|2012-13 Team Rating|
|26th Overall||15th Overall|
2012-13 Season Stats
Thaddeus Young is the best player left in Philly and Spencer Hawes has his nights, but they just don't match up well with the better teams in the Eastern Conference. And we'll have to wait to see what Nerlens Noel can do.
With Jrue Holiday gone, the backcourt is basically down to rookie Michael Carter-Williams, the inconsistent Evan Turner and 32-year-old Jason Richardson (who was healthy for just 33 games last season). It could get ugly.
No team regressed more defensively last season than the Sixers, who allowed 6.4 more points per 100 possessions than they did in 2011-12. And with the departure of Holiday, they should take another step backward.
Considering that their best player -- Young -- was at his best as a sixth man, the Sixers' entire roster is essentially a bunch of reserves. And the ones that will actually be coming off the bench next season aren't very good.
New Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie took his time in finding a replacement for Doug Collins, eventually hiring Brett Brown, one of nine rookie coaches hired this summer and another poaching of the Spurs.
You can admire the Sixers for cutting their losses with Andrew Bynum and for not accepting mediocrity. They have a plan and they've gone all-in. But the first step in a rebuild -- the backward one -- is always the easiest. And getting back to where you've been (the Sixers were a game from the conference finals just 15 months ago) is much easier said than done.
Carter-Williams and Noel have plenty of potential, and the Sixers will likely have two more Lottery picks in next year's (much stronger) Draft. This is basically the route the Sonics/Thunder took to The Finals and there are certainly worse plans to have in today's NBA.
But no one knows just how good the two rookies will be in three or four years. What is certain is that, right now, this is one of the worst teams in the NBA.
-- John Schuhmann
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||B+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||C|
|New Orleans Pelicans||C-|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||B+|
|Portland Trail Blazers||B|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|