Philadelphia 76ers: Can The City Of Brotherly Love Get Some Love?

Sean StancillSenior Writer IMarch 4, 2008

The city of Brotherly Love, home to the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers. Also the Philadelphia 76ers.

Since the departure of Allen Iverson, the 76ers haven't been successful as they are now, with wins over Western Conference powers Phoenix and Dallas.

Philadelphia undoubtedly deserves some respect. No one talks about Philly, and all the talk about in the Eastern Conference goes to Boston, Detroit, and Cleveland.

Even the less talented teams of the east receive more publicity than the Sixers.

Never mind their below .500 record (28-33), because they still hold a spot in the playoffs. 

As of today they hold the seventh seed in Eastern Conference, and they are only two and a half games away from the Washington Wizards—who hold the sixth spot. 

Well, I am taking the initiative of promoting this overlooked squad today while at the same time focus on what has made this team run around.

1. Andre Iguodola- Iguodola is beginning to mold into a NBA superstar.

Being the team's number one scoring option, averaging 19.7 PPG, 4.1 APG, and 2.1 steals per game, the former Arizona product is also one of the premiere perimeter defenders.

But Iguodola isn't the only reason for Philadelphia's rise.

Veteran point guard Andre Miller and center Samuel Dalembert are also large parts of the equation.

Iguodola was questioned about handling the workload but has answered his critics by pushing this team into playoff contention.


2. Andre Miller- Miller has taken over at the helm of the offense averaging 16.9 PPG and 6.8 APG.

Andre Miller has taken the Sixers under his wing, and has been a strong mentor for the younger guys.

Miller was recently named Eastern Conference Player of the Week, in which he had four 20+ point games and scored double figures in every game during the week.  Miller originally came over to Philly last year in the deal that brought Allen Iverson to Denver.


3. Samuel Dalembert

Dalembert has been a savage in the paint all year long. The 6-11 center out of Seton Hall is averaging a double-double; scoring 10.7 PPG and puling down 10 RPG.  To add to that, Dalembert also averages 2.3 BPG.

Dalembert has worked on his game, and it shows out on the court every night in the way he seemingly dominates the paint on occasion.

Samuel is one of the few players still on the team from the 00-01 76ers run to the NBA Finals.