2015 Philadelphia 76ers Season Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers had another disappointing season last year, and the team moved star Michael Carter-Williams in hopes of building for the future. The 76ers were able to pick up one of the most exciting center prospects in years, in Jahlil Okafor, who will team up with last seasons 1st round pick Joel Embiid to make one of the best young 1-2 center punches in the league. Philadelphia will hope for the continued evolution of forward Nerlens Noel, who enters his 3rd season averaging just under a double double for his career. The combination of Noel, Ebiid and Okafor should give the 2015-16 Philadelphia 76ers one of the best front courts in the NBA, and should be the recipe for success in Philadelphia for the foreseeable future. The biggest question mark surrounding the 76ers this season will be in the backcourt. T.J. McConnell has evolved as a great pass first point guard, but Philadelphia lacks the shooting threats around him to fully utilize his talent. Look for the 2015-16 76ers to be much improved over a year ago, and for them to push for a lower seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.
2014 Philadelphia 76ers Season Preview
Brett Brown’s first season as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers went about as everyone expected, poorly. The 76ers finished the 2013-2014 season with a record of 19-63, the 3rd lowest win total in Philadelphia’s history. Much of the troubles that the Philadelphia 76ers ran into last season were due to the youth of the team. Last season the Philadelphia 76ers were one of the youngest teams in the history of the NBA. They will face a 2014-15 NBA Schedule with anther incredibly young roster. But Brown is a master of developing young talent and the 76ers are building a team for the long-term. Look for Michael Carter-Williams to take another step forward with his jump shot, and for Nerlens Noel and Tony Wroten to play more minutes for Philadelphia. Also expect highly touted rookie Joel Embiid to make an instant impact in Philadelphia.
2013 Philadelphia 76ers Season Preview
The Sixers narrowly missed out on the postseason in the 2012-13 season, but with the addition of Nerlens Noel and the Pelicans first-round pick next year in exchange for Jrue Holiday, Philly may be back on top sooner rather than later. The team also added Darius Morris and Tony Wroten Jr., while picking up Michael Carter-Williams as the #11 overall pick of the draft. Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young will be two of the best players on this young team that is looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. Philadelphia will play at the Verizon Center against Washington on opening night before coming back to Philly to take on the Bulls on Nov. 2 in its home opener. Other key home games will be vs. Houston on Nov. 13, vs. the Clippers on Dec. 9, and vs. the defending-champion Miami Heat on Jan 17.
2012 Philadelphia 76ers Season Preview
2011 was a sneakily good year for the boys of the Liberty Bell, and they have coach Doug Collins’ uptempo beat to thank. The first year coach brought a run and gun outlook to a Sixers team that was looking for its identity, and it fit with the cast of young guns it had in guard Jrue Holiday and center Evan Turner, the second pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Of course, it had to sit well with the established pieces that were already in Philly, Elton Brand and Andre Igulodala. It did, and now the 76ers are poised to be one of the teams to surprise in the NBA thanks to its youth and a condensed schedule that will benefit its youthful legs.
2011 Philadelphia 76ers Season Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers are coming off one of their most disappointing seasons in recent memory. An abysmal 27-55 record left them well out of the playoff picture, and cost head coach Eddie Jordan his job after just one season. Now, the 76ers are looking to put last year behind them with a new coach and a talented new rookie. In addition to replacing Jordan with coach Doug Collins, Philadelphia landed one of the most sought after rookies when they selected Ohio State guard Evan Turner with the second overall pick in last years draft. Turner should be a dynamic scorer, and he is also surrounded by a decent amount of talent. Jrue Holiday and Andre Iguodala are both solid players, and if Turner plays up to his expectations, they could be a dangerous trio. Although Iguodala, Holiday and Turner all have potential, the 76ers season may hinge on the production of Elton Brand. The power forward has been somewhat of a disappointment in Philadelphia since he came over from the Los Angeles Clippers three years ago, and will need to improve on his 13.1 points per game season.
2010 Philadelphia 76ers Season Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers head into the 2009-2010 NBA season hoping to make a return trip to the playoffs. The Sixers were the 6 seed in the playoffs last year and have a chance to move up into the top group with a strong season. Philadelphia is led by a new AI, star SG Andre Iguodala. Around AI is a talented supporting cast that should make the 76ers a team to watch in '09-10.
2009 Philadelphia 76ers Season Preview
The 76ers will have a dangerous front court this season, and along with point guard Andre Miller, the Sixers are sitting pretty for some points up front of the net. The 76ers are looking like a solid team, and everyone is ready for a dominant season. Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young, and Andre Iguodala add to this strong starting team, and will improve the franchise record this year. Get ready to experience some excellent home games at Wachovia Center as the 76ers make a run for the playoffs.