How Do You Define “Success”?

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
04/22/14 8:38 am EST

josh-harris_600The 2013-14 season was quite the struggle for our Sixers as they finished out the year with a 19-63 record. This forgettable season included many players on 10-day contracts, a flury of deals at the NBA trade deadline and a 26 game losing streak.  Could this season really be considered a success?

Well, according to 76ers managing owner Josh Harris, this past season could be considered a “huge success”.

So, Josh Harris, you believe 19 wins in an 82 game schedule can be considered a success?  Sixers fans, the local main stream media and many on sports talk radio are quite upset at Josh Harris.  They have a right to be upset, but in all honesty, I agree with Josh Harris.  This season was a success for many reasons.

First and foremost, this season was all about starting the rebuilding process.  Many in Philadunkia nation realized that the team was going through a rebuilding year after trading away our best player in Jrue Holiday during the 2013 NBA draft.  The goal this season wasn’t winning, it was about rebuilding.  With every loss, we bettered our chances in attaining a high pick at the 2014 NBA Draft.  As the season came to a close, we solidified the 2nd worst record in the League.  Although the top pick isn’t promised to us, it sets us up nicely for the draft in June.  With the second best odds to attain the #1 pick in a loaded 2014 draft, we positioned ourselves to get a player who can become a difference maker for us down the road.  Potentially the Sixers will go into the 2014-15 season with four lottery picks from the past two NBA drafts.  Now that sounds like success to me.

Not only was this season about starting the rebuilding process, it was also about playing and developing our young talent.  Michael Carter-Williams has developed into the favorite for the Rookie of the Year award.  Nerlens Noel, although not seeing any playing time this season due to an ACL injury, has developed his game behind the curtain during practice sessions with Brett Brown.  Hollis Thompson, an undrafted rookie going into this season, has developed into one of the top rookie 3-point shooters in the League.  Henry Sims, the once unknown piece of the Spencer Hawes trade, has proven himself to be a solid center for the team.  The young guys really have taken a step forward in their development this season, and to me, that is another reason to call 2013-14 a success.

Success isn’t always measured with wins.  This season’s success was measured in development. This team’s goal was to rebuild, and with two Top 10 picks, the rebuilding process has the chance to be a quick one.  Josh Harris may have used the wrong words when defining the 2013-2014 Philadelphia 76ers, but he is looking big picture.  He sees championships in our future.  If this season was the first step in getting a championship basketball team back in Philadelphia, wouldn’t you consider it a success as well?


Rich Iacuzio is a scribe for Philadunkia.  You can follow him on Twiiter @richiacuzio.

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7 Responses to “How Do You Define “Success”?”

  1. steve toll
    22. April 2014 at 10:46

    Success is sports is WINS

  2. Alex
    22. April 2014 at 12:35

    This season was a complete success. When it comes down to it the NBA is a business. What is the number one rule to running a good business or investments? You can’t be emotional. Fans that understand this is a business know that the tanking process this year is just a business strategy taking advantage of the system. Why not take advantage, there are still so many deficiencies in the structure of the NBA and they wont be there for long. If you are a fan that disapproves of this particular tanking situation then you are being emotional. By playing to win games this year the 76ers wouldve SEVERELY limited their long term growth potential.

    Hinkie and Co. are striving to be the best in the long term and Philadunkia nation should be totally on board. Wanting mediocrity every year for the sake of basketball morality isn’t American, except in the auto industry.

  3. johnny w
    22. April 2014 at 19:15

    In my mind we were on a MISSION playing by the rules that are currently in place. So our MISSION was to identify talent that fits in our MISSION STATEMENT so to speak….young,cheap, and very athletic. The talent moving forward meets certain check marks in various areas that the Hinkiemonster digs…I have to admit he has peaked my interest in this very different way to skin a cat. Although the Hinkiemonster holds his cards very close to his chest, so far so good and I really like where our organization is. Would not trade places with the MAGIC for example because of our major cap space and not to mention SEVEN picks!!!

    So in phase one of our MISSION we knocked it outta of the park!

  4. Alex H
    22. April 2014 at 22:46

    The season was Success. In addition to what everyone said here regarding the development of MCW, Noel and other young payers, Sixers also have 2 first rounder and 5 second rounder’s.
    In the last 10 drafts around 38% of first rounder’s have been starters or solid bench contributors. Also around 15% of second round picks have been decent bench contributors. So given the quality of draft this year and their draft position, Sixers may pick at least one starter and 1 or 2 bench contributors and few development candidates. Not bad to go through 2-3 years of rebuilding

  5. Brennan
    23. April 2014 at 10:19

    Success is going out and fulfiling the goals that were placed in the beginning. All sixers fans knew that this season was a lost one reguardless of the unexpected 3-0 start. The goal was to within the rules of the nba put together a roster so depleted of nba talent that losing was the result and a high draft pick was ensured. If you ask me hinkie was successful in getting that high draft pick and putting the wheels in motion reguarding the sixers rebuild.

  6. Tony
    23. April 2014 at 12:50


    I enjoyed Harris’ press conference. Other Philly sports team owners take note:

    If you are more transparent with your franchise’s gameplan to the fanbase, the majority of ticket-, parking-, food-, and beer-buying fans will not have so much ire and contempt for your business dealings… even if you set records for losing.

  7. John H
    24. April 2014 at 08:17

    The “success” of the 2013-14 season will be determined in the upcoming draft. Yes, the Sixers are in a great position with all those picks, but they have also made some VERY poor personnel decisions in the past. We’ve spent the last two seasons with our starting center not playing a minute because no one took the time to evaluate their medical conditions. I could easily see the Sixers trading away all of their draft picks for $250 worth of Wawa gift cards and then signing some 43-year-old free agent who has bad knees, one arm, and can’t see from one eye. If the 2013-14 season is to be considered a true success, then the Sixers must draft good players that can make the team a winner in the coming years.

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