The Thirteen Misfit Toys

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Feb 27, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward

Robert Covington

(white jacket) reacts with team mates after a score against the Washington Wizards during the second half at Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers defeated the Wizards 89-81. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Thirteen Misfit Toys

Many of you know the regulations of the NBA. Some of you may not. Regardless of your NBA intelligence quotient, the process involved in the NBA is similar to that of other professional sports. One of the regulators to the process is the paring of the active roster to a finite number before the season begins. In football, that number is the magic “53”. In basketball, that magic number is thirteen active players.  There are overall fifteen roster spots.   The rule also allows 15 players to be under contract, and under certain extreme exceptions, allows those “spares” to see game time.

The rule was changed from twelve back in 2012.

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"“The sentiment amongst the committee is you’re required to have a 13-man roster as it is, and if you’re required to have a 13-man roster, you should be able to dress and have their services available,” NBA vice president Stu Jackson announced."

And so, the Philadelphia 76ers, who currently have 20 players associated with the team, must pare down to the required 13. Who stays and who goes? Good question.  The team is young, only boasting recent acquisitions Gerald Wallace, Carl Landy, and 13 year veteran  and three year Sixer Jason Richardson over the 30 year mark.   With the addition of Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas, the team median age is 22.5 years of age.  Keep in mind that is very nearly the age of a four year graduating college senior.   With youth comes inconsistency, higher highs and lower lows.

And a brighter future.  So how do you project the luminosity of that future from the makings of this present roster?  Never fear, that’s why we are here.  We’ll give you our take and you decide.  We’ve already heard from Josh Wilson, who weighed in that this roster is like a bunch of misfit toys.

Let’s examine the positions and names of the players, and project who makes the cut?

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