On Friday night, the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Sacramento Kings to win their second game in a row. This was news in Philly, even though most teams beat the Kings and most teams win two in a row—both with regularity.
It was news, however, because it was the first winning “streak” of its kind since Nov. 30.
Not only is that an eye-opening bulletin for a team thought to contend, but it is indicative of a much bigger, underlying issue: This roster is not coming together the way many thought it would.
Yes, there could be a $17 million solution who’s been wearing street clothes and funny-looking hairstyles on the bench all season who may return soon, but one man will not mask the issues that 13 or so others have helped to create.
With just five returnees from a team that came within a game of the conference finals last year, hindsight tells us that, with or without Bynum, expectations may have been unrealistically high with so much offseason transition.
Regardless, it’s where we find ourselves in present day, with a bunch of pieces not making a whole, who make news when they beat a perennial lottery team for a second consecutive win.
The following are the biggest reasons why this version of the Sixers hasn't jelled to date.