|2011-12 Team Rating|
|17th Overall||3rd Overall|
2011-12 Team Stats
Andrew Bynum will be an anchor on both ends of the floor, but given the blockbuster trade they made in August, mistakes were made in July. Either Kwame Brown or Spencer Hawes no longer fits.
Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner each had their moments in the playoffs, but more consistency is needed, especially from Turner. Lou Williams, who signed with Atlanta, is no longer around to pick up the slack.
Losing Iguodala, the Sixers’ defense will regress on the perimeter. Acquiring Bynum, it will improve on the interior. But Spencer Hawes could be a disaster defensively if he’s playing power forward.
Dorell Wright’s shooting was needed more than Nick Young’s inefficiency. Most important, the Sixers brought back Lavoy Allen, who should play more than Hawes or Brown, on a very reasonable deal.
Doug Collins has made the most of the talent he’s been given over the last two years. Now, he’ll have to find a way to connect with the enigmatic Bynum, who could walk away next summer.
There will be no carryover from an expected and feel-good run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. Instead, the Sixers have completely restructured their roster.
Now, that roster has a focal point, as long as Bynum decides to stay long-term. With a player that can draw double-teams, the Sixers have a chance to build a much better offense than they've had in the past. And with an athletic seven-footer in the paint, they'll be just fine defensively. But things will take some time, and at this point, all the pieces don't fit quite right.
Still, with a young and talented core, the Sixers' ceiling is now higher. And just where they stand in the Eastern Conference over the next few years will be determined by the development of young guards Holiday and Turner.
-- John Schuhmann
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||C+|
|Los Angeles Clippers||B|
|Los Angeles Lakers||A|
|New Jersey Nets||A|
|New Orleans Hornets||B+|
|New York Knicks||C|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||A|
|Portland Trail Blazers||C-|
|San Antonio Spurs||B|