Philadelphia 76ers' Bench Needs to Step Up with Absence of Michael Carter-Williams

By Zach Slotter
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Already down Jason Richardson, Nerlens Noel, Arnett Moultrie and Kwame Brown, this depleted Philadelphia 76ers roster took another hit when rookie sensation Michael Carter-Williams sat out Wednesday’s victory over the Houston Rockets with an injured foot. It remains to be seen how long MCW will be out as he has received the “day-to-day” tag, but in his absence it is important for the bench players to step up and pick up some of the slack.

They are missing 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.6 assists when Carter-Williams is out of the lineup. Head coach Brett Brown knows he is going to receive steady production from Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes. What fans shouldn’t expect on any given night is 36 points from James Anderson and a triple-double from Tony Wroten.

So in order to make up for the production the bench needs to step up and have a greater impact, especially given the fact that the leading scorer off the bench is forced to move into the starting lineup in Wroten. If you don’t count Wroten, Darius Morris leads the bench in scoring at 5.7 points per game. Morris did score 10 points on Wednesday, but they need a little more efficiency than 3-for-10 shooting.

Lavoy Allen, on the other hand, stuffed the stat sheet in every category other than scoring with one point, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. He needs to score the basketball in order for this team to weather the storm of injuries.

Guys like Hollis Thompson, Daniel Orton and Brandon Davies just need to give them something — just a field goal here or there so Brown can rest the starters a little bit. The more successful the bench can be, the more Brown can play them and prevent the starting lineup from playing over 40 minutes per game.

The bench shot 3-for-15 in their first game without MCW. With back-to-back games starting tonight, it has to be better if the Sixers want to win.

Zach Slotter is a contributor for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @zslot6, Like his Facebook page and add him on Google. 

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