76ciology wrote:Mik317 wrote:what we aren;t going to do is defend any of the moves this past offseason. Who gives a **** what the media thinks. The media doesn't give a **** about this franchise. The media whining is part of why we are in the spot we are now thanks to them blowing a gasket over the process. The media also has been trying to break up Ben and Jo forever now; so them propping up the team only for it to not work out only plays into their narrative.
Look yes. Team building takes luck however this FO decided that the best option for this team was to take away our best shooter and our best shot creator and replace them with more guys who's best positions are the same as our two building blocks. Thats not **** being unlucky. There is no hindsight involved.\Every single move made this offseason backfired., the "best" one of taking Mattise is tainted by being sniped by Boston and honestly I question how much better he's going to get so lets pump the breaks their as well.
again these front office moves could be big; they could be moving the deck chairs on the titanic...or somewhere in the middle. Contracts are tricky things so who knows what is really going on in the background. But make no mistake there is no defending the job that was done last offseason...there is no unluckiness involved there. They made poor decisions.
Most people on this forum (see pages 9 of the threads) were also on board with the moves we made for the 2019-2020 season. So it’s not just like the entire media projected us to be a really good team.
It’s almost consensus given how the fans (our board and social media), analytics and actual NBA executives and coaches all projected our team to made the finals. When they made that projection, they were looking at the overall team’s talent.
And we have to respect that these guys may be more knowledgeable than us, mere fans who don’t have any skin in the game or machinery than them.
I can lay down all the links of these opinions/projections if you wish to look at it.
For instance, we all know we were one of the top teams in the power rankings to start the season. I believe it goes downhill when Biid got suspended.
Then by Feb (mid season), we were still projected to be the top team in the east. That is despite all the injuries and chemistry issues.
Sure we got swept, but during the bubble we had one of the top offense during the bubble (i’ll check again). And we didn’t have Ben playing during the playoffs.
If you ask me (gut feel) it’s really more an internal locker room issue with us than a talent issue.
I saw a power ranking on the Athletic for next season listing the Sixers at #12. If they stay there through the offseason does that mean the front office did a bad job at some point or does all that matter what people thought of this team in summer 2019 before anyone saw them play together?
And they may have not have fired Brand/brought someone in over him but you don't make all these lower changes in the front office if you are happy with how things are going. You have all of these Pompey articles writing about how the Sixers are blaming analytics for doing poorly which is (1) really concerning to read about a NBA team in 2020 and (2) again a sign they don't think they were running the team properly.
At the end of the day though, I'm not sure it's so much that people overestimated the Sixers (I agree that they would have had a better result this year with better health, coaching, chemistry etc.) but more that people underestimated how good the front offices of the other eastern teams are. Like at the time we thought the Sixers and Bucks were going to win 50+ and everyone else was going to max out in 45-48 range with no real threat in the playoffs. Instead Toronto, Boston, Miami all had much better teams than people thought they would, and a lot of that comes down to their front offices being well run and identifying young guys and underrated vets that were going to be good pieces for them.
Now that those teams have caught up to us the idea of having an inexperienced GM in Brand and no one notable under him that doesn't inspire a lot of confidence that they're not going to get left further behind. Brand doesn't have to just be an ok GM to pull this off at this point he has to be better than the GMs of those other teams.