Brett Brown is facing the challenge of keeping the young Philadelphia 76ers confident after difficult preseason losses. As expected, the Brooklyn Nets had no problem beating the Sixers, winning by 30 points, but fans were hoping for a more competitive game against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Sixers lost by 26, although Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, and Spencer Hawes didn’t play.
Preseason is crucial for building confidence, even if it’s diminished after a few weeks of regular season. Philadelphia will be host the NBA opener versus the Miami Heat on Oct. 30, and that will begin a long season.
What keeps fans optimistic for the future is the management Philadelphia has brought to the table. President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, Sam Hinke, will be bringing data analysis to Philadelphia to help drive future decisions for the team. These data-driven strategies seemed beneficial to Huston as the Rockets won 160 games in three years, alongside a legendary 22-game win streak, the third longest winning streak in professional sports history. Prior to working with the Rockets, Hinke advised various NFL teams to use statistical analysis to help strategize draft picks as well as improve decision making.
He stated earlier this summer, “I agreed to come lead the Sixers because the first, and to my mind, the most important building block is in place: A thoughtful ownership group committed to building a basketball operation that is data-driven, strategic and relentlessly innovative. The challenge ahead of us is real, but I am invigorated to build something lasting for Philadelphia.”
When you mix Hinke’s dedicated personality with Brett Brown’s player personnel development, you have an image of a bright future. Brown’s influence on player personnel as well as his knowledge outside the NBA is a major aspect of developing this team. Brown began his career in Australia, coaching in the NBL from 1998-2002 and the Australian national team from 1995-2012. In 2002 he was hired full-time in San Antonio as the team’s director of player development.
Brown is capable of turning these young players into future starts of the NBA. He took Australian guard Patty Mills to San Antonio, who has played well although given limited playing time.
The Sixers may not look good this year on paper, but they are extremely close to being one of the best teams in the NBA. Their management will be the reason they find success. Although the near future may be dark and ugly, the potential to develop franchise players is in front of the right guy. With the help from Brown, Nerlens Noel will be the super-star Philadelphia has waited for.
Confidence should be the main focus for Brown to maintain right now. The last two preseason games will be extremely important. Winning is not what’s most important right now, but showing that they can compete before the results start counting, would desperately improve this team’s confidence.