Rookies Will Provide An Identity For Philadelphia 76ers
Last season’s starting lineup for the Philadelphia 76ers was a big question mark with all of the injuries and inconsistencies. This season, that question might be bigger. This team lacks identity from having a lack of a superstar. At least last season, fans can identify the team’s lone all-star being Jrue Holiday.
The Sixers could have two All-Star caliber players they can build around and market. Michael Carter-Williams had an impressive summer league debut (26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds) and Nerlens Noel has the potential to be the next Dwight Howard or Dikembe Mutombo with his defensive presence if he recovers from a torn ACL.
The rest of the roster consists of role players, including Thaddeus Young. Gone is or will be Andrew Bynum, Royal Ivey, Charles Jenkins, Damien Wilkins, Dorrell Wright and fan favorite, Nick “Swaggy P” Young. Holiday is already dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans. This leaves the Sixers with big holes to fill for every position, especially the starters.
Last season, Philadelphia had a team of misfits who were either injured or didn’t live up to expectations. This year, youth has taken over, so expect to see more up-tempo play and better chemistry. The new head coach should be someone who can fit a fast-paced style.
The starters so far, based on performance and experience, would be Evan Turner and Carter-Williams at guard, Lavoy Allen and Thaddeus Young at forward, and Spencer Hawes at center. Centers Arnett Moultrie and Noel, guard Jason Richardson and forward Arsalan Kazemi will see significant minutes coming off the bench.
Former Temple University standout Khalif Wyatt, who has been quite a surprise in the summer league, can provide scoring and quick defensive stops off the bench with averages of 13.8 points, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals if he receives a contract.
The lineup can also change depending on the new coach’s style. This lineup is already an upgrade to last season’s roster, which was last in points per game and 21st in points allowed. The younger players can provide some excitement to the building since they have a promising upside.