IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOUR NAME IS!!!!!!!!
Chances are, if you are a Philadelphia 76er, you are playing pretty good basketball so far this season. If you are certain 76ers, you are probably playing lights out basketball so far this season. In a league where players are now blatantly lobbying to get out of their current situation and go "play with friends", the scene is now full with all-star studded teams. The Sixers, however, have a different style of roster.
Know your role (and shut your mouth), play your role, and star in your role. It's the motto coach Doug Collins has been preaching to his young squad. Last night as the Raptors peeled themselves from the floor of the Wells Fargo Center, the box score told the story. Not one Sixer scored over 14 points, however, two had 14 exactly. And that's been the story through seven games. Elton Brand, the team's leading scorer last season, isn't even averaging double figures through the first 7 games. But twice so far, the team has had 6 players with 10+ points. Last night, they had 5 with10+, and 2 players with 9. Equal and steady contribution has been the key for the Sixers thus far this season.
In 2007, the Celtics assembled one of the most star-studded rosters the NBA had seen in a decade (excluding the Karl Malone and Gary Payton Lakers in the season of '03). Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jes- I mean, Ray Allen teamed up and ultimately got jewelry together. No doubt, this was influential to the scripted uniting of Chris Bosh, Lebron James, and Dwayne Wade. An off-season later, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard would lobby to go play with other superstars. This season, the Clippers, Lakers, Celtics, Spurs, Knicks, Bulls, and Mavericks are among the teams that boast 3+ all-pro players. This would seemingly make play very lopsided. Not exactly. The Lakers, Celtics and Mavericks all got out to less than outstanding starts to the season. An opposite extreme to the 76ers who are without an NBA all-star on hand. Bringing manifestation to the phrase coined by former Sixer, Chris Webber, "bring your game, not your name."