Losing the Philly Phaith

After the blockbuster trade for 7-foot center Andrew Bynum, the Sixers were expected to be immediate contenders in the Eastern Conference. Without even a glimpse of Bynum in between the lines through 55 games, it is safe to say the hype has died down.

Not only has it died down, but most, if not all, Sixers’ fans have lost all hope in any sort of postseason success this season. Sitting at just 22-33 after what may have been the worst loss of the season to the Orlando Magic, the fans’ case for no optimism is now well supported. When a team is playing as poorly as the team has, it is difficult to put a finger on a single reason. As a matter of fact, it’s hard to limit the criticism at all.

Jrue Holiday and company rank 28th in the NBA in offensive efficiency, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. The Sixers attempt 24.5 shots from 16-23 feet, and shoot them at just a 33.9% clip. That mark is easily the most attempts by any team so far this season. Those shots make up 29.2% of the team’s field goal attempts, which is tied for the most in the association. Also, for a young team without a post presence, they play relatively slow, ranking just 23rd in offensive pace.

While the struggles may be for countless reasons, to debate them seems meaningless at this point. The team is eleven games below .500 and is five games behind the final playoff spot in the East. At this point, it is safe to say that Sixers’ fans view the remainder of this season as a lost cause.


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