Will Philly Slip?
The knicks are weathering their injuries... the Bucks are slowly geling... all the while Philly continues to slide... Will they fall all the way out of the playoffs? Can Doug Collins keep his job if they fall out? who would you take at around 11-12 if you were the sixers gm and you missed the playoffs?
I think the 76ers are a young and talented team, but they lack the chemistry that is so vital to compete in the NBA. I do not think the 76ers are going to make the playoffs, as I think the Knicks will jump a few spots and the Bucks will make it in. I don't think that Doug Collins will be fired if the 76ers miss the playoffs, but I do know that is always a possibility.
As far as the draft, they will probably have around the 13-14 pick if they miss the playoffs, so with that pick I'd take a quality big man, preferably a power forward. They drafted a young center in Nikola Vucevic last year, and they still have a lot of confidence in Spencer Hawes. If he was still available, which is a unique possibility, I think Jared Sullinger would be a nice selection. He adds youth to a power forward postion that so desperately needs improvement, toughness, rebounding, and another young body to help out down low.
I think the 76ers are a finisher shy of being a real nice competitive team in the East, and I think they need to create a package that can bring in one over the offseason. I don't have any people in mind at the moment, but I'm sure they could create a nice package involving Andre Iguodala and one of their two young point guards, Jrue Holiday or Lou Williams.
The 76ers aren't too far away. I just think they need to add a little bit of experience, toughness, and a finisher. If they can do that, they will be ready to compete next season.
Iguodala needs to go, he ruins the team chemistry so much. His latest comments makes it seems like he wants out of Philly and I don't see him being here next year. Nobody in Philly likes him.
I think Philly will actually fall out of the playoffs, and Doug Collins will still keep his job. If I were philly I would go for another big, Brand is old and just in case Hawes gets injuried. They usually play small though. I really want to see a bucks vs. heat matchup and bulls vs. knicks in the playoffs. For some reason the bucks play really well against the heat haha
U kidding right? Team Chemistry is the sole reason we are even competing at a remotely high level. What this team lacks is a true go-to scorer that you need to really succeed. We have too many guys who can do the same things. But they are playing well together up until recently. We need that superstar scorer, and that is not Iggy or Turner.
Changes NEED to be made this offseason, regardless of playoffs or not. We need a shake-up and look for either (a) a big man who is consistent enough to stay healthy and protect the paint or (b) as mentioned, a go-to guy scorer. I'm not sure if we can find that go to go right away in the draft. I'm perfectly content with ET as our point forward for the future and letting Iggy go as trade bait. I love Iggy's defense and versatility but its just so disheartening seeing a guy making $14 million and barely scores 10 points! ET will get better and better but Iggy seems to be content at 12-15 ppg.
I think the biggest let down for me this season has been the play of Jrue Holiday (so much so that I was contemplating if the Sixers should maybe look to trade him as well). But then I came back down to Earth cuz he is only 22 years old. I was expecting him to be around 16-17 ppg and 8 assists this season. He's got the size and a solid shot, but he's been so inconsistent and even looks sloppy handling the ball at times. Maybe, having Lou eat up his minutes and Iggy being the point-forward takes away from it, but I still think he should be solid.
And I pray to god that Coach Collins does NOT get blamed for this! His rotations do piss me off sometimes but he's the coach the Sixers need. If the Sixers fall outta the playoff race, Coach Collins better not be the reason why. Blame the players for their lack-luster play as of late.
@delfam - what latest comments did Iggy say? I'm curious
Never thought he had as much potential as other people thought. Turner is a role player. If Turner ever scores a lot it will be on a bad team. His J is trash and he can't blow past people on a regular basis like in college. They have limited outside shooting on that team too after Williams and Meeks. I said it early at the start of the season that this team would fall back to earth around playoff time.
They have a lot of good solid players, they need to look to package some of them to get an all-start go to player. At this point missing the playoffs might not be the worst, if it leads them to drafting someone like Sullinger. Still very young team, but next year if they don't produce it will be time to make changes.
I really wish I had the time to go filter through all the threads and find the people who were arguing Philly could hang w/ Miami and Chicago after they were off to a hot start. They could slide out of the playoffs, for sure.
I still feel that Granger and Iguodala would be perfect on he other teams. George could focus on his scoring as well as Collison while Iguodala can be more of a playmaker and Granger can come in a be a go-to guy as a scorer whilst Turner can e the plahymaker.
man we are sliding... But if we miss playoffs or dont get out there first i see us making BIG changes. we have new management (Adam Aron and Josh Harris) and they want a change for this team.
In that saying i expect us to trade Iggy and maybe amnesty Brand.
We should trade John Henson, we need a young, tuff kid who can block and shoot that outside jump shot.
i expext us to fire Collins and Hire TIM LEGLER. Tim is a Philly guy, (Lasalle, went to high school here), he also is at allot of games, he has said it on ESPN numerous times, he sits in the club seats with management, he is a young coach and i see him bein our own Scotty Brooks. a young coach is demands allot and will play our young guys. Im sick of Collins trusting Iggy and Meek and Brand more than Et and Jrue, we are not a good team and Sixers need to see what they have.
Draft John Henson***
This Sixers team is so unenjoyable to watch.
They are in the dreaded middle. They aren't bad enough to get a top 3/5 pick, they aren't good enough to contend for the East, or a Championship.
Time to blow it up, IMO, I'd strongly consider amnestying Elton Brand, and trading Iguodala.