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News » Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-10-24


Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-10-24


Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-10-24
ANALYZING STARTERS:

G Andre Miller makes the Sixers go. He is coming off one of the best seasons in his nine-year career -- one in which he averaged career-highs in scoring (17.0) and field goal percentage (.492). He has a knack of finding his teammates for easy baskets, as well as scoring when the Sixers need him to.

G Andre Iguodala, armed with a new six-year, $80 million contract, is moving over from small forward to shooting guard. Passing, finishing on the break and defending shouldn't be much of a change for him. The question is: Can Iguodala knock down enough jumpers to keep opposing defenders from ganging up on Elton Brand?

F Thaddeus Young played well last year as a rookie, despite being out of position at power forward. He'll start at small forward in 2008-09, where his size (6-8, 220), athleticism and versatility can be better utilized.

F Elton Brand is the key for the Sixers. With career averages of 20.3 points and 10.2 rebounds, Brand merits enough defensive attention to create open shots for his teammates. He should also be a significant factor on defense with his rebounding and shot blocking.

C Samuel Dalembert should benefit the most from Brand's presence. With all of the double teams Brand is likely to see, Dalembert could get a lot of easy buckets on dives to the rim. At the defensive end, Brand's shot-blocking and rebounding abilities will allow Dalembert more freedom to leave the basket area.

ANALYZING KEY RESERVES:

G Lou Williams is likely to have the most impact in the fourth quarter, when he is often paired with Miller. His biggest strength is his quickness, which allows him to get into the lane.

G Willie Green was the primary starter at shooting guard for the previous two seasons. He'll come off the bench due to the emergence of Young, who is five inches taller (6-8 to 6-3).

C Theo Ratliff is the primary backup for Dalembert. While he's not as athletic as he was in being picked to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as a Sixer in 2001, he can still block shots and be a factor in the paint.

F Reggie Evans brings energy and a blue-collar work ethic that made him a fan favorite last season. While his role will be reduced with the addition of Brand, he'll still be double teaming all over the floor and diving for loose balls.

F Kareem Rush might be the best outside shooter on the team. The more jumpers he makes, the more he's likely to play.

MEDICAL WATCH:

F/C Jason Smith (torn left ACL) is out for the season. He underwent surgery Sept. 17 and has begun the long rehabilitation process, though he's still on crutches.

C Samuel Dalembert (sprained and bruised right knee) was expected to be ready for the season opener.


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 24, 2008

 

 
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