The Philadelphia 76ers 2012-2013 season started with high hopes. The team had pulled of a trade for all-star center Andrew Bynum and signed a slew of veteran free agents to help. Fast forward to the end of the season.
The Sixers finished 34-48, the free agents didn’t pan out, Doug Collins was on his way out the door and worst of all, Andrew Bynum’s hair made a bigger splash than his game. Now that it’s over let’s take a look back and hand out grades for a disappointing 76ers season. A list of 76ers players that have not played enough for me to give a grade include Justin Holiday, Royal Ivey, Charles Jenkins, Shelvin Mack, Jeremy Pargo and Maalik Wayns.
Allen saw his minutes improve from 15.2 minutes per game to 21.1 minutes per game. With this came an increase in his numbers. Don’t let the increase fool you though, because his per-48 numbers are pretty much identical to last season, meaning that Allen’s improvement may just be based on the jump in minutes instead of getting better.
The Sixers signed Kwame Brown this off-season to a two year, $6-million contract that included a player option after this season. This season Brown played in just 22 games and only saw 12.2 minutes per game. Brown gave the 76ers little this season for the $3-million they ended up paying him.
Bynum played in zero games and made $16-million. He made more headlines for his crazy hair than his play.
Lets start with the good. Hawes was healthy this season, appearing in all 82 games this year after missing almost half of last season. Now for the bad. Hawes impact on the game has declined from last year to this. Hawes has also regressed as a shooter. Last season he made 42% of shots from 16 feet and beyond, while this year he’s only shooting 38% on those same shots.
Jrue may of been the lone bright spot for the Sixers. Holiday took a bigger role in the offense this season and provided the Sixers with steady play. Holiday saw a statistics-jump across the broad and nearly doubled his assists per game. With the added responsibility came the increase in turnovers for Holiday and the fact that he admitted he was tired towards the end of the season shows that the Sixers may have relied on him a little too much.
Rookie big man Arnett Moultrie appeared in 47 games this season. Doug Collins did give him minutes early in the season. but as the year went on they increased. Moultrie gave the 76ers energy off the bench, and while it’s a small sample size, he showed he may have a nice shooting touch (56% on 14-25 from 16 feet-3 point line).
Jason Richardson was signed to be the starting two guard for the 76ers and provide long range shooting in order to space the floor for Bynum. Unfortunately for the 76ers, Richardson ended up playing just 33 games because of a knee injury. In those 33 games he shot just 34% from three, but part of that could be blamed on the fact he never got to play with Bynum.
Coming into this season there were big expectations for Evan Turner. Turner was finally in position to step with the Sixers moving Andre Iguodala, but sadly for the Sixers that never happened. Lets start off with the good. Turner actually improved his three point shot posting the highest 3-point percentage at 36%. Part of this improvement is due to Turner’s ability to make corner threes. He’s making 36% from the left corner and 40% from the right. Now time to get to the bad. Turner saw a drop in his shooting percentage, PER, and his TRB%. The 76ers needed Turner to take that next step in his third year and it didn’t happen. They have to be concerned that it might never happen.
Damien Wilkins is Doug Collins’ tank driver. Wilkins appeared in 61 games and somehow started 21 of them. Wilkins is a 12th man at best and has no business starting any games at this point in his career.
Wright was signed for one reason and one reason only; because he could shoot the ball from three. Wright ended up shooting a respectable 37% from deep while putting up almost five points-per-game in just 22 minutes of action.
Nick Young was signed during the off-season in order to give the 76ers bench a boost after letting go of former 6th man Lou Williams. Unfortunately for the Sixers, Young’s season never quite lived up to expectations on the court due to injuries. Off the court, Young aka Swaggy P was everything that the fans heard and more.
Thad Young, the small forward-turned-perfect-small-ball-power forward had a solid season. The Sixers finally understood what they had in Young and allowed him to play the game the way he could. Young had a strong season, especially defensively where he’s been great at defending the pick and roll. He’s been capable of defending bigger forwards and he’s improved as a rebounder upping his DRB% by 5% and his TRB%. Young arguably became the 76ers best defender this past season.
This 76ers season ended in disappointment, but hopefully next seasons grades will be a lot higher.