5 Possible Shooting Guard Options For Philadelphia 76ers
Potential Shooting Guard Options
With news breaking recently that Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson will most likely not play during the entire 2013-14 season while recovering from a knee injury, the team’s already depleted roster has taken another big hit.
Without J-Rich and first-round pick Nerlerns Noel out until at least Christmas, the Sixers roster currently sits at 12 healthy players. In all likelihood, Kwame Brown will be waived, Furkan Aldemir will be playing overseas and Royce White and possibly Arsalan Kazemi will be in the D-League, making it a realistic possibility that the Sixers have only eight rotation players right now. The most glaring hole is that there is only one true shooting guard on the roster and that is journeyman James Anderson.
While Sixers fans and possibly even management are totally on board with “Winless for Wiggins,” the players on the roster and new head coach Brett Brown are not just going to lay down and tank. That being said, the team still needs to dress 12 guys and they are already have enough depth up front to last until Noel comes back.
While many are trying to determine what the Sixers starting lineup will be, it is more important to figure out who they will bring in to fill out the rest of the roster. The guard position is completely weak right now when it is considered an upgrade to bring in Tony Wroten. The Sixers have youth with Wroten and Michael Carter-Williams at the point, but Evan Turner is not a shooting guard. They need to bring in someone who can shoot and score and take some of the pressure off of the two young point guards.
Without J-Rich, here are five shooting guard options that can fill the void in Philadelphia.
5. James Anderson
The first option is always in-house. Anderson was a prolific scorer at Oklahoma State, averaging 22.3 points per game his junior year. That hasn’t transferred over to the NBA level, but general manager Sam Hinkie saw enough in him while he was with the Houston Rockets to claim him off waivers. Maybe here is where he finally gets his first true shot.
4. Khalif Wyatt
I probably write about this guy every week, but it baffles me how Khalif Wyatt hasn’t gotten an invite to training camp yet. He averaged 20.5 points per game in his final year at Temple and he led the Sixers summer league team with 13.8 ppg on an efficient 46 percent shooting. Wyatt can flat out score at any level and if the Sixers don’t bring him to camp, it is solely because they are afraid he will win them games.
3. Daniel Gibson
Daniel “Boobie” Gibson was once one of the best sharpshooters in the league and has a career average of 41 percent from three. The Sixers desperately need a three-point shooter and a new start with a team with no expectations might be exactly what Gibson needs to resurrect his career.
2. Terrence Williams
Terrence Williams is another example of a low risk, high reward player that the Sixers are looking for. Like Wroten, White and Anderson, Williams has been dropped by former teams, but in a small sample size he has actually been decent the past couple of years. He is not much of a shooter, but he is a point forward who could take some pressure off of the young guys, and Hinkie could add him to the list of former Rockets to bring to Philly.
1. Xavier Henry
Similar to many on this list, Xavier Henry is another player many have given up on that the Sixers could give a chance to simply because they have nothing to lose. He has good size, but he has just not been able to figure out the NBA game since being a lottery pick a few years back.