76ers continue to add good pieces to their mix

Earlier this summer, this was Philadelphia’s projected roster:

Tier 2B – Questionable Playoff Contenders

 

TEAM

COACH

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

PHI

41 W

Jordan

Williams

Green

Iguodala

Young

Dalembert

Holiday

Ivey

Kapono

Rush ?

 

Brand X

Smith X

Marshall ?

Speights

Brezec

 

 

With this news today, however …

 

76ers agree to terms with Carney

 

… there is now, at least, a good possibility that Philadelphia might actually choose to field a line-up with a different configuration, when the regular season starts, which looks like this:

 

 

TEAM

COACH

PG

OG

SF

PF

C

PHI

41 W

Jordan

Williams

Iguodala

Young

Brand X

Dalembert

Holiday

Ivey

Green

Kapono

Rush ?

Carney

Smith X

Marshall ?

Speights

Brezec

 

 

Key Differences

  • Shifting Andre Iguodala to the Starting OG position.
  • Shifting Thaddeus Young to the Starting SF postion.
  • Shifting Elton Brand into the Starting PF position.
  • Shifting Willie Green into the Back-up OG position.
  • Shifting Jason Kapono into an Extra OG position.
  • Inserting Rodney Carney into the Back-up SF position.

 

… in which case, the 76ers would warrant proper re-classification into the slightly higher category of Tier 2A – Possible Playoff Contenders, i.e. along with Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, Detroit, Charlotte, Toronto and Washington.

 

The moves which Ed Stefanski has made, thus far, this summer, in an effort to continue the gradual development of the 76ers have all been solid:

 

1. Hiring a sound, experienced NBA head coach [i.e. Eddie Jordan].

 

2. Trading Reggie Evans [an excess Back-up PF/Rebounder] for Jason Kapono [a Back-up SF-OG/Spot-up Shooter].

 

3. Drafting a young athletic PG-of-the-future with good size.

 

4. Allowing Andre Miller [veteran PG] to leave, via UFA.

 

5. Re-signing Royal Ivey [still youngish veteran 3rd-string PG] to a cost-effective contract, via UFA.

 

6. Re-signing Rodney Carney [still youngish veteran Back-up SF-OG/Defender-Rebounder-3PT-Shooter] to a cost-effective contract, via UFA.

 

This is now [I] a VERY athletic group of players, with [II] good size [especially, at the PG, OG, SF and C positions], [III] an elevated FG shooting percentage [on the whole], [IV] a solid core of returnees, and [V] a significant number of highly serviceable new additions that were not part of last year’s squad, including:

 

#1/Elton Brand/returning from an injury
#2/Jason Smith/returning from an injury
#3/Jrue Holiday/2009 1st Round Draft Pick [No. 17]
#4/Jason Kapono/via trade
#5/Primoz Brezec/via UFA; and,
#6/Rodney Carney/via UFA.

 

The group of players and coaches now on Philly’s roster should be able to compete night-in and night-out for a 3rd consecutive berth in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.  

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2 Responses to “76ers continue to add good pieces to their mix”

  1. Raps Fan Says:

    Philly is looking good. I like shifting Iggy to the off-guard, he will be tough to handle for most in the east. Carney was a solid pickup, what do you think his contract was for? I am interested to see how cheaply he was had. The Raptors could have used him off the bench. I would be much more comfortable with him as the primary backup then Wright.

  2. khandor Says:

    Raps Fan,

    According to the report I read, Carney has agreed to sign for the NBA’s 4th-yr veteran’s minimum contract [approximately $0.855 M for 1 season].

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    I really do not believe that most other Raptors fans fully grasp just how athletic this team is … for example, if they choose to line-up like this:

    PG – Louis Williams [6-2, 175]
    OG – Andre Iguodala [6-6, 207]
    SF – Thaddeus Young [6-8, 220]
    PF – Jason Smith [7-0, 240]
    C – Marreese Speights [6-10, 245]

    Jrue Holiday
    Willie Green
    Jason Kapono [a poor athlete, who can really shoot it]
    Rodney Carney [an improving 3Pt-shooter]
    Elton Brand [a relatively poor athlete, with a deadly mid-range J]
    Samuel Dalembert

    … everyone of whom can REBOUND his own position with the exception of J-Killa.

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