Philadelphia 76ers Will Have to Guard Phoenix Suns' Perimeter Shooting

By Alan Gung
Evan Turner
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Miles Plumlee and Markieff Morris are going to be a handful for the Philadelphia 76ers front-court. However, they won’t be the biggest match-up problem. The combination of starting guards Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe will give the Sixers back-court a major headache.

Both Dragic and Bledsoe are the Phoenix Suns’ top scorers. They average over 18 points per game each.

The Sixers need starting guards Michael Carter-Williams and Evan Turner to focus on their defense. The scoring is there for the Sixers, but the defense is still lacking. The Sixers still rank last in points allowed.

The Suns are an average defensive team, but make it up on the offensive end. They are among the top 10 NBA teams in points per game.

Carter-Williams, Turner and forward Thaddeus Young are the only Sixers averaging over a steal per game. The only problem is Turner barely averages over a steal. He’s the team’s leading scorer too.

Perimeter defense is an area the Sixers can’t slack off against the Suns, particularly behind the arc. The Suns are very good three-point shooters as they’re among the top five in three-point shooting. Dragic and Bledsoe take a high percentage of outside shots. Dragic averages 34 percent and Bledsoe shoots 36 percent respectively.

Tony Wroten and James Anderson also have their hands full in Phoenix. Both players average slightly over a steal per game. Wroten will need to utilize his explosiveness if he’s going to challenge anyone from the Suns quicker back-court. While Anderson has to play some form of defense.

If the Sixers don’t guard the perimeter the Suns will put on a shooting clinic.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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