By Ray Boyd

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — is forecasting several aspects to the upcoming NBA season. On Monday, the website released their projections for the 2014-15 Eastern Conference standings and the Sixers are projected to not be much better than they were a season ago.

In fact, ESPN predicted that the Sixers would finish with just 18 wins, one less win than they recorded a season ago.

Predicting the Sixers as the last place team in the Eastern Conference is not particularly shocking. For the second consecutive season, the team will be without the services of their top draft pick, Joel Embiid, for the majority of the season if not the whole year. In addition to that, they will also be without their second pick, Dario Saric, as he gets more seasoning overseas.

It may not be a tough ceiling to surpass, but this season’s Sixers will have more talent on the court than last season’s version of the team. The Sixers will feature the reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams alongside the team’s top pick from a season ago in Nerlens Noel.

Noel’s presence will provide the team with a post presence that surpasses anything they had last season. The team will also receive a boost when it comes to the role players with the additions of rookies K.J. McDaniels, Jordan McRae and Jerami Grant.

The rotation will also include Tony Wroten and Hollis Thompson who will be playing in their second season under Brett Brown and who both showed some flashes of potential.

It is hard to make an endorsement for the Sixers as being a much better product this upcoming season, but there is no real indication that they will duplicate their record setting losing streak from a year ago that still did not make them the worst team in the conference record wise.

The Sixers will have their struggles next season, but the product on the court should have a lot more promise than it did during the 2013-14 campaign.

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