PHILADELPHIA, PA. – Well, it looks like they’ve done it again. At this rate, the Philadelphia 76ers will either become a first-round playoff exit, opposite to a Cinderella story or a team with enough youth and poise to launch themselves into the Eastern Conference Finals. Thankfully, it’s a long off-season.
With the recent but not too distant, re-signing of center Spencer Hawes, the Philadelphia fan base has once again become unsettled by the front office’s foolhardy decision-making.
After the acquisition of Hawes, the Sixers went a step further and acquired the 2001 NBA Draft’s No. 1 pick in Kwame Brown. The best stat-line on Brown is that he’s one of the best veterans in the league at taking teams’ money with no actual talent base. Brown averaged 7.9 points and 6.8 rebounds in 26.0 minutes per game in the 2010-2011 season with the Charlotte Bobcats. As an 11-year veteran, he only brings a solid defensive base to the struggling Sixers’ frontcourt which is now lacking the ‘Old Chevy’, Elton Brand. However, this takes away from the play of the youth in Arnett Moultrie, Lavoy Allen and Nic Vucevic.
Lastly, the most recent FA signing for the franchise came on Wednesday afternoon. Lacking depth at the point guard position behind Jrue Holiday, the team signed Royal Ivey once again for another stint with the Philadelphia faithful. Ivey, the 6″4′ guard from Texas, averaged a feeble 2.1 points and 0.3 assists last year behind Russell Westbrook and Derek Fisher of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The most positive acquisitions of the off-season for the 76ers have been in forward Dorell Wright, via trade from the Golden State Warriors, and the signing of the lights-out shooter, Nick Young from the Los Angeles Clippers. I can foresee Young starting and becoming a better asset to the team than Lou Williams [and his streaky shooting], and Wright becoming a fine sixth-man or an apt role player.
Regardless of what goes on, the Sixers definitely know how to keep a fan base guessing. This notion is just something that has become a cliché in Philadelphia front offices around the many leagues of play, in the democratic demographic in southeastern PA.