School’s out early for these teams, so it’s imperative they hit the books over the summer.
2015-16 Progress Report
No reasonable league follower expected anything close to respectability from the Philadelphia 76ers this season. Some relative optimism about Brett Brown’s team existed before 2015-16 tipped off nonetheless, though, a hope that’s proven a bit more fleeting over the ensuing six months than perhaps even naysayers of “The Process” anticipated.
Jahlil Okafor’s rookie season was cut short by a torn meniscus and marked almost as much by off-court headlines as on-court effectiveness. Nerlens Noel took small steps in his sophomore campaign as opposed to long strides. Robert Covington suddenly performed like the undrafted free agent he was three years ago, and Jerami Grant’s ongoing evolution into a viable stretch power forward was met with more stops than starts.
The Sixers, after all, have half as many wins as they did in 2014-15 and 10 fewer victories than the year this arduous rebuild began. Philly set a record by losing 28 consecutive games during a stretch that began last Match and finally ended on Dec. 1, and at 9-64 needs another win to avoid matching the league’s record for futility in a non-lockout season.
Legitimate progress in the City of Brotherly Love is hard to see. But if squinting hard enough, season-long improvements of both team and individuals are definitely there. Are those blurred sights enough to placate the increasingly agitated Sixers fans who just watched their perpetually overmatched squad reach a new low point? Probably not.
But enforcements are coming for Philadelphia in the form of draft picks old and new, and management has stressed this will be the offseason it finally dives head first into the free agency pool. Better times really are coming, basically, even if 2015-16 suggested just more of the same going forward than anything else.