The Philadelphia 76ers finished the 2012 NBA Preseason on Monday night with a wining effort over the New York Knicks at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, and are proving that they have become a legitimate force not only in the Atlantic Conference but in the NBA as a whole.
With the recent additions to the overall depth of the Sixers, it seems as though the Liberty Ballers have stepped up their level of intensity on both ends of the floor and now at all times on the floor as well. One of the biggest additions to the team may be the increased guard play acquired this off season.
Looking at the additions to the Sixers, there hasn’t been any bigger play than that of three guards in the back court; Jason Richardon, Nick Young & Maalik Wayns.
Richardson finished the night with 23 points 7 rebounds, and 6 assists during another dominating performance for the 11-year veteran from Michigan State University, leading the team in scoring. Richardson has consistently been a menace from behind the three-point-line shooting two or more field goals from deep a game and usually being a contributor on offense.
Young is another shooter that has given the Sixers a lift from the bench and possibly moving into a “Sixth Man” position if forward Thaddeus Young, doesn’t crack the starting roster. Young has been a player in the preseason who continually brings in double-digit games pushing his offensive spark into the regular season. A high shooting percentage from deep will formally make Young a preseason pick for “Sixth Man of the Year” but it’s too early to decide.
Lastly, Wayns, has been a dark horse in this back court coming through training camp and now finishing this preseason, he will become the edge that runs the offense in either a smaller rotation or in relief for guard Jrue Holiday. Wayns has speed, ball-handling abilities right for a true guard and lastly can distribute the ball in the manner a starter should.
With ample time for these players, this Sixers team has made a convincing display of all comers during the preseason. Therefore, if this momentum carries into the regular season, expect a speedy and quick-fire Sixers team to sing a euphoria of harmony going into the season-opener against the Denver Nuggets.
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