Young Sixers Making Strides Early

Posted on February 24, 2012 by

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In the last few years of Philadelphia sports, the Eagles, Flyers, and Phillies are the first teams one associates with the City of Brotherly love. But there is another team in Philadelphia many have forgotten about: the 76ers.

The days of the Sixers being overlooked are over; the 76ers, with their young upbeat team, have shocked the NBA by starting the season out with a 20-10 record and a 4 game lead in the Atlantic Division. Doug Collins, the second year coach of the 76ers and one-time 76er himself, has led the team in its turn around–a team that has not won a playoff series since 2003. This current Sixers team does not have any superstar players, just a very balanced attack of young talented athletes.

Under the new management, the 76ers have cut their ticket prices in half. The 76ers’ attendance rates have already passed last year’s, in only half a season. 76ers games’ ratings have also significantly risen this year. Joshua Harris and  a group of investors that includes actor Will Smith bought the team in October and seem to have the best interest in mind for the fans.

Lou Williams, the sixth man for the Sixers, averages the most points per game for the Sixers. This is very rare for a bench player, but it shows how balanced the 76ers are.

Veterans Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand lead the Sixers young team, which is the youngest team in the NBA. The Sixers’ great guard play by Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner made the 76ers a serious playoff contender in the Eastern Conference.

“I am very excited about this season because I am a long time 76ers fan, and it’s good to see them play well for once,” Anthony Parzanese, a junior at Fleetwood Area  High School, said.  “I believe that they will get the 2nd seed in the East for the playoffs and hopefully make a strong playoff push. The Sixers and my favorite player Lou Williams are very exciting to watch because of their aggressive playing style. I am very excited to see what else this team can accomplish this season. ”

“I believe the Sixers are very strong contenders in the playoffs. I think it’s a good thing to see a team like the 76ers, who don’t have superstar players on their team, actually contending. Evan Turner is my favorite player because he’s got swag!” Zach Noll, a junior at Fleetwood Area High School, said.

The Sixers are one of the most entertaining teams to watch and hopefully will bring Philadelphia basketball back to the top. This franchise, which has two NBA Championships, hopes to regain its integrity and make Philadelphia back into a basketball town.

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