May 26, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday (11) and shooting guard Evan Turner (12) react during the third quarter in game seven of the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE

The Sixer Sense Season Preview: Eyes On the Future

A lot of predictions call for the Sixers to possibly finish 2nd best in the East. I think it’s possible too. But, I don’t think it should be the ultimate focus. This team is still young and developing and I think the team should figure out who stays and who goes.

Last season, my mindset going in was to focus on developing the young guys, mainly Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday. It’s not like the Sixers had high expectations for the season. Next thing I know, the Sixers are on top of the league. I’ve said it before so let me keep it short: I was willing to accept player development taking a back seat because the team was facing a wonderful opportunity for a long playoff run. We know the rest of the story.

I am going into this upcoming season with the same mindset: Player development. Find out if Jrue deserves a max contract (he doesn’t). What’s up with Evan Turner? Yes, Andrew Bynum is the centerpiece of the team. But, as I said before, Jrue and Evan’s development pushes the team into contention.

Obviously, the team needs time to gel. One could say as the team gels, the goal for 2nd best record in the East is more possible. But, with the team meeting with Josh Howard and already have Jason Richardson, younger guys like Dorell Wright and Nick Young could fade.

But I want the future.

Let the record be what the record will be. Let the team finish where they finish. A championship is not on the line so why stress about it? Sure, they could get lucky and beat out a team they supposedly have no chance of beating. But I wouldn’t bank on another ACL tear.

The contracts for most of the roster is up in a year or two. You want to know what you got. Do you re-sign the player? If so, for how much? If not, who are you going to find to replace him? Hey, I love watching the Sixers win. But I’d rather lose now to win big later, than win now and eventually fall off the planet again.

So I won’t be stressing like I did last season. Last season I wrote at least 3 posts talking about how the Sixers would win the division. This time, I’m looking at how far the team has come along and how far before contention. Nobody knows this team. We don’t know if things will work out or not. There are many questions that we can’t answer until at least pre-season.

But boy it is exciting.

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