Your usual, idiotic, wrong predictions
Posted by Ricky - Sixers4guidos on October 28, 2007
(INTRO: “Philadelphia is one of the most popular picks to finish with the NBA’s worst record“, music & words by Chris Sheridan !!!)
The season approaches, the fantasy season approaches, Sixers4guidos’ 1st anniversary approaches – following The Sportshernia. What does that mean? That it’s time to place our forecasts for the next year.
So, a Sixers blog is supposed to start from its team, right? Well, Sixers will end the 2007-2008 season with a 31-51 record in my humble opinion. Worse than the already bad 35-47* of last year? Yes. Does this mean that the Sixers got worse from last year? Not necessarily.
The fact is that most of our division and conference rivals got significantly better, while we didn’t add any key player to make us competitive at a high level IN THE SHORT TERM. That’s basically the reason why I would be fine with a 31-51 record, but if, and only if:
* we will go on building for the long term, like we are APPARENTLY doing now. This means:
* play the young guys as much as we can, especially our rookies
* don’t trade any of the guys that are part of the “new” core (Iguodala, Miller, Korver etc)
* don’t trade for any average veteran that will f’k up our cap room and, possibly, our locker room
* don’t get any further long term contract and let Webber’s, Mc Kie’s and Ollie’s contracts expire next summer
* trade Willie Green (LOL)
If all of the above will happen, I will really enjoy the upcoming season reguardless of our record, thinking that a new era for the Sixers will hopefully start in the summer of 2008 with some real cap space (finally !), another high pick and a solid nucleus of good, young, talented players. And a new coach perhaps…
I will sit down and relax, and focus on other things, like rooting against the Celtics or hoping Kobe Bryant will explode with more rants against Lakers’ inept management.
Seriously, I am expecting a big year from Andre Iguodala (good enough to take him to the All star team), a breakout season from Louis Williams and huge improvements from Rodney Carney and Sam Dalembert.
I am sure that Andre Miller will be Andre Miller, and Willie Green will, unfortunately, remain Willie Green… same for Kevin freaking Ollie and the other bums, Booth, Randolph & co. I like Reggie Evans and think he will add a lot to Sixers (poor) table.
As for our rookies, I am confident Jason Smith will surprise many of us with a very good year, and I hope (hope !) Herbert Hill will show he’s a NBA player. As far as I saw, he seemed to be one.
What about Thaddeus Young? Honestly I don’t know. He played little in Summer league and pre season. You tell me the reason, I don’t have any explainantion for that. You let your first round pick sit to much instead of giving him some playing time? I don’t like this, even if many would say “Rookies have to earn their minutes”, which is a theory I don’t agree with (especially when you clearly have few real chances to reach playoffs or any further goal), but that could be correct.
I am going to put also my predictions about the NBA season, giving more details about that in another post:
EAST: 1) Chicago, 2) New Jersey, 3) Miami 4) Boston 5) Cleveland 6) Toronto 7) Detroit 8) New York
(yes, I think Washington AND Orlando WILL NOT make the playoffs. I thought Miami was bad but adding Ricky Davis and Mark Blount is enough to put them at the top of the division again)
WEST: 1) Dallas 2) Phoenix 3) Utah 4) San Antonio 5) Denver 6) LA Lakers 7) Golden State 8) New Orleans (Houston)
Comments & insults welcome, as usual :-)
(*= when I predicted 43 wins… so much for my basketball knowledge…)