Jan 3, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guardTony Wroten
(8) reacts after a foul is called during the second quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
As the Philadelphia 76ers enter this year’s training camp, several things are uncertain. How many wins will the team get this year? Will they be contending much more than last year? Above all else, one thing is certainly of high discussion — the conversation surrounding the point guard position.
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There’s no reason for this not to be a big topic, it’s a pretty huge deal. Point guards are often the solid component that holds great teams together, more often than not the point guard is one of the clear leaders of championship teams. Take the Splash Brothers — Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — for example as they led the Golden State Warriors to a championship this season.
The Sixers are at no absence of options for point guards. They have several potential candidates this year at training camp.
Throughout this offseason, there was also no absence of talk about bringing players in that weren’t already Sixers. Whether it be free agents, or through a trade, tons were speculated. Despite the speculation, not many were brought in. Ish Smith, former Sixer, was even left out of the mix.
Looking at the crowd that’s currently competing, I just see a total lack of maturity. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always the one to advocate for youth that will one day turn into maturity, and am happy the Sixers are looking to develop younger players and give them a shot, but I still believe your starting lineup has to be solid. Looking at the lineup — which we can assume to be Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel and a mix of three other players — my worries come from the point guards.
To me, Tony Wroten exudes the best qualities, and I’d like to see him take a start, but with him coming off of an injury, I’m not sure that’s likely, or even the best idea. From the looks of it, although the fans overall opinions on the point guard have changed a lot, it looks like Wroten is the current favorite, despite Pierre Jackson being a front runner a few weeks ago.
Trades have been speculated a ton, as I said, and now I’m going to bring up another player, who’s heavily overlooked in the NBA as a valuable asset, Goran Dragic.
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