2006 Philadelphia 76ers Preview
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2006 Philadelphia 76ers Basketball Season Preview
The Sixers have talent but they have lacked discipline for years. Last season Philadelphia missed the playoffs entirely. Club President and G.M. Billy King jawed about a “change of culture” on the team, but for the most part the same group of guys is back.
Guard Allen Iverson (33.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 7.4 APG, 44.7 FG%, 81.4 FT%) can put up numbers. But his bad attitude and inability to defend are a major liability. The Sixers tried to trade him but could not. Shooting forward Willie Green (7.0 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG, 42.4 FG%, 80.0 FT%) missed most of last season recovering from a knee injury. Look for him to see major minutes this season.
At power forward, Chris Webber (20.2 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 3.4 APG, 43.4 FG%, 75.6 FT%) is showing his age. Although his shooting skills have not diminished, he can’t move and is unable to defend. Andre Iguodala (12.3 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 50.0 FG%, 75.4 FT%) may be ready to breakout this season. Although inconsistent over the past two years, he’s entering his third season with well-developed skills. He can defend and move but needs more accuracy in shooting.
In his fourth year, Samuel Dalembert (7.3 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 0.4 APG, 53.1 FG%, 70.5 FT%), who signed a big six-year deal in 2005, was a major disappointment. He can be a major force under the boards but needs to show some work ethic.
As a coach with the Trailblazers former NBA player Mo Cheeks—a player’s player—had a winning record and got his team to the playoffs twice in four seasons. Known for being a really nice guy, you can’t help but think that Cheeks is a mismatch for Philadelphia—a team that begs for discipline. Cheeks wants defense and discipline from his team but instead gets offense and blunders. When are you going to be a coach, Mo?
To call the 76ers a “team” is a gross misuse of the word. With Iverson demanding attention and giving no respect, Webber’s dissatisfaction and age and Dalembert’s lack of discipline, Philadelphia is going nowhere.