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Will the Philadelphia 76ers Win ANY Games This Season?

Wondering if the Philadelphia 76ers will win any games this season is a silly question because there are, after all, 82 games in the regular season. There will be a night here and there and far between where Philly will earn a hard fought victory but it’s easy to see why this team is off to an 0-11 start to begin the 2014-15 season.

Photo: Michael Carter-Williams is the one true bright spot on the 76ers’ roster
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First let’s start with the roster. As you read the names of the current 76ers’ players, raise your hand when you recognize a name:

  • Michael Carter-Williams
  • Robert Covington
  • Brandon Davies
  • Joel Embiid
  • Drew Gordon
  • Jerami Grant
  • Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
  • K.J. McDaniels
  • Nerlens Noel
  • Jason Richardson
  • JaKarr Sampson
  • Alexey Shved
  • Henry Sims
  • Hollis Thompson
  • Tony Wroten

Not exactly a who’s who of blossoming NBA talent. On many teams, it can be said that they are just a “player or two away” from being a contender. For Philadelphia, they seem to be an entire roster away from simply competing.

Sure, they do have some young talent with players like Carter-Williams, Noel and Embiid (although Embiid is out of lineup until early 2015 due to injury). But judging by the rest of the roster, that’s about all they have.

And then there’s head coach Brett Brown. I’ll wait while you look him up on Wikipedia because I don’t have any idea who he is either. In his first year as coach of the Sixers a year ago (and his first year ever as a head coach), Brown led the team to a dismal 19-63 record. Combine that with this year’s 0-11 start, Brown’s overall winning percentage as a head coach is .204.

As for team statistics, the numbers truly don’t lie:

  • Points per game: 88.6 (30th overall)
  • Rebounds per game: 39.8 (25th overall)
  • Assists per game: 19.9 (22nd overall)
  • Points allowed per game: 105.0 (26th overall)

Perhaps the most glaring number is how the Sixers are being outscored per game. Allowing an average of 105 points while only scoring an average of 89 means that not only are they being beat, they are being beat by double digits on a regular basis.

Here is a more interesting number. If you want to attend a Sixers game at the Wells Fargo Center, you can do it pretty cheaply according to online ticket broker StubHub. For the next three home games against Phoenix, Portland and Brooklyn, you can buy tickets as low as $9.21 (fees included).

Judging by the roster and the head coach, the Philadelphia 76ers have a LONG way to go to securing their first victory of the season. But at least if and when it happens, it won’t cost too much if it happens at one of their home games.

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