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.