Philly is a city that loves its basketball, its where Earl “The Pearl” Monroe made his name on the playgrounds, its where Dr.J changed the game and put it in the air, Its where Moses Malone brought a title to the city of brotherly love and its where Allen Iverson put the Sixers on his back time and time again. These guys are all Sixers legends but something strange has happened in Philly over the last 5-8 years. They had some cool teams with Andre Iguadola, Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams but they weren't champions nor where they expected to be. That championship expectation hasn't been in Philadelphia in a long time and they haven't added any championship banners since the spectrum.
The Sixers are expected to finish as the worst team in the league this season which really isn't all that bad considering this years draft class is loaded with talent. It will be a chance for young guys like Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel to get some much needed NBA experience and hopefully some confidence. They are 2 building blocks for the Sixers moving forward and if they finish where the expect them to then it could be a game changer in Philadelphia for years to come.
That game changer for the Philadelphia 76ers comes in the form of 18 year old Canadian phenom Andrew Wiggins, who many have called the best college prospect since Lebron James. If the the fortunes of the once premier franchise come to fruition then NBA basketball in Philly will be revived again.
Putting Fannies In The Seats
Landing someone with the hype of Wiggins will instantly put people back in the seats and make the arena feel alive again like it did during the Iverson days. 76ers attendance isn't horrible but it's not great either and Wiggins would certainly help. You get a guy like him and you can build your franchise around him while selling tickets and keeping fans excited. They have been in the bottom half of the league in attendance every season from 2006 to this past season with the exception of the 2012 season where they finished 14th in attendance.
The Sixers aren't really on your national games of the week that much anymore and that’s because they lack a marquee player. The casual NBA fans wants to see the big names such as Kobe, Durant, Chris Paul ETC. If the the 76ers land a guy like Wiggins they are guaranteed a few national TV dates and people are going to want to tune in to see if this guy is the real deal. It wouldn't hurt the NBA if a market like Philly was thriving again.
Back To Winning
The Sixers are a proud franchise and mediocrity should not and can not be tolerated. Putting on that jersey means something. Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Wilt Chamberlain, Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley and so many other greats put it on and wore it with pride. Wiggins can make that mean something again and hopefully add to the banner count at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers may be down right horrible this year but if they can do that better then any team in the NBA and land the Canadian phenom then they might have a decade to celebrate after that.