Philadelphia 76ers Season Report Card
76ers Season Grades
With the Philadelphia 76ers season coming to a close a little less than a week ago, a season full of disappointment and disaster was finally put to rest.
After finishing last season within one win of reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, the 76ers got rid of four of their key contributors (Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, Louis Williams and Jodie Meeks) and added the second best center in the game in Andrew Bynum. They surrounded their prized acquisition with shooters like Dorell Wright, Nick Young and Jason Richardson.
To say their plan backfired would be an understatement. Bynum did not play for the 76ers at all this year and the team stumbled to a 34-48 record.
One of the lone highlights for the season included Jrue Holiday’s first All-Star appearance. Holiday elevated his game to a new level and was able to play at a high caliber level for nearly the entire year.
The longer list of lowlights included the injuries to Bynum and Richardson, continued inconsistencies from Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes and a frustrating offense. Their offense ranked last in the entire league averaging 93.2 points per game. They were also 29th out of 30 teams with only 16.8 free throw attempts per game.
It was obviously a frustrating season for management, the players and most importantly the fans. Now the team sits without a head coach, with a lottery pick in next year’s draft and an incomplete roster without much upside.
With that being said, it is time to grade the performances of the 76ers major contributors this past season.
Doug Collins - C
On last year's team, Doug Collins was a motivator. This year he seemed to just be a pain. He definitely lost the respect and trust of his players as they began to tune him out about midway through the year. His frustrating offensive play-calling led to another year with the 76ers as one of the worst offenses in the league. Doug Collins stepped down at the end of the year and will walk away with a C grade for his efforts.
Jrue Holiday - A-
Season stats: 17.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.0 assists
Holiday put the team on his back for much of the entire year and was one of the few players on this roster who improved significantly from last year. He and Deron Williams were the only two point guards to finish in the top six in scoring and assists. If not for his league high 3.7 turnovers per game, Jrue would have received an A. Still, the Sixers should be pleased with their point guard and look forward to the future.
Evan Turner - B-
Season stats: 13.3, points 6.3, rebounds 4.3 assists
The numbers look good on paper for Turner. His numbers went up to career highs in each category this year. What the numbers do not show is his maddening inconsistencies. He can give you a near triple double one night and come back and give you single digit scoring the next. With next year being his last under contract, this is Turner's last chance to work on his consistency.
Damien Wilkins - B
Season stats: 6.4 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.5 assists
Wilkins was on the bench for most of the year until the revolving door of shooting guards opened up for his opportunity. In 21 starts, Wilkins averaged 12 points a game and shot 48 percent compared to only three points a game as a reserve. Wilkins earned himself a spot on a roster next year with his play down the stretch. It remains to be seen whether it will be with the 76ers or not.
Thaddeus Young - A-
Season stats: 14.8 points, 7.5 rebounds
Young gave his heart and soul and maximum effort on every single play this year. He missed three weeks with a hamstring injury and still no one worked harder than he did this year, achieving a career high in rebounds while playing undersized at power forward. Young would have received an A if he didn't shoot 57 percent from the free throw line.
Spencer Hawes - B
Season stats: 11.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocks
A tale of two seasons for Hawes. Before the All-Star break he was averaging 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds. After it he increased to 12.5 and 8.5. Inconsistency was the killer of his grade here.
Lavoy Allen - D
Season stats: 5.8 points, 5.0 rebounds
Allen took what was a promising rookie season and actually regressed. His shooting numbers went down, his rebounding rate went down and he looked extremely soft on the defensive end of the floor. The 76ers might have jumped the gun on giving him an extension at the end of last year.
Nick Young - D+
Season stats: 10.6 points, 41 percent in FG, 36 percent in three-pointers
Swaggy P didn't do much to impress Sixers fans. He had a couple of good games but barely played the last two months because he can't do anything else but shoot. On a team desperate for offense, Collins couldn't even find playing time for him; what does that tell you?
Dorell Wright - C
Season stats: 9.2 points, 40 percent in FG, 37 percent in three-pointers
Wright didn't play much at the beginning of the year. When he got to play his numbers increased, but his percentages did not as he shot a career low from the field this year. He was brought in to make shots and he simply did not do his job.
Arnett Moultrie - B
Season stats: 3.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 58 percent in FG
Moultrie did not get a lot of playing time this year, but when he did he showed flashes. In his final five games he averaged 9.4 points and 7.0 rebounds in 24 minutes per game. He has a chance to be a good player if he works hard this offseason studying defense.
Jason Richardson - B-
Season stats: 10.5 points, 40 percent in FG, 34 percent in three-pointers
Richardson was the veteran rock that held this team together. Before Richardson went down with his season ending injury the 76ers were 17-22. Since, they went 17-26. Although Richardson didn't shoot the ball all too well, he was the only experienced player on the team who could keep these guys from falling apart.