What’s Next for the Sixers?

Sixers President Rod Thorn and Head Coach Doug Collins have changed the dynamic of the Sixers’ roster this offseason.

The Sixers have been active in revamping their roster this off-season. They have addressed several weak spots in their armor from a season ago by loading up on a few key weapons. The team lacked a wing player who could create their own shot consistently and fill it up on a consistent basis. They addressed that with the signing of Nick Young (16.6 ppg for WAS last season). They added a versatile 3-point shooter in Dorell Wright ( 36.5% 3pt for career). They also added a big man in Kwame Brown, who despite the knocks against him, has improved in the rebounding and post defense departments. Both of those were Achilles heels for the Sixers last season. And do not forget the drafting of SF Maurice Harkless and PF Arnett Moultrie.

The team will look drastically different with the addition of these pieces and the departures of PF Elton Brand, G Lou Williams (led Sixers in scoring last season), and SG Jodie Meeks. So far the Sixers have gotten bigger and more athletic but there is still work to be done and the amnesty clause used on Brand gives the Sixers an opportunity to perhaps add one more key piece. Here are some options for them to consider:

The only glaring hole on this team is at the backup point guard spot. Jrue Holiday will be the unquestioned starter once again and as the team is currently constituted, his backup will be Evan Turner. “Wait, won’t Evan be starting?” Yes, he will. Head Coach Doug Collins explained that he plans to start Holiday and Turner and then pull Turner out with the first substitution, most likely for N. Young. Then he will sub Turner back in for Holiday to allow Turner to run the show for a lineup featuring N. Young and Wright at SG and SF respectively.

That all sounds good in theory, but that is a lot to ask of Turner considering that the team has roughly $2-$3 million free to spend. The Sixers could indeed put in calls to a few veteran PG’s.

Gilbert Arenas is not the same player he was in Washington, but could he be an option to fill the Sixers backup point guard hole?

Gilbert Arenas could be an option. He spent last season with the Memphis Grizzlies and was certainly a shell of his former self. However, he showed he is not finished and is certainly still worth an NBA contract. The Sixers could get him relatively cheap and he could be a viable scoring threat off the bench if he retains his jump shot.

The Sixers could also put in a call to Baron Davis. Davis spent last season with the Knicks and started for the team at point guard for a time. Davis battled injuries and averaged roughly six points and five assists a night. Davis has always been a gritty, tough player who would fit in well in Collins’ system and he too will not break the bank to acquire.

could Big 5 great Randy Foye make a return to Philadelphia with the Sixers?

Then there are two options that would be a Big 5 homecoming if the Sixers choose to acquire them. Guards Delonte West (St. Joe’s) and Randy Foye (Villanova) could also be in play for the Sixers. Both of these players are essentially combo guards but both have had experience playing point guard. Foye was productive for the Clippers last season averaging 11 points and two assists per night while shooting almost 39% from beyond the arc. West spent last season in Dallas and averaged nine points and three assists. These players may cost a little more than Arenas and Davis because they are younger and were more productive last season, but if the Sixers can get them for a reasonable price, they could pay good dividends.

It will be interesting to see what the Sixers do about the point guard position. Collins and Rod Thorn have certainly been tinkering with the Sixers puzzle and we’ll have to wait and see what the last piece will be.

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