With the NBA All-Star Game just a day away, it's time for midseason report cards.
With all of the devastating injury news the Philadelphia Sixers have had to deal with this past month, hopefully the All-Star break will be a good refresher for everyone involved.
The Sixers have limped into the All-Star break losing three of their last four and sit at 22-29 overall. They stand four games behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the eight seed in the Eastern Conference.
Their skid can in large part be associated to Thaddeus Young's recent left hamstring injury, which came in a game against the Orlando Magic on February 4th.
Hopefully watching Jrue Holiday suit up tomorrow as an All-Star for the East will inspire this team coming out of the break, where it's expected that both Thaddeus Young and Andrew Bynum will return to the court soon after. Their return can't come soon enough.
Jrue Holiday earned a high mark from his All-Star season.
With the NBA All-Star Game just a day away, it's time for midseason report cards.
Kwame Brown has been non-existent for the Sixers this season.
2012-13 stats: 47.2 field-goal percentage, 2 points, 3.4 rebounds, .4 blocks, 9.1 PER, 12.5 minutes.
In the grand scheme of things, Sixers fans knew this was going to be a bad signing and it's lived up to the hype. Kwame Brown signed a two-year $6 million deal with the Sixers in the offseason and has been a super disappointment.
He's played in just 21 of 51 games this season and has been ineffective on both offense and defense. What was the Sixers' front office thinking in the first place?
Damien Wilkins is a defensive stopper for the Sixers.
2012-13 stats: 31.7 field-goal percentage, 1.8 points, 1 rebound, 6.5 PER, 9.2 minutes
Damien Wilkins' job description this season has been to play defense and he's played it pretty well. The nephew of the once great dunker Dominique Wilkins isn't looked at for the same highlight-reel plays as his uncle. He's more of the old-school, physical kind of player. When he does try to make highlight-reel plays, it's not a pretty sight.
Royal Ivey is shooting 46.3 percent from beyond the arc this season.
2012-13 stats: 45.1 field-goal percentage, 46.3 three-point percentage, 2.8 points, 1.1 rebounds, 8.9 PER, 12.2 minutes
Royal Ivey has provided for the Sixers this season what he's provided his whole career—solid on-ball defense and the capability of hitting consistently from downtown.
His 46.3 three-point percentage ranks 11th in the NBA. He's only attempted 41 shots however. Besides his crucial turnover down the stretch against the Bucks on Wednesday night, Ivey has been a solid role player for the Sixers this season.
Jeremy Pargo has been a pleasant surprise for the Sixers in just three games.
2012-13 stats with Sixers: 37.5 field-goal percentage, 8 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 6.2 PER, 23.7 minutes
The Sixers may just have found their backup point guard this season. After stints with guards Maalik Wayns and Shelvin Mack that didn't work out, the Sixers signed Jeremy Pargo to a 10-day contract on February 7th.
Pargo is still learning the offense and getting to know his teammates tendencies, but in his very first game with the Sixers Pargo scored 12 points while grabbing four rebounds and dishing six assists.
The Sixers are hoping that the third time's a charm with Pargo.
Jason Richardson underwent season-ending knee surgery on Thursday.
2012-13 stats: 40.2 field-goal percentage, 10.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals, 12.8 PER, 28.4 minutes
Through no fault of his own, Jason Richardson turned into a disappointment for the Sixers this season. Richardson, who played in just 33 of the Sixers' 51 games this season due to constant injury struggles, had to undergo season-ending knee surgery on Thursday and will need 9-12 months to recover.
As the oldest player on the Sixers, Richardson was being looked at to provide leadership for the Sixers who are currently the youngest team in the league. Instead they just became even younger.
Arnett Moultrie has played well since being handed increased minutes from coach Doug Collins.
2012-13 stats: 48.7 field-goal percentage, 2.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 16.5 PER, 8.6 minutes
For a team that has been struggling at rebounding and defense in the post all season, it's unbelievable that coach Doug Collins has just started to distribute minutes to his 6'11", 249-pound first-round draft pick Arnett Moultrie.
Moultrie has been glued to the bench all season, until the hamstring injury to forward Thaddeus Young on February 4th. He has averaged seven points and six rebounds the past four games since being given increased minutes from coach Collins. The question is, why hasn't it been that way all season?
Center Lavoy Allen has been a severe disappointment to the Sixers this season.
2012-13 stats: 47.7 field-goal percentage, 6.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1 assist, 12.5 PER, 23.3 minutes
Lavoy Allen has been a severe disappointment for the Sixers this season. Starting at center for the majority of the season, Allen hasn't been nearly as physical as the team expected and has been constantly overpowered on both the boards and on the defensive end.
His performance has sent him into coach Collins' dog house, as Spencer Hawes has now taken over the team's starting role at center.
Dorell Wright hasn't been nearly as effective from downtown as the Sixers had hoped.
2012-13 stats: 37.7 field-goal percentage, 7.3 points, 4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 14.1 PER, 21.3 minutes
Dorell Wright hasn't been able to find the shooting stroke the team expected out of him this season. Known as a deep threat throughout his career, his three-point field-goal percentage is down to a measly 35 percent this season.
Coach Doug Collins doesn't trust him and he's seen a considerable drop in minutes since the beginning of the season.
The Sixers are wondering the same thing this season Evan.
2012-13 stats: 42.8 field-goal percentage, 13.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 12.8 PER, 36.2 minutes
You can't tell by his stat-line, but Evan Turner has been a considerable disappointment to the Sixers this season.
Expected to fulfill the defensive role that Andre Iguodala had provided for the Sixers for so many years, Turner has consistently failed on defense and has been an enigma on offense. Some games Turner will give you 25 points while others he's only able to muster four.
Turner may be the only person to give you a true answer as to why he has been so inconsistent this year, but even he probably doesn't know the answer.
Spencer Hawes has played surprisingly well since being named a starter on January 26th.
2012-13 stats: 46 field-goal percentage, 10.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 blocks, 15.1 PER, 25.5 minutes
After a weak start to the year, Spencer Hawes has come on strong for the Sixers since being inserted into the starting lineup for Lavoy Allen.
The Sixers need his intensity now more than ever since the hamstring injury to Thaddeus Young.
Hawes has had five games of over 10 points and six games of over nine rebounds in nine games since being deemed a starter back on January 26th. For the Sixers' sake, Hawes needs to keep this play going.
Nick Young has rejuvenated the shooting guard postion for the Sixers.
2012-13 stats: 41.7 field-goal percentage, 11.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 13.9 PER, 25.6 minutes
Nick Young, like Arnett Moultrie, has played surprisingly well since being given increased minutes by coach Doug Collins. Young started the season on the bench with Jason Richardson starting at shooting guard, but with Richardson now out for the year, Young has been inserted into the starting role.
Young has come up huge for the Sixers offensively since being named a starter, despite his team still coming away with losses. He's taken advantage of his opportunity and has rejuvenated the shooting guard position for the team.
Thaddeus Young has been the model of consistency for the Sixers this season. His presence has been missed.
2012-13 stats: 52.2 field-goal percentage, 14.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.6 steals, 17.8 PER, 35.5 minutes
Without Thaddeus Young, the Sixers would be one of the bottom dwellers in the NBA this season. Young has been the motor behind the Sixers' 22 wins.
The Sixers losing three of their past four games since Young's hamstring injury shows how valuable he is to the team. His expected February 26th return can't come soon enough.
Jrue Holiday's All-Star season this year is the cause for his 'A' grade at mid-season.
2012-13 stats: 45.1 field-goal percentage, 19 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.9 assists, 1.4 steals, 18.3 PER, 38.3 minutes
His resume says it all. Jrue Holiday will be playing in his very first NBA All-Star Game tomorrow for going above and beyond the call of duty for the Sixers this season. He's the only player in the NBA besides Oklahoma City Thunders' Russell Westbrook to average at least 18 points and eight assists this season.
He's been the floor general and scoring machine the Sixers have needed. Like Thaddeus Young, the Sixers wouldn't have 22 wins this season if it weren't for Jrue. His contract extension to start the season has looked better and better every day.