Balanced ActPosted: March 16, 2012
I’m going out there to say that the Sixers should pursue this. they should go all in on the balanced attack thing they are doing. This is how the roster is built. Evan Turner’s performance the last few games is the base of this. Granted, I did sort of call for this balanced act as a possible scenario to take to win it all.
Turner, Andre Iguodala, and Jrue Holiday are the primary ball handlers. The passing they do gets everybody involved. At this point, they don’t really have to try and move Iguodala. Now why would I want to move Iguodala? Because I was one of the people who actually didn’t feel confident that Turner and Iguodala could play well together. I figured since Turner was the future, get rid of Iguodala to snag a solid big man to play with Turner and Holiday. The trio would be the centerpiece to build a contender around.
But now things have changed. Now the following ideas are based on if Turner can play like he’s been playing in his starts this season. Oh I’m not pushing for 20 points and 10 rebounds per night. But, if Turner can play ball close to what we’ve seen so far, Sixers will be able to make the next move to win a championship. This team, because of Turner’s improved play, is actually closer to being a contender now. They are set at 4 positions: PG, SG, SF, and C. Now I know Spencer Hawes isn’t a starter for a contender but in this case he could pass as one. It goes back to the balanced act I mentioned.
Hawes can score. I’m like…70% confident when he has the ball that he can get points. His defense is horrible but in Collins’ system, he’s ok. It always surprises me that the Sixers are one of the best defensive teams in the league even with Hawes and lately Brand down there.
The Sixers have these holes that I feel are keeping them from being a contender:
- Lack of solid big man
- Clutch problems
- Lack of go-to guy
Now, with Turner’s improved play, he can work himself into that go-to scorer we need. I am going to explain to you why Lou Williams is nowhere close to being the go-to guy we need. For one thing, I can’t deny that he is a scorer. But, the thing about him to me is that he’s not a consistent scorer. He has an explosion here and there and that’s it. Most of his explosions come in the 4th quarter so when you look at the stats, you see he’s like a 4th quarter guy. It would assume Sixers turn to him in the 4th as the go-to guy. I don’t agree with this at all.
It may be coaching, but Lou’s also responsible for this. Those Iso plays that we see every. Single. Game, are the worst things to do in this offense. This offense flourishes in passing and moving around. Remember, Iguodala, Turner, and Holiday pass the ball. It helps get everyone involved and then they can lead the balanced attack. With Lou, the defense only has to focus on him. There are two reasons why the defense is willing to gamble on him: Lou doesn’t pass in these situations and Lou takes a bad shot before he takes a good shot.
We must move on before this becomes a Lou Williams post. Now, Turner is a player that has the potential to consistently score. He can get to the rim, or he can pop and take a shot from mid-range. Indeed, his jumper has improved from last year. Still looks a bit shaky but I have more confidence in the “swish” instead of the “brick”. I said this before while ranting about the clutch problems this team has. And it looks like it could work out that Turner will have the ball in his hands towards the end of games.
So now Turner could solve two problems the Sixers have. Clutch and go-to scorer. And remember, a go-to scorer doesn’t have to be a superstar. We say go-to guy because he can make things happen. If he can’t get a shot, he can create a shot for his teammates. Turner at this point would fit the bill. He still could use quite a bit of work but I’m tired of the same old crap that we’ve been seeing. Time for a new face. Change it up.
This leaves us with one hole left. And it’s been even worse than the close losses. It doesn’t sting as much as seeing your team give a game away to the other team, but this team needs to fill this hole. I said “solid big man” but this can be split into more categories:
- Interior scoring
- Interior defense
Now, can you see why I packaged that into just “solid big man”? This big man that the team needs to find has to do these three things at an above average level. I’m willing to give some room and say at least 2 out of the 3 things need to be above average. If you don’t think Sixers have rebounding problems, just ask Reggie Evans, Kris Humpries, and even freaking Russell Westbrook. And how many times have we seen a player attack the rim and finish with relative ease because the player is not threatened by a shot blocking presence?
The defense one is tough to sell because this team is so good at defense. But we need interior defense. We just need it. I think scoring is not as important as the other two but Sixers could use somebody that they can dump the ball down to to get an easy shot. Also, he could get fouled and sent to the line. And, knowing this team is dead last in getting to the line, the team could use some free points. Of course, most big men can’t even shoot free throws well so it probably wouldn’t make a difference in % of shots made.
I don’t know how the team can get a solid big. They are hard to find. And you don’t want to overpay someone out of desperation either. That’s another reason why I’m calling for a balanced act. Also, getting a superstar most likely would gut a roster of it’s nice pieces. But, this team has many nice pieces that work so well together that I don’t think it should be split up just yet.
So what is a solid big man? He’s not a superstar or even an all-star. He could be a star PF. I go with PF because Hawes can score. If Sixers can at least get a PF that rebounds and defends and can score on average and pair him with Hawes, it could work out in my eyes. But, to give you an idea of the type of player to look for, Sixers should look for Al Jefferson, Kevin Love, Paul Millsap, and even LaMarcus Aldridge type players. Please don’t misunderstand what I’m saying here: I’m not saying get these exact players. I’m looking at the skills set. Each of those players I mentioned are above average in at least two of the three things I mentioned the Sixers would need out of big man.
So in review, none of this can really take off unless the Holiday-Iguodala-Turner thing works out. If the HIT squad (I didn’t make this up!! Credit does not belong to me for that little name) can play well together, then it’s time to get that big guy. The bench will probably get weak since one or two players may get traded to get big man. Or Sixers can get some cap room and sign the guy. And again, it won’t be easy. But, once the team gets their guy, Sixers should be able to call themselves contender after a year or two (depending on holiday and Turner improvement).