Can Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday Continue to Share Duties as 76ers Playmaker?

Eric CaspersonCorrespondent IIAugust 23, 2011

Amidst all the trade rumors throughout the past few seasons, Andre Iguodala is still a Philadelphia 76er. And until the NBA lockout is lifted, that will not change.

Iguodala had arguable his best NBA season this past year for the Sixers. He may not have scored his career-high, but he did all the little things to help get the Sixers into the playoffs as a No. 7 seed. Iggy's 14.1 points per game was his lowest average since his rookie season in 2004. On the other hand, he averaged a career-high 6.3 assists per game.

When the Sixers saw Iguodala play his first few seasons in the NBA, they pictured him evolving into a superstar. That has yet to happen and it looks like it will never happen, at least as long as he is on the Sixers.

The whole point in trading Iguodala was because he has not progressed how the organization has wanted him to. The Sixers gave him an $80 million contract to take the next step, and he has yet to do so. If the team cannot get a deal done this offseason, the Sixers organization might have to bite their tongue and ride out the rest of his contract.

Is that a bad thing though? Not necessarily.

The Sixers continue to make strides, as a team, in the Eastern Conference. In his first year coaching, Doug Collins did a tremendous job turning an average team filled with young talent into a contender that could beat the best teams in the East on any given night. Elton Brand finally stayed healthy and Jrue Holiday is a budding superstar.

Speaking of Holiday, the other Sixers playmaker, can he and Iguodala be on the court at the same time and contribute 100 percent of their ability? I think last season was a perfect example that they can. However, will they take the next step and advance further into the playoffs going at this rate? No.

Iguodala will never be the star that we all though he could be. Holiday on the other hand, still has that chance to become one of the best point guards in the league.

The way the Sixers advance further into the playoffs is simple. Find a scorer. That was the reason that Evan Turner was drafted second overall. Iguodala will never be the scorer that the Sixers expected. He is a playmaker and so is Jrue Holiday. That shooting guard position is what will make or break the Sixers season for years to come.

The Sixers have the opportunity to take the next step with both Iguodala and Holiday distributing the basketball. The only question is who will it be to?