Philadelphia 76ers: Analyzing a Revamped Sixers Bench

Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 13, 2012

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Throughout weeks of speculation, it was unclear which direction the Philadelphia 76ers would head this offseason. Would they address their frontcourt? Would they let established names walk? Would the annual trade rumors surrounding Andre Iguodala come to fruition?

Now that signings and trades are becoming official, it's time to evaluate where the Sixers stand.

The signing of shooting guard Nick Young and the acquisition of small forward Dorell Wright have bolstered the Sixers' bench, one that was considered among the league's elite last season.

Although the Sixers' front office may not be done making moves, here's how I envision the Sixers' starting lineup when the 2012-2013 season tips off:

Point Guard: Jrue Holiday

Shooting Guard: Evan Turner

Small Forward: Andre Iguodala

Power Forward: Lavoy Allen

Center: Spencer Hawes

Of the five starting spots, the power forward position is clearly the most in flux. Holiday, Turner, Iguodala and Hawes all appear to be locks to start, but Lavoy Allen is no shoe-in to begin the season as the starting 4 man.

The selection of Mississippi State forward Arenett Moultrie in the NBA draft could pave the way for a new face in the frontcourt, but as we've seen in the past, Doug Collins is not particularly fond of starting rookies.

Moultrie actually fits perfectly with a second unit that is now loaded with athleticism and scoring prowess. A season ago, the Sixers had to rely on Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young to shoulder the bulk of the scoring load off of the bench, but times are changing.

With Thaddeus Young, Nick Young, Dorell Wright, Nikola Vucevic and rookies Moe Harkless and Arnett Moultrie, the Sixers have created a deeper roster than they had last season. We know that coach Collins loves flexibility, and he has afforded himself that with a bounty of wing players who will presumably play out of position on more than a few occasions.

The only real void left to be filled on the Sixers' bench is the role of backup point guard. Perhaps the front office is satisfied with the depth they have established and they are willing to rotate Turner in as the team's floor general when Holiday comes off of the floor, but it would seem that they need a more definite plan.

While players like Justin Holiday (Jrue's brother) and Jacob Pullen vie for the coveted spot during play in the Orlando Summer League, it would be wise of the Sixers to pursue a veteran backup point man.

For a team that finished 25th in scoring last season, the Sixers appear committed to fixing their inconsistent scoring problems, and their aggressive stance in free agency thus far has to be encouraging to fans who were desperate for change.