02/28/11 3:39 pm EST
Surpassing our win total from last season and being playoff contenders on the last day of February was far from expected. At 30-29 the Sixers have gone through many trials and tribulations this season but playing this successfully under new head coach Doug Collins should be applauded.
Without a single All-Star, a quality center and a disappointing — thus far — No. 2 overall draft pick in Evan Turner, the Sixers will be looking to pull off a first-round shocker this postseason. Philly fans have grown accustomed to competitive winning teams in the Eagles, Phillies and Flyers, while the Sixers have been out-casted in recent years.
Not anymore though. This team is starting to make noise and gain recognition with a core roster that features six of it’s top eight scorers under the age of 25. The two older players (keep in mind Iguodala is only 27) that round out the remaining top eight scorers are Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand.
Yes his enormous contract sucks, but Brand has played exceptionally after disappearing under the supervision of former coach Eddie Jordan. Brand leads the team in scoring and rebounding.
Andre Iguodala is the only player in the NBA besides LeBron James to average at least 14 points, five rebounds and six assists. He’s not throwing up as many field goal attempts but there is no disputing the result: More victories for the 7-6.
With all that being said, I must bring attention to some flaws from the current NBA year. Don’t mean to be a ‘Negative Nancy’ but this has been far from a perfect year. Let me bring attention to you five major issues we made a mistake on (in no particular order).