|2010-11 Team Rating|
|18th Overall||14th Overall|
Stats through games of Jan. 15
Elton Brand has proven that he still has something left in the tank, but the Sixers lack a true presence in the paint.
Jrue Holiday has improved off a solid rookie season and has arguably been the Sixers' best player. Jodie Meeks has emerged a contributor.
After a year of regression, the Sixers have returned to playing solid defense, despite the lack of a shot-blocker inside.
Lou Williams has shot poorly and Evan Turner wasn't as ready to contribute as expected. But Thaddeus Young and Marreese Speights have improved.
Doug Collins has found ways to make his mismatched roster work as well as can be expected. They're willing to defend and share the ball.
With the contracts of Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala still taking up almost half the salary cap, the Sixers aren't completely ready to move forward. Ideally, Iguodala, who turns 27 in January and is one of the league's best individual defenders, is part of the long-term plans. But he's got value around the league and the Sixers may be better off with more financial flexibility.
For the time being, the Sixers are making due with what they have and developing their young backcourt of Holiday, Meeks and Turner. Taken with the second pick in the Draft, Turner has been somewhat of a disappointment. And when Collins replaced him in the starting lineup with Meeks at the beginning of December, it sparked a run up the standings.
But the Sixers lost their momentum with a tough stretch of schedule and an injury to Iguodala. They've settled into eighth place in the East, where 35 wins might get you into the postseason.
-- John Schuhmann
Explanation of Marking System
|Golden State Warriors||C-|
|Los Angeles Clippers||C-|
|Los Angeles Lakers||B+|
|New Jersey Nets||D|
|New Orleans Hornets||B-|
|New York Knicks||B|
|Oklahoma City Thunder||B|
|Portland Trail Blazers||C+|
|San Antonio Spurs||A|