Often times in sports you can look at previous Champions and find that they all possess similarities in their formula.
In football, Super Bowl Champions are all teams with strong running games. However, in the history of basketball, NBA Champions have all been teams capable of getting points in the paint.
Granted, Stoudemire booking a trip to Philadelphia wouldn’t be nearly as talked about as him arriving in a place like Denver or San Antonio, but what else would the Sixers need?
Well, what does every elite team have?
A big man that can defend the rim? Check. A solid rotation? Check. Guards that can score? Check. A big man that can score in the paint? Not so much.
The Sixers are actually a pretty complete team on paper, but certain elements are more essential to winning games than others and one of the biggest problem with the Sixers this season has been their inability to get easy points.
Right now the Sixers are tied with three other teams for most blown double-digit leads, nine apiece.
We’ve seen it time and again from this team. They’ll come out white hot, shoot around 60 percent from the floor for a quarter or even an entire half and then vanish for the rest of the game. Their jump shots won’t fall from any end of the floor and there’s nobody on the team capable of consistently getting them points in the paint.
Imagine how different those nine games may have been had Stoudemire been wearing a Sixer uni.