|26th Overall||17th Overall|
Stats through Jan. 22
Though Jrue Holiday is an All-Star, you can make an argument that Thaddeus Young has been the Sixers' best player. Lavoy Allen provides some D, but little O. Jason Richardson helps space the floor, but hasn't shot that well.
Holiday has made the most of a much larger role than he had last season, improving his per-game averages by 5.5 points and 4.5 assists. Evan Turner has shown gradual improvement but is still rather inconsistent.
This is where the departure of Andre Iguodala and absence of Andrew Bynum really hurt. No team has regressed more defensively than the Sixers, who have allowed 6.8 points per 100 possessions more than they did last season.
Before the season, the Sixers thought they had a strong second unit, but they've had anything but. Their starting lineup has outscored its opponents by 6.0 points per 100 possessions. All other lineups have been outscored by 6.2.
Doug Collins did a nice job of getting the most of a mismatched roster in his first two seasons. This year, he hasn't been given a full deck to work with, and the Sixers haven't been good or consistent on either end of the floor.
This has not been the season the Sixers were expecting. They traded Iguodala (an All-Star last year) and Nikola Vucevic (averaging a double-double in just his second season) for Andrew Bynum, and Bynum has yet to play a game for them.
Holiday's development has been more than encouraging, and Thaddeus Young continues to be one of the most underrated players in the league. But there's not much else to be happy about in Philadelphia. After a 12-9 start, the Sixers closed the first half of the season by losing 15 of their next 20 games.
With how weak the Eastern Conference has been, they're still within shouting range of a playoff spot. And they expect to get Bynum back around the All-Star break to possibly give them a boost down the stretch. But with the way the last four months have gone, that's obviously not a guarantee.
Whether or not Bynum returns, the Sixers will have a big decision to make when he becomes a free agent in July. Is he really the franchise centerpiece they thought they traded for last summer?
-- John Schuhmann
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||A-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||A-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||D|
|New Orleans Pelicans||C-|
|New York Knicks||D|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||A|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|