I’m on the side of lack of talent in reference to the 76ers.
Last season we saw a good team. We had a good team. For them to play poorly was basically them not playing with passion and heart. They had the talent to be better. We expected better.
Last season’s great start was this team playing better than expected. Then, they had a nasty collapse towards the end of the season. We knew that it was coming but we also knew this team could play better than what we were seeing.
This season is different. The Sixers blew up the roster and yet kept the same layout. Gone was Iguodala, Brand, Lou, Meeks, and other players. The Sixers pretty much went cheap and decided Kwame, Wright, and Nick Young would be able to keep up productivity. And then they got Andrew Bynum. Even with Bynum on the team, this is still barely above average team.
We have to just accept that the game vs the Pacers is a good indication that this isn’t a heart issue. Granted, this team could play with a better sense of urgency. But, sometimes it matter not how much fire and passion you have. If you suck, you suck. I could want to win the marathon all I want. If I have no legs, I’m not winning.
It’s the same here. Sixers downgraded their talent. I’m not going to get into why they did it. But they did it. And we have to understand it. It doesn’t mean we want it. It doesn’t mean we’re okay with it.
We were used to seeing the fire of Lou, Brand, Thad, and more. The leadership of Brand and Iguodala is missed greatly. I’m not saying the Sixers made the wrong moves (well besides Kwame and Hawes), but losing those players will inevitably make an impact on the team. Bynum will bring but so much and maybe it’ll cancel all of the things the Sixers let go.
Sixers are now questioning their playoffs hopes. With Thad out for the month, Bynum still in pain but willing to play, and Jason Richardson out for a good while, this team is going to limping for a while. Celtics have won 6 straight. Bucks are not going to just fall off. And the Raptors and Pistons are willing to take over the Sixers’ playoff hopes.
All of this is because of a lack of talent. And unless the teams above them suffer a huge collapse AND Bynum joining the team provides instant success, this team will simply not be good enough to make the playoffs.