Philly Sports Talk

Defeating the Draft?


Someone sent the wrong message to the 2013-2014 Philadelphia 76ers. This season was supposed to be about them earning a potential lottery pick to land one of the top 5 picks in next year’s NBA draft. Well, this year’s Sixers and Head Coach Brett Brown have shown that they have other plans. After a very impressive victory opening night against the Miami Heat, the Sixers come back against a lowly Washington Wizards team and win, followed by an equally, if not even more impressive come from behind victory over the Chicago Bulls. Now at 3-0 on this very young season, the Sixers welcome in Golden State, Washington and Cleveland and last year’s bust Andrew Bynum in a short three game home stand which starts tomorrow night.

If anything, the Sixers have shown to be exciting, gritty and full of heart with a desire to win. Led by Evan Turner and Rookie point guard Michael carter-Williams, add big man Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus young to the mix and you have a team that refuses to lose and will give all they have out there on the court. While happy with the wins, the Sixers players understand that there’s more work to be done. “We’re excited about the victories,” forward Thaddeus Young said, “but the work doesn’t stop here.” While Michael- Carter Williams has gained nicknames as fast as he has been dishing out assists and scoring the ball due to the fans excitement, he credits his coach with his play over this very young season thus far.  “Coach gives me a lot of confidence out there,” Carter-Williams said. “I’m able to play freely.” Head Coach Brett Brown clearly believes in Carter-Williams himself; “I think it’s a point guards’ league,” Brown said, “and I think Michael Carter-Williams is for real.”

“MCW” has been producing at a rate that no one expected coming into the season. His opening night performance of 22 points, 12 assists, 7 rebounds and 9 steals not only raised some eyebrows, but shocked and dazzled a few NBA legends that were in attendance. Over his young 3 game NBA career “the hyphen” (Carter-Williams) has broke out averages of 20.7 points, 9.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game. His ability to score and keep his teammates involved as well has also enabled Evan Turner to average a career best 23.0 points per game and the look of a #2 draft pick that we were expecting some time ago.

When the Warriors come in tomorrow night, they will be expecting the Sixers to be at their best and they will also be up for the task of handing them their first loss of the season. After three games, the Sixers appear to have another goal in mind. Not only to complete, but to win. If we have come to expect nothing else in the upcoming games for the Sixers, we have come to expect their competitiveness, their togetherness and their gritty play to match the intensity they have displayed over the past three games. While the goal is to obtain a first-rounder and build a championship team, we will all have fun watching, cheering, and hoping that this team will remain as interesting to say the least, along the way.