Just How Bad Are the Philadelphia 76ers?

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Photo courtesy of Keith Allison, licensed through Flickr via Creative Commons

Photo courtesy of Keith Allison, licensed through Flickr via Creative Commons

At least they’re not the Bucks

As of this writing, the Sixers are 15-38, good for second-to-last in the Eastern Conference. That’s not very good. They were in danger of missing the salary floor during the off-season after the Holiday trade. Their best prospect is Evan Turner (pictured left), who is most famous for being the #2 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Read that again. After four years in the league, he’s still known as the guy who probably got drafted too early rather than his play on the court. Their lottery-pick rookie this year, Michael Carter-Williams, a raw point guard prospect with great size at 6’6 but no real jump shot, was widely-predicted to be a bust.

Until he wasn’t. On December 4, Carter-Williams, along with Orlando Magic rookie Victor Oladipo, made history as the first two rookies in NBA history to record a triple double in the same game. Oladipo finished with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists while Cee-Dubs notched a 27-12-10. The 76ers won by a single point in overtime. Carter-Williams looks like an exciting building block, and there’s even footage of Nerlens Noel dunking in practice, so silver linings to ’13-’14 do exist.

Young teams are fun teams. They’re fun because the sky is more or less the limit, and it’s all right to watch them lose games, because as any fan of a “rebuilding” or “transition-year” team will attest, player development becomes its own reward. That’s true, it is nice to see NBA athletes refining their skills and making the best out of their own natural abilities. Plus, it could be worse, they could be the Milwaukee Bucks, who haven’t even notched ten wins this year despite an owner who is avowedly anti-tanking.

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