Philadelphia 76ers: Can They Make Any Noise in the Playoffs With Current Roster?
Five games remain on the Philadelphia 76ers schedule.
Five games until the Sixers have a chance to show the NBA that they are for real.
Whether it is against the Miami Heat or Boston Celtics, the Sixers know they have a chance to win.
After overachieving the entire season, it is time for the Sixers to continue to do so with their first national TV exposure.
If the Sixers do make a suburb six or seven game run in the playoffs and upset one of these teams, it will definitely be a shock to many.
If they do, it will be because of these five reasons.
If the Sixers are going to knock off a team in the first round, Jrue Holiday is going to have to play his best basketball.
The good thing for Philly is that he already is playing some pretty good ball.
Holiday has recently been showing his ability to score the basketball. In games against Sacramento and Houston, he put up 28 and 24 points respectively.
In the last five games, Holiday is averaging 16.3 points and almost eight assists per game.
Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams lead one of the best benches in the NBA.
As a group, the Sixers bench has been one of the top scoring benches in the league.
They average about 47 points per game.
Young and Williams combine to put up over 25 of those points. They also average more minutes than current starters Spencer Hawes and Jodie Meeks.
Marreese Speights, and lately Andres Nocioni, have been making key contributions as reserves as well.
It is about time.
It finally seems that the Sixers found a coach that will last longer than a year. Ever since Larry Brown departed, they have been looking for a long term replacement.
Doug Collins has been instrumental in leading the 76ers back to the playoffs.
The players like playing for him and for his system.
The Sixers are playing their best defense in years. They give up on average 97 points per game, which is four points less than last year.
Thanks to Doug Collins, these Sixers can compete in a playoff series.
Elton Brand & Andre Iguodala
Last year, the duo of Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala did not seem worthy of contracts that totaled $160 million.
Now 2011 is a different story.
Brand is finally healthy and producing and Iguodala is playing perhaps the best basketball of his career.
Iguodala has been more of a distributor this year, averaging a career high in assists per game.
The combination is averaging 29 points 13.3 rebounds and almost eight assists per night.
For this Sixers team to be battling for a fifth seed in the playoffs is nothing short of unbelievable.
This team was supposed to finish in the cellar of the Eastern Conference once again.
They are pretty much the same team that won only 27 games last year.
Any fan of basketball has to appreciate what the Sixers are accomplishing this season.
They may not have the best players, but they know how to play team basketball and play with one another.