FORMER SIXERS UNITE

Posted by: Steve Toll
04/16/13 2:52 pm EST

How good would a team comprised of former 76ers players currently active in the NBA be? 

It’s an interesting question in what has been an interesting season to say the least.  So, let’s take a look at the possibilities.

We will use the current salaries of every player and keep under $60,000,000.  Elton Brand will not be included because he was amnestied and would prefer jail in Siberia to being on a hypothetical former 76ers roster.  Each player would essentially be a clone of himself and injuries are a part of things in this exercise.

Head Coach:  Aaron McKie

Asst Coach:  Eric Snow

PG:  Lou Williams, Andre Miller; $10,000,000

SG:  Thabo Sefolosha, Kyle Korver, Jodie Meeks; $10,100,000

SF:  Andre Iguodala, Matt Barnes, Mo Harkless; $17,900,000

PF:  Marreese  Speights, Reggie Evans; $5,800,000

C:  Nik Vucevic, Samuel Dalembert; $8,400,000

 

If you are keeping track, that’s $52,000,000 in salary.

What would the rotation look like?

“The 2001-Esque AI Starting Lineup until Lou tears his ACL”

Lou, Thabo, ‘Dre, Evans, Dalembert.  Lou would essentially take it to the rack every single possession.  Thabo would be in a corner looking for the open 3 and Iguodala would be moving around depending on the play.  Reggie and Sammy would only shoot the ball on Offensive Rebounds or wide open layups/dunks.  The offense would be ugly, but the defense would be devastating.

“Forget About Dre Nightshift”

Miller, Korver, Barnes, Speights, Vucevic would play a much more aesthetically pleasing brand of basketball on offense.  Old Man Dre is just a baller, he does what he does.  Barnes and Korver are both great off the ball.  Barnes is ~average from 3 and Korver is Elite.  Speights has become an ~average NBA player and knockdown shooter from 16-23 feet and Vucevic has made his living in the paint this season.  Vucevic has morphed into a super rebounder and Speights has turned in a magnificent rebound year in his on right. 

Once the Lou Williams injury happens, McKie would shake up the starting lineup to make everything more balanced going forward.  Meeks and Harkless would find little playing time, but fill out nicely if injuries were to happen and in certain situations.  The team has everything that you could ask for; 3 ball handlers, multiple elite perimeter defenders, 3pt snipers, rebounding machines and interior defenders.  Big and Small, this team could match up with any lineup in the NBA and would without question, have the best bench in NBA history.  \

So where would they find themselves at the end of the year?  Depth would really be this teams strength. 240 minutes of minutes played by legitimate top 8 rotation NBA players is unheard of.

I look at the Denver Nuggets and ask myself who is a better squad minus the ‘Dre Brothers.

Former 76ers: Lou, Kyle, Thabo, Meeks, Barnes, Mo, Reggie, SamD, Vuc, Speights

Current Nuggets: Lawson, Brewer, Chandler, Fournier, Gallo, Faried, Mcgee, Koufos

It would certainly be a close game on a neutral court as the numbers are pretty similar but the nod goes to the former 76ers squad.  One major difference is the former 76ers players are a far superior team from 3pt land.  The current Denver Nuggets are on pace to finish with 57 wins, if they can beat Phoenix in their home finale.  Add a bunch of wins because of the absurdly weak Eastern Conference but subtract a few over the loss of Lou Williams. 

As it stands, there is every reason to believe that the former 76ers of the NBA are a +60 win team this year and stand a punchers chance at dethroning the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals


 
 
 

20 Responses to “FORMER SIXERS UNITE”

  1. Rob Y
    16. April 2013 at 15:30

    Steve Toll-esque response:

    Steve,

    I can’t tell if you’re on something and living in fairy land based on your recent string of hypothetical rosters, have been playing too much fantasy NBA 2K13, or just need to check into a mental institution, but Denver is way better and its not even close.

    Bring up the stats. George Karl coaching the Nuggets vs. that team with a league average coach would win 70% of those games.

    If you come at the King, you better not miss. Future GM of the world!

  2. Rob Y
    16. April 2013 at 15:33

    Positionally, only Lou and Vuc are better than any of the players on the Nuggets if you subtract Fournier. I guess the Nuggets could use one more 3pt shooter like Korver or Meeks but they’re not much better if they had to swap Brewer or Chandler in order to get them.

  3. Adam
    16. April 2013 at 16:33

    Weird…

  4. Jon
    16. April 2013 at 19:18

    I’m just gonna assume this was written as satire.

  5. Ryan
    16. April 2013 at 20:06

    Great Article, And that Sixers team could legitimately compete in the Leastern Conference

  6. Alex
    16. April 2013 at 20:50

    Steve
    Hahaha,
    i love it. Now lets use your vivid imagination and create a team just like this from available FAs, Draft Picks, and what we can get via trade. But please do not trade Thad.

  7. Alex
    16. April 2013 at 20:57

    Does anybody know why Arnett Moultrie is not among Rookie 50 that is put together by David Thorpe? He should be there somewhere between 20 and 50!!

  8. Max
    16. April 2013 at 22:34

    there is no way lou could carry that starter offense. we tried that with eddie jordan and we all know the result

  9. Steve Toll
    17. April 2013 at 00:38

    RobY,

    As is the usual with you, I disagree with your opinions

    Adam,
    Yes it is

    Jon,
    No it was not

    Ryan,

    Thanks Man. “Leastern Conference” is a great line

    Alex,
    I already did a free agency one; http://philadunkia.com/?p=8846

    Moultrie is #31 on the list

    Max,
    You are kidding, right? Here is Lou Williams 09-10 stats; http://bkref.com/tiny/Hj2Gk
    He was quite good

  10. Jon
    17. April 2013 at 10:57

    Who’s the go to scorer when the game is on the line? Who’s gonna get buckets when the other team is on a run and we need to score?

  11. Adam
    17. April 2013 at 14:27

    Jon,

    I agree, that team has no chance in a playoff series where u need consistent scoring threats.

    Lou williams is proven to be a terrible playoff go-to scorer. And holiday i dont think is that guy either.

  12. Max
    17. April 2013 at 20:33

    i didnt say he wasnt good i said he coudnt carry that offense big difference

  13. Steve Toll
    17. April 2013 at 22:53

    Jon,

    Are you insinuating that an ISO play is a good play to end game? LOL

    Adam,

    What is your definition of “a legitimate scoring threat”?

  14. Jon
    18. April 2013 at 09:39

    No I’m not insinuating that? I’m not even talking strictly about the end of the game. Look at the sixers teams from the last few years, their biggest problem was there inability to score when they needed too. Every successful team needs a player who can break down the defense. This team doesn’t have that and neither did the past sixers. Any team that plays good team defense would make it very difficult for this team to score.

    An Iso play isn’t the only way a scorer can get looks.

    This is great because it ties in perfectly with the real sixers. The Bynum trade was a chance to give us a go to scorer, and in his absence jrue proved he could be that guy.

  15. Adam
    18. April 2013 at 11:56

    Someone who can score at a high level consistently, efficiently, and in many ways.

    Lou williams gets most of his buckets off long jumpers, and that nice pump fake. He was exposed last year in the playoffs when defenses keyed in on him… A high level go-to scorer would score regardless.

  16. Duane
    18. April 2013 at 12:54

    Well well well…..I made this exact point to Steve a few weeks ago. Glad I could help with the content.

  17. Steve Toll
    21. April 2013 at 15:44

    Adam,

    Haaaaaaaa

    The last 2 years: 807 of Lou’s 1506 pts came from Free Throws and 3’s. That is 53.6%

    254 of his points were shots at the rim.

    Over 70% of Lou’s scoring is Layups, Dunks,Free Throws and 3pt shooting

    Jon,

    “The Bynum trade was a chance to give us a go to scorer, and in his absence jrue proved he could be that guy.”

    Haaaaaaaaaa, take a look at this and then promptly go away; http://bkref.com/tiny/QSLDD

    Check out TS%

    Then click this link; http://bkref.com/tiny/iVj3J

    More proof that you are wrong

  18. Adam
    22. April 2013 at 14:52

    Toll, a lot of lous FT attempts come off the pumpfake, rather than at the rim, but thats not even the point…. Considering his penchant for missing lots of shots, and especially for taking bad shots….

    But the real point is that he was completely exposed in last seasons playoffs (in both series’) as far from a go-to scorer in the nba…. He is not elite or even close to elite at any aspect of scoring…. And to win in the playoffs, u need that from your best scorer.

  19. Adam
    22. April 2013 at 15:12

    So only 17% of lous points came at the rim on layups/dunks? Thats pretty terrible….

  20. Steve Toll
    22. April 2013 at 16:13

    Go look at all the BAD minutes NBA teams throw out in the court, this team has 0.

    It also only uses $52,000,000 in cap space

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