Before the start of the NBA season, there was much hope for the Philadelphia 76ers. After a surprisingly good season last year, all signs indicated the 76ers would be one of the powerhouses of the Eastern Conference this year alongside the Celtics and the Raptors.
But so far, the 76ers have not looked like the team we expected them to be. Here are three reasons why:
3. Lack of Shooters
The loss of players like Marco Belinelli and Ersan İlyasova may not have seemed terrible at first, but they were valuable shooting threats. In their place, the 76ers haven't been able to shoot the ball efficiently like they did last season, and it's killing their offensive productivity.
2. Markelle Fultz
While the 76ers have high hopes for Fultz, we're not seeing any signs of greatness just yet. After re-learning his shot, Fultz has been timid from beyond the arc.
The 76ers need Fultz to be the scorer and playmaker they expected, but for now, he just looks lost on the basketball court.
1. Careless Defense
The 76ers have struggled defensively so far this season, allowing Blake Griffin to drop 50 on them, as well as an impressive triple-double for Giannis Antetokounmpo.
With Fultz and Saric on the court, the defense looks lazy at best. The 76ers have committed numerous careless fouls in key situations, and do not look cohesive as a defensive unit.