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Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner are your Sixer ball handlers now

Sep 13, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

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Last season in Philly, the games started with Jrue Holiday as the point guard and decision maker. Then when Lou Williams came in off the bench gunning he shared those decision-making responsibilities.

Now Williams is gone to Atlanta. So who is going to be the guy with the ball in his hands when Holiday is resting?

Try Evan Turner. That is what coach Doug Collins told Dei Lynam of

“I have put a lot of thought into it and me and my coaches are ready to put our plans into action,” Collins said. “With losing Lou, we are going to have to have a guy who can handle the ball with that second unit. I mean we did sign Royal Ivey but depending who comes off the bench it could be based on matchups. I could sub for Jrue early in the game with another perimeter guy and let Evan play out the quarter and then come back with Jrue as the point guard with our second unit and let Evan rest. I think what you will see is Jrue and Evan playing point guard with the second unit based on night to night.”

Ivey is going to get some run but giving Evans more playmaking responsibilities seems the smart move.

Andrew Bynum is clearly an offensive focal point, but the Sixers need smart guards who read when to get him the ball and how to take advantage of defenses that overload to stop him.

Turner started to step up last season and his continued maturation is huge for Philly this season. It’s something to watch. He is going to get his shot.

  1. jmclarkent - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    I think that this is a major problem with the team. When your 1 and 2 are the only two guys on the team who can really handle the rock, you are setting yourself up for failure. I think that they need so sign a 6th man type who can run the offense; you should definitely be able to get a vet on the cheap. Either that or I think you will be forced to be ET off of the bench, which would suck w/ Iggy gone as this is the year he needs to really make a mark.

    I don’t know if he is interested in coming to Philly, but Derrick Fisher would be a perfect guy to come off the bench and provide some leadership. I don’t think he has a great deal left, but he’ll certainly give you more than Royal “With Cheese” Ivey.

    • somekat - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      Did you even read the article? He said, specifically, that he would start both, sit Holiday towards the end of the first and hand the ball to Turner. Then he will bring Holiday back in to run the 2nd team, give him another rests when Turner comes back out, and run them both later in the game. The only way it becomes an issue is if they come in to foul trouble.

      These also aren’t the only guys that can “handle the rock”, Richardson can, and both Nick and Thad Young can in the half court. But bringing the ball up from the back court, it is those 2, and Ivey. I don’t see a big problem with having “only” 3 guys who can bring the ball up from the back court on a regular basis.

      That being said, the sixers just made a major, almost complete overhaul. Nobody, nobody even slightly reasonable anyway, expects them to have all the pieces in place right away.It is a work in progress, while seemingly better than last year, is not a finished product yet. It will be 2, maybe 3 years before an overhaul like this is done completely. It’s not like they had a ton of cap space coming into the off-season, and their moves were all part of some master plan. Most of their moves were made before the acquisition of Bynum, and the players dont mesh as well with him as they could. I’m sure guys like Brown, and probably Young, would of never been brought in if Bynum was already on the roster. My guess is, whenever they do make a move for another top tier guy (now that they’ve set themselves up with the chance), it will be someone who can handle the rock.

      • tcclark - Sep 14, 2012 at 3:44 PM

        While I agree with much of what you said. I do agree with the first post that we need to look for another point guard. Jason Richardson and Nick Young can dribble, but they don’t have the ability to play the point. That has to be done by Jrue, Evan, or God forbid, Royal Ivey. Thaddeus Young is a power forward, who’s biggest weakness is his ball handling. To trust him handling the ball in half-court sets would be insane.

        We have a logjam in the front court, so realistically we could trad someone and gain a solid back-up. I’d prefer if they traded Kwame, considering he’s on a multi-year deal, and there’s not much of a place for him in the rotation, but the quality of the point guard we’d get in return couldn’t be much better than Royal Ivey. Kwame does have some trade value. Golden State gave him a pretty sizable contract last season and he is a very good (that’s right VERY good) one on one, low post defender. He’s a decent back-up center, but like i said, we have enough of those. The next most realistic option seems to be Arnett Moultrie. He’s an up and comer who could land us a young, up and comer point guard. I’m not going to try and speculate on who we could grab as a back-up point guard, but I definitely think we’re going to need one.

      • jmclarkent - Sep 14, 2012 at 4:35 PM

        Did you even read the article? He said, specifically, that he would start both, sit Holiday towards the end of the first and hand the ball to Turner.

        And this sounds like a good idea? If someone were injured and you had to make it work, fine, buit the easiest way to kill any offensive momentum is to not have enough guys who can handle the rock. I agree that I would like to see a trade, but as you just signed Kwame (I believe) that they are stuck with him for a few months. Now is a great time to snag a vet on the cheap who can run the offense (just a solid role player will do in my opinion).

        Let’s say Jrue sprains an ankle or Turner is in foul trouble – are you comfortable with Ivey playing 15-20 minutes? Seems pretty scary to me.

        As the poster behind you stated; Thad barely has the handles to play SF in spot duty; Scottie Pippen he is not (and that isn’t a slight, I like Thad). He was also spot on regarding J. Rich and Nick Young; this isn’t NBA 2k, those aren’t their strengths.

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