Philadelphia 76ers 2011 Playoffs Preview
The Philadelphia 76ers got off to a horrific start this year, and calls to fire new head coach Doug Collins didn't take long to start flooding the airwaves.
Apparently, Collins just needed a little bit of time to get adjusted to this group of players. The Sixers have been on a roll since their sluggish start, making up a ton of ground in the Eastern Conference and finishing over the .500 mark.
Philadelphia has a nice, young group of players who are starting to develop and mesh together. Collins has expedited that process, and the result is a surprisingly dangerous team that could do some damage in the postseason.
They showed recently just how dangerous they can be, building a 22-point lead on the road at Chicago and coming away with the victory.
Elton Brand has bounced back from a disappointing 2009-2010 campaign to lead the team in both points and rebounds. While he certainly isn't the player he used to be, Brand has once again become a significant contributor.
He is also one of the few veteran presences on a very young team. Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner are just a few of the top young players that Brand has helped to mentor.
Turner has been a disappointment after being selected No. 2 overall, but the rookie has shown signs of improvement over the past couple of months. He may never been a star in the league, but he can certainly be a quality starter.
The Sixers are a scary team that no one really wants to face in the first round. It's unlikely that they can pull off an upset, but they could certainly put a scare into their opponent and push the series to the final, deciding game.