With the All-Star break slowly approaching, there’s not much to be said that hasn’t already been said about the Sixers this season. Right now they stand just on the edge of the playoffs in the 9th slot, with a 15-23 record. There’s too many similarities that stand out with this team from a year ago. The team is still without a superstar, they can establish leads but not close out games, and although the rotations on offense are better then a year ago they are still inconsistent and have ultimately doomed the team in certain games this season.
However there are many more bright spots this season then a year ago.
Willie Green and Samuel Dalembert are gone, two players who have lived by the word inconsistent. Perimeter defense which killed this team last year seems to be better then average this season. Elton Brand is finally showing that he can play close to the level he used to play. The Sixer bench has been playing great, especially Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams. It also seems like the biggest question this year is finally being answered. Evan Turner, a player who the Sixers organization is depending upon to be its future, looks like he’s getting comfortable in the offense and is finally being effective.
Yet, a 6’6” forward out of Arizona who is the alleged face of the franchise is holding this team back once again. In Andre Iguodala’s seven game absence the Sixers went 3-4. For any good team this record would mean the Iguodala’s absence was crucial to the teams success. Yet for a team with 15 wins this season, and during a tough road trip, this was a great showing for the Sixers. Three of the losses came by five or less points. In Iguodala’s first game back with the team two nights ago in a loss to the Indiana Pacers, he shot an atrocious 0-7 from the field including 0-2 from the three point line. The 3-ball is a shot Iguodala should never be taking in this League. For a team trying to grow and learn who they are as a unit, it’s clear that they should really be pursing to trade Iguodala once and for all.
You’re telling me the Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets have more to offer the Denver Nuggets for Carmelo Anthony right now then the Sixers? If I were Rod Thorn or Ed Stefanski I would be throwing Andre Iguodala, Louis Williams, a future first-round pick, and maybe even Jodie Meeks at the Nuggets in exchange for Anthony. I don’t see why the Sixers aren’t involved in this trade at this point in the season. The city of Philadelphia has given up on Iguodala so why hasn’t the organization? The trade would give the Sixers a guaranteed superstar while still having the surrounding cast to support him. It would be nice if Denver could throw a big man in the trade as well such as Chris Anderson to give us some more support in the lane.
It’s time to pull the plug. The Sixers have a chance to get the four or five seed in the East this season if Ed Stefanski is able to work out this deal. Imagine the excitement that would be injected into the Sixers fan base with this move and how packed the WFC would get night in and night out from this deal? It would breathe new life into the organization and give a face to a franchise who has been faceless since the departure of the prime version of Allen Iverson.
If Ruben Amaro Jr. is able to steal Cliff Lee from the Yankees, then Thorn and/or Stefanski should be able to steal Carmelo from the Nets.