Numbers show why Sixers are struggling
January 23, 2013, 10:15 pm
There is little to applaud when it comes to the Sixers, who have dropped to 17-25 on the season. The team compiled a record of 4-11 in December and is just 3-8 so far in January.
While the Sixers have struggled as a whole, several players are turning in solid efforts on a nightly basis.
Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner are all averaging career highs in points. Holiday’s nine assists per game are also a career high. So are Young’s 7.3 rebounds per game and Turner’s 6.7 boards a night.
Turner is shooting a career-high 41 percent from behind the arc. There are 18 players in the entire NBA that are shooting the three-ball better than that this season.
Holiday, Turner and Young are not a big three. However, looking at their body of work this year, the three have clearly taken steps forward and improved areas of their individual games.
Spencer Hawes has played comparable to the way he played when healthy a year ago. His numbers are consistent with the 2012 season, as well. The one difference is Hawes’ numbers are coming in a reserve role with the 7-footer being the Sixers most consistent bench player.
Lavoy Allen has been the starting center for the bulk (32 games) of the season because Andrew Bynum has yet to play and the Kwame Brown signing has not worked out one bit.
In 41 games as a rookie, Allen averaged 4.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 15.2 minutes a game. The Temple product is averaging 22.8 minutes a night in 2012-13, but his averages have only slight improved (6.4 points, 5.2 rebounds).
Among all starting and reserve centers in the NBA, Allen’s points and rebounds rank 34th in the league. Hawes’ totals place him 22nd in scoring and 29th in rebounding.
Jason Richardson has had an injury-plagued year. He has missed nine games to date after sitting out 12 all of last season. Richardson is averaging 10.5 points a game in his first season with the Sixers, but that number has dipped to just 8.3 in January.
Dorell Wright is showing that his two years in Golden State were the exception of his career and not the norm. Last season, he averaged 10.3 points per game and he scored 16.4 a night the previous year.
Golden State parted ways with Wright this offseason and the swingman has seen his numbers drop to just 7.8 points an 4.0 rebounds a game with the Suxers.
Finally, there is Nick Young. Fans love to chant his “Swaggy P” nickname for the player who has shown moments of being a sure-fire scorer. He has also proven to be lacking in many areas, particularly on defense.
Nick Young is averaging 10.5 points. He did not play five games ago in a win over Houston. That was the lone time this season that head coach Doug Collins did not call Nick Young’s number. Since then, Nick Young’s play has been much improved, especially in the eyes a coach that is understandably is looking for anything positive when the wheels appear to be coming off.
“On the bright side, to me the work that we are putting in with Nick Young. That he is becoming a player,” Collins said Tuesday night. “That’s exciting for me that Nick Young took a DNP and has busted his tail and has put together three terrific games. And I am so proud of him because he is wanting to become a good basketball player, not just an act on the side, Swaggy P.”
Nick Young scored 20 points in the Sixers’ loss to the Bucks. He is happy to be back in the rotation and plans to stay there.
“I am just playing with confidence, going out there believing in myself,” he said. “I was letting the outside get to me and I kind of lost my edge, so I am just trying to get that back game by game. It is a blessing to be out there.
“I am doing whatever to be out there on the court, whether it is shade the best player on their team. I am just trying to do anything to be out there on the court. It has taken more concentration and it is a little more tiring. I need my rest now. I was chasing Monta (Ellis) off every screen.”