5 Options for Philadelphia 76ers If Jrue Holiday's Development Hits a Wall
The Philadelphia 76ers are a team loaded with potential and young talent. Along with potential comes the team's willingness to invest in their young core, and Jrue Holiday is one of their key investments.
Holiday has shown flashes of being a true point guard who can facilitate the offense and has displayed ability to score form long range. There is no doubt this athletic point guard has potential. However, keep in mind that potential is only what could happen, not what will happen.
Regardless of whether or not we choose to recognize this when it comes to players we like, it is the way it is and we have to accept it. Anything can happen and no player is a promise until they have significantly proven themselves.
So yes, there is a chance that Holiday does not work out for the Sixers. If this becomes the case, then the Sixers will need to explore other possible options at that point.
Here are five players who would be serviceable if Holiday does not follow through before his contract expires.
D.J. Augustin, the newly introduced Indiana Pacer and former Charlotte Bobcat, is still just 26 years old and becomes a free agent at the end of this season.
Although Augustin is probably not the type of guy the Sixers would want to lead the team, he is a more than a serviceable, quick-fix type option.
Over the past two seasons Augustin has averaged 13.2 points and 6.2 assists per game respectively. He isn't the flashiest name on the free agent list, but he can certainly run an offense and get the job done.
Jeff Teague always had the skill-set and he is still just 24 years old.
He is another not-so flashy name, but like Augustin, he could serve as a quick-fix, yet highly serviceable option.
Last season Teague played and started in all 66 games averaging 12.6 points, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals per game. What really makes Teague a potential option is his previous playoff performance. He posted a consistent 14 points and 4.2 assists while also coming up clutch for the team when they asked him to.
If the Sixers find themselves limited in spending money this offseason, both Augustin and Teague could provide solid value for a buy-low option.
It would be very interesting if the Sixers got their hands on young stud Stephen Curry.
Over the span of his three year career, he has averaged 17.5 points, 5.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. Keep in mind he was playing next to Monta Ellis and has battled injuries for most of his career.
When Curry becomes a free agent, it's hard to believe that he would not consider options other than staying put in Golden State.
The only idea that would draw this back from happening is debating whether or not Curry could co-exist with Evan Turner. Each of them are ball-dominant players. In other words, they need the ball in their hands to be most effective.
Plus, Curry is very prone to turning the ball over and the last thing this team needs is a decrease in amount of possessions they see in games.
While Curry provides great talent and a nice name, the thought is a little far-fetched and he is not necessarily the best fit.
Kyle Lowry, who is 27 years old, has been in the league for six years now. Because he was never given a consistent opportunity to start, it took him a while to truly break out into a true point guard.
Over the last two seasons where he has started at point guard for most of his games, he has averaged 13.8 points, 6.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Lowry also has a solid three-point shot, posting a three-point percentage of 37.5 percent the last two years. A shooter who can distribute the ball next to a set of primary shooters and a key big man is a very ideal basketball structure for a team.
Lowry was born in Philadelphia and played in college at Villanova University. If Lowry plans to leave Toronto when his contract is up, his original home could end up being the perfect place for him.
Ty Lawson, selected the pick after Holiday, could wind up as a very solid option for the Sixers.
Lawson is easily one of the fastest guards in the open court and is beginning to solidify himself a legit point guard. He has the ability to play solid defense and cease the transition game with his speed.
Last season with Denver he averaged 16.4 points and 6.6 assists per game. In fact, he has improved in nearly every major statistical category every year.
Because the Sixers strongly emphasize defense and love to run the court, Lawson would be a perfect fit. Although the Nuggets will definitely try to re-sign him, the Sixers should definitely pursue Lawson if Holiday does not follow through in regards to expectations.