By Brandon Pemberton
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I already did a nba season preview and you can view it here: http://brandononsports.com/2011/12/24/2011-12-nba-season-preview/ But tonight my hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers start their 2011-12 season in Portland. I wasn’t going to take out the time to write a whole preview, but I will sum things up briefly for you.
The Sixers return pretty much the same group of players from last season’s team who made the playoffs as a 7 seed and lost to the Miami Heat 3-1.If this team is going to take a step forward and get any better, it all lies in the development of Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, and Thaddeus Young.
Elton Brand had a solid season, but is clearly one of the most overpaid players in the league, along with teammate Andre Iguodala. Brand’s contrct is virtually unmovable and the Sixers had a chance to amnesty it via the league’s new rules,but decided not to. Iguodala has some value out there to some teams who need a defender and have a shot to make a playoff run, but the Sixers have shown in the past that they plan on holding on to him.
In my opinion, the only way we will get a legit look at what Turner and Young really are, is to move Iguodala for some expiring contracts. There is too much of a jam at the 2-3 position and all have similar type games, none of them being knockdown shooters. Jody Meeks is a good shooter, but he shouldn’t be a starter in this league. Many people ask me: “Why get rid of Brand, he’s our only post player?” Because the way this team is currently constructed, they aren’t a title contender. The Sixers need the cap space to eventually go after a legit Superstar player. The only way you have a chance to win in this league is to have one to two legit stars and the Sixers have none.
The Sixers had one of the NBA’s best benches last season and will have the same this year, with Thaddeus Young, Lou Williams, and Evan Turner getting good minutes. I still don’t understand why Turner isn’t starting over Meeks, but I’m not the coach. I’m just some aspiring sportswriter and radio host who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
I predicted the Sixers to win 35 games and lose 31 and be somewhere between a 6th-7th seed this season. But what does that really mean? Another first round exit? Most likely. Until they decide to dump salary and take a step back in order to become a legit contender, this is what Sixers fans will continue to deal with. A exciting team, but a mediocre, middle of the road bunch that will be at .500 or a little better and a non-factor in the title run.