Predicting The Sixers Starting Lineup

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As the Summer League season ended, we started to see the Sixers regular season roster form and that got me and Patrick Koerbler excited to see which 5 Sixers would be named the starters of the 2015-16 season. See which Sixers starting lineup you would prefer!

Apr 1, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Isaiah Canaan (0) shoots over Washington Wizards center Kevin Seraphin (13) during the third quarter at Verizon Center. Washington Wizards defeated Philadelphia 76ers 106-93. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

George Kondoleon:

PG, Isaiah Canaan

This pick for point guard is an unpopular one, but for the time being, it is the right one. Even though Tony Wroten will come back strong and is highly skilled, I believe Canaan serves as a better fit for this offense with his shooting ability.

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After being traded from Houston for K.J. McDaniels in the final minutes of last season’s trade deadline, Canaan stepped right onto the court in Philadelphia and saw almost double the minutes he played in Houston. He took full advantage of the increased minutes, averaging 12.6 ppg and attempted double the amount of threes, while still maintaining a consistent percentage of 36.4% from outside for the Sixers.

Canaan played just 22 games after suffering an ankle injury in the last two weeks of the season. In his short time in a Philly uniform, Canaan has proved to be an offensive force, but needs to be more selective with his shooting. He is also an average distributor, averaging 3.2 assists per game but tends to shoot first. Canaan’s outside ability in this lineup serves not only as a way to spread the floor, but can also give options for the big men while they are in the post. Canaan’s lack of court vision may hurt the wings, but fortunately for him and the Sixers the focal point of the offense will lie in the bigs’ hands. Canaan is still only 24 years old, so using this year as another developmental year to see whether or not he could blossom into an everyday point guard wouldn’t hurt.

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