Michael Carter-Williams is the Philadelphia 76ers‘ best shot blocker. The fact that a point guard is the Sixers best low-post defender pretty much sums up how bad their defense is.
Carter-Williams is a good defender, but he should not be relied on as the team’s best shot blocker. He averages 0.67 blocks per game. This is the big reason the Sixers are last in defense. They’ve have been average at best on that end of the floor.
Opponents have been taking notice of the Sixers’ woes and are using this to their advantage. Their opponents average 3.4 more blocks per game. They also give up nearly 111 points per game. The Sixers have to fix this issue. In the last two losses to the lottery-bound Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks, they allowed both teams to average five more blocks.
After trading away centers Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen, the Sixers lost an inside presence to swat the ball. Despite the lag on defense, Hawes’ 1.28 blocks were enough to alter opponents’ shots. The same can be said for Allen, who became the Sixers’ best option off the bench.
Without Allen and Hawes, the Sixers got worse on defense. They boast a frontcourt consisting of below-average defenders. Henry Sims, Byron Mullens, Brandon Davies, Arnett Moultrie and Dewayne Dedmon aren’t adequate replacements. They combine to average 0.55 more blocks than Hawes.
The Sixers can’t rely on power forward Thaddeus Young either. Young is better equipped as a perimeter defender. His defensive style forces turnovers, not more blocks.
Making things worse is the absence of center Nerlens Noel. Noel was acquired by the Sixers for his shot-blocking ability. Without Noel or a inside presence, opponents will be constantly attacking the basket uncontested.