Size does matter. The Philadelphia 76ers appear to be focusing their attention on stock piling big men this summer. The additions will help the Sixers compete in the growing Eastern Conference.
The Sixers added Furkan Aldemir, Arsalan Kazemi, Nerlens Noel and Tim Ohlbrecht. They will have to cut six from their current roster of 20 by the start of the regular season.
The overabundance of power forwards and centers will also cause problems for the Sixers when they have to make roster decisions. Those players will have to battle Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen, Arnett Moultrie, Thaddeus Young, Royce White and even Kwame Brown for a spot. However, it will be tough to claim a final roster spot due to the guaranteed contracts.
Noel and Kazemi will most likely make the cut, and the other guys could be brought back if injuries come into the picture this season.
Though the current state of the NBA is a guard’s league successful teams still need big men. No team has truly succeeded without the help of someone in the post. Just look at who was in the middle for all the successful teams in last year’s playoffs: San Antonio Spurs‘ Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter; Indiana Pacers‘ David West and Roy Hibbert; Miami Heat‘s Chris Bosh and LeBron James; and Memphis Grizzlies‘ Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
The Sixers will have to find their tandem. Noel seems to be the corner piece, but the other remains a mystery. While none of the big men, with exception of Noel, will be a game changer they should help the Sixers compete.
Ohlbrecht would beef up the front court with his 6-foot-11 255-pound frame even though he saw limited action with the Houston Rockets last season. Aldemir, at 6-foot-10 230-pounds, would give them some flexibility at both power forward and center after spending the past two seasons playing for Galatasaray Liv Hospital of the Turkish Basketball League.
General Manager Sam Hinkie could also make some moves. Hinkie could package Evan Turner, Young and Hawes in a deal as a cost-cutting measure and add Ohlbrecht and Aldemir if they play well enough during the preseason.
Whether or not they find their tandem this season, the Sixers will need to use their size if they are to compete against conference powerhouses, New York Knicks, Heat and Pacers who all rely on their size on the defensive end.