If you would have told me the Sixers season would of ended with only 12 wins at home on paper last season, with a team laden with veterans (not even noting Allen Iverson's late reincarnation), I would have thought you were joking. It would have been nonsense to me at the time.
But sure enough, it happened.
To give more reasoning on their underachieving season, the Sixers' first game against the Orlando Magic literally showed how they rode themselves through a dimension of demise, as Andre Iguodala, their end-all be-all, struggled with his shooting by going 27 percent from the field and attempting two threes where neither was seen going in at the hold of 48 minutes.
Their 120-106 loss made a plan of suggestion for their star early, if to say, even though you haven't shot the ball well up to this point, as it isn't a strength of yours, this is what it'll take to win from here on out.
Well, we know what happen after that meeting of minds—their season faltered on a 12-game losing streak.
But even after falling flat on their faces, it didn't last long, as their spirits lifted after seeing first-year player Jrue Holiday standing order on Lottery night. The Sixers' 5.3 percent chance of drafting John Wall took a step backward in play for Evan Turner, which turned out to be a missed shot heading toward the foot if their slotting went where it was projected to go.
Here's why: Tyreke Evans.
Who? Tyreke Evans!
The Sacramento Kings' 20-5-5 catalyst has grown just by having the ball in his hands. This same method of growth should be applied to Evan Turner by respected coach Doug Collins. It is what made Turner the player he was at Ohio State.
Just trust me on this one.
Put the ball in his hands, move Iguodala to the two, let Young (or Nocioni) occupy the wings, and persuade Brand to undergo a reevaluation of where he is right now, for the better of Speights and Hawes young careers; and now you have a team that will not only find their respective purposes obvious, but then the Atlantic division reigning squad won't look so overwhelming—Boston Celtics that is.
PG: Evan Turner-Jrue Holiday
SG: Andre Iguodala-Lou Williams
SF: Thaddeus Young-Andre Nocioni
PF: Spencer Hawes-Elton Brand
C: Marreese Speights-Jason Smith
Their depth chart is enthralling right off the back when glancing at it, so now they just have to put it all together. A confidence boost with the B-team in Istanbul (Iguodala), the talk of the town (Turner), and improving young talents (Young, Hawes, Speights) is enough to surprise many this season.
Predicted order of finish in the Atlantic Division: