Preseason: Saturday, October 15, 7:00 PM at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
35-31 in 2011-12
39-27 in 2011-12
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The Sixers return to Wells Fargo Center for the first time since their Game Six win in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Celtics; fittingly, the Sixers will play host to Boston Monday night.
Players To Watch
Jrue Holiday, G, 6-3, 180, Four Seasons
Perhaps no Sixer will benefit more greatly from the team's acquisition of Andrew Bynum than 22-year-old point guard Jrue Holiday. Expected to log major minutes as the team's primary ball-handler in 2012-13, the fourth-year guard believes assists will come easier to him, as he will be able to feed the skilled finisher Bynum in the low post.
As one of just five returning members from last year’s team, Holiday knows he will be expected to take on more of a leadership role this season, saying his role will be to "step up and speak up."
Through the Sixers' first two preseason contests, the UCLA alum is averaging 18.5 points, 6.0 assists, and 5.0 rebounds per contest and is shooting 55.1% from the floor.
Evan Turner, G, 6-7, 205, Three Seasons
One of the best rebounding guards in the league, Turner averaged 9.4 points and 5.8 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game last season. The second-overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft saw his numbers improve in the playoffs, where he averaged 12.8 points and 7.9 rebounds in 34.5 minutes per game.
In Saturday's preseason contest against the Brooklyn Nets, Turner played 33 minutes and scored 14 points while adding seven rebounds and three assists in a 105-108 loss.
Lavoy Allen, F, 6-9, 225, Second Season
Arguably the team's most improved player from opening night to the playoffs last season, Lavoy Allen played a major role for the Sixers in the 2012 postseason, where his defense on Kevin Garnett in the Eastern Conference Semifinals was lauded by head coach Doug Collins.
The Temple alum will be one of several big men to compete for time at the power forward and center positions.
Head coach Doug Collins recently said that Allen could one day blossom into a double-double player because of his shooting prowess and willingness to bang in the paint.
The 6-9 big man has averaged 5.0 points, 8.0 boards, and 2.0 blocks per game through the first two games of the Sixers' 2012 preseason.