When the Sixers play the Miami Heat in their home opener Nov. 1, they will have four different starters on the floor than they did last year when Miami came to the Wells Fargo Center to open the season.
Michael Carter-Williams, the lone returning starter, will have a new supporting cast. With the new group, MCW will try to follow up his debut with another statistical gem where he piled up 22 points, 12 assists, 9 steals and 7 rebounds and led the team to three straight wins.
The team gathers for training camp at the end of September. Second-year head coach Brett Brown will have a month of practices and eight preseason games to figure out who on his roster has what strengths.
Training camp should be incredibly competitive because there is little separation between the players in terms of talent and experience. Plus, the 19-win team got a lot younger through the draft, free-agent signings and from the trade of Thaddeus Young.
The website hoopshabit.com ranked the 30 NBA benches, and the Sixers were rated dead last.
Assuming the Sixers' starting lineup includes Carter-Williams, Tony Wroten, Hollis Thompson, Nerlens Noel and Luc Mbah a Moute, that leaves the following players, at this time, as backups:
Guards: Jason Richardson, Casper Ware, Elliot Williams, and Alexey Shved
Richardson is 33 years old. He hasn't played in an NBA game since Jan. 18, 2013.
Ware's NBA career equals nine games played with the Sixers last season.
Williams has appeared in 91 games over the last three years averaging 5.4 points.
In the last two seasons combined, Shved played in 140 games, though he averaged just 10.5 minutes for the Timberwolves last year.
Forwards: Brandon Davies, Jerami Grant, K.J. McDaniel, Arnett Moultrie, and Adonis Thomas
Davies averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 51 games his rookie season with the Sixers.
After appearing in 47 games during the 2012-13 season, Moultrie played in just 12 games his second NBA season.
Thomas played a total of six games between Philadelphia and Orlando a year ago on two 10-day contracts.
Grant and McDaniel were second-round draft picks in June and are headed into their rookie seasons.
Centers: Henry Sims, Hasheem Thabeet, and Jarvis Varnado
Sims showed tremendous potential in 26 games played for the Sixers last season. After joining the Sixers in a trade with the Cavaliers, Sims averaged 11.8 points and 7.0 rebounds and started 25 games. The undrafted big-man has two years experience.
The team is expected to officially release Thabeet before training camp.
Varnado, over two NBA seasons, has just 37 games experience.
Dario Saric and Jordan McRae have contracts with teams overseas for the upcoming season. Joel Embiid and Pierre Jackson are rehabbing injuries that required off-season surgeries. It’s unlikely that either will play in 2014-15.