Friday, August 23, 2013
Philly's projected starting five
By Joe Kaiser
Brett Brown doesn't exactly have a full cupboard to work with entering his first season in Philadelphia, with the focus being on rebuilding for the future, but here's what the 76ers' starting lineup is projected to look like in 2013-14.
Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News wrote yesterday, before the team acquired 6-foot-6 point guard Tony Wroten in a trade with Memphis, that the rotation basically centered around six players. That is, until Nerlens Noel enters the picture.
"Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and rookie Michael Carter-Williams are most likely starters," Cooney wrote. "As of now, there is no shooting guard, unless Turner plays that spot and Young moves to the 'three' and Arnett Moultrie moves into the lineup. If that's the case, expect opposing teams to pack in zones and dare the Sixers to shoot the ball. Anyway, that's five players.
"Lavoy Allen will be one of the first bigs coming off the bench. That makes six. Then it becomes real murky."
With Wroten and Noel, the rotation jumps to eight players. Wroten could conceivably play alongside Carter-Williams at times to allow the rookie to play more off the ball, but it'd be somewhat surprising to see Brown go with a Carter-Williams/Wroten starting backcourt right out of the gates.
Another option once Noel returns is to slide Hawes to PF (where he played part of last season), Young to SF and Turner to SG with Carter-Williams getting the nod at PG.