Philadelphia 76ers: NBA 2014-15 Season Preview, Prediction, Outlook
2014 NBA Season
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The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to put last season’s horrible record behind them as they enter another year under head coach Brett Brown.
Here is your 2014 Philadelphia 76ers NBA preview.
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Key Additions: Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel (injury), Hasheem Thabeet
Key Losses: Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner
Biggest Strength: While last year may not have shown much, the Philadelphia 76ers have a bright future. Of course, this strength doesn’t help them now, but a core made up of ROY Michael Carter-Williams, and two promising bigs in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid, the 76ers have something going for them in the next couple of years. Michael Carter-Williams proved to be a complete player on a god awful team last season and Embiid and Noel both have extremely high ceilings if they can stay healthy. The 76ers have their main core to build around the next couple of seasons and eventually become a playoff team in the East. Philly fans just have to wait it out for a bit.
Biggest Weakness: The Philadelphia 76ers were absolutely terrible defensively last season, ranking dead last in the league with an average of 109.9 points per game. The 76ers allowed 100 or more points in 17 of their last 22 games last season. That’s bad. And while things could always improve from season-to-season, I think everybody can agree the 76ers didn’t make enough moves in the offseason to truly improve this team or its defensive efforts in one season. The 76ers are still a very raw, young and for the most part not very talented. The Philadelphia 76ers have a ton of weaknesses but defense may be the worst of them all.
Expectations: The 76ers finished last season with a 19-63 record, there are no expectations. Like I said, the 76ers have a few promising young pieces, but it’s going to take time before they even climb out of the Atlantic division. Give Philly a couple of years to mature and you may have something here. Unfortunately for 76ers fans, the future isn’t now.