After a surprising start to the young NBA season, the Philadelphia 76ers had Thanksgiving off to stuff their faces with turkey and count their many blessings. Out-manned, out-gunned, young, and hungry, this Sixers team has more than a few similarities to the pilgrims of yester-year.
A lot of these players weren’t even considered NBA worthy, unable to survive on any other roster, but they’ve been given a generous opportunity and are making the most of it. Sure the league has underestimated them so far, but they better watch their backs. Pretty soon they will grow strong enough to slaughter all the Native Americans – err – I mean – other baskteball teams.
So here is what a few of the individual 76ers are thankful for:
Spencer Hawes is thankful for Doug Collins “resigning.” Hawes fell in and out of Collins’ doghouse for three years and finally has a coach who won’t bench him for Lavoy Allen or Kwame Brown.
Evan Turner is thankful for tanking. Make no doubt about it, the NBA PAYS players who score 20+ a game. Getting the green light has a double meaning in this case. What does this have to do with tanking? If Evan Turner is your primary scoring option, you aren’t trying to win basketball games.
James Anderson is thankful nobody has noticed that he’s the least talented starter in the NBA.
Sam Hinkie is thankful for regression to the mean. The 76ers are winning all their close games and getting blown out in the rest. Their point-differential means this team is worse than their record so far and over an 82 game season, that small sample size will even itself out. Despite the hot start, operation tank-tastic is still a go.
Tony Wroten is thankful for basketball. He just seems like he enjoys balling, am I right?
Michael Carter-Williams is thankful for the keys to the team. The Sixers will give MCW every opportunity to fill his stat sheet and win the rookie of the year.
Hope you all had a great thanksgiving and for desert, you get Jrue Holiday and the Pelicans. Enjoy!