Philadelphia 76ers News
12-15-14: The Philadelphia 76ers have been one of the worst teams in the NBA in this still young 2014/2015 NBA campaign as the team has started the new season posting a 1-17 record. The 76ers started this week by traveling back to Philadelphia to host Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the contest it looked unlikely early that Philadelphia would get their second victory of the season. The Sixers were outscored by seven in the first quarter and were outscored in each of the first three quarters despite 21 points from Robert Covington. The Thunder were led by 27 points from Russell Westbrook who picked up the scoring slack when Kevin Durant was held to just 10 points. The Thunder ended up winning this contest over the 76ers by the score of 103-91. The very next night the 76ers were on the road again this time facing off with the Detroit Pistons in Detroit. During the contest Philadelphia kept the contest close and actually had a lead through two quarters before giving up the big quarter in the third that the team has been prone to do all season. The Sixers led by 25 points from Robert Covington went into the fourth quarter trailing by five but the team came up with big shots to force overtime. In the overtime period the Pistons fell apart despite 23 points from Josh Smith as Philadelphia outscored the Pistons by seven points in the overtime to win the game by the score of 108-101. The 76ers finished their week off on the road by facing off with the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta. During the contest the box score looked like the game should have been much closer than it actually was. Both teams finished with 42% shooting from the field and comparable free throw and three point shooting percentages but the difference in the contest came in the rebounding department. The Hawks grabbed 52 rebounds in the contest to just 39 for the Sixers leading to more shooting opportunities for Atlanta. The Hawks and Paul Millsap enjoyed the extra opportunities at Atlanta took down Philadelphia for their 19th loss of the season 95-79. Philadelphia watched as Alexey Shved led the team with just 13 points in the loss for the 76ers. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 2-19. Get your 76ers tickets for next week as the team travels to Brooklyn to take on the Brooklyn Nets before starting an extended home stand against the Memphis Grizzlies and the Boston Celtics.
12-5-14: The Philadelphia 76ers started the 2014/2015 season winless with a depressing 0-15 record in the Eastern Conference. In the first five weeks of the new campaign it looks like the team is already playing for a lottery pick instead of a playoff spot once again. The 76ers started this week by playing host to the Western Conference’s Dallas Mavericks at home in Philadelphia. The Sixers still looking for their first win of the young NBA season played Dallas tough at home and were led by 21 points and 13 rebounds from KJ McDaniels. Dallas countered with 20 points and 13 rebounds from Tyson Chandler and 18 points from Monta Ellis as the Mavericks kept the 76ers winless on the season. Dallas went on to beat Philadelphia by the final score of 110-103. The 76ers were back at home in their next contest still looking for the first win of the season playing host to the San Antonio Spurs. During the contest the Spurs jumped out to an early lead making things look grim once again for the Sixers as San Antonio took a 15 point lead at halftime. Philadelphia mounted a comeback in the second half led by Michael Carter-Williams who finished with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. The Sixers quickly made up nine of those points but the Spurs superiority in rebounding eventually iced the game as San Antonio went on to beat Philadelphia by the score of 109-103. The 76ers still searched for their first victory of the season in their last contest of the week when the team traveled to Minnesota to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. During the contest the Sixers jumped out quickly and early as emotions ran high in the game for the winless 76ers but the team gave it all back and then some in the second quarter. The Wolves held the 76ers to just 9 points in the second quarter erasing a 10 point first quarter deficit and then some. Philadelphia came roaring back in the third quarter to take a one point lead in the fourth before breaking out in a high scoring fourth quarter. When all was said and done the 76ers had finally gotten their first victory of the season after 17 straight losses when they beat Minnesota by the score of 85-77. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 1-17. Get your 76ers tickets for next week as the team hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder before traveling out on the road to face off with the Detroit Pistons and the Atlanta Hawks to finish the week.
11-28-14: The Philadelphia 76ers are the only winless team in the NBA right now as the Sixers have started the 2014/2014 season with an ugly 0-11 record. The 76ers started this week by traveling to Phoenix to take on a red hot Phoenix Suns team on the road. The Sixers were still searching for their first victory of the season and Michael Carter-Williams scored 18 points in the contest trying as one of four Philadelphia players to score in double figures. The Suns looked to keep the 76ers winless and had eight players who scored in double digits in the contest that made sure that happened. Isaiah Thomas led all Phoenix scorers with 23 points as the Suns took down the 76ers by the score of 122-96. The very next night the 76ers were at it again still searching for their first victory of the season when the team traveled to New York to take on the New York Knicks. In the contest the winless Sixers had just three players score in double figures led by Nerlens Noel’s 17 points and 12 rebounds double-double but once again it was not enough for Philadelphia. Carmelo Anthony took over the contest for the Knicks scoring 25 points while Amar’e Stoudemire added a 16 point and 11 rebound double-double in a 91-83 victory for the Knicks, their fourth of the young season. The 76ers still searching for their first victory of the season traveled back home to host the Portland Trail Blazers in Philadelphia. In the contest Michael Carter-Williams scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds while Henry Sims added 22 points for the 76ers. It was not enough though as LeMarcus Aldridge was unstoppable in the game scoring 33 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while Wesley Matthews added 17 points in a 114-104 victory for Portland. The Sixers looked to get their first win of the season in their final game of the week as the team stayed home to host the Brooklyn Nets in Philadelphia. The winless Sixers were led by Tony Wroten and KJ McDaniels who scored 18 points each but the team as a whole shot just 40% from the field. The Nets shot well as a team shooting 49% from the field including Joe Johnson’s 21 point night to lead all scorers for Brooklyn. In the end the Nets came out on top keeping the Sixers winless on the season as Brooklyn beat Philadelphia by the score of 99-91. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 0-15. Get your 76ers tickets for next week as the team heads home to host the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs before setting out to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on the road.
11-21-14: The Philadelphia 76ers were accused of tanking the 2014/2015 season for lottery purposes before the
season even began and the team has done nothing to quell those talks. The Sixers come into the week
as the only winless team in the NBA as Philadelphia started the season with a 0-8 record. The 76ers
started this week by traveling to Houston to take on the Houston Rockets on the road. In the contest
Philadelphia came out looking for their first victory by scoring 28 points in the first quarter taking a nine
point lead but the team gave it all back before halftime. Philadelphia took a five point lead with them
into the fourth quarter before the Rockets James Harden, who finished with 35 points, and Dwight
Howard, who finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds, came storming back to narrowly edge the Sixers
by the score of 88-87 keeping Philadelphia winless. Philadelphia set back out on the road in their next
contest still looking for their first victory of the season when they traveled to south Texas to take on the
San Antonio Spurs. San Antonio looked to keep Philadelphia winless on the season behind 18 points
from Matt Bonner but the Spurs big three had a rough night shooting. Manu Ginobli managed just 2
points, Tony Parker scored just 5 points, and Tim Duncan scored 10 points as the trio had no answer for
the 76ers defense. The Spurs defense was tougher on the night though as just two Philadelphia players
managed to score in double digits in the game as the 76ers shot just 33% from the field. When the final
whistle blew the Spurs were on top of the Sixers as San Antonio went on to win the game by the score of
100-75. The Sixers were looking to snap their 10 game losing streak in their final game of the week when
the team traveled home to host the Boston Celtics in Philadelphia. In the contest Philadelphia was led by
Tony Wroten and Henry Sims but once again the defense had no answer for the opposing team. The
Celtics were led by 23 points from Brandon Bass and 22 points from Jared Sullinger as Boston kept
Philadelphia winless with a 101-90 victory on the road. When the week was all said and done the team
finished with an overall record of 0-11. Get your 76ers tickets for next week as the team hosts the
Phoenix Suns in Philadelphia before setting out on the road to face off with the New York Knicks. The
Sixers will finish their week back at home as the team hosts the Portland Trail Blazers and the Brooklyn
Nets to finish their week.
11-14-14: The Philadelphia 76ers were accused of tanking the 2014/2015 season all summer and preseason long and the team did nothing to quiet those accusations as the team started the season winless with a 0-5 record. The 76ers started this week by traveling to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls in a tough matchup for any team. Philadelphia came to play in this contest led by 31 points from Tony Wroten and 21 points from Hollis Thompson while two others scored in double digits for the Sixers in the contest. The Bulls were too much for the 76ers in this contest led by Mike Dunleavy’s 27 points as one of six Bulls to score in double figures as Chicago went on to win the game by the score of 118-115 on the road. The 76ers were still looking for their first victory of the season but a home game with the Toronto Raptors did not look like a likely place for their first win. In the contest the Raptors ran away with the game early and often as Toronto blew out the 76ers by the score of 120-88. Kyle Lowry had a triple double for the Raptors with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the blowout victory for Toronto. Philadelphia ended their week with another tough matchup at the 76ers traveled to Dallas to take on the Dallas Mavericks. With the Sixers looking for their first victory of the season the scoring attack of Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Wroten combined for 30 points but no other Philadelphia player scored in double digits in the contest. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points in the game while Monta Ellis added 17 in an easy victory for the Mavericks by the score of 123-70. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall record of 0-8. Get your 76ers tickets for next week as the team travels out on the road to play the Houston Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs before heading back home to host the Boston Celtics in Philadelphia.
11-7-14: The Philadelphia 76ers started their 2014/2015 season off last week by losing to the Indiana Pacers on
the road to drop their record to 0-1 on the season. With the 2014/2015 season entering its first full
week the Sixers traveled to take on the Milwaukee Bucks on the road. Philadelphia’s defense had no
answer for O.J. Mayo on the night as the Bucks went on to win the game by the score of 93-81.
Philadelphia then opened their home schedule up against the Miami Heat and once again the Sixers
defense was a no show as Chris Bosh led all scorers with 30 points as the Heat went on to beat the
Sixers by the score of 114-96. The Sixers continued their home stand two nights later as the team hosted
the Houston Rockets at home still looking for their first win. Philadelphia would not get their first win of
the season in the contest as James Harden proved to be too much to handle as the guard scored 35
points while no Sixer scored more than Tony Wroten’s 20 points in a 104-93 victory for the Rockets.
Philadelphia finished the week by hosting the Orlando Magic in their third straight home game. During
the contest Philadelphia’s Tony Wroten led the Sixers in scoring with 27 points while Brandon Davies
chipped in 20 points while Orlando’s scoring attack was led by Tobias Harris’ 18 points. The Magic had
five players score in double figures in the game while only three members of the Sixers achieved the
same feat. Philadelphia dropped their fifth straight game in this contest as the Magic went on to win the
game by the score of 91-89. When the week was all said and done the team finished with an overall
record of 0-5 as the 76ers are still searching for their first victory. Get your 76ers tickets for next week as
the team hosts the Chicago Bulls at home before heading out on the road to play at the Toronto Raptors
and the Dallas Mavericks.
10-31-14: The Philadelphia 76ers tipped off the 2014-2015 season by facing off with the Indiana Pacers on the road after sporting a 2-6 record in the preseason. The Sixers made a flurry of roster moves towards the end of the preseason as the team finalized its roster to the league maximum 15 players. First the Sixers traded Arnett Moultrie to the New York Knicks for the rights to Travis Outlaw, the Knicks 2019 draft pick, and the option to swap their 2018 draft picks. Outlaw was then immediately waived as the team continues to tank and stockpile draft picks regardless of the on the court product this season. Philadelphia also waived Marquis Teague and Elliot Williams to trim the roster to 15 players and took their team to Indiana to start the season. In the first game of the season the 76ers were picked apart by Indiana and went on to lose the game by the score of 103-91. Philadelphia’s scoring attack was led by Tony Wroten’s 22 points and 8 rebounds in the loss. This was the only game that Philadelphia played in week one of the NBA season and will look to get into the win column in their next set of games. Get your 76ers tickets for next week as the team plays three home games against the Miami Heat, the Houston Rockets, and the Orlando Magic.
10-29-14: The Sixers won just 19 games last year, but a youthful cast of promising stars in Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid have allowed ticket prices to climb on the secondary market. The season average for 76ers tickets is $133.61 this season, up 74.1% from their average of $76.73 last year. A January 5 visit from the Cavaliers serves as the most expensive home game on the 76ers schedule this season. The average secondary market price for the game is $213.81 with a get-in of $55.
10-24-14: With Rookie of the Year winner Michael Carter-Williams set to lead his team back from a 19-win season, the Philadelphia 76ers will also rely on big men Nerlens Noel and first-round draft pick Joel Embiid this year. The youth of the team shows promise, but it will take time for its inexperience and chemistry to mesh on the court.
10-15-14: The Philadelphia 76ers have played through half of their preseason schedule so far, but have only one win through four games. The 76ers opening preseason game was 98-78 loss to the Boston Celtics on Oct 6, but rebounded the next game with a 106-92 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Oct 8. Since, the 76ers have dropped two straight, including an 84-77 loss to the New York Knicks on Oct 14. Next on the Philadelphia preseason schedule is another matchup with the Boston Celtics this Thursday at Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia open their regular season on Oct 29 on the road against the Indiana Pacers.
10-8-14: The Philadelphia 76ers loss their first preseason game against the Boston Celtics this past Monday and have 7 remaining preseason games to play. Next on the 76ers schedule is a matchup with the Charlotte Hornets tonight at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers will then head to the Target Center to play the Minnesota Timberwolves on October 10 followed by matchups against the Knicks, Celtics, Magic, Nets and final preseason game against the Pistons on October 23. The 76ers will look to have much better season compared to last that included a 26 game losing streak, but with some key additions in the draft and the young group of players they already have, the 76ers may be able to produce something special in the future.
9-22-14: General Manager Sam Hinkie and tear this team down to the ground before building them back up. Some fans are not buying into this type of rebuild and are voicing their concern as the team used their two lottery picks on players that won’t play this season in Joel Embiid(injury) and Dario Saric(playing overseas). The team also traded its best player in Thaddeus Young to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Alexey Shved and Luc mBah a Moute. As currently constructed the 76ers looks to be the worst team in the league this season.
8-13-14: The Philadelphia 76ers had a terrible season but they did tank the last part of the season in large part to strike gold in the NBA Draft. The Sixers acquired five players in the draft including the third overall pick Joel Embiid who is hurt now with a foot injury but is possibly the most talented player in the draft. The draft answered a lot of questions but it looks like this will be a rebuilding plan that could last longer than a year for the 76ers.
Philadelphia 76ers 2014 Draft Overview
Round 1, Pick 3, Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
Round 1, Pick 12, Dario Saric, PF, Croatia (via trade with Orlando Magic)
Round 2, Pick 32, K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson
Round 2, Pick 39, Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse
Round 2, Pick 52, Vasilije Micic, PG, Serbia
Round 2, Pick 58, Jordan McRae, SG, Tennessee (via trade with San Antonio Spurs)
4-7-14: The losing streak is finally over for the 76ers. They made it a convincing victory over the Detroit Pistons to end their 26-game losing streak. Thaddeus Young scored a game-high 21 points as Philadelphia won its first game since late January. Unfortunately, the week was not all good. Arnett Moultrie, who was a first-round draft pick in 2012, was suspended for five games after committing an NBA drug violation. On the court, Young kept up his hot shooting on Monday, but the 76ers fell to the Atlanta Hawks. Philadelphia also lost Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
4-1-14: The 76ers had a difficult week of opponents, and they made themselves a part of history. On Thursday, they lost 120-98 at the hands of the Houston Rockets. The defeat marked the 26th consecutive loss for Philadelphia, which matched the longest losing streak in American professional sports history. Earlier in the week, the 76ers lost by one point against the New York Knicks, by 10 points against the Chicago Bulls and by 22 points against the San Antonio Spurs. Although Philadelphia did not win a game this past week, Henry Sims played very well. He averaged a double-double in the four games.
3-24-14: It is just getting ugly for the 76ers. They have now lost more consecutive games than they have ever before. After losing to the Indiana Pacers by seven points on Friday, Philadelphia hosted the Memphis Grizzlies and was blown out, 103-77. That loss was their 20th straight, which tied a franchise record set in 1973. On Monday, they made it 21 in a row. Philadelphia fought hard against the Pacers, but dropped that contest by nine points. The 76ers hosted the Chicago Bulls two days later. Thaddeus Young scored a game-high 24 points, but Philadelphia lost, 102-94. With 22 consecutive defeats, the 76ers are now just four losses away from the Cleveland Cavaliers’ record in 2010-11.
3-17-14: The losses continue to pile up for these 76ers. After having a winless February, they have still yet to be victorious in March. This past week, they encountered three losses to teams that were all double-digit games below .500. On Saturday, Tony Wroten scored a game-high 30 points, but the Utah Jazz beat the 76ers, 104-92. Then on Monday, Philadelphia traveled to Madison Square Garden. Michael Carter-Williams registered a triple-double, but the Knicks won, 123-110. On Wednesday, the 76ers suffered a 17-point loss to the Sacramento Kings to give Brett Brown’s squad 18 straight defeats. Philadelphia is just two losses away from matching the franchise’s worst losing streak.
3-10-14: Although Philadelphia is still searching for its first win since late January, 76ers fans had a lot to cheer about on Saturday. During halftime of the team’s 122-103 loss to the Washington Wizards, the 76ers retired Allen Iverson’s No. 3 jersey. However, that is where the fun stopped for the team. Philadelphia let Trevor Ariza score a career-high 40 points in that contest. Then, on the next night, the 76ers suffered their 14th straight loss. The Orlando Magic defeated them, 92-81. After coach Brett Brown said that he was not sure his squad would win another game this season, the Oklahoma City Thunder destroyed the 76ers, 125-92.
3-3-14: It is evident that the 76ers have set a goal for this season: to get the worst record in the NBA. They helped themselves this past week as they went winless again and pushed their league-worst losing streak to 12 games. Although Philadelphia gave up more than 118 points per game in the team’s three contests, there were some positive results. Thaddeus Young scored better than 25 points per contest. He had an especially strong game on Friday in the 76ers’ loss to the Dallas Mavericks. Young became the first player in more than 25 years to put up 30 points, 13 rebounds, seven steals and six assists in a game.
2-26-14: The Sixers will pay tribute to Allen Iverson this Saturday vs the Wizards by retiring his jersey at halftime. It's by far the Sixers' most expensive remaining game, averaging 140% more than the 76ers home average. Iverson was the 2001 NBA MVP and led the Sixers to their first final appearance since 1983.
2-24-14: Michael Carter-Williams was the 76ers’ lone participant in All-Star weekend, and he took part in two events. First, he started for Team Webber in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday. He scored 17 points and dished off a game-high nine assists in that exhibition contest. Then, he and Victor Oladipo teamed up in the skills challenge the following night, and they made it to the finals. Although the 76ers were blown out in their only game this past week, they were busy at the trade deadline. Philadelphia traded away Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes and received several second-round picks in addition to Danny Granger, Byron Mullens and a few other players.
2-18-14: That sure was one ugly week for the 76ers. Not only did they extend their losing streak to a season-worst eight contests, but they also had encountered arguably the worst two-game stretch in NBA history. After losing on Friday evening to the Los Angeles Lakers in Philadelphia, the 76ers traveled to the West Coast. They then played a back-to-back against two of the Western Conference’s best teams, and those teams did not hold anything back. The 76ers fell to the Los Angeles Clippers by 45 points and to the Golden State Warriors by 43 points. Although Brett Brown’s squad lost to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, it was only by five points.
2-10-14: Even as the Atlantic Division continues to struggle, the 76ers continue to fall further down the standings. This past week, they played four contests, and they lost each one. Philadelphia’s back-to-back contests on Friday and Saturday were by far their worst showings. They hosted the Atlanta Hawks and then traveled to face the Detroit Pistons and fell in those games by a combined 43 points. However, on Friday, Thaddeus Young posted a stat line of 29 points, eight rebounds and five steals. He is the only player this season to accomplish that feat with multiple 3-pointers made. The 76ers also took on the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics. They lost those games by just six points each.
2-3-14: The 76ers had an unsuccessful three-game homestand. Philadelphia had a halftime lead against the Toronto Raptors on Friday, but could not hold onto the lead in the final 24 minutes. In Saturday’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Thaddeus Young recorded a career-high eight steals, the most of any NBA big man this season. While the 76ers fell to the Phoenix Suns two days later, Evan Turner helped Philadelphia stop another three-game losing streak on Wednesday in Boston. The fourth-year Illinois native hit his league-leading second buzzer-beater of the season. Spencer Hawes also chipped in with a team-high 20 points.
1-27-14: After starting 2014 on a winning streak, the 76ers dropped seven of their next eight games. Philadelphia ended up with a 1-3 record this past week, but the team had a couple of fantastic individual performances. After the 76ers struggled on the offensive end on Friday and Saturday, Michael Carter-Williams became the first player on the team to score 30 points in almost two weeks. Although Brett Brown’s squad lost by eight points that night in Washington, Michael Carter-Williams put up 31 points, six rebounds and five assists. Then on Wednesday, Evan Turner scored a career-high 34 points and matched his season-high with 11 rebounds to help give the New York Knicks their fifth straight loss.
1-20-14: The 76ers have surprised everyone with their play recently. First, they went on a four-game winning streak from the end of 2013 to the beginning of 2014, as they defeated four consecutive Western Conference opponents on the road. In addition, two of those teams are playoff contenders in the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers. In the victory over the Blazers, Thaddeus Young matched his season-high with a game-high 30 points. After the 76ers returned from the West Coast, they lost four consecutive games by double digits for the first time in a year. Philadelphia then upset the Charlotte Bobcats to stop the slide. It sure is difficult to understand this 76ers basketball team.
1-3-14: Heading into this week, the 76ers had just one road win on the season. They now have four as they tore through the west coast this past week. Although they dropped Saturday’s contest in Phoenix, Michael Carter-Williams had a strong night: 27 points, six rebounds, six assists and four steals. Evan Turner did not play Saturday, but he did on Sunday at the Staples Center. Thaddeus Young had a team-high 25 points and Turner chipped in 22 in the seven-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Then, Turner put up a game-high 23 points while Thaddeus Young posted a double-double in the 76ers’ 114-102 win in Denver. Philadelphia completed the week with another scoring performance upwards of 110 points, as they defeated the Sacramento Kings by nine points.
12-30-13: The return of Michael Carter-Williams in fact brought joy to the City of Brotherly Love. He came back from his seven-game absence to register his seventh career double-double and end the team’s seven-game losing streak. It took an extra five minutes, but the Wells Fargo Center crowd erupted when Evan Turner hit a buzzer-beater to defeat the Brooklyn Nets. After the 76ers secured their second victory of the month, they traveled to Milwaukee to face the Bucks. Although Philadelphia dropped that game by 10 points and now stands at 8-20, Carter-Williams put together double-doubles on back-to-back nights for the first time in his NBA career.
12-22-13: Everyone on the 76ers will be glad to have Michael Carter-Williams back in the lineup because the team has lost seven consecutive games since he has been sidelined with a knee infection. He hopes to play on Friday against the Brooklyn Nets after practicing on both Wednesday and Thursday. While Philadelphia will regain one starter soon, the team may lose another in the coming weeks. There were rumors that Thaddeus Young and his agent have requested a trade after he admitted that his young teammates were frustrating him. The reason why there might be some tension among 76ers players is that they became the first Philadelphia basketball team since 1995 to lose consecutive games by at least 30 points.
12-13-13: That was a frustrating week for the 76ers, in which they went 0-4. In addition, for the second time in three weeks, they suffered three consecutive double-digit losses. Since December 6, Philadelphia has been playing without starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams due to a knee infection. It is unfortunate that he remains out because he has been a pleasant surprise for this struggling 76ers team. Philadelphia will have to continue to fight hard without its floor general. The 76ers did so in their last game, a seven-point loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota. However, the losing streak might not end until Carter-Williams returns.
12-6-13: Although the 76ers are one of the worst teams on the road this season, they have still have a better overall record than both New York teams. Philadelphia struggled against the New Orleans Pelicans and Detroit Pistons, but got a much-needed win in double overtime against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. Michael Carter-Williams registered his first career triple-double in that game. With Tony Wroten putting up a triple-double of his own in November, the 76ers are only the second team this season with multiple triple-doubles. Philadelphia won both of those games, so Brett Brown and the 76ers will be hoping for more triple-doubles soon.
11-28-13: The rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers are competing hard every night behind new head coach Brett Brown. As much as Brown’s emphatic 6th man defense on the sidelines is appreciated for entertainment purposes, it hasn’t helped the undermanned team in terms of production. Thaddeus Young missed three games before returning in Philly’s lost in Orlando (scoring 26 points) and Spencer Hawes missed the losses against Indiana and Orlando with soreness in his left knee. As surprising good as Michael Carter-Williams has been this year (17.8/7.0/5.6), missing key veterans like Young and Hawes makes it virtually impossible for Philly to sustain any success. The 76ers are now 6-10 on the season heading into Friday night’s home game against the Detroit Pistons.
11-22-13: After a fairy tale 4-2 start to the season, the 76ers have finally started to regress back to the mean. Philadelphia has lost four of their last six games and currently sits at 5-8 on the season. Michael Carter-Williams returned to the team on Wednesday night against the Raptors after missing the previous four games with a bruised foot, but MCW continued to struggle with his shooting and turnovers (2-10, 6 turnovers). Despite the recent slide, Philly fans can still enjoy the pipe dream of making the playoffs for a little longer, as Philadelphia is still sitting in the 7th seed in the East (for the short time being).
11-15-13: Philly had to roll without star rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams (foot) on Wednesday night, but Tony Wroten and James Anderson stepped up in a massive way to produce the majority of the 76ers’ points in a huge overtime win over the Houston Rockets. That game helped Philadelphia get over .500 and sit at 5-4 in week three.
Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams has been the face of versatility to start 2013, while Evan Turner has been a fantastic source of points for the upstart 76ers, who have shaken the NBA world to its core with an impressive 3-2 start. No one can be sure if it’s fool’s gold or not, but one thing for sure is that this year’s Philadelphia squad plays hard every night and is extremely entertaining to watch.
10-30-13: Building for the future, the 76ers are looking to make their youthful core ready for upcoming seasons. New coach Brett Brown will have the team relying on starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who came out of Syracuse after his sophomore year and impressed in the preseason. His shot still needs development, but he accumulated more than two steals per game and had a strong assist-to-turnover ratio. In addition, James Anderson, who enters his fourth season in the league, shot very well during the preseason. More than half of his attempts were from 3-point distance, where he finished with just under 50 percent shooting. The team also signed undrafted BYU forward Brandon Davies, and he will look to contribute off the bench.
10-21-13: Philadelphia is in a rebuilding mode as they are about to begin on their 2013-2014 season, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have potential to be a good team down the road. The 76ers are 2-4 this preseason but have laid the foundation to build upon with promising young players like Evan Turner, Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young. Turner has been averaging 19.75 points per game this preseason and is looking to take the next step this season as the future of the organization. The Philadelphia 76ers have two preseason games left:
October 21 @ Cleveland
October 23 vs Minnesota
10-17-13: The 76ers have signed Daniel Orton, who has played for both the Thunder and Magic. They also waived Tim Ohlbrecht.
10-14-13: With Doug Collins out as head coach the Philadelphia 76ers will begin rebuilding immediately. During this year's NBA draft the Philadelphia 76ers traded for Mearlens Noel out of Kentucky. Shooting guard Evan Turner is now the longest tenured 76er and he will look to build on what is been a strong started his career in his fourth and be a season. Veteran shooting guard Jason Richardson had off-season knee surgery and could be out for the entire year. I'm opening-night the 76ers are the lucky team that gets to host the world champion Miami Heat.
9-14-13: Khalif Wyatt has agreed to a partially guaranteed, multi-year contract with the 76ers. He's expected to be on the team's roster when they open the season against the World Champion Heat on 10/30.
9-13-13: The 76ers have signed Darius Morris to a partially guaranteed deal. He's expected to play meaningful minutes for the team in 2013-14. Last year with the Lakers, Morris averaged 4 points and 1.6 assists in just over 14 minutes per game.
9-11-13: Philly has hired Brandon Williams to be a key position in their front office. Previously, Williams was in the league office in basketball operations.
8-31-13: The 76ers have hired Chad Iske to be an assistant coach on Brett Brown's staff.
8-23-13: With the Andrew Bynum Experiment (great band name!) officially dead, the Philadelphia 76ers are focused completely on the future. After making the All-Star team for the first time in 2013, Philly decided to sell high on Jrue Holiday and made a draft night deal with the New Orleans Pelicans that sent Holiday out and brought a 2014 1st round pick and rookie Center Nerlens Noel to Philadelphia. The 76ers also drafted 6’6” PG Michael Carter-Williams 11th overall and new GM Sam Hinkie took a low-risk in trading for the Curious Case of Royce White.
The best bet to see good basketball this season in Philadelphia will come via the visiting teams. LeBron James and the Miami Heat come to Philly to open the season on October 30th and make a second visit on January 17th. Sixer fans won’t have to wait long to boo Andrew Bynum, as the Cleveland Cavaliers will make a trip to Philadelphia on Friday, November 8th. Jrue Holiday will make his return with the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday, November 29th.
Key Home Games:
- October 30th – Miami Heat
- November 2nd – Chicago Bulls
- November 8th – Cleveland Cavaliers
- December 9th – L.A. Clippers
- January 25th – Oklahoma City Thunder
8-18-13: Brett Brown has been hired as the next 76ers head coach. He will be the organization's 8th coach since 2003. Brown spent 12 seasons with the Spurs, the last six as their assistant coach. He will hire his own coaching staff and is reportedly getting a 4-year guaranteed deal.
8-14-13: The 76ers have waived Justin Holiday, the brother of former 76er Jrue Holiday.
76ers 2013 Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 6: C Nerlens Noel, Kentucky (from Pelicans).
Round 1, Pick 11: PG Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse.
6-12-13: For the Sixers, it was a season of waiting and disappointment. Newly acquired center Andrew Bynum never suited up for a game and may flee the Philadelphia area via free agency this July. Since seasons end, the Sixers are currently looking for a new coach while they continue to rebuild. Finishing 9th in the East and winning 34 games was not in the plans for the Sixers coming into this year, but injuries and inconsistent play caused this. Jrue Holiday made the all-star team this year and will have to continue to emerge as a franchise player if Philly wants to see any success in the near future.
2-14-13: Without Andrew Bynum thus far the Sixers have severely underachieved. The plan to gut most of the rosters talent from the prior season in order to make room for a legit center has not come to fruition just yet. Currently at 22-29 the Sixers have played very inconsistent basketball up until the all-star break. Despite the apparent emergence of Jrue Holliday, and improved Atlantic division has Philadelphia in the 9th seed of the East, and a full 4 games out of the playoff picture. Bynum still has no timetable for a return to the lineup and if the Sixers want to make it to the playoffs, the next 3-4 weeks will make or break their hopes of this.
11-20-12: The long anticipated return of Andrew Bynum will have to wait even longer. Suffering a setback recently to his knee, Andruw Bynum’s return has been pushed back to mid-January. Meanwhile the Sixers have held themselves above water with a 6-4 record but have been extremely inconsistent. With a strong win against Boston, Philly was unable to keep the momentum going by being blown out at home by the then winless Detroit Pistons just 5 nights later. The Sixers are extremely well coached but lack the personnel they will need until Bynum returns in order to build off of what they started last year. What also can be called into question is the kind of shape Bynum will be in when he does in fact return to the lineup.