Predicting Which Philadelphia 76ers Players Will Not Be Back Next Season
A disappointing season means that we can already start thinking about what Philadelphia 76ers players will not be back next season.
This year's team was built on the basis of acquiring multiple new players and hoping that they would be able to play well together.
That certainly didn't work out.
Looking forward to next year's roster has a lot of importance. It's where the opportunity to grab that special player or lose the diamond in the rough takes place.
An example of this is Nikola Vucevic. Prior to the year, saying that Vucevic wouldn't be with the Sixers for the 2012-13 season didn't mean too much. He wasn't a big part of Philadalphia's system, so why would his departure mean much?
Well, Vucevic's current 12.9 points per game, 11.9 rebounds per game and 51.6 percent shooting percentage has left the Sixers management looking like fools for ever letting him go.
With that being said, let's take a look at what players won't be back next season.
You'd have to be crazy to think that Kwame Brown would be back with the Sixers next year after a relatively uneventful stint in Philly.
There was actually a little hope for some kind of unknown success that could come from playing in Philadelphia. The former No. 1 pick never really gave signs of having anything left in the tank, but maybe he'd end up surprising everyone?
After 22 Sixers games, he's only given fans and management reasons as to why he's now played for seven teams in his 12-year career.
Sounds harsh, but neither party will miss the other too much.
Royal Ivey has had a long nine-year career after being taken in the 2004 NBA draft's second round. Kudos to him for finding a way to survive in the league, but don't expect to see him playing in Philly colors next year.
It's not that Ivey is a bad player—he’s really not, and he always plays hard—it’s more that he doesn't bring many redeemable qualities to the Sixers and their bench that warrants keeping him around.
There shouldn't be any hard feelings from either party as both Ivey and the Sixers go their own ways.
Philadelphia brought in Dorell Wright hoping that he could get back to his 2010-11 ways and help the Sixers with his long-range shooting. He averaged 16.4 points per game and led the league in three-point attempts that year, so maybe he would be able to fill the role of former Sixer Jodie Meeks?
Chalk this one up to another experiment that just didn't quite work out in Philly.
Just like every other chance that the franchise took this year, Wright showed signs of promise. There were times where it felt like he might begin to get back into his groove and play good basketball.
Unfortunately for the Sixers, those times came and went with great speed, and there's just not much to show for it.
Wright's consistently positive energy and hustle while on the floor will be appreciated, but his lack of production is too big of a warning sign for the Sixers. Bringing him back wouldn't be out of the question, but it's unlikely following this season's performance.
Turns out Philly is still missing that scoring; even with Young on the roster.
Young had shown a knack to score in the past (he averaged over 16 points for the Washington Wizards the prior two seasons). But also similar to Wright, he has come up woefully short on production and consistency in his time with the Sixers, finding himself in and out of the regular rotation at a dizzying rate when he wasn't battling a couple of nagging injuries.
Plus, without much of a defensive repertoire (which probably explains his inconsistent playing time), it's pretty difficult to justify his future in town.
Scoring 10.8 points per game on 41.5 percent shooting, all while playing diet-defense, is a pretty good recipe to find yourself jobless in the NBA.
Young is about to understand that feeling.
This could be more wishful thinking than anything else, but assuming there are some smart people in the Sixers front office (not the easiest thing to just assume), then they should be looking at ways of moving Evan Turner.
The Turner experiment had its highs and lows.
Last year's playoff performance gave people a potential look into what Turner might be able to bring. His 7.5 rebounds per game showed that he had a knack for finding the ball off the rim, plus his ability to handle the rock led to instant offense when he did pull down those boards.
At times it felt like the Sixers were trying too hard, but attempting to replicate that performance just hasn't worked this year. Every once in a while you'll see a special kind of game that shows his skill set and versatility, but they are way too few and far between.
The next smart step would be to use the offseason to move him to another organization. Though disappointing, he's still only completing his third NBA season and hasn't been a complete bust after being taken with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft. People are steadily becoming less interested, but his name should be able to hold some value to certain teams over the offseason.
Trading him for a young role player, or maybe even using him to move up in the draft, would be the smart move for Philly.
But again, that all could just be wishful thinking.
There are a couple of players that have the potential to be gone but, barring anything crazy, have a good chance of coming back.
The Bynosaur will most likely get another chance to play here next season whether you like it or not—and trust me, nobody would blame you for hating it. Offering him some kind of short-term deal just makes too much sense for the Sixers as they try and save face for acquiring him in the first place.
Another player to look out for is Damien Wilkins. His contract will be up at the end of the year, but he is the definition of a player that acts as a coach and is too valuable to let go of. Expect Philadelphia to bring him back and for him to continue to educate the younger players on the ins-and-outs of the NBA.
Also, anybody thinking that Thaddeus Young's time with the team could be cut short by a potential trade this offseason certainly has an argument. The fact that he's been one of two consistently effective players this year, though, most likely means that he'll remain with the team.
Moving him would require a blockbuster-like deal, and Philadelphia is probably reluctant to make another one of those after their last one failed so miserably.