HOLE IN THE MIDDLE

Posted by: Philadunkia
11/02/10 9:06 am EST

The Philadelphia 76ers have a gleaming hole at the center position.  Their starting center Spencer Hawes is a scrub and in his three starts has produced ten points and nine rebounds — total.  

His backup, Marreese Speights, who is defensively challenged and suddenly injury prone has found himself warming the bench for the majority of Philadelphia’s first three games (an average of five minutes per game).  Since Hawes and Speights have been unable to handle the center duties, Elton Brand has spent significant time at the 5-spot over the first three games and done an admirable job.  However Brand is not the answer for 2010-11 nor the long haul.  The old-timer Tony Battie got some playing time at center in the 76ers contests against the Hawks and Pacers and was serviceable.  Battie has seen 19 total minutes on the floor and tallied three points, four rebounds and a pair of blocks, but again the Sixers can not rely on him to start and see major minutes each night.  

It’s clear the 76ers need to look elsewhere at the five position.  A low-post presence is key to compete in the East against the likes of Dwight Howard, Chris Bosh and the O’Neal’s in Boston.  Even taller average players like Roy Hibbert will be able to have their ways offensively against Philly on the interior.  The 76ers missed out on numerous opportunities this summer to sign a big and it’s killing this team right now.  So whether it’s through free agency or via a trade, the 76ers will have to start making phone calls for a player who can bang in the post and fix this problem now. 

Lets take another look at some of the players available in free agency and potentially through trade who can plug the hole in the middle for the 7-6.  

 
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MO’S TAVERN

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
04/30/10 10:16 am EST

Now that the ball is no longer bouncing at the Wachovia Center for the Philadelphia 76ers’ 2009-10 campaign, players have some free time to do things outside the basketball realm.  Recently Sixers forward Marreese Speights was at the Copabanana on South Street as a guest bartender in order to raise money for the Ronald McDonald house in Philadelphia.  Speights is possibly following in the footsteps of fellow teammate Samuel Dalembert who recently received the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for helping out mightily with the relief effort in Haiti.

“Helping out with the Ronald McDonald house is a great feeling,” said Speights.  “I realized that it’s harder to serve drinks then I thought it was, but I’m doing my best to help out the children.”


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HOLY CHRISTMAS, PHI / NJ NOW 0-3

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/08/09 11:03 pm EST

speightssummerleague1Despite 18 points from former Temple star Dionte Christmas, the 76ers and Nets combination team fell to 0-3 Wednesday night at the Orlando Pro Summer League after losing to the host Orlando Magic 108-86. The 108 points the Magic put up is an OPSL scoring record.

 

When talking about the lopsided loss and the giving up the OPSL scoring record the 76ers Marreese Speights commented, “We’re getting good work in. All we can do is come out tomorrow and get a win.”  

 

A win sure would help to ease the painful memory of this embarrassing debacle.

 


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