About Philadelphia 76ers
Founded in 1946 as Syracuse Nationals the franchise is one of the oldest in the NBA and only one of the eight to survive the league’s first ten years. The franchise went to three NBA finals as Syracuse and won one NBA title before moving to Philadelphia and rebranding as Philadelphia 76ers where they claimed further two NBA championships and four more NBA finals series amongst many playoff appearances as the franchise had a very rich history with many famous players, having played for the commonly known Sixers.
Unfortunately the team hasn’t been very successful recently reaching their last NBA final games in 2001 and having not many years with playoff games since. The team also holds record of 26 straight losses in a single season that happened in 2013-14 season and a streak of 27 consecutive losses that was spread across two seasons starting in 2014-15 and ending in 2015-16.
The team plays their games as a member of Atlantic Division in Eastern Division which they have won five times, second to only Celtics that claimed the division 21 times. The Sixers colours are red, blue, navy blue, silver and white and their mascot Franklin, created for kids and by kids, is a friendly dog that joined the franchise in 2015.
Brett Brown is the team’s head coach and he spent some of his coaching career outside of the States where he earned NBL Coach of the Year award as well as leading his team to NBL championship in 1994 in this Australian league. He also was on NBA championship winning team as an assistant coach for the Spurs.
The Sixers are in somewhat rebuilding mode and they don’t have the luxury of having big NBA names to go in their roster but nevertheless there’s plenty of talent and potential namely in rookie Jahlil Okafor drafted by the Sixers with overall third pick.
The well accomplished collegiate center presents the team with both, offensive weapons and defensive skills as it earned him honours of ACC Player of the Year 2015 and he also help to lead his college Duke to NCAA championship.
He is supported by another young athlete, Robert Covington who plays primarily as small forward. He joined the franchise in 2014 after being named NBA-D League Rookie of the Year. He is known for his fast hands not only helping him to score but also create plenty of second chances with sneaky steals.
The duo is joined by another young talent, Nerlens Noel, a power forward chosen by the Sixers in 2013 draft whose production earned him nomination to NBA All-Rookie First Team.