Just a quick look at what the Sixers have done so far since July 1st:
- Agreed with Lavoy Allen to a 2 year deal.
- Agreed with Spencer Hawes for a 2 year deal.
- Amnestied Elton Brand and signed Nick Young to a one year deal
- Acquired Dorell Wright and Darryl Watkins from Warriors in 3 team trade including Hornets
So what do we mean by “The Auditions Begin”? Well, looking at the roster, only 3 players will be under contract in 2014-2015; 2 years from now. This means that the team is not committing large contracts to players. And so, the team is giving players a chance to prove themselves as part of the team’s future. Nick Young only has a year to work with. Vucevic has one year left before the Sixers have their option of keeping him for 2 more years or not. Allen and Hawes have their two. Dorell Wright has 1 year left. Sixers will probably pick up on the team option for two more years of Evan Turner.
So yeah, the auditions begin. For one thing, the Sixers look poised to make noise (yeah it rhymed) in the next off-season (assuming the world doesn’t end). But, the players that the Sixers have are young and still have potential to grow. Nick Young and Wright can be the shooters needed to space out the floor for Jrue and Evan to be able to attack the rim and if need be, kick the ball out to the shooter when the defense collapses.
They have bigs that have nice range to be able to play pick and roll with Jrue and Evan too. In fact, the Sixers seem to be building a team around Jrue and Evan strengths. It really seems like they’re ready to transfer the controls to these two guys. And it’s about time. Look, Evan hasn’t played all that great considering where he was drafted. Jrue’s been up and down his whole career. But I would rather have a young core to watch grow and have a chance at a championship than watch a team play mediocre and be ok with quick first round exits with the potential to go further. We saw that this past playoffs. It’s time to take a risk. They drafted their talent (Jrue and Evan), and are trading (Wright, Moultrie)) and signing (Young) their needs.
If the players mesh together well, then the Sixers may look to extend a few players. If it doesn’t work out, you’re not stuck; like the whole Elton Brand thing. So for players like Wright, Young, and Hawes, it’s their time to shine. And, for the first time in a long time, I’m actually feeling good about the team’s future.