Originally posted on Around the Arc  |  Last updated 1/14/13
The current NBA season is reaching a pivotal point for the 76ers.  Philadelphia, currently sitting at 16-22, good for ninth in the Eastern Conference and a full four games out of the final playoff spot, is entering its longest home stand of the season.  After an impressive, yet somewhat surprising victory over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night, the Sixers will play 11 of their next 12 games in the familiarity Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers need to capitalize on this home stand if they want to regain playoff positioning, especially if they don’t again want to be an eighth seed appetizer. The Sixers, currently 10-8 at home, have some winnable games coming into town and need to use such contests to turn their season back around.  With 2013 projecting to be a somewhat weak draft class, this doesn’t seem to be the season that the 7-6 should have their eyes on the lottery.  If there was a plethora of prospects entering the lottery that could address and improve some of the current issues surrounding the Sixers, that would be one thing; I’m not implying tanking, but if that were the case then landing in the lottery wouldn’t be all bad.Since that is not the case however, it seems that the Sixers should instead focus on turning the season around and continuing to build on the playoff success of last season.  While the East’s top couple spots are spoken for, the rest of the Conference is pretty open with a lot of basketball left to play this season.  With a young nucleus expected to be around for a while, the Sixers should get these guys as much experience as possible (both playoff and meaningful regular season minutes), which will help them when the team is truly a contender (which we all hope happens, sometime soon).  Plus, who knows exactly how good this team can be once (if) Andrew Bynum returns.Speaking of the big man, there is some news out of that camp as well.  For all the fans who gave up any hope of seeing Bynum in a Sixers jersey this season, hold your horses, as it seems the big man hasn’t given up hope on himself.  Bynum practiced today (!!) for the first time as a Sixer.  Well, he didn’t actually take part in practice, but he could be seen hoisting up some shots and polishing his post game a little; a welcome sign to pretty much everyone with any sort of stake in the Sixers.  While this is but a baby step when it comes to getting back on the court, it serves as a sign of potential promising progress. Bynum said he hopes to return around the all-star break next month.  While many initially expected Bynum himself to be an all-star this season, his appearance on the hardwood around the break would be enough at this point.
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