After an active summer that netted All-Star center Andrew Bynum, the Philadelphia 76ers will head into the 2012-2013 NBA season with a brand new look. Gone are Lou Williams, Andre Iguodala and Jodie Meeks, who last season led the 76ers in points, assists and three-pointers made, respectively. The 76ers also amnestied their leading rebounder and shot blocker Elton Brand.
Bynum will be the featured centerpiece of Philadelphia's new look, but the 76ers will need to get consistent and meaningful contributions from their other newcomers too if they hope to make up for the loss of Williams, Iguodala, Meeks and Brand. As a group, shooting guards Jason Richardson and Nick Young, point guard Royal Ivey and small forward Dorell Wright will have to make nightly contributions for Philadelphia to have success. Additionally, Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner need to show continued improvement and be more consistent.
Over time, if they can get him to sign an extension, Bynum may prove to be a major acquisition for the 76ers. But Bynum is not a panacea.
The success of Philadelphia's season will not be determined by Bynum's production, but it will be based on how much growth Holiday and Turner exhibit, and how well Bynum and the other newcomers fit into Coach Doug Collins' egalitarian system of basketball.
Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2012-2013 Philadelphia 76ers:
Game 1, Wednesday, October 31 versus Denver Nuggets- 76ers open the season with a Halloween Night loss to Andre Iguodala and the Nuggets (Record 0-1).
Game 2, Sunday, November 4 at New York Knicks- 76ers fall to Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks at Madison Square Garden (Record 0-2).
Game 3, Monday, November 5 versus New York Knicks- 76ers immediately avenge that loss with a home win over the Knicks (Record 1-2).
Game 4, Wednesday, November 7 at New Orleans Hornets- 76ers play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Hornets (Record 1-3).
Game 5, Friday, November 9 at Boston Celtics- 76ers lose to the Celtics in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 1-4).
Game 6, Saturday, November 10 at Toronto Raptors- 76ers travel to Toronto and fall to the Raptors at the Air Canada Centre (Record 1-5).
Game 7, Monday, November 12 versus Milwaukee Bucks- 76ers beat the Bucks to open a five-game homestand (Record 2-5).
Game 8, Wednesday, November 14 versus Detroit Pistons- 76ers defeat the Pistons (Record 3-5).
Game 9, Friday, November 16 versus Utah Jazz- 76ers drop a home game to the Jazz (Record 3-6).
Game 10, Sunday, November 18 versus Cleveland Cavaliers- 76ers beat the Cavaliers for the sixth straight time (Record 4-6).
Game 11, Tuesday, November 20 versus Toronto Raptors- 76ers get a home win over the Raptors and avenge a loss they suffered 10 days earlier (Record 5-6).
Game 12, Wednesday, November 21 at Cleveland Cavaliers- 76ers drop the second half of a back-to-back to Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers (Record 5-7).
Game 13, Saturday, November 24 versus Oklahoma City Thunder- 76ers open a three-game homestand with an impressive victory over Kevin Durant and the Thunder (Record 6-7).
Game 14, Sunday, November 25 versus Phoenix Suns- 76ers defeat the Suns (Record 7-7).
Game 15, Tuesday, November 27 versus Dallas Mavericks- 76ers fall to Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks (Record 7-8).
Game 16, Friday, November 30 at Charlotte Bobcats- 76ers get their first road win of the season by beating the Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena (Record 8-8).
Game 17, Saturday, December 1 at Chicago Bulls- 76ers open December with a victory over the Derrick Rose-less Bulls at the United Center (Record 9-8).
Game 18, Tuesday, December 4 versus Minnesota Timberwolves- 76ers defeat the Timberwolves at the Wells Fargo Center for the fifth consecutive time (Record 10-8).
Game 19, Friday, December 7 versus Boston Celtics- 76ers close a brief two-game homestand with a victory over the rival Celtics (Record 11-8).
Game 20, Saturday, December 8 at Boston Celtics- 76ers fall to the Celtics in the second half of a home-and-home back-to-back (Record 11-9).
Game 21, Monday, December 10 versus Detroit Pistons- 76ers rebound with a home win over the visiting Pistons (Record 12-9).
Game 22, Wednesday, December 12 versus Chicago Bulls- 76ers get a close win over the Bulls (Record 13-9).
Game 23, Friday, December 14 at Indiana Pacers- 76ers drop a road game to the Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse (Record 13-10).
Game 24, Sunday, December 16 versus Los Angeles Lakers- 76ers lose a home game to Dwight Howard and the Lakers (Record 13-11).
Game 25, Tuesday, December 18 at Dallas Mavericks- 76ers fall to Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks on the first step of the Texas Two Step (Record 13-12).
Game 26, Wednesday, December 19 at Houston Rockets- 76ers play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to Jeremy Lin and the Rockets (Record 13-13).
Game 27, Friday, December 21 versus Atlanta Hawks- 76ers defeat the Hawks for the sixth straight time (Record 14-13).
Game 28, Sunday, December 23 at Brooklyn Nets- 76ers fall to Deron Williams and the Nets in their first trip to the Barclays Center (Record 14-14).
Game 29, Wednesday, December 26 at Memphis Grizzlies- 76ers drop a road game to the Grizzlies at the FedExForum (Record 14-15).
Game 30, Friday, December 28 at Golden State Warriors- 76ers rebound with a road win over the Warriors (Record 15-15).
Game 31, Saturday, December 29 at Portland Trail Blazers- 76ers defeat the Trail Blazers in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 16-15).
Game 32, Tuesday, January 1 at Los Angeles Lakers- 76ers open 2013 with a road loss to the Lakers (Record 16-16).
Game 33, Wednesday, January 2 at Phoenix Suns- 76ers beat the Suns for the fifth consecutive time (Record 17-16).
Game 34, Friday, January 4 at Oklahoma City Thunder- 76ers play for their third game in four nights and lose to the Thunder (Record 17-17).
Game 35, Saturday, January 5 at San Antonio Spurs- 76ers complete a disappointing 3-5 road trip with a loss to the Spurs (Record 17-18).
Game 36, Tuesday, January 8 versus Brooklyn Nets- 76ers get a home win over the visiting Nets (Record 18-18).
Game 37, Wednesday, January 9 at Toronto Raptors- 76ers drop a road game to the Raptors in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 18-19).
Game 38, Saturday, January 12 versus Houston Rockets- 76ers rebound with a home win over the Rockets (Record 19-19).
Game 39, Tuesday, January 15 versus New Orleans Hornets- 76ers get a close win over the young Hornets (Record 20-19).
Game 40, Friday, January 18 versus Toronto Raptors- 76ers defeat the Raptors (Record 21-19).
Game 41, Monday, January 21 versus San Antonio Spurs- 76ers close a perfect 4-0 homestand with an impressive win over the Spurs (Record 22-19).
Game 42, Tuesday, January 22 at Milwaukee Bucks- 76ers fall to the Bucks in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 22-20).
Game 43, Saturday, January 26 versus New York Knicks- 76ers open an eight-game homestand with a victory over the Knicks (Record 23-20).
Game 44, Monday, January 28 versus Memphis Grizzlies- 76ers fall to the Grizzlies for the fifth consecutive time (Record 23-21).
Game 45, Wednesday, January 30 versus Washington Wizards- 76ers drop a home game to John Wall and the Wizards (Record 23-22).
Game 46, Friday, February 1 versus Sacramento Kings- 76ers open February with a victory over the Kings (Record 24-22).
Game 47, Monday, February 4 versus Orlando Magic- 76ers beat the Magic and get their 20th home win of the season (Record 25-22).
Game 48, Wednesday, February 6 versus Indiana Pacers- 76ers defeat the Pacers (Record 26-22).
Game 49, Saturday, February 9 versus Charlotte Bobcats- 76ers get a home win over the Bobcats (Record 27-22).
Game 50, Monday, February 11 versus Los Angeles Clippers- 76ers fall to Chris Paul and the Clippers (Record 27-23).
Game 51, Wednesday, February 13 at Milwaukee Bucks- 76ers head into the All-Star break with a close win over the Bucks at the Bradley Center (Record 28-23).
Game 52, Wednesday, February 20 at Minnesota Timberwolves- 76ers open the second half of the season with a loss to Kevin Love and the Timberwolves (Record 28-24).
Game 53, Saturday, February 23 versus Miami Heat- 76ers get an impressive home win over LeBron James and the Heat (Record 29-24).
Game 54, Sunday, February 24 at New York Knicks- 76ers drop a road game to the Knicks in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 29-25).
Game 55, Tuesday, February 26 versus Orlando Magic- 76ers play for the third time in four nights and fall to the Magic (Record 29-26).
Game 56, Thursday, February 28 at Chicago Bulls- 76ers close February with a loss to the Bulls (Record 29-27).
Game 57, Saturday, March 2 versus Golden State Warriors- 76ers defeat the Warriors and earn their 30th win of the season (Record 30-27).
Game 58, Sunday, March 3 at Washington Wizards- 76ers drop a road game to the Wizards at the Verizon Center (Record 30-28).
Game 59, Tuesday, March 5 versus Boston Celtics- 76ers fall to the Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center (Record 30-29).
Game 60, Wednesday, March 6 at Atlanta Hawks- 76ers play for the fourth time in five nights and lose to the Hawks at Philips Arena (Record 30-30).
Game 61, Friday, March 8 at Miami Heat- 76ers fall to the Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena for the 10th consecutive time (Record 30-31).
Game 62, Sunday, March 10 at Orlando Magic- 76ers close a 1-2 road trip with a victory over the Magic (Record 31-31).
Game 63, Monday, March 11 versus Brooklyn Nets- 76ers open a four-game homestand with a loss to the Nets (Record 31-32).
Game 64, Wednesday, March 13 versus Miami Heat- 76ers lose to the Heat for the second time in less than a week (Record 31-33).
Game 65, Saturday, March 16 versus Indiana Pacers- 76ers get a home win over the Pacers (Record 32-33).
Game 66, Monday, March 18 versus Portland Trail Blazers- 76ers defeat the Trail Blazers (Record 33-33).
Game 67, Wednesday, March 20 at Los Angeles Clippers- 76ers open a four-game road trip with a solid win over the Clippers at the Staples Center (Record 34-33).
Game 68, Thursday, March 21 at Denver Nuggets- 76ers visit the Mile High City and drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Nuggets (Record 34-34).
Game 69, Sunday, March 24 at Sacramento Kings- 76ers defeat the Kings at Power Balance Pavilion (Record 35-34).
Game 70, Monday, March 25 at Utah Jazz- 76ers fall to the Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena for the eighth straight time (Record 35-35).
Game 71, Wednesday, March 27 versus Milwaukee Bucks- 76ers play for the third time in four nights and lose a close home game to the Bucks (Record 35-36).
Game 72, Friday, March 29 at Cleveland Cavaliers- 76ers fall to the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena (Record 36-36).
Game 73, Saturday, March 30 versus Charlotte Bobcats- 76ers win the second half of a back-to-back over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Bobcats (Record 37-36).
Game 74, Wednesday, April 3 at Charlotte Bobcats- 76ers defeat the Bobcats for the seventh straight time (Record 38-36).
Game 75, Friday, April 5 at Atlanta Hawks- 76ers get a road win over the Hawks (Record 39-36).
Game 76, Saturday, April 6 at Miami Heat- 76ers drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Heat (Record 39-37).
Game 77, Tuesday, April 9 at Brooklyn Nets- 76ers close a successful 3-1 road trip with a victory over the Nets (Record 40-37).
Game 78, Wednesday, April 10 versus Atlanta Hawks- 76ers drop a home game to the Hawks (Record 40-38).
Game 79, Friday, April 12 at Washington Wizards- 76ers play for the third time in four nights and drop a road game to the Wizards (Record 40-39).
Game 80, Sunday, April 14 versus Cleveland Cavaliers- 76ers beat the Cavaliers in the first half of a back-to-back (Record 41-39).
Game 81, Monday, April 15 at Detroit Pistons- 76ers drop a road game to the Pistons at the Palace (Record 41-40).
Game 82, Wednesday, April 17 at Indiana Pacers- 76ers close the regular season with a road win over the Pacers (Record 42-40).
Prediction: The Philadelphia 76ers may have a new look, but their relative position in the Eastern Conference remains about the same. The 76ers will once again be a third-tier Eastern Conference team battling for one of the East's final three playoff spots.
Mark is a lifelong fan of the NBA who has loved the game of basketball ever since his first trip to an NBA arena. Mark has watched more basketball games than anyone can count and has hundreds of articles about the NBA published on the internet. Mark also shares his random NBA musings and game-by-game predictions on RandomNBAFan.com.
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