Philadelphia 76ers, the NBA is Tanktastic

The Philadelphia 76ers reached the first of what promises to be many lows for the 2014-15 NBA season against the Dallas Mavericks on November 13. After amassing an impressive 29 first-half points (Dallas led 73-29 at the half), the Sixers exploded for 41 in the second half en route to a 123-70 loss, their 8th straight to start the season.

 

Words like “laughingstock” come to mind and though the season is still young, discussions about this year’s Sixers being “the worst NBA team ever” are blooming among NBA pundits, including USA Today’s Mike Foss.

 

 

As per Foss, the Sixers are 4-40 since January 31 of this year. During that stretch, the Sixers equaled the longest-ever NBA losing streak of 26 games (held by the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers—LeBron James’ “Decision” having everything to do with that).

 

The Sixers’ roster is a Who’s Who, as in, just who the hell are these guys? Deadspin had a little fun with it, but the reality for a Sixers fan is no laughing matter.

 

Two of their first-round draft picks from 2013 and 2014 have barely played at all. 2013 No. 6 overall pick Nerlens Noel sat out all last year and 2014 No. 3 overall pick Joel Embiid is out indefinitely with a stress fracture to his foot.

 

While 2013 No. 11 overall pick Michael Carter-Williams (16.7 ppg, 6.3 apg, 6.2 rpg last season) has panned out and returned from injury against Dallas, the rest of the roster leaves a lot to be desired. Through eight games this season, only third-year shooting guard Tony Wroten (20.5 ppg, 6.1 apg) has truly acquitted himself well.

 

 

The Sixers are simply Rotten, with a capital R. The over-under on their total wins for the season was 15.5 as of October 1, as per CBS Sports, but it realistically could be in the single-digits at this point.

 

They have to win a game at some point, right? But it’s not likely to come immediately with a Texas two-step road trip up next; the Sixers simply can’t beat the Houston Rockets or the San Antonio Spurs.

 

The Sixers will scarcely be favorites to win any game this season with a roster that currently boasts of Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (8.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg) as its most experienced player at 28 years of age. 33-year old Jason Richardson is on the injured reserve list.

 

There’s not much upside in the Sixers’ current rotation with MCW, Noel, Wroten and maybe second-year power forward Brandon Davies (9.8 ppg) and rookie shooting guard K.J. McDaniels (9.1 ppg) being the only ones capable of doing any damage on the floor.

 

 

For the 2014-2015 Sixers, the ceiling is low and the pit is bottomless.

 

-M.F. DiBella

Featured image courtesy of Rant Sports/USA Today

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