The Sixers now have two more home wins this year then they had during the entire last season. Thanks to Thad Young and the rest of the young players on the team, the Sixers had an easy time with Phoenix.
Thad Young had one of his best games of the season with 24 points 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Evan Turner had his second best all around game of the year, only behind the last time they played the Suns, with 14 points 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Lou Williams added 14 points and Jrue Holiday had a season high 6 steals to go along with his 8 assists.
Lou Williams is 24 years old, Turner and Young are only 22 and Jrue is somehow, only 20. That is a great young core to be working with, and something to look forward to for Sixers fans. Jrue Holiday should be up there for the MIP (most improved player) award, his game has taken a jump to the next level after a solid but average rookie year.
However, two 76ers deserve the more credit than the rest for the resurgence this year. That would be coach Doug Collins and veteran Elton Brand. Collins can clearly teach the game, and while his substitution pattern I question at times, the players clearly like him and hes 100 times better than the last coach, Eddie Jordan. Eddie Jordan is such a bad coach, trying to implement the Princeton offense, which hasn’t worked in a high level of basketball since Princeton upset UCLA back in the 90s, on a group of young, energetic, pure athletic specimens who can run all day. The GM is lucky that Coach Collins is working out so well or he’d have a lot of heat on him.
Now Elton deserves so much credit its amazing. Coming off injury, everyone has been ripping him from pillar to post, like Bill Simmons, saying how bad of a contract and player he is. I would have agreed until this year. He has been a leader, and solid as a rock for the 76ers while everyone else has been sporadic. He deserves a lot of praise for the success of this team.
The other piece of great news is that after watching these games, one thing is now clear, they don’t rely or need Iguodala anymore. Yes he plays great defensive and runs the floor, but they don’t need him as other people can fill in what he does. This now makes him expendable to trade by the trading deadline this year, or til after the new bargaining agreement is made in the off-season. Either way, I don’t foresee Iggy being a part of this team by this time next year, which is good for both sides of the relationship at this point.
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Written by Bennett Snyder
Recently graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism. I have been a sports fan since before I could speak. While every kids dream of making it to the professional level didn't work out for me, I still have a strong desire to be around sports 24/7. I was born and live in Philadelphia, but spent most of my life in central New Jersey, so this tri-state area of NJ/NY/PA is my forte. If you have any questions you would like to ask just email me, no matter which sport, because i follow them all except golf and nascar.