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NBA Free Agency 2012: Could a Couple Sixers Be Headed for New Orleans?

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 18:  Lou Williams #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots a jump shot late in the fourth quarter over Avery Bradley #0 and Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Wells Fargo Center on May 18, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Sixers won 92-83. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
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Will OsgoodAnalyst IJuly 6, 2012

Friday, big news filtered out of Philadelphia as it was revealed the Sixers are going to amnesty forward Elton Brand, sign guard Nick Young and thus let go of combo guard and sixth man Lou Williams. 

With Eric Gordon's future still somewhat in doubt, adding a veteran scoring guard in Williams may make sense for the offensively challenged New Orleans Hornets

In the 2012 NBA season, the seventh year guard averaged just a hair under 15 points per game in just 26 minutes per game. Per 48, that obviously translates to around 29 points per game. 

You don't need me to tell you that's some fine scoring.

Despite putting up a load of points he almost managed 3.5 assists per game and nearly 2.5 rebounds per. His 20.22 player efficiency rating is nothing to sneeze at, especially for a bench player. 

It should be noted he is only a 40 percent shooter, but he's a tad over 33 percent from long range. And he's a very accurate 80 percent from the foul line. For a combo guard coming off the bench, his 4.6 free throw attempts per game is more than is wonderful. 

Monty Williams has expressed a desire to get wing players who can create for themselves off the dribble. When that guy can also hit a jump shot and get to the foul line, he is a great fit. That he isn't selfish to the core means other players will benefit from his penetration ability. 

Williams can be a sixth man again in New Orleans and provide scoring along with Austin Rivers while playing point guard and easing the burden on the rookie. 

It is a move that should at least be considered. 

As for Brand, the former No. 1 pick and All Star has clearly seen better days. He is a below the rim guy who is on his last legs at the NBA level. 

Even in 2012, the former Bull and Clipper managed to shoot around 50 percent from the floor and grabbed over seven rebounds. As a likely bench player, and mentor to Anthony Davis, Brand could provide great production at a relatively low cost. 

Brand must first clear waivers for the Hornets to get him at a cost efficient price. 

For one year, Brand could be just the right piece to bridge to the Anthony Davis domination era of New Orleans basketball. 

 

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