This is one in a series of NBA Team Previews for the 2011/12 Season. Check back daily for more NBA/Raptors News.
The Sixers are the sleeper team of the shortened team. In a quick offseason with teams changing entire rosters and hoping to develop chemistry, the Sixers return their entire Top Eleven in minutes played last season. With Jrue Holliday, Lou Williams, and Ethan Turner continuing to improve, the Sixers have second round hopes.
What To Expect From The Sixers: Good solid team basketball and hungry young players continuing to improve.
Interesting Storyline: Can Evan Turner ever become a starter in the NBA. After becoming the #2 pick in the draft Evan Turner has yet to impress, this season will be a huge season is his career.
Why The Sixers Will Make the Playoffs: Eleven players return from a playoff team in a shortened season. I will take that anyday.
Key Player: Elton Brand. If Brand can stay healthy and produce, the Sixers will have a solid rotation, if not they have a lot of money tied up into him.
MVP: Andre Iguodala. No longer a kid, AI 2.0 is now a veteran with experience and will be expected to help lead the Sixers to the next step.
Why You Should Watch the Sixers: Doug Collins gets more out of what he has as a coach than anyone. The Sixers play inspired hungry basketball, and that is just fun to watch.
Rookies: Lavoy Allen
Key Additions: None
Key Departures: Does Jason Kapono count?
Unsigned At Time Of Post: Lou Williams, Andres Nocioni
Predicition: Third in the Atlantic. Playoff bound