2007 Philadelphia 76ers Season Preview
The ‘76er who did not practice, eschewed team for “me” and still somehow managed to be an impressive force in the NBA—Allen Iverson—is gone. Iverson, who was the star of the Sixers was traded last season to the Denver Nuggets, is no longer a member of the 76ers. That means that Philadelphia is officially without a star talent and in a rebuilding mode.
Can three-year vet and swingman Andre Iguodala ( .447 FG%, .310 3P%, .820 FT%, 5.7 RPG, 5.7 APG, 18.2 PPG) be the go-to guy for this team? Iguodala is truly versatile with the ability to play tough inside against the boards and also hit from downtown. Iguodala, who is also a fine foul shooter and a solid assist man, needs to step-up this season as the team leader. With four-year forward Kyle Korver ( .440 FG%, .430 3P%, .914 FT%, 3.5 RPG, 1.4 APG, 14.4PPG), who has a sweet foul shot, playing a fine inside game Philadelphia looks to improve. Over the summer, center Samuel Dalembert ( .541 FG%, .000 3P%, .746 FT%, 8.9 RPG, 0.8 APG, 10.7 PPG) is said to have bettered his game. This can only help the team.
With Iverson gone, the man to step-up in 2007- 08 is guard Andre Miller ( .466 FG%, .143 3P%, .784 FT%, 4.4 RPG, 7.8 APG, 13.4 PPG), who was third in the NBA in scoring last season. Formerly from Utah, Miller is a great guy in the locker room, reliable with the ball and a solid shooter. Look for third-year man Willie Green ( .411 FG%, .325 3P%, ,667 FT%, 2.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, 11.3 PPG) to be the guy across from Miller. The big question is can Green hit better than 41% from the court. He must if the Sixers expect to win.
In 2007- 08, Philadelphia finds itself in flux. Young talent abounds but proven talent does not. Still, this is a club that offers promise, excitement and growth. After Iverson left the club last season, Philadelphia started to collaborate, pass and offer some impressive “D.” Look for the Philadelphia ‘76ers to continue to develop and be the Atlantic Division’s team of the future.