Philadelphia 76ers 2008 Season Preview

 

The Philadelphia 76ers have the weapons they need to charge up the Eastern Conference standings this season.

 

Philadelphia 76ers: 2007-08 Overview

The Philadelphia 76ers entered a rebuilding phase after the big trade that sent Allen Iverson to the Denver Nuggets. As a result, the Sixers handed the reins to Andre Iguodala - the new face of the franchise. The Philadelphia 76ers got off to a rocky start during the 2007-08 season, but they picked up their game following the All-Star Break. Thanks to a hardworking, blue-collar corps of young gunners and a savvy head coach in Maurice Cheeks, the Philadelphia 76ers just about evened up their season at 40-42, even though critics had them pegged for last place in the Atlantic Division.

Fans with Philadelphia 76ers tickets saw their team snag the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs - the Sixers' first postseason stint since the 2005 season. The underdog Philadelphia 76ers would battle the playoff juggernaut Detroit Pistons in Round 1. With nothing to lose, the Philadelphia 76ers surprised NBA fans and critics alike, stealing the first game of the series and robbing the Detroit Pistons of the coveted home-court advantage. The Philadelphia 76ers would go up 2-1 in the series before the Detroit Pistons took care of business, winning two straight games to win the series in six games. While their Cinderella season was cut short, the Philadelphia 76ers proved that they are a team to watch out for in the East.  

Philadelphia 76ers: Offseason

Where does one begin? The Philadelphia 76ers had a chaotic offseason that brought in free agents galore, including former LA Clippers star, Elton Brand. With his double-double numbers in tow, Elton Brand was the biggest fish in the free-agent pool and will instantly make the Philadelphia 76ers a playoff contender this season. Swingman Royal Ivey, two guard Kareem  Rush, journeyman Theo Ratliff, and forward Donyell Marshall are among the Sixers' free-agent signings. Fans with Philadelphia 76ers tickets can see Andre Iguodala and Louis Williams in action now that they've inked new deals with the Philadelphia 76ers. Calvin Booth and Rodney Carney head west to the Minnesota Timberwolves via trade.

Philadelphia 76ers: Offense

The explosive trio of Elton Brand (17.6 PPG), Andre Iguodala (19.9 PPG) and Andre Miller (17.7 PPG) will spearhead the Philadelphia 76ers' offensive charge this season. Philadelphia 76ers tickets will feature Elton Brand dominating in the low post, swingman Andre Iguodala dominating at both the two and three, and true point guard Andre Miller running a most prolific offense and hitting clutch shots along the way. Young gunners like Willie Green, Louis Williams, and Kareem Rush can provide the Philadelphia Sixers with plenty of energy off the pine. 

Philadelphia 76ers: Defense

The Philadelphia 76ers patched a big hole at the four spot with Elton Brand, who teams with Samuel Dalembert to anchor the front court. Elton Brand should get back to averaging double-digits in rebounds and is sure to be one of the leaders in blocked shots, averaging 1.9 BPG in 2007-08. Samuel Dalembert has just come off a career year with 10.4 RPG and 2.01 BPG. With these two premier defenders manning the paint, fans with Philadelphia 76ers fans know their team is in good shape on both sides of the ball.

 

Philadelphia 76ers: Lineup

 

Point Guard: Andre Miller, Louis Williams

Shooting Guard: Andre Iguodala, Willie Green

Small Forward: Thaddeus Young, Kareem Rush

Power Forward: Elton Brand, Reggie Evans

Center: Samuel Dalembert, Marreese Speights

 

Philadelphia 76ers: Outlook

While the Philadelphia 76ers turned heads in the last few months of last season, the Sixers are poised to make heads spin, especially with the addition of Elton Brand. Coach Mo Cheeks' young Philadelphia 76ers spent much of last season developing and gelling together, so expect continued growth from A.I., Thaddeus Young, and Louis Williams among others. If the underrated Andre Miller can continue his solid play at the point and Samuel Dalembert can continue to hone his defensive skills, then the Philadelphia 76ers will undoubtedly be a threat in the Eastern Conference. Don't be surprised if the budding Philadelphia 76ers hop on the accelerated path to steal the Atlantic Division title from the reigning champion Boston Celtics and make a deep playoff run this season.  

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