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#PrayForPhilly

Published by Yoshi on 8th October - 13:15 (CET)
Remember that kid in school that everyone picked on? You know, the guy who seemed to have every single one of those traits other kids just couldn't let slide. He was a bit chubby, wore the big fat glasses, had asthma, studdered and wore those wolf t-shirts.

Yeah, that's the Philadelphia 76ers.

Ever since The Answer left the City of Brotherly Love it seems that the 76ers have been adding more and more questions to their already questionable repertoire. Sure there have been a few trips to the playoffs, with even a first round win against a limping Bulls team in 2012, but let's be honest - 7th and 8th place berths to the Eastern Conference Playoffs in the late 00's and early 10's are not exactly achievements you would be telling your grandkids about in the post World War Trump years.

As we are nearing 2020, that kid mentioned earlier is now a senior in high school, perhaps even a freshman in college. His peers are not laughing any more. It's just not that funny any longer, and some classmates are even talking to the school counselor, expressing serious concerns about the kid. Why does he keep drafting broken players? Is he "special" or something?

In 2011 the Sixers drafted Nikola Vucevic. Great move! But less than a year after signing his first contract Vuc was sent away so that the Sixers could bring in professional bowler Andrew Bynum. Ouch. In 2012 they drafed Michael Carter-Williams. We don't talk about Michael Carter-Williams on Flagrant Flop.

The following two years Philly used their 3rd overall picks in consecutive drafts to pick Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor. Between them they have played 53 games (all Okafor) out of a possible 266. That is 20%. Imagine if you bought a car and it only runs 20% of the time. And then you go to the same car dealership and buy another car that runs only 20% of the time. You would be considered an idiot.

So the owners got rid of that idiot and brought in front-office superstar Bryan Colangelo, a man with a very impressive track-record, including the Nashty Suns and the.. DeLowry Raptors? Things are finally looking better, the Sixers land the number one pick in the 2016 draft, select Baby Lebron phenom Ben Simmons aaaaand.... he's likely out for the season.

Remember that kid we talked about earlier? At this point, if you are at campus and see him reaching for something in his backpack, you better start running!

#PrayForPhilly

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