Good to see the Sixers get their legs back under them with a few solid wins heading into a difficult Western trip... but excuse us for not getting our hopes up for a momentous run. This team is dangerous when they are on, but they are nothing if not streaky and mediocre. Looking beyond these few games, let's tak about the organization.
Person #1: Is it BK or ES?
He becomes Sixers GM after several years as the #2 man for a high profile team that lost in the finals a few years ago, but now is declining. The guy is clearly bright, passionate about the Sixers and well spoken and follicular challenged. He seems to want to make the right moves, but the moves he makes end up leaving the team financially hamstrung with ill fitting parts. The teams have guards who are low percentae outside shooters and big men who can't score inside.
Out the gate he resigns his own players to seemingly above market value, including a long term slightly less ten MLE level signing of an undersized SG with chucking tendencies and the inabilty to play PG or hit 3's (WG and Lou Williams.)
His big move is to add to an athletic team a nearly 30 year old former 20/10/2 PF who is recovering from a major leg injury. The guy has a huge salary, and a high BB IQ, but seems like more of an elbow jump shooter than the low post presence the team needed.
The GM hires a head coach with no prior head coaching experience. He quickly gets the team up against the tax, and yet has a hard time getting people in the seats.
Person #2: Is it Mo or DiLeo?
A likable, soft spoken head coach who has a longstanding relationship with many of the team's players. He seems a bit uncomfortable in the spotlight, and not a obvious take charge leader. Rarely emotional in games, and almost never takes a technical or vocally stands up for his players.
His teams rely heavily on small ball. Often goes to high energy but offensively challenged line-up sporting 2-3 players who shoot less than 40% but have good intangibles. Their teams can't hit threes and tend to over-commit on defense- leaving open shooters. They also tend to go away from scorers afyer they have a good quarter. They lean heavily on limited vets like Evans and Green, but their teams tend to be sparked by a raw, athletic rookie who surprises with his ability to score inside and effect the game with their athleticism.
The more some things change, the more they stay the same.