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Spotlighting and Breaking Down Philadelphia 76ers' Power Forward Position
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Moultrie has a chance to prove that he has what it takes.

The 76ers" target="_blank">Philadelphia 76ers aren't the most talented team in the NBA, but they do happen to have some depth. It sounds crazy, but the Sixers have some pretty good power forwards on their hands.

None of Philadelphia's power forwards are proven players. They are all very young and quite inexperienced. Their biggest strengths are their youth and potential.

Two things the Sixers could use down the line.

Let's look at every power forward on Philadelphia's roster and predict how well they'll do during the 2013-14 season.

 

Lavoy Allen

Allen had his breakout moment during the 2012 postseason as he put up 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds while playing nearly 20 minutes a game. You expected some kind of improvement as he headed into his second year, but he did nothing to show that he got better since the playoffs.

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Philadelphia needs this Allen back.

In fact, he regressed.

Something similar will take place during the 2013-14 season if we go by recent history—but doing so would be unfair to Allen. Instead, we need to try and look at his potential from as neutral of a perspective as we can.

Allen's biggest weakness is his lack of feeling. It just doesn't look like he cares about what happens too much. He'll go on stretches of missed basket after missed basket, and you wouldn't know he was struggling based on the look of his face. You don't want negative performances to affect a player too much, but you still want to know they care.

He might lack any kind of on-court personality, but he is a productive player when he's playing well. Look at his numbers from his great postseason and you'll see extremely efficient performances. His biggest problem is finding a way to string those kind of showings together.

Allen will have a similar role during the 2013-14 season. Expect him to play both the power forward and center spots depending on what the Sixers need out of him. If he can find a way to focus on one game at a time, then there's a chance of him surprising people in a positive way.

He has done it before.

Stats: 6.1 Points, 4.5 Rebounds and 21.3 Minutes.

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Can Kazemi survive as a small forward?

 

Arsalan Kazemi

Kazemi played power forward during college, but there is a good chance of him switching to small forward in Philly.

There aren't many 6'8" players that are capable of guarding guys two or three inches taller than them. Such a small number of inches doesn't sound like much, but it starts to add up when you consider the other guys are probably carrying 20 to 30 pounds more. Kazemi can have all of the heart in the world, but he will get thrown around in the paint if he tries playing power forward.

Philadelphia wasn't blind to this fact, and they decided to throw him in at small forward during the Orlando Pro Summer League. The result was a noticeable improvement in all areas of his game.

His regular season success will ride on whether or not he has the quickness and ball-handling ability to keep up with other small forwards. Being able to hold his own against power forwards for small stretches of time will also be crucial. His minutes will vary depending on it.

Stats: 2.6 Points, 3.5 Rebounds and 12.5 Minutes.

 

Arnett Moultrie

Moultrie should be the best power forward on Philadelphia's roster this year. "Should" is the key word, though.

We've all seen the guy with a bright future find a way to not live up to people's expectations. It's Moultrie's turn to not make that happen.

I actually attended this game. This is his potential.

Moultrie's talent is undeniable. He has the rare ability to fly under the radar when it comes to the stat sheet. He goes out and puts in great work, but people are left wondering when he ended up with the numbers he did. Moultrie is great in the post, can hit the 15-foot jumper and has a nose for the ball off the glass.

The biggest gap in his game lies with his defense.

Getting the opportunity to start only comes around once for some people. They get the chance—then never see it again.

Expect Moultrie to take advantage of it.

Stats: 12.3 Points, 6.4 Rebounds and 28.9 Minutes.

 

Nerlens Noel

Noel has the potential to be Philadelphia's future. Literally, one of the Sixers's top players as the years go on.

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Noel just might be the future.

It's all riding on the health of his left ACL.

I've gone on record of saying that I think Noel will return around the All-Star break instead of Christmas like reports have stated. Getting the extra rest doesn't just make sense as far as the 2013-14 season goes, it makes sense as far as the rest of Noel's career goes.

He might only play in about 30 games this year, but his most important statistic will end up being the health of his knee. His play means nothing compared to getting back to full strength.

We'll find out if he returns at the right time. If he does, then Sixers fans are in store for some fantastic highlights on the defensive end of the floor. They might even get an alley-oop or two as well.

Stats: 5.7 Points, 4.8 Rebounds, 1.9 Blocks and 18.4 Minutes.

 

Royce White

Will White be able to handle his anxiety disorder?

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An anxiety disorder has White's career in question.

If the answer is yes, then Philadelphia will have gotten a steal in trading for him. White has the ability to handle the ball like a guard, hit mid-range jumpers with consistency and defend three positions. Combine all of that with his physical tools and the Sixers have a unique player on their hands.

Not being able to get over his disorder will be an opportunity lost. An opportunity lost for the Sixers, but, more importantly, an opportunity lost for White.

His talent-level is exceptional. Unfortunately, his anxiety is much more severe than most people can fathom. White refusing to play last season probably means there is a smaller chance of him making the jump and committing to this year.

Only time will tell, though.

Stats: 7.2 Points, 4.3 Rebounds, 2.1 Assists and 23.7 Minutes.

Or he doesn't play.

 

What Sixers power forward has the most promising future?

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Thaddeus Young

Young played power forward for the entire 2012-13 season and he did a great job. He did everything from defending larger players to contributing on offense, without ever being the focus of any plays.

His play was based on heart. It was all pretty admirable to watch.

He might have done well last year, but don't expect him to be playing too much power forward this year. Sure, he's proven he can do more than hold his own out there, but it's time for him to go back to his original position.

Young is a small forward and it'll be exciting to see how he does after coming off a year as a power forward.

Stats: 15.3 Points, 6.7 Rebounds, 3.4 Assists and 31.9 Minutes.

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