After the Sixers finished with a dismal 19-63 record in the 2013-2014 season, the off-season has become more intriguing than the season itself. The two biggest stories of the off-season that are sparking hope for Sixers’ fans for next season include the return of Nerlens Noel and the upcoming draft.
Noel, who did not see the floor at all during the 2013-14 season due to his recovery from tearing his ACL before he was drafted. Noel, who has stated that his knee is not only 100%, but has made him stronger, is very eager to make his NBA debut. The center from Kentucky can prove very helpful to the Sixers, who let up an average of 109.9 points per game in the last season. With Noel’s superb performance on the defensive side of the paint, having him on the court next season will significantly improve the Sixers’ defense. Noel has also been working with Sixers’ coaches in order to improve his shot and be able to have more of an impact on the offensive end.
The only good thing about the Sixers’ finishing as the second worst team in the NBA behind the Milwaukee Bucks, current draft lottery predictions show the Sixers claiming the second pick in the draft, where they are predicted to draft Jabari Parker of Duke, since the Bucks are predicted to draft Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins. Returning first-year phenom Michael Carter-Williams and Parker together will help the Sixers’ to spread out opponents’ defenses. The Sixers’ could also have the possibility to have the tenth pick in the draft from their deal acquiring Noel and sending Jrue Holiday to New Orleans.
The outlook of the upcoming Sixers’ season is looking promising, although it is hard to fall lower than they were. Although Brett Brown did not fare well in his inaugural NBA season as the Sixers’ coach, with the right moves, the Sixers could become a challenging team in the 2014-2015 season.
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