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Team Previews: Philadelphia Sixers 2013-14

Michael Chua

Michael Chua

Michael Chua is a basketball statistics expert from the Philippines. He has worked as a student manager for the University of Wisconsin Men's basketball team. He is also the basketball program consultant for his high school alma mater, Shanghai American School, in China.

STATE OF THE FRANCHISE
Prior to the 2012-13 season, the Sixers made a blockbuster deal for All-Star center Andrew Bynum, sending away their longtime franchise player Andre Iguodala, along with rising center Nikola Vucevic and rookie Maurice Harkless. High-seed playoff hopes were dashed in the preseason when news of the severity of Bynum's knee issues emerged. Despite excellent play from Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner, the Sixers headed into the lottery, getting no help from their failed investment in Bynum, who did not log a single minute on the court. Understanding Bynum's unreliability and inconsistency, as well as the closing competitive window for the franchise, the Sixers decided to look forward through a different set of eyes, with its scope focused on a different goal.

In an offseason full of change, owner Josh Harris fired ex-gen

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