...But Philadelphia's home professional basketball team has relevance. The 7-6 haven't completed the climb from the tight grasp of NBA mediocrity but they have shown signs of life in the early stages of this sprint of a season.
After the first 8 days of the season, Spencer Hawes (the Sixers starting Center if you haven't been watching or have been watching him and happened to miss him last year because of his 'almost' literal transparency on either end of the floor) leads the league out-right in field goal percentage, shooting from a 67% clip. The 7-footer also finds himself in third place in rebounding after failing to consistently grab double-digit boards last season. The center position has been the biggest plague to the SIxers as they fight to be contenders in the suddenly heavy handed eastern conference.
"Sweet" Lou Williams, as coined by Comcast SportsNet color analyst, Malik Rose, has come up big for the 7-6 as well. The reserve guard has come back this season embracing his role as instant offense off the bench for the team. He has been unbelievable through the first four games averaging 20 points per game in as many minutes. This puts the Georgia native in the top 10 in the NBA in the category, where he is the lone player outside of the top 50 in minutes per game.
Splitting the first 4 of the "Disney on Ice" road trip, the 76ers find themselves atop the Atlantic division along with the Boston Celtics (3-3), who have recovered from a horrendous start. The upcoming 16 game stretch includes an abundance of home games in which the team makes trips only to New Orleans, New York, Washington and Miami, setting up Philadelphia's home pro basketball team for what could be a hot start...
Making one wonder, exactly how far out of reach is the #3 seed in the east?