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The 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers are going to be one of the worst teams in recent NBA history. That much is evident to anybody who’s followed their offseason moves.

Often imes, when a team is that bad, their coach and management will try to sugarcoat the state of the roster. New Sixers coach Brett Brown did no such thing, speaking his mind on the quality of his team to the Philadelphia Inquirer:

He’s not wrong. Outside of the starting lineup — rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, shooting guard James Anderson, small forward Evan Turner, power forward Thaddeus Young and center Spencer Hawes — and backup big man Lavoy Allen, the Sixers’ roster is pretty brutal. Veteran shooting guard Jason Richardson is out for most of the year with a knee injury. No. 6 overall pick Nerlens Noel is recovering from a torn ACL and might not play at all this season. Kwame Brown is out with a hamstring injury (and also, is Kwame Brown).

The likes of Darius Morris, Daniel Orton, Tony Wroten and (hopefully) Royce White will be seeing heavy minutes. This team could be historically bad.

Which, of course, is the point. The Sixers traded their best player, All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, to the New Orleans Pelicans on draft night for Noel and next year’s first-round pick. Young, Hawes and Turner will likely be gone by the trade deadline. New general manager Sam Hinkie is hoping to get that total of NBA players down from six by the end of the season.

Why? Because Andrew Wiggins is most definitely an NBA player.

The Sixers have been as open as any team has ever been about their tanking strategy. This season is for losing as many games as possible and hoping some of their young players develop into valuable contributors, and getting as high a draft pick as possible.

And they have a coach that’s on board with the program.

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