Jan 28, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young (21) celebrates making a basket with guard Louis Williams (23) during the fourth quarter against the Detroit Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Pistons 95-74. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

Food for Thought

Player Efficiency Rating (PER) is one of the more highly celebrated advanced offensive stats, and while it’s not perfect it’s a decent snapshot of a player’s game. 15 is league-average. Above is good, below is bad.

Meanwhile, off of the backs of weak opposition, the Sixers have a ton of guys above the cutoff: according to basketball-reference.com, only Jodie Meeks and Tony Battie fall under the 15 mark amongst rotation players. Lou Williams leads with a 22.5 rating, which I hope to talk a little about soon (but I’ve been bad with time commitments recently, so please don’t hold me to it). Meanwhile, we know Tony Battie isn’t that good, while Jodie Meeks does one thing on the court offensively: shoot threes. Extreme role players tend to perform poorly due to their limitations, so Meeks’ rating isn’t that poor either.

The Sixers don’t have a superstar. But having 8 above-average players for their roles is a nice fallback option. Combined with solid defense: that’s how the Sixers are winning.

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