Dei-Mails: Can Sixers improve on the boards?

Dei-Mails: Can Sixers improve on the boards?

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January 10, 2014, 8:00 am
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Placing Lavoy Allen into the starting lineup might not provide the boost the Sixers need on the boards. (USA Today Images)

Dei Lynam takes to Twitter and e-mail to answer your questions in the latest installment of DeiMails.

Via e-mail: Sixers are almost always out-rebounded, which makes it awful tough to win games. Has any consideration been given to starting {Lavoy] Allen or [Daniel] Orton and moving Thad [Young] to the "3" and [Evan] Turner to the "2"? -- Tracy

Opponents average 46.6 rebounds against the Sixers, the second highest in the league. But you will find this hard to believe: the Sixers are actually the sixth-best rebounding team in the NBA (45.6 per game). Their rebounding differential, however, ranks in the lower third of the league.

Young fits the bill of a stretch four better than a traditional small forward and Turner does not shoot from the outside well enough to play shooting guard. Turner actually is a better point forward than a two-guard as a second position.

I agree that Hollis Thompson starting alongside Michael Carter-Williams has been a move that doesn’t hurt or help. Thompson can make a shot from time to time, but on most teams he would be at the end of their bench, not a player receiving 21.6 minutes per game.

But inserting Lavoy Allen into the starting lineup doesn’t feel anymore of an impactful move. A couple days ago, the Sixers waived Orton, so he's not an option anymore.

The Sixers are a running team -- pushing the pace is playing to their strength. Allen and/or Orton paired with Hawes in the frontcourt changes that dynamic drastically and yet it does not make them any better in the half court, where they would inevitably find themselves.