Are The Sixers Facing a Case Of Identity Crisis?

Shady BotrosAnalyst IJune 5, 2009

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As you probably know, Eddie Jordan has been hired as the new 76ers head coach, and with Eddie Jordan comes the complex Princeton offense.

As you can recall last year, the 76ers played a fast break run n' gun offense under Mo Cheeks and Tony DiLeo. The Sixers do not have the perfect personnel for this offense, which was used by Pete Carril who coached at Princeton. Having a dominant post player is necessary for this offense, and I mean a dominant center.

That is not Samuel Dalembert. Dalembert is a horrible offensive center. He lacks a particular go-to move in the post; his offensive game is an occasional alley oop and a put back every now and then.

Many people questioned Brendan Haywood and whether he would fit in this offense. Haywood played good, not great, in the offense, but players like Caran Butler and Antwan Jamison went from great players to All Stars, and Gilbert Arenas became the premier scoring point guard in the NBA.

I would be very upset if Andre Miller was to walk away and sign with another team. Eddie Jordan admitted that Andre Miller can’t be replaced by a rookie, which means that Lou Williams would take over the starting job at point guard.

Williams is more of a shooting guard, and while a nice boost off the bench is nothing special. Williams is very flawed when playing the point guard. He is just as likely to make a nice pass as he is to turn it over; I worry every time he is running the point.

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The Sixers will inevitably draft a point guard in the draft, although I would prefer it if they package Lou Williams, Willie Green, and pick 17 to get into the lottery and pick Brandon Jennings or Jonny Flynn.

If they stay put at 17, which I would not have a huge problem with, they would look at Eric Maynor who is a great point guard and probably the best option at 17. Another option would be Ty Lawson, who has fallen down the board and was invited to work out. The Sixers need Andre Miller, who infuriates me while playing defense. He's a great point guard for this system.

Back to the Princeton offense, which will give this team a lot of shots. The Sixers were dead last in three point shooting in the league, which is unacceptable. This new offense relies on all five players making shots, which would spread the floor.

Honestly, do you believe the Sixers can do that? Andre Miller is a great point guard, but his weakness is his outside shooting. He shoots 28.3 percent from three point land.

Andre Iguadala has improved his scoring average but still is an average three point shooter, shooting only 30 percent. Lou Williams shoots at 28.6 percent and Willie Green, who is one of the worst players in the NBA, shot 31 percent this past season.

Can Elton Brand be the dominant post player and return to his 20-10 form? It would certainly help the Sixers in the Princeton offense.

Also a perimeter player would be great for this offense, and the only way they can get a perimeter player is by trade. Furthermore, the only way you can bring in a perimeter player is by throwing in Andre Iguaudala in a trade, maybe trading him for Michael Redd, who becomes a free agent in 2010.

I am not saying that this offense will be a disaster like I was when I wrote my article on the hiring of Eddie Jordan, but do the Sixers have the personnel to run this offense?