Before we go any further, let's take a look at the current 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers roster:

  • Lavoy Allen, PF
  • James Anderson, SG
  • Vander Blue, SG
  • Kwame Brown, C
  • Michael Carter-Williams, PG
  • Spencer Hawes, C
  • Mac Koshwal, PF
  • Gani Lawal, PF
  • Darius Morris, PG
  • Arnett Moultrie, PF
  • Nerlens Noel, C
  • Tim Ohlbrecht, PF
  • Daniel Orton, C
  • Jason Richardson, SG
  • Hollis Thompson, SF
  • Evan Turner, SG
  • Royce White, PF
  • Rodney Williams, SG
  • Tony Wroten, PG
  • Khalif Wyatt, SG
  • Thaddeus Young, SF

After looking over that roster and taking into account that Richardson, Noel, Moultrie and Brown (who are all guaranteed spots on the final 15-man roster) are injured at the moment, one thing may come to mind: this is going to be a looooooooong season for the Sixers. Some are claiming that this 76ers team end up with one of the worst records ever. We're not going to go there, but we do feel sorry for the brutal months ahead for that Philly fan base. 

But hey, maybe their new head coach Brett Brown could inspire his troops. Negative. After Monday's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Brown confessed, "You have six NBA players and then you have a bunch of guys who are fighting for spots and want to be seen and need opportunity." And he didn't stop there. When discussing how the final roster spots will be made, he admitted that "high character" will play a huge role. "It has to be [that way]. Imagine going through the learning curve and the learning pains and, at times, some losses are going to be mounting up and mounting up and mounting up."

Where's the hopeful optimism? It's still the preseason after all! Even the Charlotte Bobcats and their fans still think this year is going to be the year they break out. 

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[via Philadelphia Inquirer]