Matt Geiger, 7-1 center. I
think Matt silenced the critics this year with a solid performance. He averaged 13.5
points and 6.3 rebounds per game, he finished the year with a sensational performance in
Game 4 of the conference semifinals and proved to be one of the team's inspirational
leaders. Plus, he signed for six years and $47 million in January.
Strengths: Matt seems to be
a strong competitor. He has a desire to win. He fits in well with Iverson. He can be a
good scoring option when needed
Weakness: It's not clear how
much longer he can get away with being a jump-shooting center. Also, he lost his way to
the boards in a play-off game with a zero rebound performance. That just can't happen.
Status on Next Year: I am
very happy with Matt at center. He is a good fit.
Nazr Mohammed, 6-10 center.
Nazr is still kind of project. He should improve over the summer. Then add training
camp and the ability to practice more this year and he should improve. He only played in
26 games for about 5 minutes a game. He was kind of lost but showed a little spark here
Strengths: He is a big young
body that comes from a good college program (Kentucky) and we have him for a few more
years to watch him develop.
Weakness: Nazr needs to just
get a little more playing time to develop his NBA game.
Status on Next Year: He will
remain a bench guy for a while he develops. Would not be surprised to see him as a victim
of Larry Brown's off-season tinkering.
B. POWER FORWARD
Theo Ratliff, 6-10 forward.
Theo is a solid player. He is a big part of the success of the Sixers this year. He
was a defensive stopper in the middle, which allowed the perimeter players to take
chances. This is the reason the team lead the league in steals (10.84 per game). Theo was
3rd in the NBA in blocks at 2.98 per game and 20th in the league in rebounds at 8.1. He
also added 11.2 points per game.
Strengths: He is a very
solid all around player that helps complete the puzzle of this team. Hard work and youth
give Theo a huge upside. He is only going to keep improving as his career moves on.
Weakness: Tends to get in
foul trouble once in while and needs to become more fluid on offense.
Status on Next Year: Theo is
the starting Power Forward for years to come.
Tyrone Hill, 6-9 forward.
Tyrone is a nice player to have. He is is the forward rotation to help spell Theo
and Matt. He is a strong rebounder and can give a little offensive pop. He never really
found his total game in Philly. He was pre-occupied with an illness in his family and just
never got settled. He is a luxury at this point.
Strengths: He has some
valuable NBA experience that this teams needs. He really hits the boards and could be a
big help next season.
Weakness: He hasn't found a
solid role in Philly. He needs improvement at the foul line. He has to improve on his FG%
(45.5). He is unhappy coming off the bench.
Status on Next Year: I got a
feeling he will be dangled at the draft to move into the fist round. I don't think He will
a Sixer next year.
C. SMALL FORWARD
George Lynch, 6-8 forward.
George convinced Larry Brown to sign him during the summer on the campus of North
Carolina. Lynch made Brown look real smart. Lynch played very well in the past year, some
offense and some great defense. He is a key free agent signing but I think he will come
off the bench next year.
Strengths: Defense, smart
play, and leadership
Weakness: He may lose
playing time due to the fact the sixers need another steady scorer and this may be the
spot the use to fill that need. Status for Next Year: I believe that the Sixers bring him
back. It will cost more but I believe he is worth it.
Harvey Grant, 6-9 forward. I
think Harvey's days are numbered as a Sixer. He spent a lot of time on the pine towards
the end of the year. He became unstable and inconsistant.
Strengths: He has a nice
shot and could provide some punch off the bench.
Weakness: Seemed to lose
abilities towards the the end of the season.
Status for Next Year: Got
the feeling that he will be gone.
D. SHOOTING GUARD
Allen Iverson, 6-0 guard.
The Answer. He really is the answer. Nice to see that the Sixers locked up Iverson
for many years. What can you say about the year he had. He won the storing title(26.8),
finished 3rd in steals(2.29), and 1st in minutes played(41.5). He elected to the First
Team All-NBA team for the first time this year. He became the leader of this team and
showed an incredible fire for winning. He is the league MVP is my eyes. If you remove the
"hip-hop" image he would have been the MVP hands down. This is unfair to Allen
but it doesn't seem to bother him. I think Allen is perfect just the way he is. There is
no other More Valuable player in this league that Iverson.
Quickness, Heart, and Energy. He can score at will and is the man to have the ball when
the game is on the line.
Weakness: Not much. If I
have to find something I will. He needs to develop some more trust in the coaching staff
and the other players on the team. Allen tends to try to do much sometimes.
Status for Next Year: He is
Aarron McKey, 6-5 guard. He
possesses a great character, he is a complete team player and he is a defensive ace. He is
a good player off the bench but might be to expensive to keep. He has two years at $3.445
million remaining on his contract.
Strengths: Steady play. Good
Weakness: He just doesn't
have the consistant long-range shooting the need so badly.
Status for Next Year: Boy,
not sure Aaron will be around. Most-likey part of some package deal.
Anthony Parker, 6-6 guard.
Here is a guy that can drill the long ball but doesn't fit into the system. Now
that Iverson is playing shooting guard, Anthony is buried deep on the bench. Parker needs
to prove he belongs on this team this summer. He will cost almost a million to keep him.
Strengths: Good long-range
Weakness: Hasn't showed he
has NBA talent.
Status for Next Year:
Questionable at best.
E. POINT GUARD
Eric Snow, 6-3 guard.
Well, Eric had a nice season. He is a real nice complement to Iverson. Plus, he can hit
the open jumper. He is a real good defender and finished 9th in steals at 2.08 per game.
He was a great surprise to the team. He is fairly solid at this position and should be a
big help next year.
Strengths: Quick, Steady,
Smart, and Athletic.
Weakness: Not a great scorer
and this team might need a more consistent long-range shooter at the point.
Status for Next Year: Solid.
I really like Snow. He was a big part of the improvement of this team this year. Look for
him to start next year.
Larry Hughes, 6-5 guard.
I put Larry Hughes here at the point guard slot because I believe that Larry Brown
thinks he will be some day. I think Brown dreams of a Hughes/Iverson backcourt. I think
Hughes will become a 'Pippen' type player over time. Hughes should be able to play PG,SG,
and SF. Snow is the point guard for now but I think you will find Hughes filling in next
year at all three positions. Hughes showed he was worthy of the 7th pick in the draft with
flashes of pure greatness.
Strengths: Loads of talent
and very athletic. He will just get better in time.
Weakness: Jump shot and
long-range shooting. He shot 41% from the floor and 15% from 3 point range. This needs to
Status: We got him for 4
more years. He will work into the starting line-up soon. Patience is key with Larry