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Sixer Road Map to Success-By the Numbers 38,58,35

Lucas Fashina

There are three numbers that Sixer’s fan's need to keep an eye on going in to this season 38, 58, 35. They are metrics to see which direction Brett Brown intends to take this team and also 'if Sam Hinkie, and his Frankenstein analytic project can work.

(38) If the Sixers are truly looking to improve this season, 38 is the number of wins the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference needed last year to lock down the final spot. The Sixers in 2013 had 34. 4 wins and one spot out off the playoffs. Keep in mind that with 34, the Sixers were still able to grab the player that was the consensus number one pick prior to the combine and MCW. In total, the 76ers added players projected to average 7.7 wins above replacement (WARP) over their first five seasons, when typical selections at the same picks would combine for 4.0 WARP.

(58) If the Rebuilding phase through lottery picks is the big plan here, 58, is the number of losses the Cavaliers put together last year, and were able to win the number one pick in the lottery, so any team looking to do the same will be gunning for that number. Several analysts have maintained that this is strictly the case for the Sixers due to the fact that obtaining Noel cost them All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday and that bring us to our final number.

(35) It is true Jrue Holiday had his electric moments and was a bright spot on a maligned team; however, a closer look reveals through 35 minutes a game, Holiday scored 17.7 points per game. He also averaged 3.6 turnovers per game that is 7 points gifted to opponents per game from the guy whose job, is protecting the rock. So a big thing to watch for is anyone who can fill in those minutes, and contribute 20 points night, minus the turnovers. In a season where the Sixers were averaging 93 points a game and 15 turnovers; their opponents were averaging 96 points, that takeaway differential can be a huge difference maker and a way to gauge this season.


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