A team-by-team preview of all 30 NBA teams heading into the 2008 – 2009 season, Hooped Up style.Â Â Â
Talk aboutÂ headingÂ in the right direction! Â The 76ers snuck up on everybody last season and found themselves in the playoffs to everybody’s surprise. Â The backcourt once again looks solid with Andre Miller running the show and AndreÂ IguodalaÂ ready for that next level. Elton Brand is ready to mix it up after a full year on the shelfÂ andÂ Sam Dalembert with help from Theo Ratliff should evolve into a league feared defender.
But are things as good as they look on paper?
Projected Starters:Â PGÂ – Andre Miller /Â SGÂ -Â Andre IguodalaÂ /Â SFÂ -Â Thaddeus YoungÂ /Â PFÂ – Elton Brand /Â CÂ – Â Sam Dalembert
Additions:Â Elton Brand, Royal Ivey, Kareem Rush, Theo Ratliff, Donyell Marshall, Jared Reiner, Antywane Robinson, Marreese Speights
Losses:Â Rodney Carney, Calvin Booth, Louis Amundson, Shavlik RandolphÂ
Projected Wins:Â 48+
Team Theme Song:Â Â AZ – The Come Up
The 76ers dun came up in the East and can’t surprise anybody this season.
After a small mommy make over, the 76ers are in the eastern conference conversation again. Â Thaddeus Young looks like anÂ emergingÂ player andÂ veteransÂ Donyell Marshall, Theo Ratliff Â and Reggie Evans sure up any front line. Â The 76ers look ready for a second roundÂ appearanceÂ and if they can catch somebody slipping they’ll go further. This is one of my girlfriendsÂ favoriteÂ teams in the East, so one half of this household is very excited about theÂ upcomingÂ season.
The glory days are back in the City of Brotherly Love and we ain’t talking about the Phillies.