I said before the series started that it would go 5, but I was pleasantly surprised how close it ended up being. The Sixers were in every game but one, and even stole a win, which heading toward the future is very promising. The two future franchise players were excellent in their first playoff series ever, Holiday and Turner. No Sixer fan should be disappointed with their effort, as they battled hard with a much more talented team, and it just feels good to be out of the Eddie Jordan years.
Elton Brand was awesome, battling inside, and doing all he could, even had a game winning block on LeBron one game. The Sixers showed a lot of promise and there are 4 crucial offseason moves they have to make.
1. Resign Thad Young. He is a key player for the 76ers, and really made a big stride offensively this year, causing many matchup problems. My fear is that a team that saw him will offer him big money to be a starter, something the Sixers can’t afford to do. Hopefully he has some loyalty and knows that he will get extended minutes next year.
2. Trade Andre Iguodala. It is time for the longest tenured Sixer to part ways. The city has turned on him because of his mediocre offensive game. He is a very good player but is being paid like a great one. Turner proved this playoff series that he can fill in immediately to replace Iggy. It will be sort of sad to see him go but it is definitely necessary, as Turner and Andre can’t coexist. Not really sure what 76ers could get for him but he be great on a contender, hes like a better Ron Artest.
3 and 4. Get a center and pure scorer. Since the Sixers don’t have any superstars, although Jrue Holiday at 20 looks like he could be on his way. They need to shape their team like the 2000′s Detroit Pistons. All very good players, that played great defense, and had amazing chemisty. Right now Spencer Hawes isn’t the type of center that benefits the Sixers. They need someone like a Tyson Chandler/Ben Wallace type, that will rebound, shots and be happy with a few dunks here and there. The other thing they need is somebody that can score. Think Danny Granger, but he doesn’t necessarily have to be as good as DG because Holiday and Turner can create. The Pistons used Rip Hamilton to get them easy, automatic points, the Sixers need something like this. If they can address one of these two positions as well as the top 2 issues I mentioned then it will be a great offseason. With the 16th pick in the draft there won’t be amazing talent, so they have to get lucky and hope the pick pans out. Somebody like Tyler Honeycutt or Jordan Hamilton can be that scorer they could use. Both are big at 6’7 and can shoot. If the Sixers run Holiday one of those two, Turner, Brand, and find a center, with Young, Williams, and Meeks coming off the bench they could be dangerous.
About the Author
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.