If Thaddeus Young is truly routed to Minnesota, then the 76ers will have lost their only player with five-plus years of NBA experience. Not to mention, Young has been to the playoffs in this League and experienced some success, even if it was minimal. But, I’m more concerned about the veteran leadership at the point guard and center positions, where the 76ers have two prized possessions in MCW and Nerlens Noel.
With a season of losing on the horizon, it means that more losses will pile onto the young and impressionable shoulders of the 2014 Rookie of the Year. Nerlens Noel sat on the bench and watched it all unfold last season, but Carter-Williams was on the court as the losses piled up. Constant losing is never good for a young players morale, especially when there isn’t anyone with legit NBA experience to walk them through the process. The 76ers have literally made ZERO free agent signings and should welcome some veterans into the two positions where they have young stars.
The free agency point guard market is pretty thin — no the Sixers aren’t signing Eric Bledsoe — with names like Ramon Sessions and Aaron Brooks as some of the more experienced players on the list. Chauncy Billups is there, but he’s looking to win a ring, not join a rebuilding project. Even Jamaal Tinsley is still looking to extend his NBA career after playing sparingly with the Utah Jazz last season. Tinsley has 11 NBA years under his belt and 41 playoff games. He wouldn’t come to produce, he would come to mentor MCW and help him develop. Yes, the market is thin, but there are still options out there.
In the front court, the 76ers could look to bring in
Andrew Bynum…LOL, just kidding. Seriously, there are names out there like Jermaine O’Neal (18 NBA seasons), Marcus Camby (19 NBA seasons) and Nazr Mohammad (16 NBA season). All three have over 15 years of NBA experience and would play a huge role in helping Nerlens Noel understand the game. Camby and O’Neal have spent time as dominate front court presences in the Association during their long career, something Nerlens Noel hopes to accomplish in the future.