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Philadelphia 76ers: Lack Of Depth On Display In Loss To Phoenix Suns

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Howard Smith – USA Today Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers were without one of their best players in last night’s game against the Phoenix Suns as Evan Turner sat out with knee soreness. A couple of the Sixers’ regulars picked up the slack in the scoring department as Thaddeus Young scored 30, Michael Carter-Williams added 27 and Tony Wroten chipped in with 22 off the bench.

But the thing that stood out in the Sixers’ 115-101 loss is that their lack of depth is alarming and will make it impossible for them to win many more games this year.

Even at full strength, this roster is not loaded with quality players; but if you look at this game, no one took advantage of extra playing time in the absence of ET. The big three scorers put up 79 of the team’s 101 points on the night. Elliot Williams started in place of Turner and was scoreless in 27 minutes on 0-of-5 shooting. Hollis Thompson turned his increased playing into four points on 2-of-8 shooting in 35 minutes.

James Anderson also saw a healthy amount of playing time, and all he had to show for it was six points on 2-of-8 shooting.

So without Turner from the shooting guard and small forward position, the Sixers were able to contribute 10 points on 4-of-21 shooting. That is absolutely abysmal. These guys are pretty much getting their chance because they play for the Sixers, and need to have better showings if they want to stick around in the league.

They were missing 19.3 points per game without Turner on the floor, and no role players stepped up to fill that void, proving even further that the Sixers have assembled a roster that is not looking to win any ball games this season.

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