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We all know the 76ers traded away the most popular and arguably the best player in francise history, Allen Iverson. Remarkably, they won more games without him last year, thanks to AI Jr, Andre Iguodala. He’s a stud, plain and simple. They also got Andre Miller in the deal, which is tremendous. Andre is one of the most underrated point guards in the league. The problem with the 76ers is that after Iggy and Miller, they don’t have another player that would start on a majority of NBA teams, well that’s not true. Dalembert would start for a majority of teams, but after being in the league for 5 years he’s never lived up to his promise. Maybe this is the year. Still, once you get past those three, not another player on this team would even crack the starting lineup of another NBA team. They are all good role players, which would be nice, if you had 2 or three superstars to lead them, which the 76ers do not. Let’s look the team:

Projected starting lineup with last year’s stats:
Stats follow this format – Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, FG percentage & Minutes

PG – Andre Miller
13.4 – 4.4 – 7.8 – 1.38 – 0.13 – 47% & 37 min

SG – Willie Green
11.3 – 2.1 – 1.5 – 0.76 – 0.05 – 41% & 25 min

SF – Andre Iguodala
18.2 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 2 – 0.43 – 45% & 40 min

PF – Reggie Evans
4.9 – 7 – 0.70 – 0.64 – 0.24 – 54% & 17 min

C – Samuel Dalembert
10.7 – 8.9 – 0.80 – 0.57 – 1.94 – 54% & 31 min

Key Bench Players

Rodney Carney
Kyle Korver
Louis Williams
Thaddeus Young
Jason Smith
Calvin Booth

Andre Miller is a very good point guard. In fact, he’s at his best when he’s one of the best playmakers on his team, because he has excellent court vision and is stupendous at dripple penetration and dishing out to the open man. His best years were when he was in Cleveland, because they needed him to truly run the offense. He made guys like Lamond Murray, Wesley Person and Ricky Davis (before anyone knew who the hell Ricky was) matter. Andre averaged 16.5 ppg, 10.9 assits with 4.7 boards that year (01-02 season). I expect something simliar this year. The assists won’t be above 10, but they will likely be around 9, and Andre is an excellent rebounding point guard, so he’ll be over 4 boards per game. His scoring will also be needed this year, so he’ll average 15 – 16 points. Using this logic, I wonder who will be the “Lamond Murray or Wesley Person” of this year??? That’s what makes this team so interesting from a fantasy perspective. I see Louis Williams as the backup PG because he had an excellent summer and they need to develop young talent this year, and Kevin Ollie…. really??

This is the mystery position. Who will start? I think Willie Green has the upper hand because of his experience, but he didn’t really do much last year to warrant another shot at it. I would have Rodney Carney starting here, becuase he’s their best young talent behind Iggy. He has a nice three point shot and it super athletic. Carney and Iggy could really lead this team, if Carney is able to develop into what a lot of people see. Maybe that’s why Willie will end up starting. Maybe Carney needs more time before he’s thrown into the fire??? This is only his second year, so he’s got time. He’ll be very very good. Kyle Korver is the third man here, but he’ll also play some three (as will Carney). Korver has a gorgeous shot, but he doesn’t bring much else to the table, and he tends to force his shot at times.


I could write a disertation about Andre Iguodala, he’s that good. What surprised most people (not me or anyone else who followed his first two years in the league) was his scoring ability. Experts like to focus on his passing, his hustle stats, or his defense; which are all great, but his scoring gets lost in the fray. Well, not anymore. He can flat out light it up. He was only one of 4 players to average at least 18 points, 5 boards and 5 assists per game (Kobe, LeBron and T-Mac were the other three). The last 29 games he averaged 20, 6.7 & 6.1. He scored 20+ points 33 times and 30+ four times. He also recorded three triple doubles and was only one of just four players to have multiple triple doubles last year. So why not expect 20, 6 & 6 this year with 2 steals!!! That is incredible, and he’s only 23 years old. Thaddeus Young will back him up, who is also a good young prospect.


Reggie Evans is a great hustle guy, who loves to rebound, but he won’t give you anything more than that. He is best served as a role player off the bench, so it will be interesting to see how he handles a full time role. He has the ablility to be one of the top rebounders in the league; we’ll have to wait and see. Jason Smith is his backup and the player they drafted for the future. He has a great shot, and is a good rebounder. It will be fun to watch him as he progresses.

Samuel Dalembert is a mystery. He has the talent to be one of the leading rebounders in the league, much like Tyson Chandler was last year, but Dalembert’s offensive game is much better than Chandler’s, so the question is…. when will it all click with Sam? This is his 6th year, so I hope he it all comes together now. Sam is routinely injured, although he did play all 82 games last year, but he is bothered by a stress fracture in his foot right now and is missing preseason games. He’s actually one of my favorite sleepers, so I pray he gets it done. Plus his team REALLY needs him.

Although this team is young, they have a good coach in Maurice Cheeks and they have a lot of heart. It wouldn’t surprise me if they built on their win totals from last year and won close to 40 games, BUT it also wouldn’t surprise me if they only won 25-30 games. From a fantasy perspective, I would only draft Iguodala, Miller and Dalembert and take a flyer on Carney or Jason Smith in very deep leagues. Reggie has value as well, if all you care about are rebounds.