Last season, the 76ers squeezed all they could out of an athletic lineup and decided to make big changes by shipping their lone All-Star, Andre Iguodala in exchange for Andrew Bynum, switching gears and creating a new offensive framework, one that will be designed to win in the playoffs.
Most of the 2011's early season success came from hustle, good defense and smart play. The 76ers took very good care of the ball. They ranked first in turnovers/game, over a full 2 turnovers less than the second place Clippers (11.2 to 13.3). They played fantastic defense. They ranked 3rd in the NBA in scoring defense and FG% against.
Their play was clearly a by-product of Doug Collins' defense-first mentality and it allowed them to jump out to a lead in the Atlantic. They played tons of home games and by mid February they were an impressive 20-9. Then they came back to earth. By mid-April they were 30-31 and in danger of blowing an opportunity at the playoffs.
So what went