I know the 76ers had a good post season mainly thanks to Rose tearing his ACL in game one allowing them to win in 6. I was personally surprised they took Boston to 7, but they showed some grit. Where do they go from here?
First I hope they don't go and use their first round pick on another swingman. They seem to have the same issue the Hawks had when they took a foward for years in the first round. The Sixers strongest position is the two guard and small forward obviously with Andre Igoudala, Evan Turner, and Thaddeus Young. It wouldn't make sense to take another guy like that in the first round especially seeing as there isn't a can't miss prospect at that spot. The Sixers have Jrue Holiday at the one and could serve to get a backup in the second round especially if Lou Williams doesn't resign.
The biggest question mark is still the front line particularly center. Vucevic showed some promise with Haywood out, but he fell out of the rotation late. Lavoy Allen turned out to be a genius draft pick. Allen played big minutes in the playoffs and will likely be even better next year. Elton Brand is still solid and that's basically it for the Sixers front line.
Haywood is a free agent and I don't see him returning particularly since Doug Collins didn't play him much in the fourth quarter and throughout a lot of games. Often opting for a small line-up that was fortunate that Noah was missing from in the Bulls series and the fact that KG was playing center rather than a true center.
They don't have much cap room so they won't be bringing in a high priced free agent unless they amnesty Elton Brand, which I don't think they should do. I'm hoping that the Rudy Gay for Igoudala trade talks were legit and if I'm the Sixers I'm making the deal because Gay is a go to scorer which the Sixers lack and he plays good enough defense. My biggest hope is the Sixers take a center and actually use him and Vucevic to solidfy the paint for them. In my opinion doing that will give them a chance of being a top team along with their other parts.
So what do you think the Sixers do to get better?
Spencer Hawes not Spencer Haywood...I wish the Sixers had him this past year they might still be playing.
They aren't going to trade Iggy after he put together a solid playoff run. They are looking for a sg to replace Jodie Meeks minutes but since Waiters will be gone I don't think they should reach and just take the best player available. I wouldn't mind seeing them draft PJ3, Terrance Jones or Moultrie. As for signing free agents it is unlikely they bring in anyone of significance. They need to focus on developing their young players like Holiday, Turner and Vucevic.
Until Brand and Iggys contracts are off the books the sixers are going to look very similar and seem to be destined to be in the 3rd through 6th slots in the east for a couple years to come.
You're right it's obviously Hawes not Haywood. I don't know why I got them confused while I was typing.
At point guard, Derek Fisher is still looking for a home along with Jonny Flynn, Gilbert Arenas, T.J. Ford, Earl Boykins and Mike Bibby (among others).
Well the Sixers did it big by turning all their weaknesses into strengths and handing the keys to Turner and Holiday like Sixer fans have been wanting for 2 years now.
They did draft another wingman ironically but at great value and still got Moultrie. They turned Iggy into the best Center in the conference and anybody who watched ery playoff game last year knows Turner and Holiday came through big and are ready for a bigger load especially Turner.
And to compliment Bynum in the post they resigned Hawes a great move and added a platoon of long athletic shooters tp space the floor and run it.
I really think the Sixers had the best offseason in terms of getting better this year while maintaining cap flexibility.