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What the 76ers should do if the lockout ends

Oct 13, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

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This is the latest installment of PBT’s series of “What your team should do when the lockout ends.” Up next is the Philadelphia 76ers. You can also check out our thoughts on other NBA teams here as we work our way through all 30 squads.

After a miserable 09-10 campaign, the 76ers made their way back to respectability last season, earning a playoff berth and putting up a decent fight in the 1st round against the eventual conference champion Heat. Despite #2 overall pick Evan Turner having a disappointing season, the 76ers responded to new coach Doug Collins, and were one of the 10 best defensive teams in the league. Here’s what the 76ers can do to build on last season’s playoff birth:

1. Make a decision on Andre Iguodala

The 76ers owe Iguodala approximately 14 million dollars this season and next season, and Iguodala has a $15 million player option for the season after that. At this point in his career, we know who Iguodala is: a great perimeter defender who’s a terror on the fast break, can contribute without the ball in his hands, can make open threes on occasion, and a player who is not capable of being an efficient #1 option offensively. The 76ers have to decide whether they want to move ahead with Iguodala, which would probably make them better in the short-term, or try to get rid of his contract and go into more of a full rebuild mode — again.

2. Get more out of Evan Turner

One year after an absolute monster campaign at Ohio State, Turner struggled throughout his rookie season. Turner averaged only seven points, four rebounds, and two assists per game last year, and is PER was an ugly 10.87. It’s way, way, way too early to give up on Turner, but he needs to make major strides in his sophomore campaign. Turner needs to get comfortable shooting from beyond the NBA three-point line, figure out how to break down defenses with his passing, and go to the hoop more aggressively when he decides to drive.

3. Continue to believe in the youth movement

Thaddeus Young, Louis Williams, and Jrue Holliday all had promising seasons for the 76ers, and were among the main reasons the team made it into the playoffs. Marreese Speights had a down year in 2010-11, but he had been showing a lot of promise before this season. If those players continue to develop, Turner finds his game, and the 76ers can find a way to seamlessly transition out of the Brand/Iguodala era, they could be a very good team for a while under Doug Collins.

  1. darealrandolph - Oct 13, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    trade Andre Iguodala to in a three way trade
    L.A.Clippers get:Andre Iguodala
    Golden State Warriors: Chris Kaman,pick
    Philadelphia Sixers :Monta Ellis

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 13, 2011 at 6:13 PM

      No thanks. Last thing the Sixers need is a gunner who doesn’t play defense. Furthermore, a gunner who would take minutes away from Evan Turner, who they are trying to develop.

  2. darealrandolph - Oct 13, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    then you should expect the sixers to stink from years to come:
    The 76ers owe Iguodala approximately 14 million dollars this season and next season, and Iguodala has a $15 million player option for the season after that.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:09 PM

      I would expect the Sixers to be worse if they traded for Monta Ellis. Stop looking a PPG…..he is the worst wing defender in the NBA.

  3. darealrandolph - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    im not a sixers fan but as a knicks fan you need a market like Philadelphia to do be good for the NBA, Philadelphia has not been relevant since the Allen Iverson era,they need a star player for sixers fan to get excited. I know the sixers made the playoffs last season but we all know their not a contender if they don’t acquire a star. Name 1star on sixers current roster……..elton brand or Andre Iguodala i don’t think so.

  4. darealrandolph - Oct 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    sixers have young talent but all im sayin if u add 1star with those young talent look out because they would scary, this comming from a knicks fan

    sixers last season didn’t have a single player averaging 15ppg

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 13, 2011 at 10:27 PM

      Monta Ellis isn’t a star. He is an over rated gunner who wouldn’t fit the scheme and the defensive ethic that Doug Collins is trying to instill. I’d be way happier trying to develop Evan Turner into a player than giving his minutes to a no defense gunner. Monta Ellis would not make the Sixers relevant at all…they would regress as a team. He isn’t a two guard…too small to defend that position and too selfish to play the point. Furthermore, I would take Jrue Holliday over him going forward in a second.

  5. darealrandolph - Oct 13, 2011 at 11:12 PM

    im not sayin evan turner is a scrub but he was the 2nd overall pick last yr and if he doesnt make a jump in his second year sixers will be scrood plus i know monta is not a star but he put points 25ppg if you dont want him how about kevin martin

  6. somekat - Nov 27, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Sixers should use their exemption to cut Iggy. Unless you can move him for an expiring, in which case you do it with Brand. Nicioni is only a player option after this year.

    So if you cn’t move Iggy, you wind up with about 13 million in cap space (after re-signing Thad) after not picking up the option, and cutting Iggy. If you can move Iggy for an expiring, you have about 30 million after re-signing Thad. You still have Jrue/Turner/Young/Speights/Hawes, with Williams/Meeks/Vucevic/Kapono coming off the bench (I’m assuming the expiring they got back would be a big). They’d be worse off this year, but all of the young guys would get PT to develope, and they’d have everyone signed next year, and 30 million to make a huge splash in free agency

    As far as Ellis, unless his contract is up at the end of the year (don’t think it is), no thanks. The sixers are, with or without Iggy/Ellis, a team made up of young up and coming players. I do not want to bring in a guy who is going to chuck up 20-25 shots a night, while playing weak defense. In what way does that help these young guys get better? Iggy for an expiring big man

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