NBA Draft 2011: Andre Iguodala's 10 Potential Replacements
It seems that Andre Iguodala is on the hot seat and has fallen out of favor in Philadelphia.
Since his shooting has been so cold over the past two seasons, I'm wondering if any fans threw snowballs at him—as Philly fans have been known to do, even to the likes of jolly old Saint Nick.
Iguodala doesn't rock Santa's beard or belly, but he's sported Philadelphia's red, white, and blue uniform since 2004. Nonetheless, he's recently been mentioned in some of the hottest NBA trade rumors.
Any NBA wheeling and dealing could have to wait for maybe months down the road—after the Sixers are sold and possibly after the NBA Draft and a potential lockout.
While the Sixers desperately need a center who can dominate the paint, if Iguodala gets traded, they'll have to fill his void.
Follow along and take a look with me at 10 players who could fill Iguodala's big shoes with the 76ers. Roll tape...
10. Kyle Singler: He Could Become a Deadly NBA 3-Point Shooter
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According to ESPN, Singler's field-goal percentage at Duke never surpassed 46, but if he can shoot that percentage as a three-point specialist in the NBA, then he would top the gunner's leaderboard.
He's listed at 6'9" and has good length for a shooting guard/small forward. Defense would be the question mark for Singler. While Duke's coach, Mike Krzyzewski, teaches strong defensive principles, Singler's lack of foot speed and quickness hurts his potential to defend NBA athletes.
Philadelphia has enough athletes, so Singer could be an interesting prospect as a spot-up shooter when the time comes for the 56th pick to be made.
9. Klay Thompson: Washington State's Gunner Has NBA Blood
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A select college scorer and the son of former NBA player Mychal Thompson, Klay is listed at 6'6" and 202 pounds—Andre Iguodala's size.
Some mock drafts have Thompson going within the top-14 picks, but others have him in the second round. The former Washington State star could be available at pick No. 56, but he's a long shot there.
He's big and strong enough to step into Iguodala's shoes, but his teammates would probably have to help him on defense during the early stages of his career.
The Sixers, of course, are young and athletic enough to do it.
Iguodala is more of an athlete than Thompson, but one couldn't tell by comparing their scoring averages in college. As a junior in the Pac-10, Thompson averaged 21.6 points per game. Iguodala, also a former Pac-10 player, averaged 12 per game in his final season at Arizona.
8. Alec Burks: Colorado's Sophomore NBA Candidate Can Slash and Score
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Sophomore Alec Burks could fill the Iguodala void by providing a lot of buckets from the shooting guard position.
At 6'6" Burks set Colorado's school record for points in a season.
The former Buffalo was the Big 12 Conference's Freshman of the Year in 2009 and is one of the most prolific scorers the folks in Boulder have ever seen grace their court.
He's slated to be picked in the first round, but one never knows what will happen. The Sixers need to keep their eyes open and pursue every possible draft-day trade scenario that could help them Burks and a solid starting center.
7. Jordan Hamilton: His High School Produces NBA World Championship Talent
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Also one of the best scorers in college, the 6'8" Hamilton attended Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., where Tayshaun Prince and Tyson Chandler once played.
Last season, Hamilton led the Big 12's very talented Texas Longhorns in scoring. He scored 25 points against the then-No. 4 Pittsburgh Panthers of the vaunted Big East.
Hamilton's defense needs work, but he could follow in Prince and Chandler's footsteps on that front.
6. Chris Singleton: The Former Florida State Seminole Could Steal the Show
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The 76ers must get Singleton—one of the best players in the ACC last season—if he's available.
The 6'9" Singleton can do it all on offense and was the glue of his Florida State team.
Leonard Hamilton is known for producing solid NBA players, like Toney Douglas, who often starred with the New York Knicks last season.
Singleton could also—like Douglas—make a sudden impact on both ends of the floor.
5. Tyler Honeycutt: On Defense, He Could Become a Perimeter Scorer's Nightmare
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If Iguodala gets traded, the 76ers would lose a slasher that can play defense and shoot threes at a 32-percent clip.
But Tyler Honeycutt could prove to be an adequate replacement—he is a young, 6'8" shooting guard/small forward and led the Pac-10 in blocked shots last season at UCLA.
Through his sophomore season, Honeycutt proved capable of leading the transition offense like a point guard. Whether off his own rebounds or from outlet passes, he can also finish on the break with windmill dunks.
His thin frame needs beefing up—he might just be skinny forever—but he can ball and deserves a call.
4. Marshon Brooks: He Scored 52 Points Against Notre Dame Last Season
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Also having scored 43 points against Georgetown last February, Brooks is one of the best scorers available in this year's draft.
In fact, he's so deft at putting the ball in the hoop that Brooks was the No. 2 national scorer behind BYU's Jimmer Fredette last season.
At 6'5" Marshon led the Big East Conference in scoring (24.6) and led Providence in rebounding.
His defense needs work, but he could improve with serious work, and Brooks is a very hard worker—according to the Providence Journal, to get ready for the draft, he left prestigious Providence College just two classes short of his degree.
3. Jamie Skeen: He Led Virginia Commonwealth's NCAA Cinderella Run
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Skeen is LeBron James' size and could fill Iguodala's role as a perimeter defender with the 76ers.
The former NCAA star has three-point range, can play with his back to the basket, and can score off a slash move. He's also more of a gritty, eastern-time-zone kind of player than Iguodala.
Skeen is more than worthy of a look at pick No. 56, but he could even be available way past then.
To me, he has first round skills withouth question—maybe even top-five talent.
2. Chandler Parsons: He Could Help the 76ers Stick a Lot More 3-Point Shots
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Filling the void left by Iguodala could be the role of the taller, talented former Florida Gators forward, Chandler Parsons.
He's listed at 6'10," but he looks a tad under that if you ask me.
No worries—Larry Bird was 6'9."
According to an Orlando Sentinel blog that quotes a Minnesota Timberwolves beat writer, Parsons is leap-frogging cats and moving into first-round territory. If he's available at pick No. 56, it would be a minor miracle.
As a collegiate junior last season, Parsons was the SEC Player of the Year.
Known for his deep-shooting clinics, he could provide size and touch for the 76ers at small forward.
1. David Lighty: He Played Alongside Evan Turner During Their Ohio State Days
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A former teammate of the Sixers' 2010 first-round draft pick, Lighty is listed at 6'7" and could provide for stronger chemistry with Evan Turner than Iguodala.
Lighty and Turner know how to make their games compliment each other. At Ohio State, they scored very quickly in the open floor. Like this:
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