Grading the Philadelphia 76ers’ Starting 5 Through The First 2 Weeks
Philadelphia 76ers Two Week Report Card
Although they took a bit of a step back during Week 2 of the NBA season, the Philadelphia 76ers have still massively exceeded expectations by starting out the season 4-3. They have played extremely well, especially on the offensive end of the floor.
They are third in the league in points-per-game at 105.9. They are also in the middle of the pack with 7.7 three pointers made per game.
However, on defense, it has been a bit of a struggle. They are 29th in the NBA in points allowed (106.9) and are last in the league in giving up 11.9 three-point field goals per game. Surprisingly, despite being vastly undersized, they are fifth in the league in rebounding but their differential is right around zero because they give up a league high 13.4 offensive rebounds per game.
Despite some of their obvious deficiencies the team is still exceeding expectations in almost all aspects across the board. New head coach Brett Brown is doing amazing things with a roster that is honestly not all that talented. He is getting the most out of guys like Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Tony Wroten and if anything, he is at least making the team fun to watch. They get up and down the court and put points on the board; something that they certainly did not do at all under Doug Collins.
At 4-3 with a tough four-game stretch ahead of them next week, let’s grade the performances of the main players on the Sixers roster thus far.
5. Michael Carter-Williams - B+
MCW’s epic debut of 22 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists and nine steals will not be forgotten and he also has great numbers for the season overall (18.7 points, 8.1 assists, 5.9 rebounds). If it wasn’t for his 40-percent shooting, including a 4-for-17 dud, he would receive an A because he has played poised and remarkably strong throughout the first seven games.
4. James Anderson - C+
Although the numbers aren’t really there (6.9 points, 3.9 rebounds) Anderson has done some solid things for the Sixers. He has played pretty good defense and shown a knack for crashing the boards. I would just like to see a little better than the 32 percent he is shooting from three.
3. Evan Turner - A-
Evan Turner has finally played like a No. 2 pick should play all along. He is averaging 23.4 points and 6.7 rebounds while miraculously hitting 52 percent from the field and shooting over six free throws a game. He is attacking the rim and playing great basketball. The only thing preventing him from receiving an A is the inability to stay in front of someone on the defensive end. He still gets lost on help defense and that seems to be the only hole in his game right now.
2. Thaddeus Young - B
Surprisingly, Thad has been a little inconsistent this season. He’s had two great games of 29 points and three games where he has scored 10 points or less. I like that he has hit five threes already this season since it is an added weapon for his game but he needs to do better than the 5.9 rebounds per game he is currently averaging.
1. Spencer Hawes - A
In a word, Spencer has been amazing this year. He is averaging 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.9 blocks. On offense, he is shooting 55 percent from the field and his hit 12 three pointers already. On defense, he is the only inside force they have and the only rebounder as he has to go up against multiple big men every given night. Hawes is doing big things in his contract year.