76ers Should Compete for Playoff Spot

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The 76ers are coming off their worst season in thirteen years.  And to think, two years ago they were the sexy pick to win the Eastern ConferencePhiladelphia made a splash head coach hire by luring Doug Collins out from behind the color commentary booth and added one of the top college players by drafting “His Royal Smoothness” Evan Turner.  Will that be enough to get the Sixers back in the Eastern Conference playoff picture?

By: David Kay

Philadelphia 76ers (27-55 in 2009-2010)

2010-11 Projected Depth Chart:
C: Spencer Hawes/Marreese Speights/Tony Battie
PF: Elton Brand/Darius Songaila/Craig Brackins
SF: Thaddeus Young/Andres Nocioni/Jason Kapono
SG: Andre Iguodala/Evan Turner/Jodie Meeks
PG: Jrue Holiday/Louis Williams

2010-11 Team Salary: Approximately $69.4 million

Offseason Moves:
-76ers acquire F Craig Brackins and F/C Darius Songaila from Hornets for G Willie Green and PF Jason Smith
-76ers sign C Tony Battie to 1-year, league minimum deal
-76ers acquire F Andres Nocioni and C Spencer Hawes from Kings for C Samuel Dalembert

Off-Season Grade: D+
Philly made the safe pick in taking Evan Turner with the second overall selection in the NBA Draft but may regret doing so in a couple years if Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins become dominant big men in the league.  Other than that, the 76ers did very little to make major strides.

They turned Samuel Dalembert’s expiring contract into a versatile forward in Andres Nocioni and a big man in need of a new beginning with Spencer Hawes.  It is an upgrade in overall talent but leaves a question mark at the center spot which is why they signed veteran big man Tony Battie.  Swapping Willie Green and Jason Smith for Craig Brackins and Darius Songaila seems like a waste of paperwork to me.

2010-2011 Outlook:
The 76ers are coming off their worst season in thirteen years.  And to think, two years ago they were the sexy pick to win the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia made a splash head coach hire by luring Doug Collins out from behind the color commentary booth and back to the bench.  Collins is the team’s fourth coach in the past three seasons and is expected to help the Sixers win now.

Andre Igudala 76ersAdding Evan Turner through the draft throws another playmaker into the backcourt mix along with Andre Iguodala and second year point guard Jrue Holiday who came on strong during as his rookie season progressed.  The concern is how does Turner fit on this team?  Philly was a poor three-point shooting team last season and Turner is more of a slasher/creator than someone who plays well off the ball.

The post play is a glaring weakness heading into the season.  Elton Brand is a shadow of who he was with the Clippers prior to his season ending injury in 2007-2008.  Hawes struggled to find the consistency on a nightly basis in Sacramento but maybe a new destination will provide a re-birth of sorts for his career.  Marreese Speights is a solid bench player but Songaila and Battie are just one-year rentals who can hopefully provide some toughness inside.

Thaddeus Young, Nocioni, and Brackins can each play either forward spot.  This group brings versatility to the floor and will allow Collins to mix and match his line-ups.

There seems to be a pretty set top 6 teams in the Eastern Conference heading into the season.  If Turner can adapt to his role, Holiday continues to develop as a point guard, and Brand can provide some sort of inside presence, Philly should be one of the teams in the mix for the final playoff spot in the East.

Looking Ahead to Next Summer:
With Brand and Iguodala eating up more than half of the Sixers’ cap space, Philly will have little flexibility next summer.  The more relevant concerns will revolve around Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes who will both be restricted free agents.  The 76ers best chance of improving their roster will be through the draft or trying to deal Jason Kapono and/or Darius Songaila who are in the final years of the contracts.

NBA Power Ranking: 19th

Other NBA Season Previews:
#20 New York Knicks
#21 Los Angeles Clippers
#22 Indiana Pacers
#23 Golden State Warriors
#24 Washington Wizards
#25 Detroit Pistons
#26 New Jersey Nets
#27 Sacramento Kings
#28 Cleveland Cavaliers
#29 Toronto Raptors
#30 Minnesota Timberwolves

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The 76ers are coming off their worst season in thirteen years. And to think, two years ago they were the sexy pick to win the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia made a splash head coach hire by luring Doug Collins out from behind the color commentary booth and added one of the top college players by drafting “His Royal Smoothness” Evan Turner. Will that be enough to get the Sixers back in the Eastern Conference playoff picture?

By: David Kay

Philadelphia 76ers (27-55 in 2009-2010)

2010-11 Projected Depth Chart:
C: Spencer Hawes/Marreese Speights/Tony Battie
PF: Elton Brand/Darius Songaila/Craig Brackins
SF: Thaddeus Young/Andres Nocioni/Jason Kapono
SG: Andre Iguodala/Evan Turner/Jodie Meeks
PG: Jrue Holiday/Louis Williams

2010-11 Team Salary: Approximately $69.4 million

Offseason Moves:

-76ers acquire F Craig Brackins and F/C Darius Songaila from Hornets for G Willie Green and PF Jason Smith

76ers sign C Tony Battie to 1-year, league minimum deal

76ers acquire F Andres Nocioni and C Spencer Hawes from Kings for C Samuel Dalembert

Off-Season Grade: D+

Philly made the safe pick in taking Evan Turner with the second overall selection in the NBA Draft but may regret doing so in a couple years if Derrick Favors or DeMarcus Cousins become dominant big men in the league. Other than that, the 76ers did very little to make major strides.

They turned Samuel Dalembert’s expiring contract into a versatile forward in Andres Nocioni and a big man in need of a new beginning with Spencer Hawes. It is an upgrade in overall talent but leaves a question mark at the center spot which is why they signed veteran big man Tony Battie. Swapping Willie Green and Jason Smith for Craig Brackins and Darius Songaila seems like a waste of paperwork to me.

2010-2011 Outlook:

The 76ers are coming off their worst season in thirteen years. And to think, two years ago they were the sexy pick to win the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia made a splash head coach hire by luring Doug Collins out from behind the color commentary booth and back to the bench. Collins is the team’s fourth coach in the past three seasons and is expected to help the Sixers win now.

Adding Evan Turner through the draft throws another playmaker into the backcourt mix along with Andre Iguodala and second year point guard Jrue Holiday who came on strong during as his rookie season progressed. The concern is how does Turner fit on this team?

Philly was a poor three-point shooting team last season and Turner is more of a slasher/creator than someone who plays well off the ball.

The post play is a glaring weakness heading into the season. Elton Brand is a shadow of who he was with the Clippers prior to his season ending injury in 2007-2008. Hawes struggled to find the consistency on a nightly basis in Sacramento but maybe a new destination will provide a re-birth of sorts for his career. Marreese Speights is a solid bench player but Songaila and Battie are just one-year rentals who can hopefully provide some toughness inside.

Thaddeus Young, Nocioni, and Brackins can each play either forward spot. This group brings versatility to the floor and will allow Collins to mix and match his line-ups.

There seems to be a pretty set top 6 teams in the Eastern Conference heading into the season. If Turner can adapt to his role, Holiday continues to develop as a point guard, and Brand can provide some sort of inside presence, Philly should be one of the teams in the mix for the final playoff spot in the East.

Looking Ahead to Next Summer:

With Brand and Iguodala eating up more than half of the Sixers’ cap space, Philly will have little flexibility next summer. The more relevant concerns will revolve around Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes who will both be restricted free agents. The 76ers best chance of improving their roster will be through the draft or trying to deal Jason Kapono and/or Darius Songaila who are in the final years of the contracts.

NBA Power Ranking: 19th

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