I believe the 2014-15 season will be a little more successful than last year’s season. We have another potential Rookie of the Year in Nerlens Noel, and a more experienced PG in Michael Carter-Williams. This team will not only be exciting to watch on fast breaks but their defense should be solid too. In just two summer league games, Nerlens Noel showed us he can be a major factor on defense. His quick hands and athleticism for the big man position gives him an advantage against slower players. K.J. McDaniels should also produce a lot on the defensive side of the ball as a rookie along side PG Michael Carter-Williams.
Thaddeus Young will probably be gone by All-Star break, considering he’s in the last year of his contract, and he has been in trade rumors since the beginning of last year. Players like Tony Wroten and Jason Richardson may be on the trade block as well. With guys potentially leaving left and right, I’m expecting a big year out of both Hollis Thompson and the big man Henry Sims. Thompson led rookies in 3pt percentage (40%) last year, while Henry Sims really came into his own towards the end of the season, almost averaging a double-double.
When I look at the roster now, I project the Sixers as a 28 win team. Barring any trades in the off season, it looks like Sam Hinkie wants one more year of tanking. If we were to acquire Jeremy Lin, or a package of Stoudemire and Shumpert, my projected win total would probably go up, but not dramatically. This team is young and needs time to grow. Dynasties aren’t built over night, so lets sit back and relax and let Sam Hinkie do his job.