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NBA Draft 2012: 5 Players Who Can Fix the Sixers' Scoring Woes

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NBA Draft 2012: 5 Players Who Can Fix the Sixers' Scoring Woes
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As the Sixers begin to fall further into basketball purgatory, things are beginning to look bleak for a team that once showed promise.

Early on in the lockout shortened season it felt like the Sixers were one of the league's few balanced teams who actually shared the ball on offense, not relying on a single big name scoring threat to carry the load each and every night.

Unfortunately, Doug Collins' young bunch has struggled since the All-Star break to find any consistent scoring, whether it be from their bench or from their wildly inconsistent starting lineup.

While the Sixers rank first in the NBA in points allowed at 88.5, they rank 25th in the league in points scored per game, averaging just 92.9 per contest.

In the Sixers' last five losses they have scored more than 80 points a mere two times, and a starting lineup that boasted a once-hot Evan Turner has now gone extremely cold.

The Sixers have lost four in a row and six of their last eight, and it's due mostly to an inept offense that settles for jump shots instead of penetrating the lane and drawing fouls.

Although the Sixers boast five players who average double figures in scoring, only Lou Williams is capable of averaging 15 points per night. In a league that's driven by star power the Sixers lack the offensive components to keep up with the likes of the Knicks, Celtics, Bulls and Heat, especially in close games.

So, as the Sixers continue their slide down the Eastern Conference standings, it's clear that this team will need an offensive overhaul in the offseason. While no stars seem destined to land in the City of Brotherly Love through free agency, there's always the possibility that the Sixers find their next great scorer through the draft.

Here are five players who could solve the Sixers' scoring woes in 2012-2013.

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