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Running On Empty

Have Sixers hit a third-year wall under Doug Collins?

Running On Empty

Doug Collins’ teams tradionally play better in his second year on the bench, than they do in his first. But that trend reverses in Year 3. (H. Rumph Jr/ AP)
Doug Collins’ teams tradionally play better in his second year on the bench, than they do in his first. But that trend reverses in Year 3. (H. Rumph Jr/ AP)

For whatever reasons, Doug Collins’ teams tradionally play better in his second year on the bench, than they do in his first. But that trend reverses in Year 3:

His clubs are exactly .500 in his first season, 40 games over in his sophomore season and under the break-even point in his third.

In fact, the Sixers have already lost more games this season than they did in the shortened campaign of 2011-12.

Here is Collins’ head-coaching record by year at each of his stops:


 Team

 Started
 First
 Season
 Second
 Season
 Third
 Season   
 Bulls  1986-87       40-  42       50-  32     47-35
 Pistons  1995-96    46-  36    54-  28  21-24
 Wizards     2001-02    37-  45    37-  45  —
 Sixers  2010-11    41-  41    35-  31  22-33
    Totals    164-164  176-136  90-92
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