Surprising Team #1: Philadelphia 76ersPosted: Monday, January 23, 2012
While the Sixers have played one of the league’s easiest schedules so far in the early season, their 12-5 record cannot be discounted. Even in a loss to the Wade-less Heat Saturday night, I was struck by the quality depth of this Sixers squad. In Louis Williams, Thaddeus Young, and Evan Turner, they’ve got three guys who would start for some teams and heck, they should probably be starting for their own team. Team balance is a result of their quality depth. Going into their game Monday against the Wizards, the Sixers had seven players averaging double figure scoring, led by Louis Williams (coming off the bench) at 15.5 ppg. Sidenote: Louis is currently shooting better from outside the 3-point arc than inside it.
With a young core that is locked up for the next several years, this team should be a contender in the East for years. They’ve already got some playoff experience and will get more this season.
Will this recent success and bright outlook for the Sixers have any kind of hobby impact? While Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday have more recent and probably more readily available rookie cards and autographs, some other Sixers might be flying under the radar a bit. Andre Iguodala’s rookie cards and autographs have some room to grow in value. Louis Williams autographs can be had for less than $10 easily. A few of the cards below might be worth a pickup if you can find them on the cheap:
2004-05 Topps Chrome #174 Andre Iguodala RC
2004-05 SP Authentic #179 Andre Iguodala AU RC
2005-06 SPx #126 Louis Williams JSY AU RC
and other rookie autographs.