Six Days. Six days until the Sixers open up their 2013-2014 season against the Miami Heat. With that said, they still have some cuts to make. Head coach Brett Brown and general manager Sam Hinkie have some decisions to make in regards to their roster.
From a contract standpoint, the Sixers are obligated to keep nine players on their 15-man roster. Those players include Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen, Arnett Moultrie, Kwame Brown, and Jason Richardson. If you are baffled by the fact that Kwame Brown has a guaranteed contract, you are not the only one. Far from it.
There are a few guys that played well enough in the preseason to earn themselves a spot on this year’s team. James Anderson and Tony Wroten stood out to some extent in the Sixers’ seven preseason games. Anderson solidified himself as the Sixers’ starting shooting guard while Wroten will be nothing less than the first guard off the bench.
Darius Morris is the most experienced point guard on the roster. While his contributions to the Lakers were suspect at best, that is a fact. Carter-Williams and Wroten have combined for a year of NBA experience, and not much at that. Wroten spent the majority of his first and only season with the Memphis Grizzlies watching Mike Conley, Tony Allen, and Jerryd Bayless run the show in the backcourt.
On potential alone, Daniel Orton should make the roster. Orton was selected 29th overall in the 2010 draft before unsuccessful stints with the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder led to his release on October 10. In limited time over three preseason games with the Sixers, Orton managed to haul in 17 rebounds, including 10 in just 21 minutes of work in a loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Royce White was drafted by Daryl Morey and Sam Hinkie in Houston last year. Despite the craziness surrounding White’s situation, he will be given the benefit of the doubt in Philadelphia. Ample time will be given before the Sixers and the whole NBA give up on the former first-round pick. If Hinkie and Brown can figure out a way to utilize White, then they will have gotten a steal considering what they gave up. White was undoubtedly a first-round talent so in a year that will be full of lumps and bruises for the Sixers, it is only right that Royce White gets his fair shot.
It seems as though the final roster spot will go to whoever Brett Brown deems the winner of the shooting guard battle between Vander Blue and Khalif Wyatt. As the preseason drug along, it appeared that Blue had outplayed Wyatt and earned the favor of Brown. Regardless, both could be spending the season in Delaware with the Sevens.
Who do you have making the cut?