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(1) Jrue Holiday (2) Royal Ivey (3) Maalik Wayns
Jrue Holiday is the unquestioned starter at point guard here, with two interesting names behind him. Ivey and Wayns are a nice contrasting duo of reserves – one a veteran defensive specialist – and the other a determined young rookie.
Evan Turner will function as the real backup to Holiday, but his listed position will be the small forward.
(1) Jason Richardson (2) Nick Young
Richardson and Young provide the Sixers with the shooting they've sorely missed over the past few seasons. Andre Iguodala's departure means that Evan Turner will slide up to the 3, marking the end of the Turner-Jodie Meeks platoon at shooting guard.
Richardson will start, and figures to play somewhere in the neighborhood of 25-28 minutes per game. Young, on the other hand, will assume the role previously held by Lou Williams as the team's primary scorer off the bench.
It may have just been a meaningless scrimmage in training camp, but Philly.com's Bob Cooney tweeted out some play-by-play that should have some fans grinning:
(1) Evan Turner (2) Thaddeus Young (3) Dorell Wright
If you're looking for the Sixers' position of greatest strength, it's the small forward. Evan Turner is entering the most crucial season of his young career, and will be given every chance to produce in Iguodala's former role. Averages of 15 points, five assists and seven rebounds are not out of the question for Turner.
Young is a tweener who can play both the 3 and the 4, so expect him to be moved all over the floor this year. Young's versatility and length will make him a nice fit defensively at the power forward, but as the Philadelphia Inquirer's Marc Narducci points out, his ability to refine his shooting stroke will determine how much time he sees at small forward.
The most interesting piece here is Dorell Wright. According to Tom Moore of PhillyBurbs.com, Wright has stood out in the early going, and his teammates have been impressed.
While Wright's outside shooting is his strongest attribute, Moore reports that center Spencer Hawes has taken notice of some other qualities: “I’ve been very impressed,” Spencer Hawes said after Thursday’s first practice at Saint Joseph’s University. “Defensively, his athleticism and his length is definitely something we’re going to be able to take advantage of."
(1) Spencer Hawes (2) Lavoy Allen (3) Arnett Moultrie
The addition of Andrew Bynum means that Hawes has assumed a Pau Gasol-like role as the Sixers' new power forward.
Hawes will be asked to complement Bynum in the frontcourt, where his vision and shooting range will come in handy. Hawes will likely be used heavily in situations that call for high-low pick-and-rolls, while finding cutters and distributing to the team's plethora of outside shooters.
Lavoy Allen is a far superior talent to Hawes on the defensive end, and figures to grab the last spot in Collins' nine-man rotation. After Bynum, Allen is arguably the Sixers' most important big.
Rookie Arnett Moultrie will likely see his fair share of DNP-CD's in the box score, but this is more of a developmental season for him than anything else. Some time in the D-League could serve Moultrie well.
(1) Andrew Bynum (2) Kwame Brown
Assuming his rehabilitation goes according to schedule, we should expect to see Andrew Bynum back in time for the team's season opener against the Denver Nuggets.
When healthy, Bynum is the best center in the Eastern Conference, and has the potential to post monster numbers in his first season with the Sixers. Expectations are high, but Bynum will live up to them.
Kwame Brown could be called the Royal Ivey of the frontcourt. He's a defensive specialist whose playing time will be limited to situational roles. Anything Brown can contribute on the offensive end will be a bonus.