Phildelphia 76ers Owner Calls Their 19 Win Season a “Huge Success”
Tanking is a true art form in all of the major sports in America, whether you like it or not. Losing games to gain an advantage in the draft is something that all teams have done or will do at some point.
The Philadelphia 76ers have not hidden their intention to tank away the season in order to make a push in this years draft. But the 76ers owner Joshua Harris took their intentions a bit too far.
“I think the season has been a huge success for us,” Harris said
I’m not sure in what world a season in which your team goes 19-63 is a huge success. Especially when in that same season you lose 26 straight and tie an NBA record for consecutive losses.
With that being said the 76ers were tired of being a mediocre team. When you are caught in the middle of the pack in the NBA you catch yourself making the playoffs as a 7th or 8th seed, loosing your chance at a lottery pick and getting bounced out early. This was not the path that Harris wanted for the 76ers.
“We don’t want to be 41-41. We don’t want to be one-and-done,” Harris said. “We want this team, this city to be proud of the Sixers. We want to be proud of the Sixers.”
Harris sees the future of the 76ers through the young talent on his team. Players like Micheal Carter Williams who is leading the pack for Rookie of The Year and Nerens Noel the lottery pick for the 76ers last year who did not play the entire season due to an ACL tear but has impressed coaches in practice according to ESPN.
If you ask Harris the sky’s the limit for this team.
“All these pieces are in place to make this an elite team that will compete consistently for the NBA championship,” Harris said. “There’s no shortcuts to it. Unfortunately, it takes a long time. I’m really happy with the progress.”
The 76ers along with the rest of the bottom feeders in the NBA are not guaranteed a great draft position just for having a horrible season, we will see how much of a success this season truly was for the 76ers after the draft lottery this summer.