Five Options at Backup Point Guard for Philadelphia 76ers
Five Backup Point Guard Options
The Philadelphia 76ers have gone through a complete renovation at the point guard position. The only position where they were set was with their young All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. But in an effort to rebuild for the future, new general manager Sam Hinkie traded Holiday to acquire Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first round pick.
The logic was simple for Hinkie: Holiday is a great player but he will never be the best player on a contending team. If he is the third best player on your team, you have a dynasty on your hands. But in order for the Sixers to escape from mediocrity they had to start over, and one of the new prize pieces of this plan is new point guard Michael Carter-Williams.
MCW is a rookie out of Syracuse who will be handed the keys to the franchise for the next handful of years. He made his Sixers debut a couple of weeks back in the Orlando Summer League and had some mixed results. He averaged 13.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.8 assists but he shot only 27 percent from the field and turned the ball over 4.8 times per game.
Because this team is rebuilding and trying to improve over time through the draft and free agency, this is going to be Carter Williams’ team right away. But the Sixers do not have another point guard on the roster currently. With free agency almost over the options are pretty slim, but here are five options to back up Michael Carter Williams in Philadelphia.
5. Khalif Wyatt
One player that stood out in Summer League for the 76ers was Khalif Wyatt. He showed an ability to score the basketball, get to the free throw line, and handle the ball very well when he played point guard. If the Sixers are in all out tank mode, they might as well let another rookie like Wyatt earn his lumps behind MCW.
4. Evan Turner
If there is one thing that we have learned during the career of Evan Turner it's that he is better with the ball in his hands than without. He thrived running the point and having Holiday off the ball last season. However, with MCW an even worse shooter than Turner, it might be tough to have this duo in the backcourt together.
3. Beno Udrih
Beno Udrih has been a reliable player throughout his nine year career. His glory days with the Sacramento Kings are certainly behind him, but he is the most pure point guard on this list and MCW could stand to learn a lot under his tutelage.
2. Nate Robinson
Nate Robinson actually had a very good year with the Chicago Bulls last season, averaging 13.1 points per game. He still somehow remains unsigned and he would provide excitement and a scoring punch off the bench. He has the ball handling ability to move MCW off the ball as well.
1. Mo Williams
Mo Williams is currently a free agent who has not found a new home yet. Although he more than likely would rather go to a contender, Williams could be an option for the Sixers because he will be short term and can score and play both guard positions.