Now that the trade deadline has come and gone it’s time to re-evaluate this Sixer team. After weeks of speculation, the Sixers made a seemingly minor deal. And the lack of a major move has provided more questions than answers.
The main question being why wasn’t a “major” move made?
The answer from the Sixer brass was typical, that no deal made sense. Though, what has made sense for this team this year?
Another question being, was it the right move to not make a move?
The answer to that question will come in time.
So, in re-evaluating this team let’s try to find some hope in an otherwise hopeless situation.
First, let’s discuss the player the Sixers acquired at the deadline, Jodie Meeks. The deal got little to no fan fair. However, Meeks could be a player. He was a great player while at Kentucky, and his playing time in Milwaukee was limited for a reason. Luke Ridnour, Brandon Jennings, and before he was injured, Michael Redd, made up the majority of the guard play for the Bucks.
Meeks from all accounts is a terrific shooter, something the Sixers need badly. Having a consistent threat from outside could change the dynamic of this team offensively.
Now, onto the major weaknesses of this team, which are many.
While the Sixers poor defense has hurt them the majority of the time, it can be blamed on the way they play offense. Being a running team can often times take your team out of position the other way on defense. And when they are slowed down by the better teams and forced to play half-court Basketball their weaknesses are further exploited. Ed Stefanski even blamed Eddie Jordan for focusing too much on teaching the Princeton offense and basically ignoring the defensive side of the ball.
Coaching has been a problem all year. And as I mentioned, Ed Stefanski hasn’t exactly given the vote of confidence to Eddie Jordan lately. Openly, while not maliciously, criticizing Jordan and his mistakes. All signs point to Eddie Jordan being fired, and there really isn’t a point in firing him until the end of the season. This season is a lost cause, Stefanski knows this, and may have realized that blowing up this team wasn’t the answer. That the real problem was the guy wearing the suit, at least he’ll be the scapegoat. It maybe the only shot Stefanski has at keeping his job. And having job security into next season, he’d like to have some weapons around to have a fighting chance at keeping his job this time next season.
So it looks as if Stefanski is going to get one more shot. Just because no big deals were made before the deadline doesn’t mean they won’t happen during the off-season. Samuel Dalembert for instance will be easier to get rid of this Summer, and he’ll probably be in higher demand having an expiring contract.
Also, during the off-season you pretty much have unlimited time to discuss deals. A lot of things can happen, if the Sixers were to trade Andre Iguodala this summer they could be looking for a high draft pick. Perhaps a young player, with a cheap cap hit and a high upside. Something like Jodie Meeks who the Sixers got essentially for a 2nd round pick.
The hope for the Sixers is all in the time they have left to turn this thing around. I would consider Eddie Jordan as good as gone, his Princeton offense has been scrapped and I can’t see him being here next season. It gives Ed Stefanski time to find a new head coach and change the overall dynamic of this team.
So, are you all ready for one more try at this? Stefanski his hoping he’ll get one, and by the comments and lack of moves he’s made, believe me he’s counting on it.
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Written by Mike Santa Barbara
Sports writer covering mostly Philadelphia sports for over 10 years. Work has been featured on RealGM.com, GCobb.com and Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia (CSNPhilly.com.)