The Sixers under Doug Collins kind of remind me of the Pistons teams that were good for all those years, but everyone on the team is young instead of a solid veteran. They play good defense, they hustle like they are still playing college basketball, and they just continue winning. The main difference besides the age is they don’t have the one guy who can make the big shot when they need it like Billups used to do.
Before you go to crazy, I’m not saying they are as good as the Pistons team that won it, they are just similar. Everyone on the team can score double figures and they can really defend the perimeter, if only they had a really good Center to patrol the paint and rebound. Tonight the Sixers had 7 guys reach double figures and not including Lou Williams who averages over 10 for the year.
If you take away that abysmal start of the season, where the Sixers were still trying to forget everything that Eddie Jordan taught them, and they went 3-13, they are one of the hottest teams since, and are 30-17. They are only a 1/2 game behind the New Look Knicks for the 6th seed, and the way Miami is playing, I wouldn’t count out the Sixers in that series, although I don’t think they match up particularly well with the Heat.
Speaking of the Heat and their struggles. In the offseason and after the start I wanted Iggy gone so we could rebuild with this young squad. Now, there is no way I would ever trade Iguodala for Chris Bosh, who not only is a fraud of an all star, but resembles a power forward who I wouldn’t even start on my team. It is funny how much changes during a season.
The Sixers play the scary Oklahoma City Thunder tomorrow at home. This is going to be a true test of what the Sixers playoff hopes are going to be. If they can beat a very good team at home, then the Bulls or Heat are going to be in for quite a series.
About the Author
Written by Bennett Snyder
Recently graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism. I have been a sports fan since before I could speak. While every kids dream of making it to the professional level didn't work out for me, I still have a strong desire to be around sports 24/7. I was born and live in Philadelphia, but spent most of my life in central New Jersey, so this tri-state area of NJ/NY/PA is my forte. If you have any questions you would like to ask just email me, no matter which sport, because i follow them all except golf and nascar.