A week from Saturday the Sixers will have their first official practice under Brett Brown. There have been many changes in the organization this summer but despite all the changes the Sixers have been very quiet. Hopefully they get louder with the start of training camp. In the meantime I will try to answer some of your e-mail questions from the past week.
Q: Who will be the Sixers' starting two-guard?
A: That is an excellent question. Jason Richardson is out because he is recovering from knee surgery. Michael Carter-Williams will start at the point guard position. That leaves Evan Turner, Tony Wroten and James Anderson as the remaining possibilities. Turner will start, but let's assume at the small forward position.
And then there were two.
Wroten appeared in 35 games for the Grizzlies last year, averaging 7.8 minutes. He shot 38 percent from the floor. He was the 25th overall pick in 2012. Anderson, the 20th overall pick in 2010 by the Spurs, has started six games in three NBA seasons. He has averaged 11 minutes, shot 39 percent from the floor and 33 percent from three.
Basically, the Sixers have two former late first-round picks to choose from as their starting shooting guard, and neither has much on his resume to suggest he's ready to assume that role.
Q: What do you think of Brett Brown as the new coach? Seems like a good hire. Also, even though we both know that this is a rebuilding period for the Sixers, do you think this year’s team will be a lot of fun to watch? Will Brown have them running the floor and getting a lot of fast break points?
A: On Aug. 14 when the Sixers introduced Brown as the successor to Doug Collins, Brown came across as a man who knows what he is getting into and believes in the plan that Josh Harris and Sam Hinkie have in mind, as well as a guy who loves to coach.
A team that loses more games than it wins can be fun to watch at times, but losing wears on people. It is no secret the Sixers are rebuilding, which is a polite way of saying they're a lottery team. I saw Tyreke Evans (Chester product) last week (see story) and he talked about the frustrations of four consecutive losing seasons in Sacramento and how it affects players and coaches negatively, despite their best efforts.
The Sixers will try to push the pace. According to Khalif Wyatt, who has been participating in voluntary workouts at the Sixers' practice facility, Brown preaches “threes and lay-ups” as well as being in the “career best fitness of your life.” That said, a team needs to get stops to be able to get out and run.
Q: Is there an up-to-date list of the roster for the 76ers going into camp? Thank you for your help. Your job must really be difficult with Silent Sam as the GM!!!
A: The team has announced their signings throughout the summer with the exception of Khailf Wyatt, who signed last Friday. Here is the list I have: Lavoy Allen, James Anderson, Kwame Brown, Carter-Williams, Spencer Hawes, Arnett Moultrie, Nerlens Noel, Tim Ohlbrecht, Richardson, Turner, Royce White, Wroten and Thaddeus Young.
Arsalan Kazemi, the Sixers' second-round pick out of Oregon, signed a contract last week to play with Petrochimi Bandar Imam. Additionally, Noel and Richardson will not physically be able to participate in training camp. Wyatt brings the healthy total to 12.
Other names will be added whether the Sixers pull from their NBDL team or from free agency. A team can invite 20 players to camp.