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Are the Sixers the real deal?
Posted By Michael Thibault On Jan 17 2012 @ 1:14 pm In Philadelphia 76ers | No Comments
We are now a few weeks into the NBA season, and the 76ers are the surprise of the league, starting the season 10-3 and unbeaten at home. The question remains, can the Sixers keep it up? The schedule for the 76ers has been very friendly so far this season, with their highlight win of the season coming against the Indiana Pacers who were missing Danny Grainger. Their 7 game win streak ended last week at the hands of the New York Knicks, but it was the 3rd game in as many nights for the Sixers.
The Sixers hold the best point differential in the league with a +14.9 which is absolutely ridiculous seeing as the closest to them is at +8.5. The Sixers may be benefactors of an easy schedule so far, but they are taking it to these teams, winning by double digits in 9 of their 10 victories this year. They have one of the deepest, if not the deepest bench in the league, with Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner tearing it up this season. It is very refreshing watching this team play, and their success has come from their ability to play like a team in an age where the NBA is dominated by 1 on 1 performances. This Sixers team is fast and young, and they are blowing teams out in the 2nd half of games because of their bench.
While their bench is playing outstanding, their starters aren’t doing too bad either. Elton Brand looks like he is 20 again which is what Sixers fans have been waiting for, and saw a little bit of near the end of last year. Spencer Hawes has come out and shown his ability to score so far this year, and he will be a huge factor in this teams success if he can stay healthy. Andre Iguodala looks more relaxed than he has been in his entire career, and it is showing on the stats sheets. He is explosive, can hit the outside shot, and can dunk over any teams biggest guy. Jodie Meeks got off to a slow start and is still playing pretty inconsistent, but when this guy is on he is on. This entire team for that matter can shoot the 3 ball making them that much dangerous. Lastly, Jrue Holiday is just clutch. Whenever this team needs a basket, he is the guy they look to. It will be exciting to watch this kid grow into an NBA star, and this year he looks much improved.
So the pieces are all there, and Sixers management’s move to keep the same team as last year and work with them is looking like it’s paying off right now. Doug Collins has done a spectacular job, and is possibly the most underrated coach in the NBA right now. I thought his name should have been in for Coach of the Year last year, leading that team on a hot streak after getting off to an awful start. This week we will see if the Sixers are for real or not. They play the Nuggets tomorrow, the Hawks on Friday and the Heat on Saturday. These are by far their biggest games so far in this young season, and now is the time to show the league that they are here to stay.
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