A Look Ahead : Free Agent Big Men

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With the Sixers sixteen games under .500 and twelve games to go, there is nothing else that will happen of worth for the remainder of the season. With that said, here is a shortlist of possibilities not being talked about for the Sixers.

1. Andray Blatche, Brooklyn Nets

Averaging only 18.7 minutes per game with the Nets, Blatche is posting 10.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game on 50% shooting from the floor. Blatche will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, and the versatile big man will probably look for an opportunity to play more minutes, and possibly even start.

To show just how impressive his numbers are this season, Blatche is averaging over 21 points and 11 boards per 40 minutes. The 26-year old is much improved from his seven years in Washington. The talent has never been the question for Blatche, but this year more than ever, he has shown his true potential and ability to help an NBA team.

 

 

 

2. J.J. Hickson, Portland Trailblazers

Hickson has had a breakout season with the Blazers in 2013. He is averaging more than 13 points and 10 rebounds through 69 games. Hickson has also been impressively efficient from the floor, shooting over 56% on the year.

After a failed run with the Kings for part of last season, the fifth-year man from North Carolina State has proven himself as a threat in the post and on the boards. At just 25 years of age, it seems as though the big man is just scratching the surface of the type of player he could become in the future. 

 

 

 

 

3. Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers

This one may be a bit of a stretch, but if Doug Collins is still the head coach of the Sixers going into next year, this makes complete sense. Hansbrough’s game is predicated on effort at both ends of the court. From his North Carolina days, we’ve always known that Hansbrough was neither an elite athlete or a top-tier skill set. Regardless, this is the type of player Doug Collins loves.

His numbers are far from impressive, but his high IQ and motor make him valuable to an NBA team. Everybody knows what to expect from the former-Tar Heel every night, solid minutes off the bench. While Tyler is not an elite shot blocker by any means, he does do a great job of battling and not allowing deep post position. Every team needs a player like Tyler Hansbrough, and the Sixers do not have one. 

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