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Are The 76ers Tanking The Season?

The Philadelphia 76ers have lost their last two games by 53 and 32 points, en route to an 0-8 start to the 2014-15 season for only their second time in franchise history.

The Dallas Mavericks ran all over the last-place 76ers Thursday night, beating them 123-70, while the Toronto Raptors took the victory 120-88 Sunday night.

The 76ers rank last in the NBA in points scored with 90.4 and third-to-last in points allowed with 108.3. Their -17.9 point differential is last in the league. They have lost their first eight games of the season by an average of 18 points.

Last year, the 76ers finished second-to-last in the NBA, earning them the third pick of the NBA draft. There are some people saying that the 76ers don’t want to make that same mistake of finishing second-to-last and, instead, are tanking this season to try to get the first pick of next year’s draft.

Tony Wroten is leading the team in scoring, assists and steals, with 20.5, 6.1 and 2.4 per game, respectively.

Michael Carter Williams has missed all but one game this season with a shoulder injury. He just recently submitted an essay of over 1,000 words to the Players’ Tribune – which can be read here– speaking about his frustration of losing and the media talking about the 76ers tanking the season.

“You can question my shooting. You can question my ceiling. Just don’t question if I’m giving my all every single night. Don’t talk to me about tanking,” Carter Williams wrote.

The 76ers are on a current four-game road trip that concludes with games against Houston, Friday night, and the defending champions, San Antonio Spurs, Monday night.

Sources: Players' Tribune, ForTheWin / Photo Credit: Wikipedia


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