Although the Sixers defeated a semi-decent 5-7 Milwaukee Bucks team tonight, 90-79 on their home court of the Wells Fargo Center, the team has underachieved over the first month of the season. Most people figured the Sixers would win between 32-42 games this season and contend for a seventh or eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.
That's not the case at the moment.
The Bad News:
The arena is less than half filled, the supposed superstar [Andre Iguodala] is sidelined with injury and rumored to be trade bait, there is absolutely no inside presence to protect the rim or rebound, and only the Los Angeles Clippers have a worse record.
All of these issues are obviously amplified because of the overwhelming success by the other 3 major teams in Philadelphia. Where the Phillies, Eagles, and Flyers are realistically thinking championships with their elite talent, the Sixers are hoping to be in the lottery again to collect more pieces to the puzzle.
They are the black sheep on Broad and Pattison at the moment.
The Good News:
Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday form one of the youngest backcourts in the league with loads of potential and playmaking ability (especially once they stop turning the ball over--they average a combined 9.5 assists and 5 turnovers). Turner may not be on the level as Blake Griffin and John Wall in terms of ranking rookies, but he is hanging tough and not making anyone regret his selection just yet.
The bench punch of Thaddeus Young and Louis Williams allow the team to maintain a level of offensive competence at all times, both of these guys have lead the team in scoring coming off the bench. Efficiency in limited minutes is always a positive. Now, if only Marreese Speights could get on track with some consistent play the Sixers might win a few more games.
Although the team is 3-10, only two loses came by more than 10 points so they aren't being blown out.
Continued losses will put the Sixers back in the lottery with a great shot at a top 5 pick, say Turkish big man Enes Kanter.
In case you haven't heard, Allen Iverson is playing in Turkey.
The Former league MVP now plays on a team in Turkey that is not considered to be elite. Not many think he will make it through the season overseas. A title contender would have to take a chance with Iverson in the event of an injury right? Don't sleep on him making an impact on the playoff race around the All-Star break.