Could the Philadelphia 76ers be getting a little competition for the much-unwanted title of worst team in the NBA?
Some clues, perhaps, coming tonight when they host the free-falling, eager to deal, Charlotte Hornets.
Tipped for a playoff berth, there’s been no sting in their tale during a woeful 6-19 start that has seen them win just once on the road and lose four straight.
Worst of all, marquee free agent signing Lance Stephenson looks ever more to be the $27 million bust of the year with the ex-Pacer a doubt even to be on the court in Philly following a pelvic strain.
He might not be much missed by a side committing a league-high 11 turnovers per game and it’s reported Hornets owner Michael Jordan has offered him around the NBA to free himself of his non-contribution.
All in all, it’s become yet another mess in Charlotte.
The Sixers, of course, are the basket case of basketball but there’s a few signs of life from a side that is still a whopping 2.55 to record their first home victory of the campaign at the 14th attempt.
They led high-flying Memphis by 18 before losing in overtime last Saturday and although Philadelphia has limped to a 2-22 start, it’s impressive how Brett Brown has kept his young over-matched side competitive, especially rookie Nerlens Noel, who had a career-best 19 points in Monday’s defeat to Boston.
The perk is that with four days off, the 76ers have had time to prepare for the Hornets. It’s not going to be pretty, with the hosts great value at -2.5 on the handicap at 2.95.
Maybe, just maybe, for once it will be Philadelphia inflicting the Buzz kill.
Best bet: Go under 189.5 total points in Philadelphia-Charlotte at 2.43