2010 Philadelphia 76ers Preview
Not too many people realize this but the 76ers had a pretty good season last year. They were second in the Atlantic division and they finished with a .500 record. They were dumped in the first round by the Orlando Magic but so was every other team in the east. The 76ers had a decent year but they need to improve to take that next step.
Eddie Jordan comes in as head coach and his goal will be to take this team to the next level and get them by the first round of the playoffs. This is not easy in an Eastern Conference that was inundated with high price free agents and talent but the Sixers have a core that may get the job done. Jordan and the Sixers will basically have to do it with the same group after little to no movement in the off-season.
In the off-season the Sixers lost Theo Ratliff but this was more about finances than talent and they have plenty of other players that can step up and fill the void. The key loss may be Andre Miller who is now playing in Portland. They will not fill his ability to lead on the floor easily. In the draft the Sixers went out and drafted guard Jrue Holiday. In the free agent market the Sixers went looking for an outside shoorter to add consistency from the floor and nabbed Jason Kapono.
The Sixers have Elton Brand coming back from a shoulder injury, and they also possess an athletic scorer in Andre Iguodala and that is a nice one-two punch to start the season off. Brand has to stay healthy all year and the Sixers need the role players to step up and play. Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams lead a talented young core that will have to step up and prove they are ready to take the next step. The first year will be a tough one for Eddie Jordan but he could make the difference on the sidelines and get the Sixers back to the playoffs. After that I don’t see them going any deeper.