The Philadelphia 76ers‘ New Year’s resolution should be playing defense. Like most resolutions, that probably won’t last long this season. They’ll need some help immediately.
Other than Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes, the rest of the Sixers have work to do on the defensive end. Leading scorer Evan Turner is having a career season, but averages just over a steal per game and doesn’t have any blocks so far. Small forwards don’t usually specialize in blocks, but Turner should be blocking some shots. He’s 6-foot-7 and plays an all-around game.
The other players on the team struggle to play any form of defense. Most of the big men with the exception of Hawes barely average more than 0.5 blockd per game. Center Daniel Orton is the only other big man to average over 0.5 blocks. The backcourt is lacking in steals. Sixth man Tony Wroten averages just under a steal per game.
The problem for the Sixers is that they’ve been too lackadaisical on defense whenever they have a comfortable lead or when they begin to make a comeback. In their last game against the Milwaukee Bucks, they allowed the Bucks to control the game early. The Sixers made an 8-0 run, but they let the Bucks pull away with a 15-4 run in the third quarter.
They also allowed the Bucks to get open looks. The Bucks shot 52.4 percent from the field. The Sixers need to fix this problem before it gets worse.