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News » Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-06-13


Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-06-13


Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-06-13
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:

--G Lou Williams just finished up his basketball camp at his alma mater, South Gwinnett High, in suburban Atlanta. The camp was designed to help raise the confidence of children and offer hoops instruction with an emphasis on team play and fundamentals.

--F/G Andre Iguodala is holding his basketball camp from July 22-25 at the University of Illinois. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-14.

--Turns out C Samuel Dalembert won't be able to participate in Basketball Without Borders. He had planned to be part of the group going to New Delhi, India, from July 3-6, but preparation for the Canadian National Team attempting to qualify for the Beijing Olympics will prevent that from happening.


Author: Fox Sports
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Added: June 13, 2008

 

 
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