In news that has shocked no one in the basketball world, the Philadelphia 76ers have started the season with five straight losses. It's the second tanking year in a row for the storied Sixers, who have put together one of the sorriest rosters in recent NBA history.
Of course, the Sixers are not the first franchise to tank in order to land great lottery picks, but they have been extremely deliberate and methodical about it. Clearly, they are not half-doing it… and that shows in many numbers aside from the W-L column.
The Sixers are so young and untested that even some clubs outside the NBA compare favorably to them in terms of experience in the league.
Take away injured Jason Richardson, who may never play again, and even D-League squad Texas Legends and Euroleague powerhouse Real Madrid beat Philadelphia's roster when it comes to NBA games played.
Even teams on the rebuilding path with plenty of young talent have way more experience than the Sixers. Milwaukee and Orlando players, for example, combine for roughly twice the NBA games of their Philly peers. (And that's counting Richardson's 838 contests).
Obviously, it doesn't get better with playoff experience. There's 57 current NBA players that have more postseason games played than all Sixers combined. The Spurs alone have eight of those.
While some of the current Sixers may develop into legit or great NBA players, the roster is mostly comprised of fringe guys. That was also the case last season. Up to 23 players donned the Philadelphia jersey in 2013-14 and 13 of them are no longer in the league. That's way worse than any other NBA franchise.
With that personnel at his disposal, it's no wonder why former Spurs assistant Brett Brown has one of the worst records as head coach in NBA history.