Can The Sixers Capture Philadelphia’s Attention?76ers, BREAKING NEWS, News Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
OK, I will stop there. I was looking for this big entrance into one of the biggest seasons for the Sixers and I figured to quote Dwight D. Eisenhower to give it some power. I nailed it! Well, in my mind I did. Whatever..
There is some truth to that quote though. The Flyers season is about to disappear. The Eagles are falling on their faces again and the Phils are out golfing somewhere. The Sixers have MAJOR opportunity to get the city buzzing about them. Hopefully, they can grab it..
I know it was only preseason but the Sixers did surprisingly show good chemistry. I thought that was going to be an issue in the early part of the season. Any line-up Collins ran out there they seemed to understand each other. The spacing was good and the ball movement was solid. The chemistry issue might still crop up a few times in the early going. There are a lot of new faces.
Obviously, the biggest concern and it might make me cry is Bynum’s knee’s. Please don’t be damage goods. Please don’t be damage goods. Maybe by me saying that more than once will help. Some reports think that Bynum is OK. That the Sixers are just holding him out to let the procedure he had done do its job fully. Others are stating that he might be damage goods. Seriously, I might cry if he is.
Here is a breakdown of the roster..
Holiday: The 22 year-old seems to be primed for a breakout season. There were reports outs during this past summer on how good he looked going against Team USA in scrimmages before the Olympics started. He also looked very good in preseason. Does he take the next step?
Turner: Anyone who has read my posts before knows about my “Man- Crush” with him. There is no more excuse for him. “Iggy” is gone and Doug has finally given a full opportunity. It is ‘Boom or Bust” this year for my boy.
Bynum: Knees, Knees and Knees. Like I said before hopefully he is not damage goods. He could be the corner stone of this franchise for years to come. The latest reports are that he doing some things on the side.
Hawes: Not a big fan of Hawes. He gets pushed around way to easily down low. I have never seen any other seven-footer shot so many DAMN floaters. I will give him this he has the skill set to fit nicely with Bynum. He is solid high post player. Hawes, please get rid of that mullet…
Lavoy: He seemed to pick up right where he left from last years playoff in the preseason. He is strong defensively and
Thad: Thad is going to be Thad. He brings a ton of energy and craftiness around the basket. He is a heart and soul player. Rather have him off the bench though. Thad wears down against the big boys down-low.
J-Rich: He needs to be that veteran influence on this team. That he will be. He also has some game left and still can knock down the long-ball.
N. Young: The “boy” can flat-out score. He made it look easy in the preseason. His shot selection can be a question at times. I say that nicely.. Collins will have to keep him in check.
Wayns: Thank God he can play. Really did not want Ivey as the back-up PG. No, thank you. Sixers might have found themselves a “Diamond on the Rough”. He can fly with ball and has nice vision..
Wright: Speaking of surprises, he definitely is one. I knew he could knock down the three-ball but he actually showed the ability to put the ball on the floor as well.
Kwame: Well, I guess as a fourth big-man (once Bynum gets back) he is not that bad. It does not feel right to give him any other praise.
Moultrie: Will get some minutes here and there, while Bynum is out. He will likely be on the bench learning this year.
Wilkins/Ivey: Do I really have to talk about these guys?
This team has little bit of everything. They can run the floor, defend, half-court offense (once Bynum is back), and they can shoot the ball. Could there be an Eastern Conference Finals run in them? If Bynum comes back and is healthy there could be. Prediction for wins is 47…
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