Recently Chad Ford and John Hollinger, the “NBA Insiders” over at ESPN.com, posted their Future Power Rankings of NBA teams. As a refresher, we remind you that the Future Power Rankings are ESPN Insider’s projection of the on-court success expected for each team during the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Or in simpler terms “a convenient way to see the direction your favorite team is headed.”
As we read over the most recent rankings by Ford and Hollinger we were not surprised to see that these respected NBA scribes placed the Sixers at #25 in their Future Power Rankings. That’s right about where we had the 76ers in our own NBA rankings. What surprised us is the accuracy with which these “national” writers analyzed the issues that plague Philadunkia’s favorite franchise. It was as if they follow the Sixers on a daily / nightly basis or had secretly hidden a microphone here in the Philadunkia offices and had been listening to our conversations on the state of the franchise.
After the jump are the words ESPN.com’s Ford and Hollinger wrote about the state of the Sixers. The breakdown will sting a little, but sometimes we need to hear the truth from outsiders for it to really hit home…
“The Sixers, coming off a 27-win season, will probably continue to struggle for a while. But the addition of college player of the year Evan Turner and the potential of second-year point guard Jrue Holiday provide hope. With Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams returning as well, Philly fans can be somewhat optimistic.
The problem, as Sixers fans are well aware, is that GM Ed Stefanski’s plan for the team is still a mystery. In recent years Philadelphia has signed Elton Brand to a huge contract, let Andre Miller walk to save money, brought in another expensive veteran in Andres Nocioni, traded away center Samuel Dalembert, hired and fired coach Eddie Jordan, hired a new coach in Doug Collins and made other moves that demonstrate no particular direction. So while the Sixers have an interesting young core, the team is also bogged down by players with bad contracts, is overloaded with overlapping talents and lacks shooting and an inside defensive presence.
Philly also has no real ability to spend until the summer of 2013 and will be just good enough to pick in the late lottery (or lower) each year, significantly hindering its chances of becoming any better in the short term.”
We couldn’t have said it better. While we have hope that 2010-11 will be much better then last season, we are having a hard time figuring out Ed Stefanski’s long range plan. Thus, despite a wealth of young talent and now a respected head coach, our excitement about the future of the 76ers is greatly tempered by confusion regarding which direction this team is headed.