In the eyes of most basketball fans as well as NBA analysts and experts, the game has changed from a half-court, big man dominated game, to an up-tempo League focused on exemplary guard play.
While the Sixers have found their point guard of the future in Jrue Holiday, the question remains of who can fill the role as a serviceable backup to our borderline All-Star floor general.
There have been number of ideas suggested by the scribes here at Philadunkia as to what the Sixers should do to cure their problems at back-up point guard. Of course all of them have fallen on deaf ears over at PCOM.
The Sixers have also tried their own ideas. Royal Ivey who was signed as a free agent this past summer was unable to grab the job during his brief audition. Then there was a failed attempt to let the undrafted Maalik Wayns win the spot. Of course “the Evan Turner as the back-up point guard experiment” continues nightly with lukewarm results.
Yesterday, the Sixers cut Wayns and signed free agent Shelvin Mack to a 10-day contract. As you probably know, Mack was just waived by the Washington Wizards after his disappointing rookie season. It was a curious move to say the least. Obviously the chances of Mack playing significant minutes for Collins, much less solving this nagging problem for the Sixers are nil. To be honest we here at Philadunkia have become totally worn out trying to figure out why the Sixers have failed to address this issue.
So in order to hear a fresh take on the 7-6 and their back-up PG situation I decided to conduct an interview with a subject who has a unique view on the inner working of the Sixers back-court. Earlier this week I sat down with former 76ers guard, Xavier Silas. If you recall, Silas had a long cup of coffee with the 7-6 in 2012-13, but only appeared in two games. Silas was also with Philadunkia’s home team for the Orlando Pro Summer League team and was in camp with Collins & Co. this past fall.
Silas now plays for the Maine Red Claws, of the NBA’s D-League organization where he is averaging 10.8 points, 3 boards and 2.8 dimes per night. He also was a teammates with Shelvin Mack for a stretch up in Maine.
Aftre the jump some Q&A withXavier Silas…