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News » Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-05-30


Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-05-30


Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-05-30
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.

BIGGEST NEEDS: The Sixers are craving a power forward that can score inside, rebound and add toughness. The team's No. 2 need is a three-point shooter -- they ranked last in the league beyond the arc in 2007-08 -- followed by a backup point guard.

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:

--F Thaddeus Young, coming off an encouraging final four months of his rookie season, has set some off-season goals for himself.

"I'd probably say expand my range a little more with the jump shots and work on my ball-handling a little bit," Young said.

--G Lou Williams, who becomes a restricted free agent July 1, is confident that the Sixers making the playoffs and winning two of the first three games from the heavily-favored Pistons will serve as a motivating factor this summer.

"With that level of success and us tasting it, I think it definitely makes us hungrier and have everybody come back to training camp ready to go," Williams said.

--F Shavlik Randolph, whose contract is up and who isn't expected to be back with the Sixers, said it was tough to be healthy for the second half of the season -- he missed the final five months in 2007-08 with a fractured and dislocated ankle and wasn't 100 percent until February -- yet only appearing in nine games for a total of 27 minutes.

"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't frustrating and discouraging at times," Randolph said.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: May 30, 2008

 

 
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