|2014-15 Record (as of Jan. 18)|
Last season, the Sixers actually had a couple of legitimate and experienced NBA rotation players on the roster, a few remnants from the team that was just a few minutes away from the conference finals in 2012. This year, their only guy with any kind of winning experience is Luc Mbah a Moute, who adds to Philly’s perimeter shooting woes and is around mostly to be a mentor for injured rookie Joel Embiid.
No team in recent memory entered the season with lower expectations. And when the Sixers lost their first 17 games, we were all just nodding our heads. But there was some promise in the defensive numbers and, eventually, a few ugly wins. The Sixers still don’t have the talent to compete every night, or even every other night. But for what they are, they’re well coached and they play hard.
For the second straight season, the results mean nothing. And it will be a while before we know if Sam Hinkie’s plan worked out. But considering both the present and the future, things could certainly be worse.
|2014-15 Team Rating|
|30th Overall||14th Overall|
— John Schuhmann, NBA.com