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Philadelphia 76ers to sign guard Jeremy Pargo for rest of season

Feb 18, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia 76ers have struggled with injuries and they’ve struggled finding a useful backup point guard this season.

Maalik Wayns had his shot…and shot 26 percent from the field with a PER of 2.

Royal Ivey hasn’t been a whole lot better with a PER of 8.9.

Although he wasn’t great on his 10-day contract period, the Sixers may have found a suitable stopgap at backup point guard. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Sixers will sign Jeremy Pargo for the remainder of the season:

In three games with the Sixers this season, Pargo has averaged 8 points on 37.5 percent shooting in 23 minutes of play. The 26-year-old guard has made stops in Memphis and Cleveland prior to this and has scored decently (13.2 points per36 minutes), but his career shooting percentage of 37 percent is pretty brutal.

Pargo is a well-built athlete who can score at the rim reasonably well, but his jumper has always been dodgy at best. His reliance on it only makes things worse, and as a result, Pargo has struggled to make the transition from solid college player at Gonzaga to useful pro player. Unlike his brother Jannero, who had some successful years in New Orleans and Chicago, Jeremy needs to put the jumper on the backburner and focus more on getting to the tin and using his strong body to finish in traffic.

We’ll see if Pargo can do that in the second half with Philadelphia, who will need to get pretty hot to have a shot at the playoffs.

  1. ryanrockzzz - Feb 18, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    This team is a mess. Keep Jrue, blow the rest of it up and re-build. Again.

    • sasquash20 - Feb 18, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Keep T.Young as well. But I agree blow it up. Taking Turner number 2 killed the 76ers. He isn’t very good and they passed up potential studs D.Cousins, and D.Favors. Both were younger and way more talented. I would have done the Bynum trade for 2 reasons. 1-You had to see what Turner and Holiday had. Iggy had to carry the ball to much limiting what either could do. and 2nd-You needed to take a chance. There is talent on the team and if Bynum was healthy maybe we are fighting for the division. But Bynum isn’t healthy and I doubt he plays at all this year. I’ve heard lots of talk about his desire or lack of desire to play and be great. Sounds as though he plays for the money and not the love of the game. Either way I let him walk at the end of the season. If I had to spend that Bynum type money I would rather have Al Jefferson. I know he doesn’t play the best defense but he plays and is a double double guy. Who knows with Bynum. So blow it up Holiday is 22 Young is 24-26, both are young enough to build around. The Sixers need to start sucking. They have been in this 8th seed just miss the playoffs limbo for far to long now.

  2. doubledown44 - Feb 18, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Pargo has the ability to play like the best player on the floor — or the worst. You just never know which version you’re going to get from the game to game. At the very least, he’s usually pretty entertaining to watch.

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