5 Starting Lineups the Philadelphia 76ers Will Have to Use This Year

Michael FoglianoAnalyst INovember 8, 2012

5 Starting Lineups the Philadelphia 76ers Will Have to Use This Year

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    The Philadelphia 76ers are by far one of the most well-balanced, all-around teams in the league. Because of this, there a lot of opportunities for head coach Doug Collins to experiment with a variety of lineups.

    At times, the experimentation can get a little frustrating from a fan's perspective. But despite how intolerable it can get, its the way coach Collins likes to function. He does want the players getting comfortable and he is naturally looking for ways to maximize talent. 

    Though the first few games have not matched expectations, it is necessary to consider the injuries that have come up and the fact that a lot of these guys are playing with each for the first time, the slight struggle is understandable. 

    That said, here are five potential starting lineups the will have to use at some point or another this year.

The Temporary

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    PG Jrue Holiday

    SG Dorell Wright

    SF Evan Turner

    PF Thaddeus Young

    C Lavoy Allen

    The Sixers went with this lineup last game and it looks like they will continue to do so until Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson return from injury.

    At a first glance, it is a little small considering the frontcourt consists of Allen and Young. That being said, they have a big back-court with Wright and Holiday is also bigger than most point guards as it is.

    This lineup is young and arguably has the best players judging solely on speed and talent the Sixers can put out on the court under their current conditions.

    The transition game is where the Sixers thrive and this lineup maximizes one of the Sixers' biggest strengths.

    Plus, just think what this lineup will be able to do with Bynum staring at center. It's scary.

Spencer Hawes SMASH

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    PG Jrue Holiday

    SG Dorell Wright

    SF Evan Turner

    PF Thaddeus Young

    C Spencer Hawes

    Despite Hawes' recent success, he has yet to start a game for the Sixers. However, considering Collins' tendency to experiment with the lineup and Hawes' experience as a starter, it should almost be assumed he will try this sooner or later.

    Hawes is the only change here, so it makes sense to primarily focus on him.

    First off, they get better passing and rebounding ability than they would with Allen. The best thing Hawes provides as a player is his passing. Big men who can distribute the ball are rare to come by in the league.

    However, Allen has better defensive abilities, so this would unfortunately make the frontcourt vulnerable defensively.

    Nevertheless, if Hawes continues to play at the rate he has been, there is no reason for Collins not try him out as the interim starting center.

The Hawes/Bynum Frontcourt

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    PG Jrue Holiday

    SG Jason Richardson

    SF Evan Turner

    PF Spencer Hawes

    C Andrew Bynum

    When the Sixers initially acquired Bynum, this was the expected lineup every fan anticipated to see.

    Hawes has always been viewed as a center, and the idea of sliding him to power forward is very intriguing. Still, it makes a lot of sense.

    He certainly has the size to guard and post-up 4's and it just makes their frontcourt huge overall. In fact, one could argue that he may be better suited as a four considering his strengths are his mid-range shot and passing abilities.

    The one con that comes to mind is lack of speed this lineup has to offer. It is definitely more accustomed for the half-court offense, which is not necessarily a bad thing considering that is the one area the Sixers need to improve, but it does take a hack at one of their biggest strengths.

    When Bynum and Richardson return, do not be surprised to this lineup often.

When Normality Hits...

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    PG Jrue Holiday

    SG Jason Richardson

    SF Evan Turner

    PF Thaddeus Young

    C Andrew Bynum

    If Collins goes with Hawes off the bench, this is the most likely lineup he will choose to use frequently.

    The first concern that strikes any fan is consistently starting Young at the 4 slot because of his size, but this concern is less valid when he is alongside Bynum. His presence alone is strong enough to ease the concern.

    In fact, the different style of play between the two will complement each other. Bynum is the big low-post guy and Young is the quick forward who can take advantage of the mismatches. Each of their talents stand out more.

    Last season. Collins expressed he did not start his best five players, but we did see him put those five players on the court in the fourth quarter. This season those five players out in the fourth quarter are these guys.

A Different Look...

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    PG Jrue Holiday

    SG Evan Turner

    SF Thaddeus Young

    PF Spencer Hawes

    C Andrew Bynum

    Right away there are two huge aspects that strike me about this lineup: its size and potential in the half-court offense.

    We already talked about the strengths the Hawes/Bynum front-court brings. Then when you move Turner to the two-guard and add Thad to the mix, the worries on defense diminish significantly.

    They could flourish in the half-court game, primarily starting form their size. However, they do a lack a three point shooter to spread the floor. This also means it puts a lot of pressure on Holiday to be that reliable three point shooter.

    Either way you look at it, this lineup inherently depends on Thad's ability to play at the 3. Young at the small forward slot is something all fans have thought about, and it is a possibility that will never go away.