Summer Reading is a series on what each Philadelphia Seventy-Sixer needs to do this off season in order to bring the Sixers back to the playoffs in ‘07–08. Each member of the Sixers will get a reading list, we’ll start with Bobby Jones, and end with Andre Iguodala (Least minutes per game to most).
Vital stats: 9 minutes, 40% from the floor, 0 threes, 40% from the line, 2.6 rebounds, 0.1 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.8 blocks, 1.5 fouls and 1.6 points per game.
Required reading: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz, by Ron Jeremy; Born to be Wild: Freeing the Spirit of the Hyper-Active Child by Kristi Meisenbach Boylan; The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulkner.
Extra credit: Encyclopedia of Modern Body Building, by Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Suggested viewing: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Rub: Amundson was brought into Philly on back-to-back 10–day contracts, then signed for the remainder of the season after showing Mo Cheeks enough spaz energy in practice. Down the stretch, Amundson showed why he was named the NBADL rookie-of-the-year. This kid is a banger, and he plays the game a tick faster than everyone else on the court.
He’s got basically no offensive game, he fouls too much, but he blocks shots, makes steals and crashes the boards like his job depends on it. I want to see Amundson make this team next season, and the key is going to be what he does this summer.
Louis, forget working on your mid-range game, forget your handle, hit the weights. Put some more bulk on that frame, and come back big enough to intimidate. If you can go in there and bang for 12–15 minutes per game, grab some rebounds, take some hard fouls, block some shots, you’ll be a key cog in the Sixer playoff machine.
Up next: Alan Henderson