The Philadelphia 76ers were able to win their first game of the season against the two time defending NBA Champion Miami Heat on opening night. Since then, the 76ers have not been rather unlucky as they have gone a dismal 13-31. All hope is not lost, however, as there have been some true bright spots for this Philadelphia team, highlighted by rookie Michael Carter-Williams who is the early favorite for Rookie of the Year.
MCW has been lights out this season, averaging 17.4 points per game, 6.7 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game. Simply put, the kid can do it all. In fact, Carter-Williams is only behind Evan Turner in points per game on the Sixers. Turner and MCW have been the lone bright spots in a down year for the 76ers as they have both improved and are a solid foundation to build upon.
Additionally, the 76ers figure to have two lottery picks in what people are calling the deepest draft in a decade with players like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Marcus Smart and Aaron Gordon expected to declare. They hold their own pick, as well as New Orleans’ first round pick, due to the 2013 draft day trade that sent Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for big man Nerlens Noel and a 2014 1st round pick. When Noel does finally get healthy enough to play, he is projected to be an impact player from the moment he takes the court. The amount of talented players the 76ers are assembling will certainly impact their future for the better as the 76ers new management has done a fantastic job of identifying and developing talent.
Since this is a down year, it’s a great opportunity for fans to grab 76ers tickets on the cheap. The 76ers presently have one of the lowest home averages in the NBA at $84 for the remainder of their games at the Wells Fargo Center. For a number of games, it will cost you less than $10 to get in to the arena, such as when they play the Milwaukee Bucks on February 24th. 76ers tickets for that game average just $52 and has some tickets for as low as just $7 for the contest. The future is bright, but now is certainly the time to grab some tickets!
After starting off somewhat hot, the Sixers have been a bad road team. Not having Michael Carter-Williams for several games also hurt their chances in a lot of games. But there is a bright side to everything...the Sixers will have 2 first round picks next year, if they don't make the NBA playoffs possibly two lottery picks if New Orleans doesn't do well either (because they have their pick).
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12/09: The Sixers are mired in a slump right now, having won just two of their last twelve games. Both of those wins took extra time to put the other team as well, beating Milwaukee and Orlando in overtime. The month of December offers a difficult schedule for Philadelphia, with six of their nine games remaining on the road. Despite their 7-14 record, Philly is only two and a half games behind Boston in the Atlantic Division. The Eastern Conference boasts only three teams with winning records, so If Michael Carter-Williams and Evan Turner can continue to impress, the Sixers will remain in the hunt throughout the year.
Philadelphia 76ers Tickets
In a surprising draft day move, the Philadelphia 76ers traded away their best player and only All-Star. But they’re hoping they drafted a couple in return and that they – over time – can lead them back to the NBA Finals. You can get an early look at this rebuilding process by buying Philadelphia 76ers tickets.
The 76ers, who haven’t been a serious playoff contender since the days of Allen Iverson, are hoping that first-round draft picks Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams can rejuvenate the franchise and fill Wells Fargo Center seats. Noel and Carter-Williams will be part of a new-look Sixers squad this 2013-2014 NBA season. That includes head coach Brett Brown, the former San Antonio Spurs assistant, who took over for Doug Collins. But with this cast, Brown shouldn’t be expecting a return to the NBA Finals any time soon.
Noel, who was projected to be the No. 1 pick before a devastating knee injury, should have an immediate impact, particularly on the defensive end. Still, there are questions of how quickly the slender 7-0 center from Kentucky can adjust to the physicality of the NBA game. Carter-Williams, a 6-6 point guard from Syracuse, will take the place of Jrue Holiday, who the Sixers traded to New Orleans for the rights to Noel. The departure of Holiday, who was the team’s leading scorer, means that guard Evan Turner and forward Thaddeus Young will have to elevate their games. Both players are skilled and versatile, capable of beating a defender off the dribble or occasionally stepping back and draining a three-pointer. Young averaged 14.8 to lead all returning scorers; Turner was next at 13.3. Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen, Arnett Moultrie and former NBA All-Star Jason Richardson also will be key contributors.
The 76ers (34-48 last season) have some young talent and gritty journeymen, but they’ll have a tough time keeping pace with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks in the Atlantic Division and other top teams in the Eastern Conference. It’s no secret – the 76ers are in rebuilding mode. But with their athleticism and ability to run, 76ers tickets are worth the price. Brown, who coached Australia in the 2012 Summer Olympics, is expected to employ an up-tempo offense and pressure defense.
Don’t pass on buying Philadelphia 76ers tickets because they haven’t won a championship since 1983 when fans filled the seats at The Spectrum to see Dr. J and Moses. The last five years, Philadelphia has been stuck as a middle-of-the road team, not once winning more than 41 games. But the rebuilding starts now. Brown won four championship rings working alongside Gregg Popovich. It will be a few years, at least, before Brown and the 76ers are in position to win another.
10-17-2013: The Philadelphia 76ers enter the 2013-14 regular season with one of the youngest and most unproven squads in the NBA, but if preseason performance is any indication of regular season success, they should do just fine. Rookie Michael Carter-Williams is averaging more than 5 assists per game through three preseason games and Evan Turner is averaging just under 19 points per game. The Sixers beat the Boston Celtics this past Friday 97-85 behind 20 points from Thaddeus Young and a 17-7 game from center Spencer Hawes. The 76ers have four preseason games remaining, two of them taking place at the Wells Fargo Center.
Historical Sixers team info
The Philadelphia 76ers do not have a hard time selling NBA tickets. The Wachovia Center is always filled to capacity because Allen Iverson plays there. In case you are not familiar with Mr. Iverson, he is six feet tall, perennially averages around 30 points a game, and takes his teams to the NBA Playoffs. He does so despite never shooting better than 42% in his career. How does he do that? How does a tiny man, who cannot shoot worth a flip, manage to score and score on a nightly basis without killing his team? The answer is simple. He wills it. Allen Iverson has the will to succeed and make his teams succeed. It is the same will that MJ, and Larry, and Magic had, and it makes Iverson the most unsinkable player in the NBA.
Joined by Chris Webber last year, Iverson struggled to adapt to his new big man. Do not expect the same issues this year. Iverson and Webber have been clicking in preseason games, which means the rest of the league better look out for Philly in 2005-06.
The 76ers seem to have collected freakish players through the years. From Wilt Chamberlain to Julius “Dr. J” Erving to Charles Barkley, Philadelphia seems to specialize in players with out-of-the-ordinary talent and determination.
Chamberlain came to the 76ers in 1964, and brought them a championship in 1968. His exploits on and off the court are well documented, but Chamberlain was a freak in his day, and one who proved utterly unguardable.
Chamberlain left in 1969, but new hope arose in 1976 when Erving joined the team from the defunct ABA. Erving’s size and athletic ability was unrivaled in his day, and he was able to bring them more NBA gold in 1983. Erving went on to become the face of the NBA before Magic and Larry inherited the roll.
Next came Charles Barkley. He was even more freakish as a player than his predecessors. At 6’4”, Barley somehow managed to dominate the paint, redefining the position of power forward. Barkley outscored and rebounded players twice his size on a nightly basis.
Iverson is the newest special athlete for the 76ers. Since his arrival in 1996, Iverson whizzed and whooshed around defenders in his constant pursuit to put the ball in the basket. His efforts were rewarded in 2001, when he led the 76ers to the NBA Finals, where Philadelphia was beaten by the Kobe and Shaq Lakers.
Iverson wants nothing more than another ticket for his 76ers to reach The Finals. He has more than enough will to make this happen. If he and Webber can stay on the same page, 76ers ticket holders are in for an unforgettable season in 2005-06.
Sixers team history
Philadelphia 76ers, NBA professional basketball team and one of five teams in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The 76ers play in the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and wear jerseys of red, white, and blue sometimes black with gold trim. The team’s name is taken from the year 1776, in which the constitution was enacted in Philadelphia, declaring U.S. independence from Britain. The 76ers (also known as the Sixers) began play in 1946 as the Syracuse Nationals. In 1950 they played against the Minneapolis Lakers in the NBA’s first championship series. The Nationals were a perennial powerhouse behind the play of forward Dolph Schayes, reaching the NBA Finals in 1954 and winning the NBA championship in 1955. The team moved to Philadelphia in 1963 and adopted its current name. In the 1966-67 season the squad included center Wilt Chamberlain, guard Hal Greer, and forwards Billy "Kangaroo Kid" Cunningham and Chet Walker; it won 68 games and the NBA title. In the late 1970s and early 1980s the 76ers made four trips to the NBA Finals, claiming the 1983 championship. Those teams featured forwards Julius Erving, George McGinnis, and defensive stopper Bobby Jones; guards Maurice Cheeks and Andrew "The Boston Strangler" Toney; and center Moses Malone (rebound extraordinaire). The Syracuse Nationals joined the National Basketball League (NBL) in the 1946-47 season. Three years later six NBL franchises, including the Nationals, merged with the Basketball Association of America (BAA) to form the NBA. The Nationals won their division title in the NBA’s inaugural season, 1949-50, but they lost to the Minneapolis Lakers in the first NBA Finals. Dolph Schayes was the Nationals’ first star. He led the 76er's club in scoring for 13 consecutive years and was its top rebounder for 10 seasons. In its early years the team also included player-coach Al Cervi, who first played professionally in the 1930s. The Nationals again lost to the Lakers in the 1954 NBA Finals, but the next season they defeated the Fort Wayne Pistons in seven games to capture the franchise’s first NBA title. In the late 1950s and early 1960s the team remained competitive, but it rarely advanced far in the playoffs. Top players in those years included center Johnny Kerr, forward George Yardley, and guards Larry Costello and Hal Greer. In 1962 the Philadelphia Warriors franchise moved to San Francisco, California. This left Philadelphia without a professional basketball team. A season later paper manufacturer Irv Kosloff and attorney Ike Richman bought the Syracuse Nationals, moved the team to Philadelphia, and renamed it the 76ers. Halfway through the 1964-65 season the 76ers obtained Wilt Chamberlain from the Warriors in a trade. Chamberlain had led the league in scoring in his first five NBA seasons with the Warriors, and he did so again in his first season with the 76ers. In 1965-66, Chamberlain’s first full season with the 76ers, the team won 55 games to break the Boston Celtics’ string of seven consecutive division titles. In the playoffs, however, the Celtics defeated the 76ers in the division finals.
The next season, 1966-67, the 76ers fielded one of the league’s best teams ever. The roster included three future members of the Hall of Fame—Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, and Chet Walker. The club registered 68 wins, which set a league record for the most victories in a single season, and defeated the Warriors for the NBA title. (The 1995-96 Chicago Bulls now hold the record for regular-season wins with 72.) The 76ers won 60 games the following season but were upended by the Celtics in the conference finals. The club traded Chamberlain in 1968, beginning a period of decline that included the worst regular-season record in NBA history—a 9-73 win-loss mark in 1972-73. Philadelphia improved markedly during subsequent seasons, and with the acquisition of high-scoring stars George McGinnis and Julius Erving from the American Basketball Association (ABA), the 1976-77 team won 50 games and advanced to the NBA Finals. There they were upset by the Portland Trail Blazers. The 76ers remained one of the NBA’s best teams for the next several seasons. In addition to Erving, outstanding players of the time included forwards Bobby Jones and Darryl Dawkins and guards Maurice Cheeks, Lionel Hollins, and Andrew Toney. In both 1980 and 1982 the 76ers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. In 1982 center Moses Malone joined the 76ers. This completed one of the most powerful rosters ever assembled on an NBA team. Cheeks, Erving, Jones, Malone, and Toney led a 76ers team that posted a 65-17 record in the 1982-83 season and swept the Lakers in the NBA Finals. Malone won the league’s most valuable player (MVP) award. In 1984 the 76ers drafted forward Charles Barkley, who energized the aging team and helped it advance to the 1985 Eastern Conference Finals (losing to the Larry Bird led Boston Celtics). Erving retired after the 1986-87 season. In 1992 the 76ers traded Barkley to the Phoenix Suns, and after the deal the team suffered several losing seasons in the early and mid-1990s. In the mid- and late 1990s Philadelphia drafted several promising young players. The most prominent new face was guard Allen Iverson, who was the 1996-97 NBA rookie of the year. In the lockout-shortened 1999 season, Iverson led the 76ers to the club’s first playoff appearance since 1991 and then there was the miracle 2001 NBA basketball season.......
The 2001 Sixers miracle team
Larry Brown the coach of the 76ers in 2001 looked at his bench, saw a bunch of "summer league" players and couldn't believe he was in the NBA Finals. Despite being a team of role players except for their one superstar, Allen Iverson, the 2001 Philadelphia 76ers won 56 games, finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and reached the NBA Finals for the first time in 18 years. As the Sixers season progressed, the hard working team won the respect and admiration of the hardworking city who they were playing for. Every other car in Philadelphia during the Sixers improbable playoff run had a Sixers banner or flag on it, every game was watched by every fan and Sixers pride ran thick through every corner of Philadelphia. However all good things come to an end and the remarkable NBA playoff run ended when the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Sixers in 5 games to capture their second of three straight NBA championships after losing Game 1 of the series -- their only loss in the postseason.
2005 Philadelphia 76er's and beyond
The 76ers have put together a good young nucleus to complement Iverson including Samuel Dalembert and Kyle Korver, with also a questionably healthy but always dangerous Chris Webber the Sixers should make the NBA playoffs and may still have an outside chance at making the Eastern Conference Finals or NBA Finals if all the rookies and Webber and Iverson gel.