First Quarter Report Card Grades for Each Member of the Philadelphia 76ers
Three, two, one, buzzer!
This summer brought multiple acquisitions, but one in particular seemed to change up Philadelphia's landscape.
Andrew Bynum's arrival came with expectations, but we're 20 games in and he's yet to do anything more than watch the games from the bench.
So where does that leave the Sixers?
Well, it leaves them slightly under-manned but with a respectable 11-9 record. Bynum might not be playing, but other players have stepped up in his absence.
Let's take a look at the grades of each member of Philly's roster through the first quarter of the season.
Jrue Holiday, PG
Jrue Holiday is having one of the NBA's most surprising seasons. People knew that he would have a good year, but this good of a year? If you said yes to that question then congratulations, you are officially a psychic and deserve more credit than I could ever give you.
He has to be considered as one of the league's top point guards. If the Sixers need him to score the ball; he finds a way to put the ball in the hoop. If they need him to find the open man; he makes the extra pass leading to a basket. If they need him to defend the other team's star point guard; he laces his sneakers up a little tighter and locks the guard down.
Holiday is certainly not a perfect player. Averaging almost four turnovers per game isn't going to work for too long. Still though, it's only the first quarter of the season. Becoming a leader by example has turned Holiday into both a fan favorite and NBA rising star. His leadership will be necessary as the season moves forward.
Season stats: 17.7 PPG, 9.0 APG and 3.8 RPG.
Jason Richardson, SG
The twelve year veteran has joined the Sixers and hit the court running. (See what I did there?) Adding Jason Richardson wasn't looked at as the marquee acquisition, but he's been one of Philadelphia's most consistent players.
He went through a 10-game stretch in November where he made at least two or more three-pointers per game, never shooting worse than 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. Richardson has brought perimeter shooting to a team that has desperately needed it for some time.
It feels like Richardson has been around for forever, but he's still only 31 years old. He adds a lot of value both in his skill level, but more importantly, in his experience. He's the oldest member of Philadelphia's starting lineup and his years in the league should help to calm the team down in particularly stressful situations.
Situations such as the playoffs.
Season stats: 12.5 PPG, 4.3 RPG and 38.9 Three-Point Percentage.
Evan Turner, SF
Now, Evan Turner's grade might seem like a bit of a stretch, but it's not when you look at how he's progressed since last year. It's also finally feeling like Philadelphia has gotten that player that they drafted with the No. 2 pick three years ago.
It has taken some time, but Evan Turner has arrived.
Okay, the season is still young so we can't get ahead of ourselves too quickly. With that being said, Turner has increased nearly every statistical number by large amount except his field goal percentage. People have consistently knocked his shooting throughout his young career so it seems like that would be a bad thing. Fortunately, he gets a pass on that one since his free-throw and three-point percentages have gone up this year despite his total field goal percentage dropping.
There's a clear next step for Turner and that has to do with his consistency. Look at a random box score over the first quarter of the Sixers season and you'll find a great 26-point, 10-rebound and 5-assist performance, followed by a 13-point, 3-rebound and 3-assist game. He needs to be able to put together big games at a regular rate. Based on his improvement thus far, being more consistent seems more and more possible from Turner.
Season stats: 14.9 PPG, 7.0 RPG and 4.0 APG.
Thaddeus Young, PF
Thaddeus Young has been the most unselfish player on Philadelphia's roster. Listed as a small forward, Young has accepted the role of playing out of position and lining up at power forward. Of course, that means matching up with opposing power forwards and learning a new offensive role.
Young has taken this responsibility in stride and made the most of it.
The former sixth man has now started every game for Philly. At 6' 8", he's the team's leading rebounder and is second in scoring. His 52.2 field-goal percentage is also pretty ridiculous.
The best part of his whole season is that you wouldn't know that anything was different about this year if you watched him play. His defense has been fantastic, and his offensive game is flourishing. Chances of him putting up unbelievable stat lines every night are rare, but that doesn't take anything away from his great season.
Season stats: 15.0 PPG, 7.4 RPG and five double-double's in 20 games.
Lavoy Allen, C
This is where Philadelphia starts to get a little more exposed and weak. Lavoy Allen is a talented player that is just not getting many minutes right now.
Being a starter is certainly a positive, but he's only getting over 23 minutes per game. That's partly because of how he is a defensive liability on the floor, and how he is still too offensively raw to put up solid numbers.
Allen has shown quite a bit of success on the glass, though, and it's not out of the question to think that he'll improve as the season moves on.
Season stats: 6.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG and 1.1 BPG.
Nick Young, SG
Having the job of replacing Louis Williams is not an easy task and Nick Young has had his ups and down in finding that role. Being a sixth man is nothing new, but hitting his shots more than missing seems to still be an issue.
Young is a funny player to look at because of how much the Sixers need him. Him scoring in double figures usually means that the Philly wins as they are 5-2 when he puts up double-digit point totals.
Still though, Young has only done that seven times in the 16 games that he's played in. His shooting percentages are way too low, and he will be one of the more important players for Philadelphia as the season continues. His success could easily lead toward some more wins.
Season stats: 9.6 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.3 APG and 38.1 Field-Goal Percentage. (Yes, it's that low.)
Spencer Hawes, C
Spencer Hawes has steadily declined through the first quarter of the season. On top of that, watching him play is painfully deceptive.
Hawes has such a unique skill set for a 7' 1" center. He is much more of a perimeter player and has range past the three-point line, but he never seems to want to play to his strengths. That leaves him floating on the court, sometimes not looking like he cares much.
He has only scored in double-digits in five of the Sixers 20 games. Part of that can be attributed to his 20.8 minutes per game, but more has to be put on Hawes himself.
Season stats: 7.3 PPG, 5.4 RPG and 1.2 BPG.
Dorell Wright, SF
Dorell Wright is only shooting 32.4 percent from the field and isn't doing much statistically, so it seems like his grade would be much lower right?
If you didn't watch him play, then you would be right.
For us that have seen him play, then we know that he has brought an energy and hustle to the game that has been sorely missing. Philadelphia has a hard working culture that's seemed to be absent from the basketball team. That's not to say that they didn't play hard, but it did feel like they were missing that guy that would come in and give his all in his limited minutes.
Well, enter Wright into the equation and you have a player that gives his all for each one of his 21.1 minutes per game. It'll be interesting to see how his role develops in the future.
Season stats: 7.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG and 1.1 SPG.
Kwame Brown, C
I really wanted to give Kwame Brown a higher grade because I'm rooting for him to do well with Philly, but it's hard to argue with how unproductive he is when on the floor.
Brown has done an adequate job of defending other centers; however, he has failed to do what the Sixers need him to do best: Rebound. It's unacceptable to rebound as poorly as he does with the kind of body that he has.
Brown's also only played in 11 games so you have around a 50/50 shot at seeing him play if you go to a game.
Season stats: 2.3 PPG, 2.7 RPG and 0.4 BPG.
Royal Ivey, PG
This grade would have been higher if it weren't for Royal Ivey only playing in one of the last eight games. Plus, he was only in for two minutes during that game.
That's not his fault, but failing to contribute for over a third of the first quarter of the season doesn't do the Sixers much good. When he's playing, though, he really ends up helping on the defensive end of the floor.
It's rare to see Ivey not attempting to lock down any player he's guarding, and he's another effort guy for Philly. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Sixers use him as a defensive stopper if an opposing player is finding a way to get the job done.
Unfortunately, he won't be able to do that if he's not playing.
Season stats: 3.0 PPG, 1.6 RPG and 0.6 SPG.
Maalik Wayns, PG
It's rare for people to want to root for a player because they can tell that they are against the odds, but Maalik Wayns makes it easy on fans.
Going from an undrafted college player to a contributor off an NBA bench has a real underdog feel. Wayns is also a Philadelphia native, having been born there and attending Villanova University.
His game is clearly very unpolished, but it appears as though he has the work ethic to be a future contributor.
Season stats: 2.9 PPG, 0.7 APG and 7.7 MPG.
Arnett Moultrie, PF
Grade: To be determined
Arnett Moultrie has only played in eight of the Sixers games. He's also only been on the floor for 51 total minutes in those eight games.
That's clearly not enough time to get an accurate read on a player or his future ability. It might not be crazy to say that his time would be better spent in the D-League, though.
Having the chance to get high minutes and be one of the go-to guys will give Moultrie an opportunity at finding out how he could best fit in with Philly.
Season stats: 1.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG and 11.59 PER.
Damien Wilkins, SG
It's a strange grade, but Damien Wilkins' best attribute is his basketball knowledge and how he can help the younger players off the court.
Philly.com's John Mitchell wrote an article about Wilkins was looking forward to coaching when his career was over. Wilkins seems like he's excited about the transition:
I don't want to have a transition period when my career is over. I just want to go right into coaching. I have always felt that I have something to offer people. I love talking the game and learning the game from other people.
There's a chance that he'll get more playing time and be able to contribute, but his knowledge will work for now.
Season stats: 1.4 PPG, 0.6 RPG and 0.5 APG.
Andrew Bynum, C
Grade: Kicked out of school
Can you tell that there's some frustration on this one?
Andrew Bynum was acquired with the hope of helping the Sixers become a championship contender, but now there isn't any guarantee that he'll play at all this year.
If he does in fact not play a game, it will easily go down as one of the biggest trade busts of all time.
Season stats: 12 frames of bowling before knee injury, six different hairstyles on the bench and one unbelievably upset franchise.