Ed, The time is now. This is the franchise's most critical moment in history. This is a basketball team with tremendous upside; a window of seven years, with good young players all between the ages of 25 and 20. What does it really mean?
It will not mean anything unless Ed Stefanski, Sixers President and General Manager, contacts P. Douglas Donofrio, PHD in Professional Team Sports Theory and High Performance Team Dynamics.
According to Donofrio, the Sixers are missing three major pieces to a puzzle board called an NBA roster. One, they desperately need a level one superstar; until that happens they will tread mediocrity with win totals only elevating somewhere between 42-48 and advance only a round or two in the NBA's Eastern Conference.
With Lebron James, Dwight Howard, Paul Pierce, and now Derrick Rose all manning the East, the Sixers have to match them talent for talent, and I do not see this happening any time soon.
Secondly, the Sixers have no true identifiable leader or leaders who can carry them through difficult periods or times of adversity on or off the court...Iguodala, although a nice complementary player in his own right, does not have the ability to lead or challenge others. Andre Miller, a nice player, has a short life-span and most likely will seek greener pastures. No other core player, including Elton Brand, has the demeanor or the personality traits to elevate team members.
Third, basketball, as we know it in the NBA, has changed. Yes, there are still times that a post presence is needed, but quite frankly, the NBA is a shooters league now. With teams now extending the three point line and relying more heavily on floor spacing and perimeter shooting-teams that have four or five shooters are the teams that are winning world championships.
What does it all mean? It means finding the elite, level one player who can take over a game at any time; Lebron, Kobe, Howard, Duncan, Parker, Pierce etc...finding a guy or several players who have the ability to elevate their teammates and hold the accountability fist to measure each other's performance. Lastly, understanding the game has changed and adapting to this change with basketball players that are highly skilled who can shoot the perimeter shot.
There are only five players on the floor at any one time; a dominant elite level one player can signifigantly impact the game. Ask Cleveland and the Lakers and see what kind of answer they will give you.
Until just now Stefanski was leaning on his own intuitions; now I think he is ready to seek the counsel of one P. Douglas Donofrio.
Ed, it is your move.