Which 76er is expendable?

In this article I want to take a look at each 76er, the ones who see playing time anyway, and evaluate their value to the team and if they should be guaranteed a spot on the team next year.

Andre Iguodala- Andre is the lightning rod of this team. He either draws hate or remorse from our fans. Recently it has been more hate than remorse due to his comments on fellow 76er Lou Williams in an interview with Sports Illustrated. Known for his incredible defense that he brings. He is extremely important to the fast break offense. But oddly enough I feel that his time as a 76er will be over after this year. He doesn’t produce enough offense to compensate for his superstar type contract.

Grade: Expendable

Spencer Hawes- Spencer Hawes had a great start to the year before getting injured early on and missing a substantial amount of playing time. Before his injury he led the league in rebounds for a center, but has since been benched for Nikolai Vucevic. Spencer Hawes is a free agent next year, and his benching might be further proof that his future with the team is mucky at best. I would be extremely surprised to see him back next year.

Grade: Expendable

Lavoy Allen: Lavoy Allen is a rookie from Temple who saw a lot of time early in the season due to injuries, but has since taken somewhat of a backseat role on this team. I think its unfair to judge a rookie mostly because of the lack of time they tend to see on a Doug Collins’ run team. I also feel that its unfair to say any rookie is expendable due to the fact that they are still learning and growing.

Grade: Not Expendable

Lou Williams: The hopes were high for Lou Williams early in the season. He absolutely dominated the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this year, but has since become a player who has failed to come through in the 4th quarter. Lou Williams is a small player who has a shooter mentality. He has anchored the night shift this year, but at times has not been reliable. Can he become a more consistent shooter? Can he become better in the paint. I think so. Lou Williams is a player who I like, and think can eventually become a great role player

Grade: Not Expendable

Evan Turner: Evan Turner is in his second year in the NBA, and has had a streaky season at best. After Jodie Meeks struggled early in the season, Doug Collins moved Evan to the starting role. It was rumored that there were some off the court reasons that Evan was never given a chance to start earlier in the season. Evan started off hot. He is an off the ball guard who has terrific rebounding abilities. Unfortunately after a couple of weeks being hot, he began to struggle and was eventually benched. Evan Turner’s sophomore season has been an overall disappointment, but I still believe its too early to give up on him.

Grade: Not Expendable

Jodie Meeks: Jodie Meeks has been a significant disappointment to many this year. His seesaw of a season has seen him benched early in the season, only to relinquish his starting spot when Evan Turner struggled. Jodie Meeks is a shooter, who can’t shoot. Does that make sense to anyone? Not me

Grade: Expendable

Jrue Holiday: Jrue Holiday is the starting PG for the Philadelphia 76ers, and it is believed that he is a budding star. He has a lot of talent that I believe has yet to surface. He is a fast and smart PG who I believe will eventually become a star in this league.

Grade: Not Expendable

Thaddeus Young: Thaddeus Young to me is another great role player. He is a great player off the bench who can provide a great lift. I like his future with the team. He plays forward and provides a great spark as a bench player. I believe he will be part of the future with this team.

Grade: Not Expendable

Elton Brand: Elton Brand is a starting forward for the Philadelphia 76ers. He is a good player, but unfortunately hes not a great player. His age and lack of versatility bring lots of criticism toward his contract, which he has fialed to live up to. There have been talks about using the amnesty on Brand. Brand provides some presence in the paint, but not enough.

Grade: Expendable

Keep in mind that just because a player gets a grade of expendable, does not mean he will be gone next year. It also does not mean he should be gone next year. It means that he is a player who I see having a limited ceiling of talent, who has yet to produce.

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