How Do The Sixers Match Up Against Their Division?

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Apr 5, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center

Nerlens Noel

(4) shoots over New York Knicks center

Andrea Bargnani

(77) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports


Luckily, the Sixers weren’t the only fan base that was somewhat embarrassed about their team last year. The Knicks were about a  step away from pitiful last season, and some would even go so far as to say they were absolutely pitiful. The Knicks did one whole game worse than the Sixers last season, only able to win 17 of their 82 games, which is obviously unacceptable to their president, Phil Jackson, who has a lengthy history of winning.

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It was Jackson’s first year as president of the team, so it is obviously something he wants to get fixed.

Throughout the year, the Knicks freed up a lot of money by getting rid of Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith, but lost a lot by moving these players. This offseason, they also lost Amar’e Stoudemire, but he had been somewhat of a letdown during his time as a Knick, highlighted by him punching a fire extinguisher.

The Knicks did beef up a little bit this offseason, picking up Arron Afflalo who averaged over 13 points per game last year, and Robin Lopez who averaged nearly 10 points per game last year.

Still, even with the roster they had which is highlighted by Carmelo Anthony, the team is not displaying an intimidating roster.

Last season the Knicks were last in scoring, and 28th and 29th in offensive and defensive ratings.

I truly believe the 76ers were a better team than the Knicks going into this offseason, and also did more to position themselves to win this offseason. I don’t think the four games against the Knicks will be much trouble for the Sixers, although I wouldn’t expect them to win every single one.

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