Josh Harris is Dead On
The Sixers’ owner has gotten some flack for claiming that this season was “a huge success.” However, despite the 19-63 record, the NBA record tying 26 straight losses, and the abysmal amount of NBA talent he’s absolutely right. The 2013-2014 season was a monumental success.
To begin, fans wanted that record. If the Sixers went 35-47, which would have given them the 11th best odds for the first overall pick, the year would have truly been a failure. This team was intended to tank and tank they did. That ugly, miserable 19-63 record is the turd in the soil that leads to a quality harvest. The worst is over in the best way possible. Don’t forget that the Sixers will almost certainly take the Pelicans’ pick from the Jrue Holiday trade too.
Secondly, you have to look at last year’s draft. It may be hard to remember at this point, but Michael Carter-Williams was considered a risky project with a bad jumper. A year later, the 11th pick in the draft is going to be the Rookie of the Year. You can argue that MCW’s season alone made this year a huge success for the organization. The Sixers couldn’t have stumbled across a better fit for their slogan “Building from the Ground Up”
Speaking of which, receiving Henry Sims in exchange for Spencer Hawes fits the mantra quite well too. You see the important thing is perception. The Sixers weren’t digging for gold in the mountains this year, rather they were searching for nickels on the beach. Sims is one such nickel. He’s a young hard-working player that will provide help from the bench next season—a low-risk success story. Tony Wroten fits the bill here as well.
Lastly, if you follow this team you have to love Brett Brown’s first season. His brief tenure here has been a refreshing antithesis to the Doug Collins era. The style of play, the day to day focus on teaching—he has developed a culture focused on a greater future rather than a mediocre present (and we know the importance of culture). Assuming more talent is added to the roster it’s hard to imagine his trajectory going anywhere but up.
Given all of this, it’s quite clear that the Sixers achieved all of their goals. They stunk, found a core player, some role players, and added a quality coach for the job. Sounds like a huge success to me.
Posted on April 20, 2014, in 76ers, Posts, Vince Quinn and tagged 76ers, brett brown, Henry Sims, jrue holiday, michael carter-williams, pelicans, sixers, tony wroten. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.