The Philadelphia 76ers may be in for a rough season, at least in the beginning.
The difficulty began in what was a promising and exciting season when rookie Ben Simmons fractured his foot, and news that he would be sidelined for at least two months made its way to the team.
Nerlens Noel also suffered from an inflamed knee which required surgery and is expected to be out for five weeks.
Jerryd Bayless had a ligament tear in his wrist and chose to rehab over repairing it through surgery. The plan was to start him at the point guard position, but his return is indefinite at this stage.
It sounds like the perfect recipe for president Bryan Colangelo to continue Sam Hinkie‘s process and tank one more season, but Colangelo told reporters that tanking is something he refuses to take part in.
“Not a chance. We have obviously been set back by several key injuries so we have internally discussed strategies to address the deficiencies without veering too far off course.”
Currently, the Sixers are looking to build for their future without tanking, and it will still take time to be a competitive team.
The team signed a few promising young players, but won’t sacrifice the salary cap until they can find players strong enough to make the cap hit worth it.
The city of Philadelphia is starving for their team to compete again, but they will have to wait a little bit longer. Beginning with an 0-3 to start, things could get rockier before they get better.