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. 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 coach||Brett Brown|
|General manager||Sam Hinkie (resigned)|
|Arena||Wells Fargo Center|
|Place||Division: 5th (Atlantic)|
Conference: 15th (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
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.
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality||College / Team|
|1||3||Jahlil Okafor||C||United States||Duke|
|2||35||Willy 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
Regular season game logEdit
|2015–16 game log|
Total: 10–72 (Home: 7–34; Road: 3–38)
October: 0–2 (Home: 0–1; Road: 0–1)
November : 0–16 (Home: 0–6; Road: 0–10)
December : 3–13 (Home: 1–5; Road: 2–8)
January : 4–10 (Home: 3–6; Road: 1–4)
February : 1–11 (Home: 1–5; Road: 0–6)
March : 1–14 (Home: 1–8; Road: 0–6)
April : 1–5 (Home: 1–3; Road: 0–2)
|2015–16 season schedule|
- * Denotes home game sellout.
|y – Toronto Raptors||56||26||.683||0.0||32–9||24–17||14–2||82|
|x – Boston 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|
|1||c – Cleveland Cavaliers *||57||25||.695||–||82|
|2||y – Toronto Raptors *||56||26||.683||1.0||82|
|3||y – Miami Heat *||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|4||x – Atlanta Hawks||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|5||x – Boston Celtics||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|6||x – Charlotte Hornets||48||34||.585||9.0||82|
|7||x – Indiana Pacers||45||37||.549||12.0||82|
|8||x – Detroit Pistons||44||38||.537||13.0||82|
|13||New York Knicks||32||50||.390||25.0||82|
|Name||Reporter||Network||Number of Season|
|Marc Zumoff||TV Play by Play||CSN
|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|
|2015–16 Philadelphia 76ers roster|
- Center Joel Embiid missed the entire season due to a right foot injury.
The following are some awards that took place during the 2015 season for Sixers players.
|July 10, 2015
||To Philadelphia 76ers
Future First Round Pick
|To Sacramento Kings|
Artūras Gudaitis Draft Rights
Luka Mitrović Draft Rights
|December 24, 2015
||To Philadelphia 76ers
|To New Orleans Pelicans|
2016 NBA draft 2nd Round Pick (from Denver)
2017 NBA Draft 2nd Round Pick
|Pierre Jackson||Signed 3-year contract worth $2.6 million||Fenerbahçe Ülker|
|Scottie Wilbekin||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|
|Player||Reason Left||New Team|
|Thomas Robinson||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|
|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|
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