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News » Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-06-30


Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-06-30


Philadelphia 76ers Roster Report 2008-06-30
DRAFT PICK:

Marreese Speights, F, 6-10, Florida -- Could compete for backup minutes at power forward; needs to get stronger and improve conditioning.

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 picked up a $1.14 million player option. 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 and might not 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 entire season because of two knee surgeries, is restricted, thanks to a partial guarantee for next season.

PLAYER NOTES:

--G Lou Williams and F/G Andre Iguodala received qualifying offers from the Sixers. That will give the Sixers the right to match any offer for the players. The Sixers hope to sign both guys to long-term contracts. If that doesn't happen, they'll have the player or players for another year before they become unrestricted in July 2009.

--Andre Iguodala said he's "not really worried about (being a restricted free agent). Last year the talks were going back and forth and there were some frustrating days. It's going to happen -- you just can't let it get you up or down."

--C Samuel Dalembert is looking forward to being more of a focal point with the Canadian Olympic Team, which hopes to qualify for the Beijing Olympics.

"One thing about Team Canada, compared to the Sixers, is that I can do a little bit more," Dalembert said. "When you are required to do a little bit more, you push really hard and that helps you discover a lot of other things that you are capable of doing and have confidence mentally that you can do it."


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 30, 2008

 

 
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