There were some bright spots despite the poor year
One of the only ways to break down the 76ers" target="_blank">Philadelphia 76ers' disappointing 34-48 record is to individually look at each player and grade their performance throughout the 2012-13 season.
If it feels like you just barely got your stomach back, then you're not alone. Philly's season was the definition of a roller coaster. Everything from a solid start to a huge losing streak to a potential playoff race had fans feeling happy, sad and exhausted. It just never felt like there was a break.
That roller coaster is put on the shoulders of each Sixer, so let's take a look at the 2012-13 regular-season grades for each player on the team.
Allen has to be one of Philadelphia's biggest disappointments this year
Lavoy Allen averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game in last year's postseason.
He did that as a rookie.
The natural thought process would be to think that he's only going to get better in his second year, but he's showing that's far from the case.
In fact, he's ended up going backwards in his development.
Allen's 5.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in 21.1 minutes per game in his second season are a giant warning sign to Philadelphia fans and management. On top of that, Allen was asked what he's learned in his sophomore year by DelcoTimes.com and he left us with this treat of an answer:
What have I learned? I mean, what have I learned? That’s a good question. Uhh, nothing really. I didn’t have to do any rookie duties this year, so that’s good, I guess.
His response perfectly sums up his year.
2012-13 Grade: D-
Brown continued his career in the same way that he started it
In 12 seasons, Kwame Brown's career numbers look a little something like this: 6.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game on 49.2 percent shooting. Not bad for an NBA journeyman, but absolutely terrible for a former No. 1 pick.
Well folks, it only got worse for Brown this year, as he put up 1.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.5 blocks per game on 45.9 percent shooting. The worst part about all of it is that he only played in 22 of Philadelphia's games.
Philly tried to get the most out of the big man. Former head coach Doug Collins even went as far as starting him and hoping that more minutes might lead to more production, but it just never happened.
Brown couldn't find a way to fit into the Sixers' scheme and injuries prevented it from ever happening.
2012-13 Grade: F
Hard to put Bynum's performance into words
Andrew Bynum needs to be questioned by authorities for his involvement in stealing money from the Philadelphia 76ers, as he didn't play in one game, yet made about $16.9 million this year.
Acquiring Bynum over the offseason was meant to be a franchise-changing play. A move that would turn the Sixers from a middle-of-the-pack team into one that could contend in the Eastern Conference. Instead, landing Bynum turned into a recurring nightmare and has to go down as one of the worst trades in Philadelphia's history.
There's no telling if the Sixers feel the need to offer him a contract that he can't refuse or if he'll take his knee-less talents elsewhere.
All we know is that he didn't do anything but consistently rip hope away from Philly and it's fans this season.
2012-13 Grade: Z (Yes, he moved way past "F" on this one.)
Hawes played up-and-down basketball all year
That's not supposed to be a knock on his game, although it will sound like one regardless of how it's read. Hawes just understands what he is and isn't capable of doing when he steps onto the floor, and he uses it to his advantage.
Philadelphia lacked an inside presence on both ends of the floor, but Hawes did his part in taking on the load. His 7.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game showed that he was able to find a way to the basketball, even if he lacked a bit of strength while getting there.
His future in Philly is in question, but a strong second half of the year proved that he can be considered as a valuable role player in this league.
2012-13 Grade: B
Holiday had a fantastic season
Nobody wants to speak too soon, but it looks like the Sixers have a potential superstar at point guard in Jrue Holiday.
17.7 points, 8.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game certainly sound like great numbers, but maybe not superstar numbers quite yet. Maybe eclipsing the 20-point mark and getting the assist total around 9.0 would do it.
Honestly, if you are one of those people that agree with the last sentence, then you shouldn't be too concerned because Holiday put those numbers up at 22 years old.
No, that was not a typo.
It is easy to forget how young Holiday really is because of how much experience he has. Very few 22-year-olds have played 298 games in four NBA seasons.
Luckily for Philadelphia, this guy has.
Despite hitting a bit of a wall at the end of the year, Holiday was always the bright spot on Philly's roster. There would be games where the team got handled, but you could tell that he was still trying to put them on his back and carry them. He displayed levels of leadership that are rarely seen in players as young as him.
If the Sixers are able to put more productive players around him and pair him with a coach that can continue to develop him, then we might be in store for a special kind of career out of Holiday.
2012-13 Grade: A
Justin Holiday always played hard
I want to give Justin a look. We think he has a chance to be a really good defensive player. We played him some at the point guard position defensively tonight and we played him some at the two. He reminds me a little bit of Michael Cooper out there with his speed and his quickness. I really wanted to give him a chance.
Getting a Michael Cooper comparison might be a little bit of a stretch seeing as how he's only nine games into his career, but a quote like that does say something.
Holiday got the chance to play and made the most of it.
That's more than what a lot of players can say.
2012-13 Grade: C
Philly could have used more out of Ivey
Royal Ivey was kind of like a coin this year.
On one end you have a guy that always plays hard and can be counted on to play tough defense. He doesn't always make it look pretty, but he generally gets the job done.
On the other end of the coin, Ivey lacks the same kind of offensive game and looks as if he's forcing too much. His 42.0 percent three-point field-goal percentage is a positive, but he didn't shoot enough of them to really make too big of an impact. Not to mention, he only shot 43.1 percent from the field, so his shooting wasn't always there.
Looking back at the whole year, it felt like Ivey was there to fill a roster spot more than to be a productive player.
2012-13 Grade: D+
Jenkins didn't seem to always know where he was supposed to be on the floor
Charles Jenkins has left quite a bit to be desired on the basketball court.
It took the Sixers seven games to finally play him after acquiring him at the trade deadline. Jenkins actually had a great first game with the squad, scoring seven points to go along with five assists and two steals.
What happened next is probably why you need longer than one game's evaluation to know what kind of player you have.
Jenkins ended up scoring 23 points and 11 assists in the next 11 games he played in. It looked like he might be able to be a valuable contributor off the bench, but he could never find his rhythm.
2012-13 Grade: D (He only turned the ball over twice, so he gets a little bump in his grade.)
Moultrie could turn into a key Sixer down the road
The Sixers got lucky with Arnett Moultrie. It appears as though playing him at the end of the year has given the team the chance to see how good he could end up being. Philadelphia has previously made the mistake of undervaluing a player, only to lose him to another team and see that player thrive. We're of course talking about Nikola Vucevic.
Philly has a chance to get this one right.
Moultrie plays basketball with a strange sense of patience. He lets the game come to him and it's rare to see him try and force anything. He closed the last six games of the season averaging 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game.
He'll have to prove that he can put up those kinds of numbers now that people know what he's capable of, but continued development should help to keep him on track.
2012-13 Grade: B
Richardson's season was cut short due to a knee injury
Richardson was another guy that had some good that came with the bad.
It looked like age had finally caught up to him, as he didn't have much success on the defensive end of the floor. Maybe he was saving his legs for offense, but that wasn't much better, as he only shot 40.2 percent from the field.
On the other hand, having Richardson on the court provided veteran leadership and a sense of calm that was needed. He might not have been overly productive, but his knowledge had to help in some ways.
It would have been nice to see him play the whole year, but he still played good basketball when he was able to see the court.
2012-13 Grade: C+
There were certainly flashes of success, however, Turner left a lot to be desired
The former No. 2 pick started every game this year and couldn't have been much more frustrating to watch.
There would be times when Evan Turner looked like somebody that got taken at the top of the draft. His shot would come together, he'd rebound well and his decisions with the ball seemed to be correct. There's also the advantage of him being such a good ball-handler, giving the Sixers the option to put him in at the point every once in awhile.
Unfortunately, there were times where his play would be worse than poor.
Playing like a rookie in your third season doesn't fly too well with Philadelphia's fans or management. I myself was able to catch a game of his in person out here in Utah, and he couldn't have seemed less interested or lackadaisical. He's getting paid millions of dollars to play a game that people love, and there is really no excuse for giving up on the court.
Does he have a future in Philadelphia? The answer is up for debate. However, his play this season has done a great job of putting the same amount of people on both sides of the debate, and that is a bit concerning.
2012-13 Grade: B-
The veteran played pretty well all year
The phrase "player-coach" is the ideal term to use when describing Damien Wilkins.
Wilkins was patient for the majority of the year. Who knows if he knew it, but Philly would eventually call his name and he began to see a ton of playing time when March and April rolled around. Wilkins averaged close to 12.0 points in almost 30 minutes of playing time per game in those two months.
One of the best things about Wilkins is that you're not going to see much fluff when you watch him play. He doesn't bring along any childish antics or things that make you scratch your head. He just plays basketball, and it looks like he loves doing it.
2012-13 Grade: B
Wright was a pleasant surprise
Dorell Wright started the year as a bench player that saw fairly limited minutes, but ended it as a bench player that consistently saw the court.
There were times when he'd play out of control and get a little crazy with the basketball. Dribbling into his shot isn't his specialty, but you wouldn't really know if you watched him play. He would have been better off settling for spot-up jumpers.
Still though, Wright never took a play off.
What he gave up in lack of control, he made up for with his effort, and it wasn't hard to notice. Wright's been known as a three-point shooter his whole career, yet his determination hasn't been acknowledged in the same way.
That began to change this season.
2012-13 Grade: B
Young couldn't quite fill the sixth man role
Philadelphia tried slowly working him into the system, but must have noticed that he needed to get fully thrown in before they'd see any real results. Young started getting some starts and more time off the bench around the midway point of the year and showed signs of being able to score the ball, but he could never do it with any kind of efficiency.
His recipe for success was to shoot the ball, and the second it left his hands, he had his mind set on his next shot. That kind of mentality is important for a shooter.
The ball needs to eventually go in, though. Young struggled with that aspect of it.
2012-13 Grade: C-
Young was the definition of consistency
It's fitting that Thaddeus Young's name starts with a "Y" because it means that we get the opportunity to save the best for last.
That's right, the best.
Young was never the Sixers' most skilled player. He didn't have the best jumper and couldn't handle the ball exceptionally well. What he was, though, was the hardest worker and most productive player on the team.
You could watch an entire Philadelphia game and never see one play called for him, yet he'd end up with 19 points. Very few players have the ability to produce when a set isn't called with their name in mind.
On the defensive side of the floor, he was asked to defend power forwards. Most 6' 8", 235-pound players would have laughed at that request. Instead, Young made playing great defense on players significantly bigger than him a priority, and he did his job well.
I personally was never too big of a fan of Young and felt like he should get moved at the deadline, but he completely changed my perception of him over the course of the season.
He should be in Philly, and hopefully it stays that way.
2012-13 Grade: A+