The Philadelphia 76ers had a great season last year, no doubt about it. And those of you still watching, like me, can be considered a minority of Sixers fans still left in this world.
Here, I am speaking to that minority for they are the only ones who can understand where I'm coming from—the frustration as a Sixers fan I and everyone else have endured. True Sixers fans, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Hear me out, I am a very optimistic person and I see potential in the Sixers. They have talent.
But the frustration really boils down to the questions "Is there enough talent?" and "Do they have the right pieces to make a legit run for a title?" As a Sixers fan, these are the same issues I think of every year. And trust me, they don't go away. In modest terms, they are reoccurring.
So the question I propose to you is will this frustration end? When? Why? What are the chances? How do we stop it?
Well, I can tell you that they had their shot of rebuilding when they were blessed with the second overall pick and drafted Evan Turner. As much as I truly like Turner and think he will develop into a very solid player in this league, with all due respect, every day I begin to doubt more and more if he can actually lead this team.
Right now, I think we can all accept that there simply are not enough pieces on this team to win it all. And that's OK. Great teams are not produced in a short amount of time.
However, what gets me the most about all of this is that the front office chooses to do nothing about this. They do not even try to improve. Philadelphia has an extremely tradeable asset in Andre Iguodala. Yet, they are not aggressive in trying to find a good deal.
What should the Sixers do?
I'm not one who hates Iguodala because he is honestly a very talented and well-rounded player. Nevertheless, he could be a key player on any contending team. There is a lot of value here to trade and get in return.
But they don't make a move. They won't budge. Not a chance.
Having said that, in their defense I would not have accepted anything proposed so far either, but why can't they ever be the ones to pursue?
Don't get me wrong, I can't wait for this NBA season to kick off and I still love the Sixers. In fact, more than any other Philly sports team. Maybe this is just me giving off some frustration on the ill-moving stage of Sixers, or perhaps I'm giving off my final cranky feelings from this lockout.
I know they greatly improved last season, and it was more than acceptable. But it seems to me that the Sixers are always stuck in mediocrity with potential that never fulfills its expectations. Sure, they always contend, but they just cannot get over the hump to being great.