With some time to reflect on the disappointment that we call the 2012-2013 Sixers’ season, it is about time to start dissecting each and every aspect of the past 82 games.
Last summer, the Sixers went out and signed Nick Young to a one-year deal. Young has always been known for his shooting ability and ability to create his own shot. Philly knew exactly what they were getting when they signed “Swaggy”, which makes former head coach Doug Collins’ decision to try to get the five-year pro out of USC to change his style of play even more shocking.
Nick Young averaged 10.6 points per game on 41% shooting. While that is not entirely impressive, Young did set a career-high in assists per game and tied his career-best in turnovers as well. Under a defensive-minded Collins, his defense also improved as the season progressed, along with his effort on the boards.
After playing at least 30 minutes in 7-of-11 games in the month of March, Doug Collins called Young’s number just twice in April for a total of 15 minutes. It is clear that Young’s style clashed with Collins’, but at the same time, the streaky shooter was effective as a starter and the Sixers desperately needed a perimeter scorer to shoulder some of the load for Jrue Holiday down the stretch.
Overall, Nick Young gave the Sixers exactly what was expected of him when given the minutes, a lot of shots. Young brought energy off the bench and could shoot you into a game in the blink of an eye.
End of Season Grade: C