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Statistics through 1/20/10
Samuel Dalembert has been effective of late and Andre Iguodala has been steady, but Thaddeus Young has taken a step backward in his development.
Allen Iverson hasn't provided much of a lift since he signed. Lou Williams has been solid offensively, but defense is an issue.
Only the Raptors have regressed more defensively than the Sixers have this season. What was their strength the last two seasons is now a weakness.
Elton Brand isn't living up to his contract, now anchoring the second unit. There is some promising young talent on the bench.
After much talk of how Eddie Jordan's Princeton offense would help the Sixers, we only see it for a few possessions per game. And the defense has been a disaster.
The departure of Andre Miller was expected to hurt, but the Sixers have still been a huge disappointment this season.
They've got a healthy Elton Brand and added Allen Iverson 20 games into the season, and they're no better an offensive team than they were last year. But the defensive end of the floor has been the bigger issue.
The Sixers ranked 10th defensively two years ago and 14th last season. With their length and athleticism, they still force turnovers at a high rate, but are last in the league (by far) at defending the 3-point line.
With the likelihood that they can make a playoff push decreasing every week, the Sixers are stuck in no-man's land. They're paying some high-priced veterans, but aren't getting results. Meanwhile, they have some young players that need developing. The end result could be a roster shakeup before the Feb. 18 trading deadline.
-- John Schuhmann
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