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The success of the Sixers’ up-tempo offense thus far this season has come as a surprise to some who expected them to struggle on that end. The Sixers currently boast the eighth most effective offense in the entire NBA in terms of points per game (103.7 – an average of a free Big Mac each game night at Wells Fargo), and are averaging the third most made field goals a game at 39.6.
The Sixers have six players averaging in double figures, including Tony Wroten and James Anderson, who both averaged less than four points per game last season. Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner are both having career years and excelling offensively, while rookie Michael Carter-Williams is stuffing the stat sheet and making ten teams second guess their June selections.
Yes, the offense has been running effectively, but the Sixers still sit at 6-9, which is currently eighth in the anemic East, and a full seven games behind the first-place Pacers.
The offense obviously isn’t the issue. Instead, it has been defense and lack of depth that have most contributed to the Sixers’ struggles this season.