Lawrence: Sixers Not The Same Team As It Was Last Spring
The Sixers have started this season with a 6-5 record and are undefeated at home in their first six games at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers had the same identical 6-5 record overall to start the 2017-18 season as well but the team is averaging more Points Per Game this season (111.6 in 2018 versus 107.4 in 2017). While the team did not make any monumental additions during this past offseason, the Sixers' two most important offseason additions missing for the first three games of this season. Mike Muscala has appeared in eight games and is averaging 20.6 Minutes Per Game while Wilson Chandler missed the first 10 games of the 2018-19 season.
SiriusXM NBA Radio Host and Forbes NBA Columnist Mitch Lawrence joined Mike Gill on Monday discussing his perspective on the 76ers early this season:
"Everybody is alarmed about the Sixers start; The worst thing that might’ve happened to them was playing Miami in the first round last year. If they had played a Boston in the first round or a team like that instead of playing like a 44 win team with no stars, they never would have got out of the first round and they wouldn’t have all these expectations - They got a lot of problems right now, it’s not the same team as it was last spring. It’s like Joel Embiid is half clown, half basketball player; He likes to go on Instagram, he loves to kill Andre Drummond. That first game in Detroit where Blake Griffin killed (the Sixers) for 50 points and all he can talk about after the game was how (Embiid owns) real estate in Andre Drummond’s head - Dude, your team just got beat by a guy who scored 50 points. So yeah, there’s a lot of problems down there.”
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