Early Report Card Grades for Every Philadelphia 76ers Player
The Philadelphia 76ers are just eight games into the season and with a mediocre record of 4-4, it instinctively compels fans to assess each player's production thus far.
Losing to the formerly 0-8 Detroit Pistons Wednesday night was very disappointing, and the players are at fault for underachieving. They are just two weeks into the season, but it has been two weeks of mediocrity—mediocrity that Sixers fans thought were the past.
Thus, it is important to analyze each player and figure out what exactly is going wrong.
The following grades are subjectively based on the individual, not necessarily made by comparing everyone's total overall production. Each player has different expectations and roles they need to play the grades reflect their ability to do so.
**Note: Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown, Maalik Wayns and Damien Wilkins are not on the list for lack of playing time to judge.
Nick Young: C-
Stats: 8.7 PPG, 1.4 RPG
Every shooter comes with frustration. It's just inevitable. Nonetheless, it does not serve as an excuse for an inconsistent shooter, like Nick Young in particular.
Young was expected to serve as a scoring spark similar to the way Lou Williams did in previous years. Considering Young has surpassed 10 points just twice this season, it can be said this goal has yet to be reached.
Many times Young has the tendency to take unnecessary shots instead of passing the ball. This has caused him to be inefficient, posting a field-goal percentage over 33 percent in just two games this season.
This is partially the natural scorer inside Young, but he needs to understand that it is essential to spread the ball. This team flourishes collectively, and if he does not know that then his time here will remain like this.
It will take time for Young to adjust to the offense, but he needs to have a better shot selection moving forward.
Lavoy Allen: C+
Stats: 4.4 PPG, 3.1 RPG
Lavoy Allen is also a guy who needs to start putting forth more consistent production.
Despite the ugly loss Wednesday night, Allen had a solid performance by shooting 6-of-10 from the floor, recording 14 points and six rebounds, respectively. That said, this was just the second time all season that Allen has recorded double-digit points.
Plus, before this game Allen had recorded zero points and two rebounds total in the two games prior. Keep in mind he started both of these games.
In a time when the Sixers need their big men more than anything, Allen's inconsistency has paid a price.
Evan Turner: C+
Stats: 11.7 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 3.6 APG
Perhaps you could argue a better grade for Evan Turner, but if there is anyone to be more critical of, it's him.
Once Andre Iguodala was out of the picture, it was expected that he would finally break out. Unfortunately, these expectations have yet to be fulfilled (consistently, at least).
In their game against Boston, Turner dropped 25 points and grabbed 11 boards. This is a great performance where Turner's ceiling is effectively shown. However, this production has not been consistent.
In fact, in the two following games he went on to score eight points. Wednesday night's performance was even worse with just three points and shooting 1-of-6 from the field.
Turner has the capabilities with a lack of athleticism and shot working against him. Nevertheless, at the end of the day he is a talented ball player. There is still plenty of time for improvement, but as of now, he has underachieved.
Jason Richardson: B
Stats: 10.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.0 SPG
Although Jason Richardson has played in just three games due to injury, he has played well in limited action.
His most notable performance was his return from injury against the Milwaukee Bucks where he recorded 20 points and shot 8-of-16 from the floor. Wednesday night's performance was nothing special, but he did shoot 50 percent from three-point range.
It's hard to judge Richardson at this point, but for the most part he has done what he has to do.
Spencer Hawes: B
Stats: 9.0 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.3 BPG
Spencer Hawes started the season on a high note when he shot 6-of-11 and recorded 16 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks against the Denver Nuggets. This is the efficient and defensive Hawes fans love to see.
However, Wednesday night we saw the opposite Hawes: five points, two rebounds and zero blocks recorded. This type of inconsistency, especially against the Pistons, is unacceptable.
He has two double-doubles thus far but has recorded double-digit points in just one other game.
With Bynum sidelined indefinitely, all eyes have been on Hawes. Considering the pressure, he has done a more-than-decent job, but there is still room for improvement.
Dorell Wright: B+
Stats: 12.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 2.1 SPG
Dorell Wright was called to step up in the absence of Jason Richardson, and he sufficiently contributed.
Wright has recorded nearly two double-doubles this year (recorded nine rebounds two games in a row with double-digit points) and is shooting over 38 percent from three-point range, respectively.
However, Wright really showed improvement on the defensive end. In fact, he is averaging over two steals per game and recorded four steals in one game twice this season.
He has put forth a consistent effort at rebounding and proved he can be a reliable scorer. Wright is learning and adapting to the system well and will definitely serve an impact for the Sixers this season.
Thaddeus Young: A-
Stats: 13.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.7 SPG
Thaddeus Young always has and still is one of the Sixers' most consistent players. Until Wednesday night, Thad had recorded double-digit points in every game along with two double-doubles.
Thus far he is shooting over 55 percent from the field and is continuing to hustle on both ends of the floor. Plus, he has played stellar defense all season (against guys like Carmelo Anthony), recording a steal in nearly every game and three steals in a game twice.
Thad's effort and performance has been the usual Thad performance—consistent and hustling on every play.
Jrue Holiday: A
Stats: 19.1 PPG, 9.0 APG, 3.5 RPG, 1.6 SPG
There is no doubt that Jrue Holiday easily deserves the title as the most valuable player for the Sixers thus far this season.
Holiday has already recorded three double-doubles thus far, at least a steal and no less than five assists in every game. After opening night he has shot 50 percent from three-point range and nearly 50 percent from the field as well.
He has been nothing short of consistent. The only flaw one can point out in Holiday's first eight games is his turnover problem (at one point recording seven or more in four straight games), but his contributions have clearly outweighed his flaws.
Doug Collins referred to Holiday in Wednesday night's matchup as "the only guy who had juice in him" (h/t CSNPhilly.com), and I think it's safe to say this has been the case for the majority of the season thus far.