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2011 NBA Playoffs: End of Season and Playoff Grades for the Philadelphia 76ers

Eric CaspersonCorrespondent IIOctober 19, 2016

2011 NBA Playoffs: End of Season and Playoff Grades for the Philadelphia 76ers

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27:  Elton Brand #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers walks off the floor after fouling out during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011 in
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    Sixers fans have now had a day to recover after another heartbreaking loss by the Philadelphia 76ers finally put a fork in their dream season.

    After a 27-win season a year ago, the Sixers ended up being one of the most surprising teams this season. Their 14-plus wins from last season is one of the best turnarounds in the entire NBA.

    Elton Brand finally played a full and healthy season and finally lived up to his contract (somewhat). Andre Iguodala also had his best season as a pro.

    Questions still remained heading into their postseason matchup with the Miami Heat, but a lot were quickly answered. The young team quickly grew up right before our eyes in five grueling games against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

    After seeing the progression and development of the young Sixers, here are regular season and postseason grades for each of the Sixers in the everyday rotation.

Doug Collins

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 21:  Head coach Doug Collins of the Philadelphia 76ers during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Miami Heat during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 21, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylv
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    Before I begin with the players, I want to congratulate coach Doug Collins for one of the best coaching jobs in recent memory.

    These Sixers came into this season looking to maybe get to 30 wins this year. They ended up with 41 and a No. 7 seed in the playoffs. They slipped from the sixth seed down the stretch when the Knicks got hot.

    Doug Collins has shown he is a true players' coach. He knows how to get the best out of every player and is a great fit for this young group of kids.

    Regular Season: A-

    Postseason: A+

C Tony Battie

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 21: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat is fouled by Tony Battie #4 of the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half of game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Center on April 21, 2011 in Philadelphia, Penns
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    Tony Battie provided the veteran presence that this young group needed. He is not the best player in the world, considering his age, but he did his job.

    He did the best that he could with his sporadic playing time. He mostly came in when the frontcourt got in foul trouble.

    Regular Season: C-

    Postseason: C

C Marreese Speights

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    CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 21: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls is fouled while shooting by Marreese Speights #16 of the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center on December 21, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the 76ers 121-76. NOTE TO USER:
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    After improving from his rookie season last year, Marreese Speights was expected to take another leap forward in 2011.

    He did not. If anything, he took a step back. Doug Collins did not play him as much as he had grown accustomed to and averaged three points less than a season ago.

    Speights is more of a defensive-minded player that comes off the bench. The problem is that he does not strike any fear into anyone that comes through the lane.

    Regular Season: D

    Postseason: C-

C Spencer Hawes

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 28: Spencer Hawes #00 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks the ball against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 28, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or usin
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    When the Sixers traded for Spencer Hawes in the offseason, he was expected to bring some stability to the Sixers' frontcourt.

    Although Hawes did not play a lot of minutes each night, he did the job that the team wanted him to do.

    Hawes has a bigger body and was a better post-defender than Samuel Dalembert was. Hawes also had a better, more well-rounded offensive game.

    Regular Season: B

    Postseason: C+

G Evan Turner

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24: Evan Turner #12 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks in front of Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat during the second half of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center on April 24
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    Evan Turner is probably the Sixer that "grew up" most in the playoffs.

    After a very disappointing regular season, Turner exploded in Games 2 and 4 for Philly. He showed his potential and why he was selected with the No. 2 pick last summer.

    Before the playoffs, fans were very skeptical about Turner. Now, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief.

    Regular Season: C+

    Postseason: A-

G Jodie Meeks

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 16: Guard Jodie Meeks #20 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives against Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Arena in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 16, 2011 in Miami, F
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    When the season first started, Jodie Meeks did not have a clearly defined role on the club.

    After the first month where he averaged only 17 minutes per game, Meeks was then thrust into the starting lineup and ended up averaging 28 minutes per game.

    His role as a starter was to play good defense and to become a more consistent outside shooter. He improved both throughout the course of the season.

    Regular Season: B

    Postseason: C

F Thaddeus Young

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27: Thaddeus Young #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers shoots over James Jones #22 and Joel Anthony #50 of the Miami Heat during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 27,
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    Thaddeus Young had some pretty bad games this season, but that never stopped the kid from always trying and putting forth his best effort.

    His hustle and determination practically got him the 12 points he averaged over the regular season.

    Young paced the Sixers in the first two games of the playoffs, dropping 20 and 18 points respectively.

    He, along with Lou Williams, should be up for the Sixth Man Award.

    Regular Season: B+

    Postseason: B+

G Lou Williams

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 21: Lou Williams #23 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts after scoring against the Miami Heat during the first half of game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Wells Fargo Center on April 21, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsy
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    Two things that are certain with 76er basketball: 1) The team never quits and 2) Lou Williams always comes off the bench and scores in bunches.

    Williams has found his niche on this team. He seems to play better off the bench and comes in with a scorer's mentality.

    Williams also deserves some "LUV" for getting the Sixers their first playoff win since April, 2009.

    Regular Season: B+

    Postseason: A

F Elton Brand

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27:  Elton Brand #42 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the rim past Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011 in Miam
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    Elton Brand finally had a season that Sixers fans were actually excited about. It did help that he stayed healthy for the entire year.

    Brand led the team in scoring and rebounding by averaging 15 points and 8.3 boards per game.

    Brand's veteran leadership paced Philly in their heated battle with Miami during the playoffs.

    Regular Season: B

    Postseason: B+

G Jrue Holiday

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 21: Jrue Holiday #11 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the basket while being guarded by Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center o
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    After watching him this season, I am now confident that Jrue Holiday will become a star.

    He was probably the Sixers' most improved player from last season.

    Holiday averaged six more points and almost three more assists than his rookie campaign in 2010.

    He showed the ability to score against one of the best defenses in the postseason. He scored 19 and 20 in Games 1 and 3 for Philly.

    Regular Season: A

    Postseason: A-

F Andre Iguodala

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27:  Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers drives to the rim past Mario Chalmers #15 of the Miami Heat  during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011
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    Andre Iguodala was coming off a summer where the media was attacking him with a lot of criticism, and rumors were swirling that the Sixers wanted to dump his big contract.

    After that long summer, Iggy put up his best season as a Sixer. He did not put up big scoring numbers, but he did all the little things that made the Sixers a 41-win team. He was more of a playmaker this season, averaging 6.3 assists per game.

    Iguodala had a poor postseason scoring-wise, but he made up for it by doing all the little things.

    He is the unquestioned leader of this team.

    Regular Season: B+

    Postseason: B 

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