Philadelphia 76ers Lack A Backcourt

By Alan Gung
Raja Bell
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The Philadelphia 76ers are heavy in the frontcourt. The Sixers have only two players who are truly guards, Jason Richardson and Michael Carter-Williams. They will be looking to at least add a back-up point guard.

Some of the big men will probably not make the regular season roster, so it will open more spots considering injuries play a factor and the only other option at point guard is Evan Turner, who is more of a scorer and better suited at the small forward spot.

Free agent guards Delonte West, Marquis Daniels, Daniel Gibson, former Sixer Raja Bell and Philadelphia-area native Richard Hamilton are still available and could give the Sixers a veteran presence they could use for such a young and inexperienced roster.

Then, Sixers Summer League players Travis Leslie and Khalif Wyatt could also be a low-cost pick-up. Both were solid in the summer league, particularly Wyatt who gives the Sixers a scoring option off the bench.

The best options are most likely Bell and Wyatt. Both can give the Sixers some scoring, outside shooting and can play both guard positions. They are also familiar faces in Philadelphia. Bell was an integral piece of the Sixers bench during their 2001 run to the NBA Finals and his championship experience can help the younger players.

Wyatt is the current A-10 Player of the Year and was nearly unstoppable for Temple University during the NCAA tournament. He could give the Sixers a nice boost off the bench.

Frontcourt players Tim Ohlbrecht and James Anderson might be the odd men out just to open spots or the Sixers can add an extra player from Nerlens Noel’s injury.

They will probably bring in some guards on their preseason roster.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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