The Philadelphia 76ers have started off 0-3. Well, no surprise there. They showed some heart in the Heat and Hawks losses but showed none in the Pacers defeat. The performance after the quick start in the Pacers game, and the disaster that followed, was downright embarrassing. The Sixers are bad, but they shouldn't be so bad that they be up 13 on the Indiana Pacers and end up losing by double digits. A move needs to be made now to hit the reset button and start from scratch.
The Sixers have some clear problems.They might have the worst front court in the NBA right now, perhaps in Sixers history. I am not going to harp on what a bad contract Brand has right now, one of the worst ever that I can remember, because he is not the one that offered it to himself. The Sixers' front office should have known what they were getting in an older, undersized PF who has bad knees, and isn't a great defender or team player. Right now, it is like you are trying to run out the clock on his contract situation, but the time is going in slow motion.
Spencer Hawes, while showing some potential once in a while, seems to be nothing more than the backup 7-footer in the NBA that every team seems to have. Maurice Speights has regressed from his rookie year. Craig Brackins has yet to see the court. Tony Battie has been giving effort and energy and would be a great role player for a championship contender, but not here. Darius Songaila is well, Darius Songaila.
What the 76ers do have is a very young talented back court and an abundance of combo guards. Thaddeus Young has been playing better than last year. After his rookie year though, I, along with others, expected him to be a very good player. He has the talent, but there seems to be something preventing him from taking the next step. The Sixers using him as a 4 instead of a 3 doesn't help his growing experience, because he is clearly not a PF in the NBA.
Jason Kapono is the designated 3 point shooter that every NBA team likes to have but why they did not just keep Korver is beyond me. Andres Nocioni is another player in the log jam that is the guard/forward position for the Sixers. He has impressed me with his toughness, hustle, and overall play. I like him as a very good bench player, but would not at all be against including him in a trade. Jodie Meeks has yet to see any action, even though the Sixers traded for him last year and he showed some promise.
Which brings us to Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner.
All of these people are 6'4" to 6'8" combo guards, which the Sixers have been using as a 2, 3 or even 4 at times. At this point, it is clear that while Andre Iguodala might technically be their best player, he is not the type of player that will lead them anywhere further than a 7th seed. He would be a great supporting player for somebody like the Bulls or a championship contender that needs somebody to do everything, but you can't rely on him to be your scoring option. The FIBA championships showed what type of player he really is and should be used as. The only problem is his 80 million dollar contract the 76ers dished out.
After the first three games, I have completely changed my mind about Evan Turner, after voicing some concerns in an article I previously wrote about him. Seeing him cross over D-Wade and stick a jumper in his face was the wow moment that a future great player needs to have. He still isn't even close to being there, and his jumper needs to improve, but as LeBron and other pros have shown, the jumper is the easiest aspect of your game to improve. You can't improve intangibles, something Turner has and Iggy doesn't.
Turner is now clearly the future here in Philadelphia, along with Jrue Holiday at point. I am not saying Iguodala is a bad player in any way; he just isn't the type of player that can lead your team to victories. He is going to be hard to trade because of his contract, but I am sure other teams would want him without that huge price tag.
If the Sixers can find a partner or partners to help facilitate a trade that takes Iguodala out of Philly, it would help the team immensely. They could focus on having their future star backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner work together, because they seem to be clashing right now, and in fact are rarely on court at the same time. Turner usually plays with Lou Williams instead. The Sixers need a defender/rebounder big man from the trade and they could be on their way. Until then, their front line will remain horrid, and Iguodala will continue to put up inflated stats, leading the crowded position, and others won't have the chance to progress.