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Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas Mavericks

Sixers fall to 0-16, set franchise record for consecutive losses to begin a season


The Sixers lost at home on Saturday to a Mavericks team playing without Dirk Nowitzki, who was given the night off simply to rest.

The difference, of course, is that even without Dirk, the Dallas roster is full of recognizable NBA talent, guys who have already gained many valuable years of professional basketball experience.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, is essentially starting from scratch, going with young players exclusively as part of a multi-year rebuilding process, the results of which have been disastrous in terms of wins and losses this season.

The Sixers fell to 0-16, and in doing so, set a franchise record for consecutive losses to begin a season. But if there’s some good news to come out of any of this, it’s that head coach Brett Brown and the players are managing to stay positive.

From Dei Lynam of CSN Philly:

“It isn’t hard,” Brett Brown said when asked what it is like to coach a team that surpasses such a record set in 1972-73. “I asked my guys [Friday], ‘Tell me the team that had the longest losing streak to start the season.’ One of them knew. I said, ‘Tell me the names of three players on the team.’ Nobody knew. I said, ‘Who was the general manager?’ Nobody answered. I said, ‘Tell me who the owners were.’ Nobody knew. I asked who the coach was, and they all knew.” …

“We are heartbroken; you can’t dismiss that. I feel terrible. I feel for the city because we want to get it right. But down deep I know something is going on that I like. I think they will be rewarded for their efforts and validated for the work they put in.”

Philadelphia does have some promising young pieces. Michael Carter-Williams put up a triple-double in the loss, K.J. McDaniels has been electrifying off the bench, and Tony Wroten (the team’s leading scorer, who was out Saturday due to injury) possesses a skill set that has all kinds of room for improvement as he gets more games under his belt.

But winning still might be a long way off. Next up for Philadelphia: a home date on Monday against the defending champion Spurs.

K.J. McDaniels only reason to watch Sixers, throws down on Brandan Wright (VIDEO)

Dallas Mavericks v Philadelphia 76ers

It’s not easy to watch the now 0-16 Sixers, but there is becoming one good reason:

K.J. McDaniels.

He is the kind of explosive, exciting rookie every team is looking for and while everyone was talking about the big first-round picks of Joel Embid and Dario Saric (neither of whom are playing with the Sixers this year) McDaniels has been the highlight reel. Doing things like throwing down the big putback dunk on Dallas’ Brandan Wright.

Michael Carter-Williams had a triple-double and the Sixers picked up a moral victory by hanging with the Mavericks most of the game, but moral victories are not exactly what the Sixers need right now. Dallas got the road win they expected despite the team having an off shooting night from three (26 percent).

Sixers offense from bad to worse: Tony Wroten out week with sprained knee

Phoenix Suns v Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers are scoring a league-worst 92.2 points per 100 possessions so far this season (according to Basketball-Reference.com). Actually, not just league worst this season, that number would tie for the worst offense in NBA history (with the 76-77 Nets and 02-03 Nuggets).

Now the Sixers is about to get worse as they will be without their leading scorer, Tony Wroten, for at stretch.

From Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com.

Wroten is averaging 17.9 points per game and coach Brett Brown had tried playing him next to Michael Carter-Williams in a gunning backcourt (together they average better than 30 shots a game, and neither is a good shooter). Wroten has been a turnover machine this season, coughing up the ball on 18.9 percent of his possessions he ended this season). That said, this team needs points and he can get them, if not efficently.

No Wroten in the starting lineup could mean more K.J. McDaniels, and that would be good for all of us.

Michael Carter-Williams drives and kicks… to unsuspecting referee (video)

Dallas Mavericks v Philadelphia 76ers

In his eight-year playing career, Haywoode Workman shot 32 percent on 3-pointers. Unfortunately for Michael Carter-Williams and the 76ers, Workman – now a referee – can’t help them. Playing 6-on-5, Philadelphia might have had a chance against the Trail Blazers.

Some Sixers season ticket holders are understandably ticked off


I think we all have an intellectual understanding of what is going on in Philadelphia: In that market the draft is the way to rebuild, and if you’re going to go with the “be bad to be good” plan then don’t sugar coat it, don’t do it halfway, go all in. We’re still a few years away from seeing if this grand experiment works.

But if I were a season ticket holder paying hard-earned cash to see this team I would be frustrated. Actually, forget frustrated, I’d be angry. Because even if I get intellectually what this team is trying to do why am I paying good money and dragging my butt out of a warm home on a cold Philly winter night to see this Sixers team? This is not good basketball.

Some frustrated season ticket holders vented at Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil in an article by David Aldridge at NBA.com (that has great nuance and you should read the entire thing).

“A couple of years ago, you guys raised the prices when Andrew Bynum came here,” (a frustrated fan) tells the team’s chief executive officer. “And that didn’t work out. We paid for tickets, and then the [Jrue Holiday] trade happened. So we paid last year to watch nothing. And then this year, we bought tickets thinking we were gonna watch two lottery picks. The point is, we’re paying the same prices other people are paying … We’re paying what everybody is paying, and we’re watching three players out of 15 that would make [other] NBA teams…..

“I do understand the process,” another says. “And the process makes sense. But in 37 years, this is probably one of the worst teams I’ve watched … [for] those people that have endured these two years, and hoping we draft somebody that won’t be in Europe next year, draft somebody we can see and watch, give people [something] that have been there just those two years. You say ‘Together We Build.’ Bottom line, we’re trying to tank. Tank is probably a bad way to put it. But my thought is, cut to the chase.”

The Sixers refuse to say the word tank, and if you define tanking as “telling the coach/players to throw games” they are not. This is institutional tanking — put a bad roster together, play the young guys, and let what happens happen.

It’s ugly. It’s so embarrassing the other NBA owners almost changed the draft lottery system to discourage/punish them. And there are legitimate questions about the system — what are Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and the rest really learning from this? Why not have a couple real professional vets in the locker room to lead these young guys?

That said, the organization will tell you it sold more season ticket packages this year than last, and that most fans get the plan. Frankly, most of the fans venting at O’Neil understand the plan.

That doesn’t make it any easier to watch. What do that fans really think?

Per ESPN.com, the 76ers rank 28th in attendance, averaging 15,178 fans per home game. If those numbers are accurate and held up, that would represent an increase of more than 1,300 people per game over last season, when Philly averaged 13,869 fans per home game. Against the Celtics on Nov. 19, they drew 12,701 fans to Wells Fargo Arena. But tickets for the Nov. 21 game vs. Phoenix were available on StubHub for $10.95.

Here’s what O’Neil knows — if come 2018 the young players on this team blossom like management hopes selling tickets will not be an issue. Sponsors will fall over themselves to be tied to the team in any way. Philadelphia has passionate, loyal, smart fans but that doesn’t change one of the immutable facts of professional sports: Everybody wants to be associated with a winner. In America, winning cures almost all ills.

We’ll know in a couple years if everyone is falling all over each other to be mentioned with the Sixers. Or if they have to go with another plan.