Ranking the Impact Each Big Man Will Provide for Philadelphia 76ers in 2013
The Philadelphia 76ers have yet to find a legit post presence, so they will continue to experiment with the ones they have. Although they aren't the flashiest of names, they will still contribute to the team in their own way.
Doug Collins announced this offseason that he is taking a new approach to the offense by moving Spencer Hawes to power forward and starting newly acquire Kwame Brown at center.
Whether you like the plan or not, it is what it is, and it doesn't mean you won't see an impact made by other players at the position. In fact, quite the opposite...
Nikola Vucevic will not be seeing the amount of action he would like this upcoming season. In fact, he played just one game in the postseason last year.
Vucevic has an effective outside shot, and although he is a soft player he is making progress in becoming a stronger presence down-low.
We really don't know what type of role to expect from Vucevic because Collins is still unsure.
The Sixers acquired Arnett Moultrie from the Miami Heat during the 2012 NBA Draft.
Moultrie, who is just 21 years old, is measured at 6-11 with a 7-2 wingspan. There is no doubt he has the size to play the position effectively.
Another great thing about him is that he can run the floor well. He is a finisher and fits perfect with their offensive scheme.
The only problem we run into here is he simply won't see that much playing time because he is their last option to play at the 4 this season. Plus, we've learned that Collins isn't so eager to play his rookies and is in more of a "win-now" mode.
As much as I like Moultrie and would like to see him play, the impact he can bring this season is limited.
No one is excited to see Kwame Brown start. Fair enough. However, he provides the best defensive abilities against bigs next to Lavoy Allen.
Two seasons ago, as a starter for the Charlotte Bobcats, Brown averaged 7.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Obviously they aren't the flashiest numbers, but it's serviceable production from a big.
Should they have given him a two-year deal? Probably not, but when you strictly talk about basketball production you have to put his contract aside.
True, he is one of the biggest draft busts of all time, but no one is expecting him to play like a No. 1 pick. He is here to do what he does best, and that is play defense and grab rebounds.
Spencer Hawes started off last season on fire. It was great to see, and an initial reaction was: "Looks like Hawes came around and now we have a center."
Well, after returning from an injury suffered early in the season he was the same old Spencer Hawes (sigh). Too good to be true, right?
Anyway, Hawes will be seeing some action as power forward for the first time in Collins' new scheme. I don't think anyone can say how well he will fare, but the least we can say is it will be an interesting experiment.
Entering his rookie season with the Sixers, scouts and fans were worried about his motor and drive to play the game. Considering he still feels confident on achieving a starting role this season, it's safe to assume that his motor problem is fixed.
Shooting nearly 56 percent from the field in the playoffs, Allen also displayed that he is an efficient mid-range shooter.
He has the drive, the mid range jumper and defensive abilities the Sixers need at power forward. Allen has the potential to take a huge step forward next season.
Thaddeus Young isn't exactly your typical big man, but considering he will play a significant role for the team (a lot at the 4), I had to include him.
Young has always been that guy for the Sixers who never gives up on a play, gives it his all every possession and makes the lineup expendable for Collins.
We all know Thad is a bit undersized to start at the 4, but he averaged 12.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game respectively. Let's not forget he is only 24 years old.
Young can run the floor with guys like Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner and has been with Philadelphia the longest compared to every big man on this list.
Perhaps Young is the least like a big man compared to everyone on the list, but that won't stop him from making the impact he always makes.