2014-15 Record: 18-64
2014-15 Offense: 92.0 PPG (29th)
2014-15 Defense: 101.0 PPG (20th)
Key Additions: Jahlil Okafor (C), Nik Stauskas (SG), Richaun Holmes (F)
Key Losses: Henry Sims (C), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (SF)
The Sixers are entering year three of the rebuilding process. After two dreadful seasons and multiple high draft picks, will they be any better this year? Do they even want to be? I’m sure they’d rather have another top three pick than 40 wins this year.
Philadelphia couldn’t score last year but the addition of Okafor should help. He was the most talented scorer in the draft and could easily put up twenty a game for the Sixers as a rookie. His defense is lacking but he should be playing next to Nerlens Noel in the front-court, who’s a really exciting and versatile defender. Noel averaged almost two steals and two blocks per game in his first year.
The Sixers have much less to work with in the back-court. Kendall Marshall, on his fourth team in four years, is slated as the starter at point guard. They did get Nik Stauskas from the Kings, almost for free. Stauskas was the eight pick in the draft just a year ago. He didn’t have an impressive rookie year, but he’s still only 22 years old.
Jahlil Okafor is the favorite to win Rookie of the Year but the Sixers still aren’t winning thirty games. That’s how they want it. They can’t be good before Joel Embiid gets healthy. We really can’t judge this team until 2019.