05/24/13 12:21 pm EST
Unfortunately, Sam Hinkie is in a position to fail. There is no other way to look at it. He is a smart guy, but he isn’t that smart. The Eastern Conference was underwhelming this year, but in the NBA things go in cycles. Over the next 4 years, there is no realistic way for the 76ers franchise to taste the kind of success that the fans of the organization are clamoring for.
The 76ers cupboard is bare, similar to the Eagles, Phillies and Flyers. The only thing more disappointing than what is going to happen the next few years is the shock and confusion over what is plain to see for the trained basketball eye.
After the jump, I’ll go ahead and rank how the franchises in the Eastern Conference will perform over the next 4 years. The criteria involves a wide range of elements — Championship Equity, Room to Improve, Salary Cap Factors and Fan Expectations, etc.