|2013-14 Team Rating|
|29th Overall||25th Overall|
Stats Through Jan. 20
Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes have all had strong stretches, but none of the three give the Sixers consistent matchup advantages, and the Philly defense has been pretty terrible with them on the floor together.
Michael Carter-Williams is the midseason favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award. The shooting guard position has been held down by a couple of guys who might not be in the league if it weren't for the Sixers.
Playing at the league's fastest pace has been more advantageous for the Sixers' opponents than the Sixers themselves. They protect the paint OK, but don't guard the perimeter very well. Two teams hit 21 3s against them.
The Sixers' bench is basically a group of young cast-offs hoping to make a strong enough impression to stay in the league. Tony Wroten is kind of fun to watch, but wasn't able to hold down the point when Carter-Williams was hurt.
Brett Brown knew what he was getting into when he took the Sixers job. His most important task this season is to develop Carter-Williams into a reliable point guard. His style of play has kept both the vets and young guys engaged.
The 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers had the lowest expectations of any NBA team in recent memory. And they exceeded them in the first week of the season, going 3-0 with wins over the Heat and Bulls.
Since then, they've managed to scratch out 10 more wins, mostly nail-biters. But while their average margin of victory has been six points, their average margin of defeat has been 16. In regard to point differential, they're basically what we expected them to be.
They have some serious competition in the race for the highest odds in the upcoming Lottery, but they will certainly be in the mix for a top-three pick. In the meantime, they'll scratch out a few more wins, give Carter-Williams a chance to learn the NBA game, help their opponents pad their stats, and consider all trades that add assets to their cupboard.
-- John Schuhmann
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||A-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||D|
|New Orleans Pelicans||C-|
|New York Knicks||D|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||A|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|