The Philadelphia 76ers selected Doug Collins as the number one overall pick of the 1973 NBA Draft. Twenty-seven years later Collins returns to the place where his NBA career began.
Collins takes over a young 76ers team that, last year, lacked an identity and won only 27 games. This season Collins will clearly define roles and hold players accountable on both sides of the floor. This direction and discipline will help the 76ers begin to establish an identity.
With the three primary members of the guard corps-Jrue Holiday (20), rookie Evan Turner (22), and Lou Williams (24)-all under 25 the 76ers will experience some major growing pains en route to establishing an identity.
Since they will be held accountable on both sides of the floor, Andre Igoudala, Thaddeus Young, and the young guard corps will use their length and athleticism to force turnovers and get out in transition.
With Collins’ firm hand directing this young, athletic group they will be more competitive this season. However, with the Eastern Conference stronger than it has been in years that may not necessarily translate into more wins.
Here are game-by-game predictions for the 2010-2011 Philadelphia 76ers:
Game 1, Wednesday, October 27 versus Heat- 76ers open the season with a home loss to the Miami Heat All-Star Trio (Record 0-1).
Game 2, Friday, October 29 versus Hawks- 76ers fall to the visiting Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center (Record 0-2).
Game 3, Saturday, October 30 at Indiana- 76ers get a road win over the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse (Record 1-2).
Game 4, Tuesday, November 2 at Washington- 76ers lose to the Washington Wizards on Election Day (Record 1-3).
Game 5, Wednesday, November 3 versus Pacers- 76ers drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Indiana Pacers (Record 1-4).
Game 6, Friday, November 5 versus Cavaliers- 76ers fall to the Cleveland Cavaliers and remain winless at home (Record 1-5).
Game 7, Sunday, November 7 at New York- 76ers lose a Sunday matinee to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden (Record 1-6).
Game 8, Wednesday, November 10 at Oklahoma City- 76ers drop a road game to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder (Record 1-7).
Game 9, Friday, November 12 at Dallas- 76ers fall to the Dallas Mavericks and suffer their sixth straight loss (Record 1-8).
Game 10, Saturday, November 13 at San Antonio- 76ers lose to the San Antonio Spurs in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 1-9).
Game 11, Tuesday, November 16 at Cleveland- 76ers close a horrendous 1-4 road trip with a victory over the Cavaliers (Record 2-9).
Game 12, Wednesday, November 17 versus Raptors- 76ers drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Toronto Raptors (Record 2-10).
Game 13, Friday, November 19 versus Bucks- 76ers defeat the Milwaukee Bucks and get their first home win of the season (Record 3-10).
Game 14, Tuesday, November 23 at Washington- 76ers begin a three-game road trip with a victory over the Wizards (Record 4-10).
Game 15, Wednesday, November 24 at Toronto- 76ers defeat the Raptors to avenge last week’s loss (Record 5-10).
Game 16, Friday, November 26 at Miami- 76ers close a successful 2-1 road trip with a loss to the Miami Heat (Record 5-11).
Game 17, Saturday, November 27 versus Nets- 76ers play their fourth game in five nights and fall to the visiting New Jersey Nets (Record 5-12).
Game 18, Tuesday, November 30 versus Trail Blazers- 76ers close November with a loss to the visiting Portland Trail Blazers (Record 5-13).
Game 19, Friday, December 3 at Atlanta- 76ers lose to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena (Record 5-14).
Game 20, Saturday, December 4 versus Bobcats- 76ers defeat the Charlotte Bobcats in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 6-14).
Game 21, Tuesday, December 7 versus Cavaliers- 76ers get a home win over the Cleveland Cavaliers (Record 7-14).
Game 22, Thursday, December 9 versus Celtics- 76ers fall to the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Celtics (Record 7-15).
Game 23, Sunday, December 12 versus Hornets- 76ers close a 2-2 home stand with a loss to the New Orleans Hornets (Record 7-16).
Game 24, Tuesday, December 14 at New Jersey- 76ers get a road win over the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center (Record 8-16).
Game 25, Wednesday, December 15 versus Clippers- 76ers play their third game in four nights and drop a home game to Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers (Record 8-17).
Game 26, Friday, December 17 versus Lakers- 76ers get a close home win over the NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers (Record 9-17).
Game 27, Saturday, December 18 at Orlando-76ers begin an eight-game road trip with a loss to the Orlando Magic (Record 9-18).
Game 28, Tuesday, December 21 at Chicago- 76ers lose to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center (Record 9-19).
Game 29, Wednesday, December 22 at Boston- 76ers fall to the Celtics and suffer their third straight loss on the road (Record 9-20).
Game 30, Sunday, December 26 at Denver- 76ers drop a close game to the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center (Record 9-21).
Game 31, Monday, December 27 at Golden State- 76ers continue to struggle on the trip and fall to the Golden State Warriors in the second half of a back-to-back (Record 9-22).
Game 32, Wednesday, December 29 at Phoenix- 76ers fall to the Phoenix Suns and suffer their sixth straight road loss (Record 9-23).
Game 33, Friday, December 31 at Los Angeles Lakers- 76ers close 2010 with a loss to the Lakers at the Staples Center (Record 9-24).
Game 34, Monday, January 3 at New Orleans- 76ers get a victory over the New Orleans Hornets to avoid a winless road trip (Record 10-24).
Game 35, Wednesday, January 5 versus Wizards- 76ers fall to John Wall and the Washington Wizards (Record 10-25).
Game 36, Friday, January 7 versus Bulls- 76ers lose to Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls (Record 10-26).
Game 37, Saturday, January 8 at Detroit- 76ers play their third game in four nights and fall to the Pistons at the Palace (Record 10-27).
Game 38, Tuesday, January 11 versus Pacers- 76ers defeat the Indiana Pacers at the Wells Fargo Center (Record 11-27).
Game 39, Friday, January 14 versus Bucks- 76ers drop a home game to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks (Record 11-28).
Game 40, Monday, January 17 versus Bobcats- 76ers get a Martin Luther King Day victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (Record 12-28).
Game 41, Wednesday, January 19 at Orlando- 76ers get an impressive road win over the Orlando Magic (Record 13-28).
Game 42, Thursday, January 20 at Charlotte- 76ers defeat the Charlotte Bobcats and get both halves of a back-to-back (Record 14-28).
Game 43, Saturday, January 22 versus Jazz- 76ers lose to the tough Utah Jazz for the seventh consecutive time (Record 14-29).
Game 44, Monday, January 24 versus Suns- 76ers get a home win over the high-scoring Phoenix Suns (Record 15-29).
Game 45, Wednesday, January 26 at Toronto- 76ers beat the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre (Record 16-29).
Game 46, Friday, January 28 versus Grizzlies- 76ers get their third straight victory by defeating the Memphis Grizzlies (Record 17-29).
Game 47, Sunday, January 30 versus Nuggets- 76ers fall to the visiting Denver Nuggets (Record 17-30).
Game 48, Wednesday, February 2 at New Jersey- 76ers drop a road game to the New Jersey Nets (Record 17-31).
Game 49, Friday, February 4 versus Knicks- 76ers rebound with a victory over the New York Knicks (Record 18-31).
Game 50, Sunday, February 6 at New York- 76ers lose a road game to the Knicks (Record 18-32).
Game 51, Tuesday, February 8 at Atlanta- 76ers fall to the Atlanta Hawks and suffer their third straight road loss (Record 18-33).
Game 52, Wednesday, February 9 versus Magic- 76ers drop a home game to the visiting Orlando Magic (Record 18-34).
Game 53, Friday, February 11 versus Spurs – 76ers get an impressive win over the San Antonio spurs (Record 19-34).
Game 54, Saturday, February 12 at Minnesota- 76ers lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center for the fifth consecutive time (Record 19-35).
Game 55, Tuesday, February 15 at Memphis- 76ers drop a road game to the Memphis Grizzlies (Record 19-36).
Game 56, Wednesday, February 16 at Houston- 76ers close the first half of the season with a victory over the Houston Rockets (Record 20-36).
Game 57, Wednesday, February 23 versus Wizards- 76ers open the second half of the season with a loss to the Washington Wizards (Record 20-37).
Game 58, Friday, February 25 versus Pistons- 76ers drop a home game to the visiting Detroit Pistons (Record 20-38).
Game 59, Sunday, February 27 at Cleveland- 76ers lose to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena (Record 20-39).
Game 60, Tuesday, March 1 versus Mavericks- 76ers begin March with a close loss to the Dallas Mavericks (Record 20-40).
Game 61, Friday, March 4 versus Timberwolves- 76ers get a home win over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves (Record 21-40).
Game 62, Sunday, March 6 versus Warriors- 76ers close a disappointing 1-2 home stand with a loss to the Golden State Warriors (Record 21-41).
Game 63, Tuesday, March 8 at Indiana- 76ers lose to the Indiana Pacers at Conseco Fieldhouse (Record 21-42).
Game 64, Wednesday, March 9 versus Thunder- 76ers play their third game in four nights and fall to the Oklahoma City Thunder (Record 21-43).
Game 65, Friday, March 11 versus Celtics- 76ers drop a home game to the visiting Boston Celtics (Record 21-44).
Game 66, Saturday, March 12 at Milwaukee- 76ers drop the second half of a back-to-back to the Milwaukee Bucks (Record 21-45).
Game 67, Monday, March 14 at Utah- 76ers lose to the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena (Record 21-46).
Game 68, Wednesday, March 16 at Los Angeles Clippers- 76ers fall to the visiting Clippers and lose their seventh straight game (Record 21-47).
Game 69, Friday, March 18 at Sacramento- 76ers continue to struggle and drop a road game to the Sacramento Kings (Record 21-48).
Game 70, Saturday, March 19 at Portland- 76ers end a winless five-game road trip with a loss to the Portland Trail Blazers (Record 21-49).
Game 71, Wednesday, March 23 versus Hawks- 76ers fall to the Atlanta Hawks and lose their 10th straight game (Record 21-50).
Game 72, Friday, March 25 at Miami- 76ers lose to the Miami Heat for the seventh consecutive time (Record 21-51).
Game 73, Sunday, March 27 versus Kings- 76ers drop a home game to the visiting Sacramento Kings (Record 21-52).
Game 74, Monday, March 28 at Chicago- 76ers continue to struggle and fall to the Chicago Bulls (Record 21-53).
Game 75, Wednesday, March 30 versus Rockets- 76ers get a home win over Yao Ming and the Houston Rockets (Record 22-53).
Game 76, Friday, April 1 versus Nets- 76ers begin April with a victory over the New Jersey Nets (Record 23-53).
Game 77, Saturday, April 2 at Milwaukee- 76ers play their third game in four nights and fall to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center (Record 23-54).
Game 78, Tuesday, April 5 at Boston- 76ers fall to the Celtics and lose their 11th straight road game (Record 23-55).
Game 79, Wednesday, April 6 versus Knicks- 76ers begin their final four-game home stand with a victory over the New York Knicks (Record 24-55).
Game 80, Friday, April 8 versus Raptors- 76ers get a home win over the Toronto Raptors and win the season series 3-1 (Record 25-55).
Game 81, Monday, April 11 versus Magic- 76ers lose to the Orlando Magic at the Wells Fargo Center (Record 25-56).
Game 82, Wednesday, April 13 versus Pistons- 76ers close the season with a victory over the Detroit Pistons (Record 26-56).
Prediction: The Philadelphia 76ers will win fewer than 30 games for the second consecutive season.
More 2010-2011 Game-by-Game Predictions:
New York Knicks 2010-2011 Game-by-Game Predictions
Sacramento Kings 2010-2011 Game-by-Game Predictions
Washington Wizards 2010-2011 Game by Game Predictions
Information from ESPN.com’s Philadelphia 76ers Schedule, Philadelphia 76ers 2011 Team Roster, Philadelphia 76ers Clubhouse, and Basketball-Reference.com’s Doug Collins Statistics was used for this article.