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Grantland’s Bill Simmons picks the Sixers to finish dead last this season

Oct 1, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

You know your team is in for a rough season ahead when two legit NBA analysts have to really get into it when discussing whether or not said team can compete for the WORST RECORD IN THE HISTORY OF THE NBA.

Alas, Grantland’s Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose put some serious thought to it, even go so far as to say the 2013-14 Sixers will be in the conversation to compete with the 1972-73 Sixers 9-73 record for much of the season. “They’ll be close! They’ll rival it!” Rose screams.

Mercifully, they determine this Sixers squad should hit double digit victories.

So there’s that.

We took a look back at the ’72-’73 Sixers back in 2012 if you’d like to take a trip down (before-you-were-alive-to-form) memory lane.

Simmons and Rose certainly aren’t the only people to like the Sixers’ chances in the lottery this season.

Also, sweet hat, Bill.


  1. Jason Radcliff. - Oct 1, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    That’s the plan, right?

  2. Matt S. - Oct 1, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    I’ll take 9 wins all day if it gets us a top 3 pick

    • willh888 - Oct 1, 2013 at 8:51 PM

      If 9 wins gets you third pick, David Stern needs to be elbowed by a grizzly bear.

      What are there 8 or 9 different champs in the last 30 years? Lack of parody is scary

      • Paul - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:41 AM

        It is even worse if you look at the different champs since the inception of the NBA. 18 different teams have won in the 64 finals played since 1950.There has never been parity in this league and never will be considering only large cities with marketability for endorsements get superstars. Even with a soft cap those cities offer such huge financial incentives some superstars could play for $1 in salary and still make more than the yearly max.

      • lordhelmet23 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Actually the 76ers are a parody. The word you’re looking for is parity.

      • will - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        there’s two things that are causing it now. there are too many teams causing the level of talent on the majority of them to be significantly watered down. the only way to get good enough to contend for a championship is to hit on a couple of stars in the top of the lottery(and then hope you can keep them) or be in one of a handful of markets that will attract star free agents. when you are drafting at the bottom of the lottery or just outside the lottery, like the sixers have been doing for most of the years since iverson left town, you are going to be stuck in middle of the road, going no where fast nba hell.

      • Chris - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        David Stern deserves to be elbowed by a grizzly bear regardless.

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