thrives in the open court and at only 21 he can still get a lot better.

 

Drafted

1st F/C Nikola Vucevic
(16th overall)

The big man from USC has been compared to Utah Jazz F/C Mehmet Okur with a better post game, and similar good touch from outside.

2nd F Lavoy Allen (50th overall)

 

The sixers other young guard worth getting excited about is Evan Turner. The number two pick in 2010, Turner actually dissapointed in his rookie season in the league.

He did show some improvement through the season though and then had a pair of very strong games against Miami in the playoffs.

As it stands now, he'll come off the bench behind starter Jodie Meeks at shooting guard. He'll get minutes though and could eventually take the starting job.

If he can make the leap this year the 76ers become a team nobody would want to face in the playoffs.

And of course the team still has Andre Iguodala who is one of the best all-around players in the NBA. He might not be a franchise player but in the right situation he could become one of the best second options in the NBA a la Scottie Pippen

Re-upping with Thaddeus Young keeps the Sixers a strong defensive team.

This a team with a lot of youth and a ton of athleticism. They aren't contenders yet but they are in the playoff mix and are a team to watch out for over the next couple years.

 

Conversation Starters

 

1) The Answer: When I think of the Sixers I still think of Allen Iverson. As bad as his attitude was at times during his NBA career, Man! was he fun to watch.

2) Fo', Fo', Fo': The last time the 76ers won a title was back in 1983 when Moses Malone made his famous "Fo,Fo, Fo" comment that was interpreted as a prediction the 76ers would sweep their way to the championship. Even though he was just saying that it would take four wins in each series, Moses, Dr. J and the rest of the Sixers almost backed up the sweep talk losing just one game in the playoffs going four,five, four on their way to the title. Dr. J and Moses on the same team. Good times

3) Come on Philly: Philadelphia is supposed to be one of the best basketball and sports cities out there but the team had one of the worst home attendance records in the NBA last season. Come on Philly!


Chisholm's 3 in the Key

TSN.ca basketball blogger Tim Chisholm's takes a look at three players in different stages of their career from the Thunder that will make a difference (good or bad) this season. You can read more from Tim in his weekly blog: '3 in the Key'.

Breakout

Jeff Teague

Jrue Holiday: In a league full of explosive point guards, Holiday's defensive potential could be huge for Philly. His development as a playmaker (6.5 apg last year) is also ahead of schedule.

Prime Time

Al Horford

Andre Iguodala: The premier defensive wing in the NBA, Iggy has abandoned trying to be a 20 ppg scorer and has instead begun committing himself to being Scottie 2.0. Now he just needs a Michael.

Last Legs

Tim Duncan Tony Battie: He was once a tremendously effective role player, now age has left him as a very well-paid cheerleader on an up-and-coming Philly squad.


Big Tour

A Historic Event

It was Canada's night at the NBA Draft as four players from north of the border were selected.


1. Andrew Wiggins - Cavaliers

8. Nik Stauskas - Kings

18. Tyler Ennis - Suns

45. Dwight Powell - Hornets


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