Posted by: Steve Toll
04/12/13 5:22 pm EST

Heading into tonight’s game, the 76ers face a Washington Wizards team that has a similar record and future outlook going forward, if you are only looking at things on the surface.  

As you peek down the rabbit hole, that judgement seems wrong.  It also depends on how you are looking at things as well as your opinion on what you want out of a bright future.  

Since it seems obvious that the 76ers aren’t going to tank in 2013-14 for Wiggins, there is no doubt that Washington is right now in a better place than the 76ers.

The 76ers still have the Bynum decision looming and the domino effect from that.  There is still an opportunity to keep and subsequently, overpay for Evan Turner.  Spencer Hawes might be given away for nothing.  Thad may never be given free reign to expand his game to the 3pt line.  Dorell Wright may be let go.  Cody Zeller could be the 76ers first round pick.  DC and Dileo could conceivably hold power at least one more year.  The possibility for mistakes is endless

The Wizards have far less mistakes to be made.  The team is essentially locked in salary cap wise for next year and will likely be drafting a SF/PF where outside of Neol, Ben and Smart, is the deepest set of talent this year.

John Wall has gone HAM on the NBA this season.  Looking at his numbers compare to Jrue, along with D-Rose and Westbrook at 22, you see that Wall has taken his game to another level.

With a full healthy off-season ahead, John Wall looks like he will ascend to the pantheon of “much watch players” every night of the year.  Wall makes things so much easier on his teammates, it really comes down to him.

If NeNe can stay healthy next year, Okafor+Ariza can play stingy D for 30 mpg, Beal continues to impress (he was very good with Wall), and there other young players contribute,  the Wizards will be in the playoffs next year and the foreseeable future.  The team will also have a bunch of cap room after next season, upwards of $30,000,000 to build around a core of Wall+Nene+Beal.

The 76ers have assured themselves years of lower level mediocrity IF the front office and owners are stubborn and try to add a single piece this off-season.  Even if a game plan like what was laid out in this Philadunkia post happens, the 76ers still are devoid of the long term young talent that can evolve into a championship team.  

Looking around the league, the argument could be made that the 76ers are in the worst place of any franchise outside of Toronto and the Los Angeles Lakers, the former because their GM is terrible while seemingly having full autonomy and the latter because of immense expectations that can’t be attained.

Tonight’s match-up is one that seems to have 2 franchise with much in common, but only at a glance


11 Responses to “IS the WIZ’S FUTURE BRIGHTER??”

  1. Rob h
    12. April 2013 at 18:19

    The lakers are about to resign Howard or have a ton of cap after next year, how are they in a bad place?

  2. Jon in LA
    12. April 2013 at 18:35

    The interesting part to me is that the Sixers are bad, but not that bad. When you think about it, we got rid of all our best players (Iggie, Lou, Vuc, and Brand), to make room for Bynum. Then Bynum doesn’t play a single game. But yet, we’re stop only the tenth worst team! That’s not bad enough to get an impact player.

    So how do we get even worse? How do we get to Charlotte bad? And if we can’t, what can we do instead?

    People say sign Bynum because if he gets hurt, we’ll be bad, which will help us. But the fact is, without Bynum, we’re still drafting 8-10th which isn’t bad enough.

  3. Steve Toll
    12. April 2013 at 20:21

    Rob H,

    “immense expectations that can’t be attained”

    Jon in LA,

    The 76ers really aren’t as good as their 31-47 record. They have run extremely hot this year and bein in the far weaker conference, both have helped their record to be what is currently is.

    If winning the next few years is a priority,
    If tanking is the key, resign SwaggyP, Sign Randy Foye and Chris Kaman.
    If being mediocre for the foreseeable future is the key, resign Bynum or an Al Jefferson or Josh Smith type of player

  4. Rob h
    12. April 2013 at 22:05

    Imense expectations like a championship? Are you saying that when literally everyone is off the books after next year they can’t win a championship with Dwight as the main cog?
    How do you win a championship in the nba Steve since your smarter than 2/3 of the league? All you do is hate on literally every team… Who is good in your eyes, who is this perfect roster you seem to think you could build?

  5. Steve Toll
    12. April 2013 at 23:05

    Rob H,

    You’re a bit slow, so allow me to spell it out.

    D12 and Nash will eat up ~$30,000,000 in the 2014 off season. Good luck building a championship team with$30,000,000 in cap space

  6. Steve Troll
    12. April 2013 at 23:47

    You can tell a Steve Toll article by the headline, therefore you can tell which articles are not worth reading.

  7. George
    13. April 2013 at 15:07

    I have to agree about the wizards, if it wasn’t for the wall injury I think they would have been the 8 seed easily. I don’t see how adding josh smith would make us mediocre though. Weak side help defense for a pretty soft center, allows Thad to slide over to the three where he becomes a constant matchup problem, and I believe makes us one of the bigger more athletic teams (excluding turner’s utter lack of athletic ability of course) in the east. I hope we can get another point guard, as I have grown weary of watching Turner pound the ball and take a blanketed jumper and complain about every single call in a game

  8. Jon in LA
    13. April 2013 at 20:02


    Whether they are as good or not as their record is irrelevant, that fact is, there record is there record and we’re sitting around 10th. Who can say they won’t play just like this next year and end up in the same place? Jrue, Thad, Turner, and Hawes will most likely be back and that’s the same team.

  9. Jon
    13. April 2013 at 22:14

    The wizards are in a far better position than the sixers I don’t think there’s any debating that. As for John wall I don’t necessarily disagree that he’s better than jrue, even though I’d say they were close to equal. I just don’t get how walls WS numbers are so much higher than jrues when you look at their other stats and they appear fairly similar.

  10. Steve Toll
    14. April 2013 at 12:55


    The 76ers are a bad basketball, one who can’t even afford Josh Smith.

    Hopefully ET decides to take his talents to Europe.

    Jon in LA,

    The team has alot of interesting possibilities this offseason in regards to the direction they could take the franchise.


    Wall is a more efficient scorer with a higher usage and takes better care of the ball. Getting to the free throw line is so beneficial and Wall does that extremely well.
    He is also a superior defender to Jrue, they aren’t close at this point.

  11. Jon
    14. April 2013 at 21:26


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