Posted by Neil Paine on October 20, 2010
Welcome to our 2010-11 NBA Blogosphere Previews, in which we contact the finest team bloggers on the web and ask them to contribute their thoughts on the squad they cover. What follows is their take, along with the team's depth chart (courtesy of ESPN.com), projected 2011 stats via our Simple Projection System, and polls where you get to have your say. Enjoy!
Coach: Doug Collins
Record: 27-55, Finished 4th in NBA Atlantic Division
Pythagorean W-L: 30-52 (24th of 30)
SRS: -3.92 (23rd of 30) ▪ Pace Factor: 91.6 (23rd of 30)
Offensive Rating: 106.1 (20th of 30) ▪ Defensive Rating: 110.3 (24th of 30)
2011 Depth Chart (with 2010-11 projected per-36 minute stats ... yellow = newcomer)
2010-11 Blogger Outlook by Jordan Sams, libertyballers.com
The Sixers biggest strengths are Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner. All three have shown both the ability to be above average perimeter defenders as well, as great players in transition. The Sixers will go as far as they take them.
The team's biggest weaknesses are just about everything else. They can't shoot, score in the half-court, rebound or defend the paint. That's a recipe for a bad team, which is what the Sixers look to be in 2010-2011.
Whether this season is considered a success or failure is dependent on how much or little the young players develop individually. Will lights-out scorers like Lou Williams and Marreese Speights finally add a defensive dimension to their game? Will Jrue Holiday live up to the pre-season hype? Will Thaddeus Young bounce back from a disappointing year? Is Evan Turner a bust? Regardless of wins and losses, it'll be a great season if the young players show significant improvement.