Sixers: Underachieving or Overated?
I'm no Sixers fan. In fact, I couldn't stand listening to every basketball analysis say how good the 76ers would be this season and how they would finish in a high seed and go on a deep playoff run. But even I thought they would have a better record than they do now. I mean 9-14? Is that the record of a team who is supposedly going to be a threat in the playoffs?
Now it could be the players fault. Not playing to thier full potential or are being lazy (which I doubt). Or it's the coaching staff. Maybe Mo isn't coaching the team properly or maybe he isn't using every players strength the right way. I mean, with the talent the 76ers supposedly have (Brand, Igoudala, Miller) they shouldn't be having so much trouble this season.
Or it could be the medias and fans fault. Possibly hyping them up to be more than what the 76ers are. Maybe they were really bottom feeders the whole time. Or our expectations have put too much of a load on the 76ers and they are cracking under pressure. Most were picking the 76ers to finish 2nd in the Atlantic division but at the pace they're going, they may not even make the playoffs.
The season is still young, so the Sixers can still turn it around. This was a team that took Detroit to a game 6 last season and this is a team that is capable of making the playoffs. Or are they? This is also a team that finished under .500 last season. Only time will tell. Are the Sixers a contender, or a pretender?