5 Observations from Philadelphia 76ers’ First Preseason Week
Preseason Week 1 Observations
The Philadelphia 76ers are 2-1 after their first week of preseason, not that the record really matters too much. What people want to see is how the team has performed and so far I would have to say it hasn't been as bad as everyone would have expected.
In their opener last Sunday, they defeated Bilbao Basket 106-104. They followed that up with a 103-99 defeat against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Then they returned stateside on Friday night and defeated the Boston Celtics 97-85.
Thaddeus Young is clearly the best played on the team and you can see just how consistent of a player he is. He has scored double figures in every game and shot 70 percent so far in the preseason. He is already in top form and ready to go.
We also saw the debut of Royce White in a 76ers uniform on Friday. In 10 minutes, he was able to jack up six shots and pour in five points and three rebounds.
We all know that the preseason doesn't mean much but for a team like the Sixers this is the best way to gauge the open competition that they have for a lot of their roster spots. They have played much better than people would have expected so far this preseason, especially on offense where they have averaged over 100 points a game.
It's refreshing to see the things we have seen thus far but there are five things that I have observed that are noteworthy at this point of training camp.
5. Brett Brown Will Run
If there is one thing we can look at in terms of style of play, it's that the Sixers are going to run this season. Off of missed field goals and turnovers, they will look to get the ball into Evan Turner's hands and have him push it. This is mainly because they don't have the personnel for an effective half court offense.
4. Evan Turner Has Noticeably Improved
Turner has been the subject of criticism from many Sixers fans. So far this preseason, he is playing much better. Now as the No. 1 option on offense, he has been more aggressive by shooting 24 free throws. His efficiency has also improved as he has shot 45 percent from the field thus far.
3. Tony Wroten Can Play
The most exciting player for the Sixers this preseason? That would be Tony Wroten. He has struggled with his shot but he is averaging over 13 points per game and has shown a tremendous knack for getting to the rim. He will be a good sixth man for the Sixers this season if he gets the green light to run.
2. Lavoy Allen is Out of Shape
Lavoy Allen on the offensive end of the floor continues to be a disappointment. In 35 minutes in the preseason, he has scored six points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The rebounding numbers are legit but with all of the injuries in the frontcourt he needs to assert himself more on offense. It is also evident to coach Brown that Allen is still out of shape and not ready to contribute as much as the team needs him to.
1. Michael Carter-Williams has Shown Poise
Fans were nervous with the high amount of turnovers and poor shooting percentages that rookie Michael Carter-Williams displayed during the Summer League. But so far this preseason, he has played incredibly efficiently and within his own skillset. In 79 minutes, he has only one turnover and is shooting 42 percent from the floor. He has shown excellent poise so far this season and looks ready to be inserted into the starting lineup right away because he is not trying to do too much.