Finished 27-55, fourth in Atlantic Division, 13th in Eastern Conference
Additions and Re-Signings
Evan Turner via draft, Tony Battie via free agency, Spencer Hawes via trade, Andres Nocioni via trade.
Samuel Dalembert via trade.
The Philadelphia 76ers are currently a team looking for a voice. Following their worst season in nearly 15 years, the Sixers didn't make any moves over the off season that would greatly impact the team come next season or reassure their star in Andre Iguodala that they are going to be able to compete with the powerhouse's of the Eastern Conference in the near future.
They might have finally rid themselves of Samuel Dalembert, but a record near .500 might not be coming anytime soon.
Even though Iguodala has not made any All-Star appearances since joining Philly in 2004, he has been the anchor that has kept this team afloat and has led them to a number of post seasons since joining the team. His scoring peaked at 20ppg two years ago, but has dropped to 17 points last season when he shot a career low 44%.
Iggy did see other statistical categories rise however, as he averaged career high's in rebounds at nearly seven and assists at six. He has been the leader of this team since former 76ers All-Star Allen Iverson was traded, and had to pick up the slack last season on a team filled with inexperienced, but talented players.
Of these youthful players, their 20 year-old point guard in Jrue Holiday is the youngest and has already begun to show that he could be the future of this Philadelphia squad looking to make an impact. Holiday was taken 17th last season by the Sixers and averaged eight points on 44% shooting and four assists.
If there is anyone on this team that needs step up that could drastically help this team, it would be the injury prone Elton Brand. The 11-year veteran has dealt with many injuries over his career, with his latest setback allowing to only play 29 games two years ago in his first season with Philadelphia.
In his first full season with the team last year, Brand averaged a career low 13 points and six rebounds in an effort that made the Sixers look ridiculous when they gave Elton $80 million to sign with the team for the next six seasons. It could have possibly been a season still hampered by the recurring injuries, but Philly's going to need him to become the player he was with the Clippers if they want to become anything near a postseason contender.
Even though Philly isn't exactly going to be the next great team next year, they do have a lot to look forward to in the future after acquiring Evan Turner with the second pick in the draft. The former Ohio State star was a freak in his time at the collegiate level and adds versatility and size to a Philly team that could use it. Evan averaged 20 points on 52% shooting while grabbing nine boards and dishing out six assists in the process.
He's able to hit from nearly anywhere on the court and create his own shot, as well as having a stellar defensive game to go along with it. The only downside's to Turner is that he is turnover prone at over four per game in his final season at Ohio State and he is limited beyond the arc. Aside from that, it appears the Sixers got the most well-rounded dangerous player in this year's draft.
By trading away Dalembert, the 76ers found a new center to attempt to rely on in Spencer Hawes. The former Kings center has shown a lot more promise than Dalembert ever had by actually showing off an offensive game. Hawes averaged 10 points and six rebounds last season, but lacked a strong defensive game at only one block per game despite playing 26 minutes per game.
He'll be able to see more time as Francisco Elson and Mareese Speights are the only other centers on this team. Hawes and Andres Nocioni, who came along in the trade, can provide some offense to a team that desperately needs it as Philly finished near the bottom in points per game at 98.
The 76ers will have to wait a few more years before they can actually think of contending, but they do have a lot to look forward to with Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday, and Louis Williams soon to be leading the team along with Iguodala, if he stays. The 76ers could be an Eastern Conference contender in the near future and they'll need to surround their youthful core with talent as soon as they can.
Projected Starting Lineup
This is part 24 in a 30-day series of previews for each NBA team for the upcoming 2010-2011 season. My profile contains the other teams that I have already previewed.