Last season, the Philadelphia Sixers gave minutes to an astounding 23 players throughout the course of the season. The season ended up being one of the most futile in Sixers history, where as a team they finished 19-63 which included a record tying 26-game losing streak. That’s correct, the team had less wins throughout the course of the year than players on its roster.
The NBA rules state that a team must have 13 players on their active list before the beginning of an NBA season and throughout the course of the season. Teams can also have two players on their inactive roster. In the second week of January, teams also have the opportunity to sign free agents to 10-day contracts solely for the purpose of replacing an injured player. A team can renew a player’s 10-day contract, but must waive or sign the player for the remainder of the season after the player has fulfilled two such contracts.
Sam Hinkie obviously made use of his 10-day contract opportunity, signing six players to 10-day contracts (Dewayne Dedmon, Jarvis Varnado, Darius Johnson-Odom, James Nunnally, Casper Ware, Adonis Thomas). The Sixers acquired three more players for the Sixers in the 2013-14 through trades (Eric Maynor, Henry Sims, Byron Mullens) and since Nerlens Noel and Arnett Moultrie were out for nearly the entire season, Daniel Orton and Brandon Davies rounded out the final roster spots.
This isn’t the first time in team history that the Sixers have gone over 20 men on their roster, but recent history shows that when this happens, the results aren’t pretty.