The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
While the Philadelphia 76ers have recently shown face in the Eastern Conference post season, the team has struggled to regain some since of strength that has escaped them since the days of Allen Iverson. Last season it seemed like the addition of Andrew Bynum would be a step in the right direction, but the former LA Lakers center did not appear in any games for Philadelphia due to a knee injury. What made the situation worse is that he has now left the organization and they don't have anything to show for their risk.
The 76ers roster will be devoid of recognizable names to anyone other than hardcore NBA fans. The team moved their only All-Star in Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for Nerlens Noel and a first round draft pick. The move immediately incited rage from their fan base as it was unexplained why make such a move.
That has left Thaddeus Young to be the potential main weapon for the team. Evan Turner adds to the young forward core that has shown flashes of solid play but still have a lot of development that needs to be made. Noel is going to be expected to make major gains at the same time as the 19 year old center may be pushed into the starting lineup. Spencer Hawes ended the year with 11 points and 7.2 rebounds per game but the 76ers will need a center that can average a double-double to hang with the better teams in the conference.
The Philadelphia 76ers are clearly a young team that will need some sort of direction this season. Jason Richardson is perhaps their most prominent veteran on the court and will have to provide some sort of leadership. However, the 76ers are expected to have another season of struggle in which they will miss the playoffs once again.
Expected Starting Lineup
Michael Carter-Williams PG: NBA Rookie
Jason Richardson SG: 10.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG
Thaddeus Young SF: 14.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG
Evan Turner SF: 13.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG
Spencer Hawes C: 11 PPG, 7.2 RPG
13th in the Eastern Conference