In the NBA there are five types of teams. The upper echelon of teams, who are perennial contenders to win the NBA title. These teams are the Spurs, Thunder, Heat, Lakers (except this season) and Clippers. What do all these teams have in common? A superstar. The next kind of NBA team is the team that will be good, but they do not have enough to win a title. The Grizzlies, Nuggets, Pacers, Bulls (without Derrick Rose) and Nets of the world fit here. Then are the teams that are boom or bust, meaning they could win the title one year, but miss the playoffs the next. The Knicks, Celtics, Mavericks, Cavaliers and Rockets fit this bill. The lowest level of teams are the ones will who end up with a future star in the draft. These teams are the Wizards, Kings, Bobcats, Suns, and Magic. All the above teams will be fine, it is the way the NBA works.
Notice how your Philadelphia 76ers are NOT listed above. They are what is called “NBA Purgatory”. An exclusive club created by David Stern and the NBA where a few teams will be mediocre for a LONG time due to the excess amount of teams in the NBA. Teams that fall into this category with the 76ers are the Jazz, Raptors, Bucks and Hawks. Think about it, these teams (like the 76ers) will make a run to the bottom of the playoffs every few years and lose to the Heat in the first round, but they never fall to the bottom of the pack to get that one superstar. The Thunder, Heat, Cavaliers, Bulls and many other teams were in this area, but they did what you HAVE to do in the NBA, you have to tank to get a superstar.
The 76ers are in, and will be in this purgatory until they tank for a superstar, or somehow they sign a free agent stud. The issue is, free agents do NOT want to go to a place where there is not another superstar. In actuality, the 76ers only have ONE player who should stay on the team, as it needs a complete rebuild. Jrue Holiday has been a budding star for a year now, but I think the 76ers need to pair him up with a big time star to come out of this purgatory. Holiday needs a Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, LeBron James kind of player, and once the 76ers get that, they will be out of “NBA Purgatory”. Until then, if the 76ers roster does not get a complete overhaul, it will be another few years of 41-41, lose in the first round to the Heat type basketball. The problem created with 30 NBA teams is the fact that there are really only about 20 stars. Most of these stars flock together and end up on the same teams. The NBA is a 4-6 team league, and until the 76ers become one of those teams, we will be a part of NBA Purgatory.Tags: 76ers, Carmelo Anthony, Jrue Holiday, LeBron James, NBA, NBA Purgatory, Philadelphia 76ers