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News » Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-05-09

Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-05-09

Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-05-09
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Andre Miller by a wide margin. Although Andre Iguodala averaged a team-high 19.9 points, Miller averaged a career-high 17.0 points and shot a career-best 49.2 percent from the field. He had a knack for picking up the offensive slack at key times, especially when others were struggling, and continued to find open teammates for easy baskets.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: After a pretty good regular season, Andre Iguodala learned in the playoffs that he has a lot of work to do if he wants to be an elite player. He averaged just 13.2 points, shot 33.3 percent from the field and led the NBA in turnovers with 4.3 in six games against the Pistons. Tayshaun Prince forced Iguodala to become a jump shooter, which is not his strong suit, especially when the shots are contested by a long 6-9 player like Prince.

FREE AGENT FOCUS: G Kevin Ollie, F Shavlik Randolph and F Louis Amundson are unrestricted free agents not likely to be back. C Calvin Booth could be unrestricted if he declines a $1.14 million player option, but probably won't do that. F/G Andre Iguodala and G Lou Williams are restricted free agents who played essential roles in 2007-08. Iguodala already turned down a five-year, $57 million extension, which president/GM Ed Stefanski does not have to offer him. It'll be interesting to see how much money Williams, who earned the third-year minimum of $800,000, is seeking. Rookie F/C Herbert Hill, who missed the season because of two knee surgeries, is restricted, thanks to a partial guarantee for next season.


--G Andre Miller's contract will pay him $10 million next season, which is the final year of the deal. When asked if he'd be interested in talking about an extension this summer, he didn't seem overwhelmed with the idea.

"I don't know," Miller said. "It's hard to tell right now. I'll just sit back, watch the playoffs and see what happens from there."

--F Thaddeus Young admitted to being worn out after an 88-game rookie season (regular season and playoffs) following one 31-game collegiate season at Georgia Tech. He emerged in the second half of the season, then averaged 10.2 points (fourth on the team) in starting all six playoff games out of position at power forward. While he hopes his future is at power forward, he's not planning to take any chances this summer.

"I'm trying to get a little bit bigger because those guys are big," Young said. "They're a little bit too big. Sometimes I'm like, 'Look, you don't need to be playing basketball, you need to get another job playing football or something.' Those guys live and eat basketball. I just have to come back stronger next year."

--G Lou Williams said he wants to spend some offseason time in the weight room to get a little stronger and combat opposing guards who had success taking him down low and overpowering him.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 9, 2008


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