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News » Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-05-29


Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-05-29


Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-05-29
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.

PLAYER NOTES:

--G Andre Miller was widely believed to have the best season of his eight-year pro career. He averaged a career-high 17.0 points and shot a career-best 49.2 percent from the field in playing all 82 games for the sixth time in his career. But he said he thinks he's had other seasons that were this good, except few people realized it.

"You could look at the numbers and say (that)," Miller said. "As far as the leadership and my work habits rubbing off on other people -- before, I played with other veterans and it kind of went unnoticed."

--F/G Andre Iguodala planned to take some time off before getting back to the gym to begin his off-season workout regimen.

"I'm going to just relax and reflect on the season," Iguodala said. "I'm going to try to enjoy the time off."

--C Samuel Dalembert plans to participate in Basketball Without Borders once again. This summer, Dalembert is scheduled to be one of the participants in New Delhi, India, from July 3-6.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: May 29, 2008

 

 
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