Let me start off by saying that I like Doug Collins more than most Sixers’ fans right now. I think he has proven himself to be a good coach that can get the most out of his players more often than not. Doug has basketball knowledge, and a lot of it, although some fans would like to disagree. The current Sixers’ head coach has had various coaching jobs, has played in the NBA, and was a television analyst. Needless to say, the guy knows more than you and me.
However, Doug Collins can not be the coach of this team next year! He just can not!
While Jrue Holiday and Thad Young have proven themselves to be good players during the Collins’ era, his inefficient offense and inability to develop young players will cost him. For some reason, Doug is reluctant to play young players, even when there is no hope for the remainder of the season.
Arnett Moultrie is the newest member to the club of young players with potential that have caught more splinters than minutes on the court. Obviously, the Andrew Bynum trade hasn’t worked out the way the Sixers predicted, as he is yet to log a minute with the team. Moultrie was viewed as a top-ten pick in the 2012 NBA draft, and traded away a first round pick to obtain him. The young forward has showed promise and an ability to attack the rim to create high-percentage shots, even in an inefficient offense predicated on shooting long two-point jump shots.
If the outcome of this season and his consistent refusal to make an attempt to develop young players isn’t enough to find a new coach, then maybe what I am about to say next is. Doug Collins has now said that Doug Collins needs to play Arnett more. No, that wasn’t a type-o.
Tom Moore, who covers the Sixers for Calkins Newspapers, tweeted on March 4, “#Sixers Collins : Arnett’s got to get out there more. He’s played well. Arnett is getting better, which is encouraging.”
Wait, what!? I agree that Moultrie needs to see the court more, but Doug, you make the decisions! You choose no to play him!
As long as Doug Collins is the coach of this team, Sixers’ fans have the Spencer Hawes – Lavoy Allen – Kwame Brown front court that is the laughing stock of the league. Along with the worst front court in basketball, the team continues to rely on the worst shot there is, the long two. Jrue Holiday will continue to pass backwards in pick-and-pop situations with Spencer Hawes, and handing the ball off to Sixers’ bigs twenty feet away from the basket.
Doug Collins has had a history of lasting no more than three years with the teams that he has coached, and I look for that trend to continue. If the Sixers want to improve, Doug must go.