The 2013-2014 Philadelphia 76ers might have had the worst season in franchise history, which included a 26-game losing streak. Above all of the negative criticism and constant losing, managing owner Josh Harris called the Sixers season a “success”. Yup, you heard that right. The worst season in franchise history is a success. How? Let Josh Harris explain (Via The News Report):
“I think the season has been a huge success for us,” Harris said Friday at the team’s practice facility at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, just two days after the 76ers finished with a 19-63 record, the second-worst mark in the NBA. “Obviously, I don’t like to lose. In terms of having to live through a losing season, it’s tough. It was incredibly fun to take down the Bulls [in the first round of the 2012 playoffs] my first year, when we were seeded eighth and they were seeded first.
“And I want to be back in the playoffs, and I want this team competing for the championship,” Harris said. “And that’s kind of what we’re trying to do, but obviously to do that, to get to that point where you’re an elite team for a long period of time, there’s no shortcuts. We came into the season knowing that it would be a long season, that we were going to be putting building blocks in place.”
Like most of the fans of the Sixers, Harris sees the big picture. The Sixers were “tanking” this season and they completed that goal with the second-worst record in the NBA. The Sixers have what appears to be the Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams and the organization didn’t rush the return of Nerlens Noel from his ACL surgery. Include this with finding hidden gems like Henry Sims and Tony Wroten while riding the organization of Spencer Hawes, Evan Turner and LaVoy Allen and there are positives to take from all of this. The Sixers traded Hawes and Turner, who will be free agents after this season, for second-round picks. If the Sixers held on, they would have walked in FA with no compensation — hats off to Sam Hinkie for that one.
All of the losing wasn’t positive, but with five second-round picks and two lottery picks in the first-round of the 2014 NBA Draft, the Sixers are virtually set up for success in the future. Plus, there is a great trade chip in Thaddeus Young that could net the Sixers a nice return, since Young is coming off the best season of his career. Let’s not forget all of the cap room the Sixers have — there are no huge contracts weighing this team down. Could LeBron possible be in a Sixers uniform next season? I’ll let you ponder that thought.
It might not be next year, or the year after, but there will be no more seven or eight seed in the Eastern Conference, awaiting another first-round exit with no future. The future is bright. Josh Harris was correct, in some ways, this season was definitely a success.
Do YOU consider the Sixers season a success?
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