The Philadelphia 76ers‘ defensive woes continue after last night’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Turnovers are the biggest contributors to their defensive problems. Anytime a team turns the ball over it increases an opponent’s chance of earning two easy points.
The Sixers are ranked 29th in the NBA in turnovers, thus creating the league’s worst defensive team. The biggest problem has been chemistry and ball handling as they allow a whopping 17.7 turnovers per game.
The Houston Rockets are the only team ranked below (18.3 turnovers per game); however, their scoring offsets the points allowed. The Golden State Warriors have slightly less with 17 but also have high scoring to offset the points allowed.
The 7-15 record may not be indicative of how bad this team really is, but it’s noticeable when teams are swiping the ball away. Evan Turner and Michael Carter-Williams are the second worst duo in turnovers behind the Miami Heat‘s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Turner and Carter-Williams average 3.7 and 3.6 turnovers whereas James and Wade average 3.8 and 3.7 per game.
The difference between both teams is the Sixers have four players who average above 2.3 turnovers per game. Mario Chalmers is the only other Heat player to average 2.1 turnovers per game.
Part of the problem is the Sixers lack true point guards. Carter-Williams is playing point guard, but he is really a shooting guard. Lorenzo Brown is the only other point on the team, but he plays a limited 7.7 minutes per game.
Carter-Williams is also out with a knee infection so the Sixers plug shooting guard Tony Wroten in his place at point. Wroten posted decent numbers in the 94-83 loss to the Clippers but managed four turnovers. He’s more of an explosive player who lacks the ball handling skills of a point guard.
Aside from the injuries the Sixers lack a true playmaker and ball handler. They should make it a priority to search for one via trade or during the summer.