Though the team was fully aware that this was going to be a rebuilding year, the Philadelphia 76ers were hoping for a little better start than this. Through the first four games of the season, the team has yet to pick up a victory. On Wednesday, they lost to the Charlotte Hornets by a score of 109-93, as reported by ESPN.
Philadelphia 76ers starters
If he develops as they hope that he will, there will be plenty of games where Dario Saric is leading the team in scoring. He did it against the Charlotte Hornets, but the Sixers probably would have preferred if it was more than just 14 points. Saric missed eight of the 13 shots that he took. However, he did hit two of the four outside shots attempted. To his credit, the rookie forward added seven rebounds and a steal. Saric should probably have more than one assist, especially given his reputation as a great passer.
Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, and Richaun Holmes combined for 32 points. That type of support would be much more effective for Philadelphia if Joel Embiid was around to score 25 points. Unfortunately, the rookie center is not available at the moment due to being in rehab.
Robert Covington tried to provide some outside shooting presence, but he only hit two of the eight shots attempted beyond the three-point line.
Philadelphia 76ers bench
The other person that was tied for the team scoring lead is also the newest member of the 76ers roster. Ersan Ilyasova provided 14 points off the bench. He hit two shots from the outside, which is what Philadelphia needs him to do more frequently.
After missing the game against the Orlando Magic, Jahlil Okafor was back on the court for the Sixers. He was given 24 minutes of playing time, which is the most that he has received this season. Okafor provided the team with 12 points and five rebounds. On a night where no one stepped up big, this should have been a great opportunity for the young center.
TJ McConnell had six assists and three steals. The backup guard could have earned himself more playing time with those numbers if his shooting percentage was a bit better. It also does not help that McConnell had three turnovers.
Charlotte Hornets starters
The strength of the Hornets is their starting back court. When those two are playing well, then they have a really good chance at winning games. Against the Philadelphia 76ers, Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum came through. They combined for 42 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists. That greatly reduces the pressure on the supporting cast to come up big.
Michael Kidd Gilchrist played well defensively. He had 13 rebounds, three steals, and a block. Offensively, he did not provide much, but Charlotte does not need him to score a lot of points when Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum are scoring well.
Cody Zeller just received a new contract worth approximately $56 million. He provided 13 points and a block. Considering that he played 26 minutes, he needs to grab more than just one rebound, especially with the amount of money that he is being paid.
Marvin Williams did not shoot as well as he would have liked to, but the veteran forward still managed to get 11 points, eight rebounds, and two steals.
Charlotte Hornets bench
Marco Belinelli and Frank Kaminsky provided a scoring punch from the second unit. They combined for 25 points, with 15 of those points coming from the outside. Kaminsky also hauled in five rebounds.
Ramon Sessions came off the bench and took control of the offense by dishing out seven assists. The veteran guard only turned the ball over once.
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