Re-Grading Every Philadelphia 76ers Offseason Move
To say that the Philadelphia 76ers went through some changes this past summer would be like saying that Chaz Bono...well, went through some changes.
From a group that was one game away from an Eastern Conference Finals appearance, just five players returned—four of whom are now starters and one of whom was. The other nine men on the roster came through various means, including trade, the draft and free agency.
With the first quarter of the season wrapping up, it's report card time.
And for many of these players, it may be time to hire a tutor.
This teacher based the assessment on a combination of tangibles (pure statistics) and intangibles (on- and off-court impact).
So let's see who made the grade...
Jason Richardson: B+
Key Stats: 12.5 points per game, 1.76 steals per game
The "other" player in the blockbuster Andrew Bynum trade, Jason Richardson is certainly not making people say "Andrew who," but he's definitely holding his own.
Shelved for four games earlier this season by an ankle injury, J-Rich looks like he's finally back up to speed, providing a steady veteran presence both on and off the court, with some clutch shooting to boot.
Nick Young: C
Key Stats: 9.2 points per game, .340 three-point percentage
Signed as a free agent essentially to replace Lou Williams' role as a spark plug off the bench, Nick Young may now be needing a tune-up. A notoriously streaky shooter throughout his career, Young's streaking lately has been more reminiscent of Will Ferrell's in Old School.
One of the few reliable scorers off the bench for Philly right now, Young will need to improve his consistency moving forward. Shooting below 39 percent from the field just won't cut it.
Dorell Wright: C-
Key stats: 7.1 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game
You want to know what's worse than coming off the bench to shoot less than 39 percent from the field? How about Dorell Wright, who's making less than a third of his shots?
(Yet, remarkably, that's still better than three others on this list.)
Wright, who once led the league in three-pointers made, can't seem to throw a rock in the ocean this season. As a result, he has begun to fall out of favor in Coach Doug Collins' rotation. His saving grace is his versatility, since he can match up at the 2, 3 or 4.
But if he doesn't find his shooting touch soon, he may just be "86'd."
Maalik Wayns: C-
Key stat: Averaging nearly 18 points a game per 48 minutes played
The undrafted rookie from nearby Villanova impressed Collins and others enough in summer camp and preseason to earn a spot on the roster. Recently, he's also begun to sneak into the regular rotation, spelling Jrue Holiday and supplanting Royal Ivey.
His high energy level has helped him rank fifth on the team in steals while only averaging 7.4 minutes a game. However, it's also resulted in some uncontrolled drives to the hoop and ill-advised shots, resulting in a .267 field-goal percentage.
Royal Ivey: D+
Key stat: 2.7 assists to turnovers
In just 20 games, Royal Ivey has gone from backup point guard to roster filler. Of course, when the starting point guard is averaging close to 40 minutes per game, there's limited opportunity for playing time to begin with.
But what little time he did have wasn't enough to justify a regular court presence in this, his second stint with the Sixers. And with increased exposure for the rookie Wayns, Ivey's most significant contributions may occur in the locker room and during practice.
Arnett Moultrie: D
Key Stat: 13.9 rebounds per 48 minutes
Doug Collins is not one to throw a rookie to the wolves. In fact, saying he handles most who have played for him with kid gloves may be an accurate assessment. Just ask several on this roster, like Kwame Brown. Or Evan Turner.
And now, Arnett Moultrie.
Moultrie, who only recently has begun to sniff the court with any regularity, has shown a flair for attacking the rim in his brief glimpses, but not enough to justify extended looks. Yet. However, considering the lack of production from the other big men, it may be only a matter of time until Collins has no choice but to feed those wolves.
Kwame Brown: D-
Key Stat: Uh...it's his seventh team in 11 seasons—does that count?
Speaking of disappointing big men, Kwame Brown may be the poster child. Over a decade after being selected first overall by Washington, expectations for the mercurial center have long since dropped, and significantly. Yet somehow, even with a much lower bar, he still hasn't lived up to expectations.
With Bynum's extended absence and Spencer Hawes trying to be a forward in a center's body, Brown has been given his fair share of opportunities to seize minutes in the post, even starting a stretch of games. But the result thus far has been career lows in virtually every major category, in a career which has been pretty mediocre to begin with.
Damien Wilkins: F
Key Stat: He's, like, the fourth-best Wilkins in his family or something.
Like Brown, Damien Wilkins is a journeyman (sixth team in six seasons) experiencing career lows in limited action. Unlike Brown, there really isn't room for Wilkins to get consistent playing time at his position of shooting guard. And even if there was, shooting 28 percent from the field and 58 percent from the line would soon put the kibosh on those plans.
Now, if it was his uncle Dominique instead? Different story. Yes, even now.
Andrew Bynum: Incomplete
Key stat: Leads the league in tallest afro and most bowling-related injuries.
Hey, Sixers fan! Have you heard about this kid Andrew Bynum that they picked up? Oh, you have?
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