Startling Statistics from the Philadelphia 76ers' Season Thus Far
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When digging into the statistics from a team that holds just a 29-43 record, you'll stumble upon many things that can startle you.
The Philadelphia 76ers have simply been awful this season from a player, coaching and ownership standpoint, and their stats explain that pretty clearly.
In the remains of the failed Andrew Bynum experiment this season stands a team that severely lacks size, depth and experience.
What has been most startling to you? Is there anything bright to point out and to be excited for in the team's future?
82 Days Without a Road Win
Dorell Wright (right) led the 76ers with 22 points off the bench in their road win over the Kings.
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Where the Miami Heat hold the most impressive streak of the season, winning 27 games, the 76ers just might hold the least impressive feat.
From Jan. 1 in a road win over the Los Angeles Lakers until March 24 with a 117-103 road win over the Sacramento Kings—82 days—the 76ers just couldn't get a win away from home.
It was 15 total games in 14 different cities (they played the Milwaukee Bucks twice). They extended the Heats' winning streak twice during the time period as well as the Denver Nuggets' in a crushing fashion last week.
Their largest and smallest road defeats came on back-to-back nights before finally breaking out of their slump with a win over the Kings.
They lost 101-72 on March 20 to the Los Angeles Clippers and on March 21 fell 101-100 to the Nuggets.
22 Games Played
76ers fans are fed up with the fact that Kwame Brown will likely be on the roster next season.
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Center Kwame Brown, who was signed to a two-year, $6 million deal before the season, has played in just 22 of 73 games for the 76ers this season.
He hasn't suited up for a game since Feb. 20, and he's only played four games this season of 20 or more minutes.
To say 76ers fans are upset that this guy has a player option on the second year of his deal this offseason is a severe understatement.
28th in Points Per Game
Doug Collins should shoulder a lot of the blame for the 76ers' offensive woes this season.
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The 76ers as a team rank 28th in the NBA in points scored per game. They're one of six teams that averages less than 94 points per game with just 93 per game.
As a team, they've broken 100 points in just 22 of 73 games this season. A lot of it has to do with Doug Collins' offensive game plan and his constant rotation tendencies. The 76ers really haven't been able to find a rhythm on offense all season until very recently. They've scored over 100 points in five of the last eight games.
Before this recent stretch, the 76ers had scored over 100 just once in 21 games.
29th in Free Throws Per Game
The 76ers struggle mightily to both get free-throw attempts as well as hit them once they're at the line.
One of the 76ers' worst enemies is getting to the free-throw line. Their 16.7 attempts per game ranks them second-worst in the entire NBA at 29th.
What's even more troubling is that their free-throw percentage once they get to the stripe isn't much better, ranked 25th in the league with a 72 percent success rate.
Only Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner have shown a consistent enough success rate at getting to the line. Getting freebies is one of the best ways for a team that's struggling to shoot the ball to stay in ballgames. The 76ers will need to evaluate this problem in the offseason.
25th in Rebound Differential
Until recently, Spencer Hawes (right) has had little success on the glass for the 76ers.
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One of the most visible problems the 76ers have struggled with all season is rebounding the basketball. Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen for the majority of the season have been severe disappointments from the center position when it comes to rebounding the basketball.
The 76ers rank 25th in the league in rebound differential at minus-2.3 this season. In a game against the Brooklyn Nets on Jan. 8, Nets forward Reggie Evans registered 23 rebounds in just 27 minutes while the entire 76ers team was only able to grab 32 by game's end. The Nets out-rebounded the 76ers 50-32 in total in a 109-89 loss.
Playing without Andrew Bynum all season was a crucial issue, but it doesn't excuse Hawes and Allen for their lack of intensity on the glass for the majority of the year.