Poll: Philadelphia 76ers’ 2017/18 Win Total

With the exception of the lockout-shortened season in 2011/12, the Sixers haven’t finished over .500 since the 2004/05 campaign. They’ve posted a 41-41 record twice during that stretch, but have been unable to reach the 42-win threshold in over a decade.

There’s some reason to believe that streak could come to an end in 2017/18. After all, the Sixers’ roster is more stacked with young talent than it has been at any time during that stretch, with No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz joining a group that includes Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, Robert Covington, and last year’s No. 1 pick Ben Simmons, who looks ready to go after missing his rookie season.

However, while Philadelphia’s young core is exciting, it’s also unproven. Fultz and Simmons have yet to play in an NBA game. Embiid has only played in 31 of them. And Simmons and Embiid are both coming off major injuries.

While a playoff berth is the goal for the Sixers, president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo has made an effort to temper expectations. As we noted yesterday, Colangelo recently suggested that Philadelphia is “hoping” to make the postseason, but not forecasting an appearance in the playoffs. That would be “getting a little ahead of ourselves,” in Colangelo’s words, and he’s not wrong — the Sixers improved their win total from 10 in 2015/16 to 28 last season, but they’d need another big jump to make the postseason.

Oddsmakers are optimistic about the Sixers’ chances to make that leap, with offshore betting site Bovada putting the team’s over/under for 2017/18 at 41.5 wins. Bettors are a little more hesistant to go all-in on the Sixers, with Bovada’s current lines indicating that action has been heavy on the under.

What do you think? Is this the year the Sixers finally get back up to 42 wins, or does the team’s young core need a little more time to develop? Vote below and jump into the comment section to share your thoughts!

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20 thoughts on “Poll: Philadelphia 76ers’ 2017/18 Win Total

  1. Thronson5

    Surprised more than half have said over 41.5. Just don’t see a team turning it around that fast even in a weak Eastern Conference. I see them getting around 38 wins which is improvement but don’t see them getting 42 wins.

    • Grant

      I don’t understand why but Under almost never wins even with teams on a downward trend. I mean I would the 76ers being below .500 is one of the safer bets thus far but what do I know

      • twinsfan0001

        Agreed…it seems fairly unlikely that every team will go OVER their projected win total.

        • wants to be a GM

          Some people only vote if they are fans of the team, so unfortunately, these polls are inaccurate

  2. Philly Fan

    A torn meniscus isn’t a major injury. And Simmons’ broken foot isn’t that major either. KD had it a few years ago and he’s done alright since. Simmons will have a major impact from day 1 considering he’s much better than Embiid. I imagine a .500 season and a playoff seed between 6-8

    • Luke Adams

      I think our definitions of “major” are different. Neither injury was career-threatening or anything, but Simmons missed the entire season and Embiid hasn’t been fully cleared yet.

      • Philly Fan

        Ok, that clears it up. I’m guess I’m so used to Sixers’ players being injured that a major injury to me is a career derailing

  3. GuruGray

    I like the concept of these polls, but how can the over win ever time? There’s a finite amount of wins to go around lol

    • Luke Adams

      Yeah, I feel like at the end we’ll just have to shift the voting down 10% or so for all of them to get a more balanced outcome. Haha.

    • ssball

      It’s because fans of the team are more likely to read the article about their team and are also more likely to be optimistic. Only 161 people have voted in this poll; it’s not very meaningful.

  4. ssball

    If Embiid is healthy–say 60 games, 25-28 MPG–I’ll take the over. Otherwise, I’ll take the under.

    • At least 74….

      …games missed by starting 5,
      … years between championships (only 40 more to go,)
      …. sixer fans shouldn’t have voted the over,

    • x%sure

      Sixers fans will finally get to see the players they’ve been talking about for so long.
      And so will some of the players!
      So I voted under.

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