The Sixers Missing Link

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Mar 1, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers Dance Team wear

Allen Iverson

uniforms during the second quarter of game against the Washington Wizards at Wells Fargo Center. The Wizards defeated the 76ers, 122-103. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

A Scorer

When you think of the missing link of the Philadelphia 76ers to a playoff caliber team, the first and most obvious role is that player who can join the NBA leaders in scoring. The epitome of scorer is the player by the name of Allen Iverson.

Iverson was a scoring threat in any and every game.   He was difficult to defend, and difficult to rest during the game.  The modern era of NBA basketball is less player centric.   Even a player the caliber of Russell Westbrook averages seven fewer minutes per game.   That rest keeps the player fresh, the players behind him proficient, and adds years to the player’s career.  Who will step up to become the scorer of this 76ers team?

Well, to be honest it has been quite a while since the team had a true scorer.  Allen Iverson played the role in the 2005-2006 season, but consumed 43 minutes to do so.  The closest player to score over 20 PPG last season was Tony Wroten,, and he dropped just 16.9 points per game. While he only played 29 minutes per game, his accuracy was merely 40%  FG, and 66% on FT.  Factor in 3.8 turnovers per game and that’s an inefficient way to get points in a game.

So how does an NBA team go about getting their scorer?  The Sixers could discover a scorer in one of three ways:  The Low Road, The Middle Road, or the High Road.

Next: Low Road