Each week, we'll ask questions about the Sixers to our resident basketball analysts and see what they have to say.
Running the Give and Go this week are CSNPhilly.com columnist John Gonzalez, CSNPhilly.com producer/reporter Matt Haughton and CSN anchor/reporter Marshall Harris.
Which Sixer had the best 2013?
Ooh. Tough question. Evan Turner, Thad Young and Spencer Hawes are all having career years. But I'll take Michael Carter-Williams. He's exceeded all expectations. During the Orlando Pro Summer League, he looked quick. He showed an ability to get to the rim, distribute the ball and disrupt passing lanes on defense. His shot was the question. And while that still needs work, he's performed much better on that front than some people, including me, expected. For him to play this well, this soon, is very encouraging. The kid has a bright future, but the present has been really good, too.
It's one thing to be presented with an opportunity. It's a completely different thing to take advantage of that chance. Turner has done just that in the latter half of 2013 after finally being set free to play his game. The swingman has increased his points (13.3 to 19.4), rebounds (6.3 to 6.7), field goal percentage (41.9 to 44.1) and free throw percentage (74.0 to 82.3) under Brett Brown this season. Whether he gets dealt at the trade deadline, sticks around in the offseason or heads to another team, Turner has finally shown the promise the Sixers saw when they drafted him with the No. 2 overall pick.
The answer to this question isn't even close. The Sixer who had the best 2013 isn’t on the roster anymore but that hardly matters. Jrue Holiday was an All-Star as a Sixer and averaged 17.7 points and 8.0 assists. It’s not necessarily just that he was the team's leading scorer but that in his fourth season he made the leap the Sixers' front office probably envisioned when it took him with the 17th overall pick in 2009. The fact that Holiday was the piece that got the Sixers another potential lottery pick in his trade to New Orleans (in addition to Nerlens Noel) means that his 2013 is still paying forward for his old team.