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2015–16 Philadelphia 76ers season

The 2015–16 Philadelphia 76ers season was the second worst in franchise history, one game better than their 9-73 mark in the 1972–73 season.[1] It was also the second straight season that Joel Embiid, the third pick in the 2014 NBA draft, would not suit up for the 76ers due to a leg injury. Philadelphia broke the record for the longest losing streak in American professional sports history with 27 straight losses over this season and last season with a 114–116 loss to the Houston Rockets. The losing streak would reach to 28 games (with the 18 straight losses tying the record for longest opening season losing streak with the 2009–10 New Jersey Nets) before getting their first victory at home against the Los Angeles Lakers, which was also Kobe Bryant's last game against the 76ers in Philadelphia. Philadelphia would also hire former Phoenix Suns owner, coach, general manager, and four-time NBA Executive of the Year winner Jerry Colangelo on December 7, 2015 as their Chairman of Basketball Operations. Eleven days later, former Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni would join the team as an associate head coach. Near the end of the season, general manager Sam Hinkie would announce his resignation from his position, being replaced by Jerry's son Bryan Colangelo before the end of the season. Jerry would also announce his personal demotion from his original position afterwards.

2015–16 Philadelphia 76ers season
Head coachBrett Brown
General managerSam Hinkie (resigned)
Bryan Colangelo
Owner(s)Joshua Harris
ArenaWells Fargo Center
Results
Record10–72 (.122)
PlaceDivision: 5th (Atlantic)
Conference: 15th (Eastern)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionCSN, TCN
RadioWPEN
< 2014–15 2016–17 >

The 76ers finished just one game shy of tying the NBA record for most losses in a season set by themselves during their 1972–73 season when they went 9–73. They became only the second team after the Vancouver Grizzlies between 1995–96 and 1997–98 to endure three consecutive 82-game seasons with fewer than twenty wins. However, it would be the season where Sam Hinkie's goal of "The Process" came into full fruition since they'd later earn the #1 selection in the 2016 NBA draft.

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College / Team
1 3 Jahlil Okafor C   United States Duke
2 35 Guillermo Hernangómez C   Spain Baloncesto Sevilla (Spain)
2 37 Richaun Holmes PF / C   United States Bowling Green
2 47 Artūras Gudaitis C   Lithuania Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
2 58 J. P. Tokoto SG   United States North Carolina
2 60 Luka Mitrović PF   Serbia Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)

Preseason game logEdit

PreseasonEdit

2015 pre-season game log
Total: 2–5 (Home: 2–1; Road: 0–4)
2015–16 season schedule

Regular season game logEdit

2015–16 game log
Total: 10–72 (Home: 7–34; Road: 3–38)
2015–16 season schedule
  • * Denotes home game sellout.


Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
yToronto Raptors 56 26 .683 0.0 32–9 24–17 14–2 82
xBoston Celtics 48 34 .585 8.0 28–13 20–21 10–6 82
New York Knicks 32 50 .390 24.0 18–23 14–27 8–8 82
Brooklyn Nets 21 61 .256 35.0 14–27 7–34 6–10 82
Philadelphia 76ers 10 72 .122 46.0 7–34 3–38 2–14 82


Eastern Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cCleveland Cavaliers * 57 25 .695 82
2 yToronto Raptors * 56 26 .683 1.0 82
3 yMiami Heat * 48 34 .585 9.0 82
4 xAtlanta Hawks 48 34 .585 9.0 82
5 xBoston Celtics 48 34 .585 9.0 82
6 xCharlotte Hornets 48 34 .585 9.0 82
7 xIndiana Pacers 45 37 .549 12.0 82
8 xDetroit Pistons 44 38 .537 13.0 82
9 Chicago Bulls 42 40 .512 15.0 82
10 Washington Wizards 41 41 .500 16.0 82
11 Orlando Magic 35 47 .427 22.0 82
12 Milwaukee Bucks 33 49 .402 24.0 82
13 New York Knicks 32 50 .390 25.0 82
14 Brooklyn Nets 21 61 .256 36.0 82
15 Philadelphia 76ers 10 72 .122 47.0 82

AnnouncersEdit

Name Reporter Network Number of Season
Marc Zumoff TV Play by Play CSN
TCN
21
Alaa Abdelnaby Color Commentator 1
Molly French Sideline Reporter 6
Tom McGinnis Radio Play by Play WPEN 26
Matt Cord Arena PA N/A 18

RosterEdit

2015–16 Philadelphia 76ers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F 42 Brand, Elton 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 254 lb (115 kg) 1979–03–11 Duke
G 0 Canaan, Isaiah   6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 201 lb (91 kg) 1991–05–21 Murray State
F 33 Covington, Robert 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1990–12–14 Tennessee State
C 21 Embiid, Joel   7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1994–03–16 Kansas
F 39 Grant, Jerami 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1994–03–12 Syracuse
F 22 Holmes, Richaun   6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1993–10–15 Bowling Green
F 7 Landry, Carl 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 248 lb (112 kg) 1983–09–19 Purdue
G 5 Marshall, Kendall 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1991–08–19 North Carolina
G 12 McConnell, T. J. 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992–03–25 Arizona
F/C 4 Noel, Nerlens (C) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1994–04–10 Kentucky
C 8 Okafor, Jahlil   6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 275 lb (125 kg) 1995–12–15 Duke
G 1 Smith, Ish 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1988–07–05 Wake Forest
G 11 Stauskas, Nik 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1993–10–07 Michigan
G/F 31 Thompson, Hollis 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 206 lb (93 kg) 1991–04–03 Georgetown
F 35 Wood, Christian 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995–09–27 UNLV
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (DL) On assignment to
    D-League affiliate
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2016–04–10

AwardsEdit

The following are some awards that took place during the 2015 season for Sixers players.

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

July 10, 2015
To Philadelphia 76ers[2]
Nik Stauskas
Carl Landry
Jason Thompson
Future First Round Pick
To Sacramento Kings
Artūras Gudaitis Draft Rights
Luka Mitrović Draft Rights
December 24, 2015
To Philadelphia 76ers[3]
Ish Smith
To New Orleans Pelicans
2016 NBA draft 2nd Round Pick (from Denver)
2017 NBA Draft 2nd Round Pick

Free agentsEdit

AdditionsEdit

Player Signed Former Team
Pierre Jackson[4] Signed 3-year contract worth $2.6 million Fenerbahçe Ülker
Scottie Wilbekin[5] Signed 4-year contract worth $3.5 million AEK Athens
Kendall Marshall Signed Milwaukee Bucks / Phoenix Suns
Christian Wood Signed multiple times this season UNLV Runnin' Rebels / Philadelphia 76ers / Delaware 87ers
Elton Brand Signed Atlanta Hawks
Sonny Weems Claimed off waivers Phoenix Suns

SubtractionsEdit

Player Reason Left New Team
Thomas Robinson[6] Signed 2-year contract worth $2 million Brooklyn Nets
Luc Mbah a Moute Signed contract Los Angeles Clippers
Jason Richardson Signed 1–year deal worth $1.5 million / Retired Atlanta Hawks / Retirement
Henry Sims Signed contract Phoenix Suns / Grand Rapids Drive / Brooklyn Nets
Furkan Aldemir Waived   Darüşşafaka & Doğuş
Ish Smith Signed contract Washington Wizards / New Orleans Pelicans / Philadelphia 76ers
Gerald Wallace Waived Unknown
Scottie Wilbekin Waived   Darüşşafaka & Doğuş
Arsalan Kazemi Waived rights away Atlanta Hawks / Houston Rockets /   Samen Mash'had
Pierre Jackson Waived Idaho Stampede / Texas Legends
Tony Wroten Waived New York Knicks
Christian Wood Waived multiple times this season Delaware 87ers / Philadelphia 76ers
JaKarr Sampson Waived Denver Nuggets
Sonny Weems Waived   Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "76ers Introduce Updated Brand Identity". Philadelphia 76ers. National Basketball Association. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Sixers Acquire Three Players From Sacramento". nba.com/sixers. July 10, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "Sixers Acquire Ish Smith". nba.com/sixers. December 24, 2015. Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  4. ^ "Sixers Sign Pierre Jackson". nba.com/sixers. July 15, 2015. Retrieved July 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Sixers Sign Scottie Wilbekin". nba.com/sixers. July 24, 2015. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Sign Shane Larkin and Thomas Robinson". nba.com/nets. July 9, 2015. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.