A year ago at this time, the Philadelphia 76ers were filled with optimism.
Coming off a postseason run that left them four minutes short of the Eastern Conference finals, front office personnel were still slapping each other’s backs about the way they had not only landed big man Andrew Bynum, but at the same time unloaded Andre Iguodala and Nikola Vucevic.
With Bynum in the paint, an array of 3-point shooters on the wings and emerging guards Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner running the offense, they were convinced the team had the size, athleticism and versatility to compete with anyone in the East. Yes, even LeBron and the Heat.
A year later, well, let’s say those expectations have slightly changed.
Sparing you the gory details, it didn’t quite work out as planned (we can debate whether it was the worst trade in NBA history), which is why the 2013-14 Sixers will resemble their predecessors in name and uniform only.