Since we've last seen our 27-win Sixers on the court, you know, in April, before the playoffs started, much has changed with the team.
The Sixers thankfully rid themselves of the Eddie Jordan experiment, and not a minute too soon. Fans can only handle so many erratic lineups, broken defensive rotations, and baffling offensive sets before revolting, and, well, Jordan used up all of his cards in his first 50 games as coach of the Sixers.
They hired TNT analyst Doug Collins, the Sixers' No. 1 overall draft pick from 1973, to lead the team out of the Jordan nightmare and back to the promised land. While Collins left the Sixers two years before their 1983 championship team, he's had the privilege of playing with some of the greatest Sixers in franchise history, and has seen Philadelphia in the midst of its basketball craziest—a good hire all around, so far.
The team also defied the odds in the NBA draft lottery, cashing in on their six percent chance to land the No. 2 pick. The Sixers then defied the odds that they'd do something ridiculously stupid with the pick, as they went with the sure-thing in Evan Turner, college basketball's reigning National Player of the Year.
And finally, the Sixers erased the most painful black eye from the Billy King era by trading Samuel Dalembert's bloated contract to Sacramento. While it's tough to hate on the Haitian this year, given the off-the-court circumstances, it's pretty safe to say both sides (Dalembert and the Sixers) were ready to move on.
So, what will be the biggest questions the Sixers have to deal with in the coming season? Let's check out five issues that will define whether the Sixers end up back in the lottery or if they can return to their 40-win days.