In what could go on to be a site-defining report, Shamus Clancy of Interstate 76ers reported that the Sixers are planning a uniform change prior to the 2015-16 NBA season, to help to usher in a new era of winning basketball in the city of Philadelphia, Thursday.
The other news that the article dropped, was that regardless of who the Sixers end up with the third pick, the Sixers plan on being back in a similar situation next year.
That source went on to indicate that the 2014-2015 season would be similar to the 2013-14 season, as the Sixers would more likely than not be piling up a ton of losses and trying to accumulate as many young and valuable assets as possible. This would make sense given that the team’s 2015 first-round selection is lottery-protected and would go to the rival Celtics (via the Heat) in that awful 2012 trade for Arnett Moultrie if they were to make the playoffs in 2015.
So I guess when Brett Brown told Danny Green that the Sixers would make the playoffs next year, it was only a smokescreen. Maybe he just got caught up in talking to one of his former players who is experiencing tremendous success when he said that to, because five days prior to that he said that the Sixers were set to ‘endure another season of pain’ in 2014-15. It’s hard to think that the organizational direction pulled that much of a 360 in less than a week.
I’m pretty interested to see if the Sixers market that they are tanking as openly in 2014-15, as they did last year. If they want to begin to steer the ship towards putting a losing culture behind them next off-season, which may include trying to lure some free-agents, it would be smart not to talk about ping-pong balls or rebuilding, like Brown and members of the organization openly did for the ladder half of the 2013-14 season. Then again, if they endure a long losing streak and move any players at the trade-deadline (not that they have many veterans left to move), they have to be able to keep the fanbase and players engaged in the plan somehow.
This report as a whole makes a lot of sense. The Sixers play badly (like, really badly) for one more season, land another top-five pick, and you go from there. You even introduce new jerseys. Assuming whoever they draft (Wiggins may more sense than Parker to be bad next year because he is raw) shows any signs of panning out, mixed with Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, and you might have a bright enough future to lure a major free-agent, should you choose to do so, to come to Philly next off-season.
For the time being, get ready to see the hashtags #junkforjahlil (Jahlil Okafor of Duke) and #crapforcliff (Cliff Alexander of Kansas), as things aren’t going to get better right away next year. But there is light at the end of the tunnel, if things fall the way that the Sixers plan.
This Tony Wroten tweet (apparently I’m the only one who likes him) kind of reminds you that this is all part of the first elaborate plan that the Sixers have had since the 1980’s, for how to actually build a team.
TRUST the PROCESS
— Tony Wroten (@TWroten_LOE) May 20, 2014