LOOKING FOR A SCORER

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/10/13 9:33 am EST

The Sixers need a scorer.  It seems like a pretty simple sentiment.  In fact, there will be those that criticize this post as being too simplistic.

“Of course, every team could use a scorer.”

“We want a name!”

The point of this post isn’t to postulate about potential players, but rather to point out a decade long problem.

The Sixers have not had a legitimate go-to-guy since Allen Iverson was shipped to Denver, which happens to be about the same time that the franchise’s success stalled.

This is not a coincidence.

Every team that has found extreme success in the NBA over the past decade plus (Heat, Mavs, Lakers, Spurs, Celtics) have a clearly defined go-to-guy.  This is also not a coincidence.  The best NBA teams are well-structured and well-rounded, as a one man show rarely makes it very far (save for an ’01 Iverson and an ’07 LeBron James).

However, in the final minutes of a close game these teams know who to turn to.  For such squads it is no mystery who is going to get the ball in the game’s final minutes; this has been a guessing game for the Sixers over the past several seasons.

The Sixers are facing an extremely uncertain future, and need to make signing legitimate scorers a priority.  Enough of the hybrid position players like Iguodala, Young, Turner, who are great fits for already-established teams, but not ideal for a team without an identity.

Sure, signing a high-caliber scorer is easier said than done, but it is not impossible.  The player does not have to be a “superstar,” just someone who can consistently put the ball in the basket. J.R. Smith, an upcoming free agent, is an example of a strong scorer who has not achieved superstar status; so yes they exist.

Snagging a scorer through the draft may be the team’s best option.  That could mean taking a chance in 2013 on LeHigh’s C.J. McCollum, who was an explosive college scorer.  Or it could mean playing well below .500 ball for another season and trying to capitalize on an impressive 2014 draft class, which contains some potentially franchise-changing faces.

While the Sixers have a lot of issues to address this off-season, securing a solid scorer, who is unafraid of crunch time, should be a top priority.


 
 
 

9 Responses to “LOOKING FOR A SCORER”

  1. Steve Toll
    10. May 2013 at 11:06

    With ~$12 million in cap space, the 76ers need to add as many quality players as possible. Good players find a way to score.

    Its moot though, my sources tell me Bynum is getting resigned

  2. Adam
    10. May 2013 at 12:08

    Go-to scorers typically do need to be superstars…. I cant name a legit title team (save the pistons in 04) with a role playing go-to scorer.

    And its not al about the final 2-3 minutes of a close game… What MORE important is having a guy u can count on to get buckets when ur down 8-15 in the middle of the game to go on a run to get u back into a game, and put u in position to win.

    Toll, when u say add high quality players, what exacty do u mean? Short term 1 year contracts? Cause what the benifit of signing a few guys, on multi year deals??? to possibly make a weak sauce playoff run and avoiding the draft? Seriously whats the benifit there???

  3. Steve Toll
    10. May 2013 at 15:21

    Adam,

    I’m all for tanking the season

    BUT in the hypothetical scenario of try to make the best team next year; that $12 needs to be spent on multiple qualityplayers

  4. Adam
    10. May 2013 at 16:01

    There is NO hypothetical scenario in which trying to make the best team for next season is a good thing…. So drop it…. Its nonsense.

  5. Ross
    10. May 2013 at 18:52

    Wait, Toll, do you really have sources telling you Bynum will be resigned? I hope that’s true

  6. Allen Iverson
    11. May 2013 at 10:26

    Unless he has a direct line in Houston to Hinkie, Toll has zero idea what is going to happen with Bynum.

  7. Adam
    11. May 2013 at 13:05

    Toll is a 35 year old living in his grandmothers basement staring at a computer screen watching numbers change on basketball-reference….

    He doesnt even have a tv or a phone… Hes never watched a basketball game before, much less have nba sources.

  8. Jon in LA
    11. May 2013 at 15:25

    I second C.J. McCollum. Worst case he comes off our bench and puts up 10 a game.

  9. Steve Toll
    15. May 2013 at 14:06

    Adam,

    I’m actually 41 and it’s my parents basement.

    Jon in LA,

    The 76ers had Jodie Meeks and let him go

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