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Brett Brown: 76ers’ have just six NBA players

Oct 23, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

Brett Brown, Daniel Orton

Many advanced stats, in basketball and other sports, rely on a concept called a replacement player. A replacement player is a hypothetical player who can easily be obtained to fill out the roster.

In his definition of an NBA replacement player, Kevin Pelton says a team of replacement players would win 10 games in a season. So, that should show the level of a replacement player is pretty low.

Yet, every season, for one reason or another, there are many NBA players who produce at below replacement levels. This season, it seems many of those sub-replacement-level players will be members of the 76ers.

Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:

Michael Carter-Williams, James Anderson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Spencer Hawes are the clear starters. The second thing is that power forward/center Lavoy Allen is an experienced NBA player who is finding his way back into shape.

“And after that, who knows?” Sixers coach Brett Brown said before Monday’s 104-93 setback to Cleveland in Columbus, Ohio. “You have six NBA players and then you have a bunch of guys who are fighting for spots and want to be seen and need opportunity.”

The former San Antonio Spurs assistant is not including injured players – rookie Nerlens Noel (torn anterior cruciate ligament) and veterans Jason Richardson (knee), Kwame Brown (hamstring), and Arnett Moultrie (ankle). All have guaranteed contracts and are expected make the 15-man roster.

If I were Darius Morris, Tony Wroten or Daniel Orton, I’d be a little perturbed by that comment.

But only a little.

Though Morris, Wroten and Orton played in the NBA last season, they’re not necessarily NBA players anymore. Vander Blue, Mac Koshwal, Gani Lawal , Hollis Thompson, Royce White , Rodney Williams and Khalif Wyatt all want a spot on the roster, and the Riggin’-for-Wiggins 76ers are just the team to accommodate.

This is a large group of flawed players, and Philadelphia will keep whomever it believes can help most down the road. That’s obviously a difficult judgment to make with players like these, so the small margins can matter a great deal.

Experience alone won’t cut it. Brown is in a rare position to demand a lot from a large share of his roster, because the 76ers have relatively few highly paid players. These 10 players are really going to have to bust their hump to make the roster.

As Brown is all too happy to remind them, they’re not really NBA players yet.

  1. redbaronx - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I think I was being generous on a previous Philly post when I said they might win 22 wins this season. They might be lucky to break double digit wins! This is looking like a train wreck in the making!

    • tcclark - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      Is it really a train wreck if the train is intending to ride off the rails?

      • redbaronx - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:52 PM

        I was trying to give a Philly fan some hope…..probably a useless exercise.

  2. misremembered72 - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    royce white is the messiah who will take us to the holy land, upon which manna will rain down from the heavens!

    • tcclark - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:50 PM

      It’s going to have to rain down from heavens…. he’d be too afraid to fly there and get it himself

  3. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 23, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Kwame isn’t an NBA player. Never was, never will be.

    • tcclark - Oct 23, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      He’s almost the exact same player as the starting center for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Take that as a dig on Perkins or a compliment to Kwame. I’m just throwing it out there.

      • bigmeechy74 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM

        He’s better than perkins. You know why? Because everyone is

  4. wowwowbad - Oct 23, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Wroten certainly has talents, he’s more of a Tyreke Evans type player. He just need to get his head straight and learn from the veterans like J-Rich, he has tons of potential. I think the 76ers’ experiments on Turner should END NOW. He’s shown some flashes but he’s inconsistency really wouldn’t do any good for him. The team now has many intriguing prospects in Noel, MCW, JA, Wroten and if they don’t want to sink completely they need to trade Turner for some valuable pieces.

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