Jason Richardson is supposed to be the main scoring option for the Philadelphia 76ers, since they acquired in him the blockbuster deal that sent another scorer, Andre Iguodala, away. Those plans seem to be taking a step back, both last season and now this season. The Sixers will most likely shut down Richardson for the entire season, as he is still recovering from knee surgery.
The Sixers will rely on every player to step up the offensive load. They did last season, which ended with mixed results and a failed playoff appearance, after nearly making the Eastern Conference Finals the season before. The Sixers will most likely look at signing a shooting guard to relieve the pressure from an already slim backcourt of recently acquired shooting guards Tony Wroten, Royal Ivey, Michael Carter-Williams and Damien Wilkins.
Richardson averaged 10.5 points, 1.2 steals and 3.8 rebounds while shooting over 40 percent from the field in 33 games last season. His scoring has drastically dropped from his average of 17 points, but will still be needed, considering the Sixers don’t have many options at guard.
The scoring load will fall on Carter-Williams’ shoulders, despite an average summer league appearance. He may also benefit from the pressure of being the main scoring option, since he can learn from his mistakes early on.
Forwards Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner will also provide some scoring help. Though neither has become a true star, with Young averaging 14.8 points and Turner averaging 13.3 points, both are still solid scorers and players who are secondary or main scoring options off the bench.
The Sixers can look to add a veteran free agent guard, or someone from their summer league option who can be an explosive scorer.
One option is Khalif Wyatt. Wyatt led the Sixers a few games in scoring during his stint with the summer league team, and he handled the pressure well in the NCAA tournament against South Carolina and Indiana last season.