By: Travis Thayer (@TheTravisThayer)
2012-13 Record: 34-48
Projected 2013-14 Finish: 5th in the Atlantic Division
Projected Starting Lineup
A year ago the Sixers were a Top 10 defense. There are going to have to be even better in 2013 if they have any hope of winning more than 25 games. The Sixers look as if they are trying their best to tank for the 2014 Draft that is loaded with talent. The Sixers have already committed to a rebuild, and it’s time to clean the whole house. The Sixers could look to move Evan Turner who is in the last year of his contract, as well as Thaddeus Young. The biggest strength of this team is that they have a better than great chance to land the number one pick in next year’s draft. It’s been awhile since the Sixers had a true face of the franchise (Allen Iverson), and Andrew Wiggins could be the next.
Where is the scoring going to come from? Thaddeus Young is the returning leading scorer with an average of 14.8 PPG. I think that says it all. Evan Turner wasn’t far off from Young’s 14.8 PPG, but I don’t see either player improving upon their numbers. Both Young and Turner attempted 12 shots per game, and that number will have to increase exponentially for either player to average 20 points a game. Even that won’t be enough for the Sixers as they are expected to regress rather than progress.
Let’s be honest, the Sixers aren’t going to be any good. They have committed to a rebuild, and they probably aren’t done cleaning house. They do have some intriguing rookies in Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel. The two could be nice building blocks in the future, but Carter-Williams will have to find consistency on the offense end and Noel is still battling back from a knee injury. As we’ve seen in the past, it only takes one draft pick to turn a franchise around – and that has to be the hope in the City of Brotherly Love.