Sixers player evaluation: Royal Ivey

Sixers player evaluation: Royal Ivey

April 26, 2013, 9:00 am
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Royal Ivey averaged 3.2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 53 games with the Sixers this season. (USA Today Images)

Note: Over the next couple of weeks we will recap the Sixers’ season by evaluating each member of the roster.

Royal Ivey

Position: Point guard

Status: Unrestricted free agent

Signature game of 2012-13
Ivey scored a season-high 17 points on March 2 to lead the Sixers to a 104-97 victory over Golden State. Ivey’s 17 points game on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting, including four of those from behind the three-point arc.

Ivey in 2012-13
The Sixers signed Ivey to a one-year minimum deal to provide support to Jrue Holiday for a few minutes a night. For the most part, that’s exactly what Ivey provided. A nine-year vet, Ivey provided experience, quickness and solid outside shooting. His 42-percent shooting from three-point range was a career best.

Ivey struggled with some injuries during the first half of the season and was often in, and then out, of head coach Doug Collins’ rotations. He started five games, including four in a row during March. But during April, Ivey couldn’t get on the court.

An unrestricted free agent, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Ivey return to the Sixers on another one-year deal. However, if Ivey is going to have to sit on the bench for long stretches -- he was a DNP-CD in six of the last seven games -- why not do it for a winning team?

On Royal Ivey
“He brings an energy and toughness that we have to have -- his up-the-floor defense, his ability to make the open shot. What I try to do is, I don't play him as a point guard offensively. He guards the points but somebody else out there will handle the ball and get us out there into our offense. We need him.”

--Doug Collins, Dec. 31, 2013