It's a Tuesday in the middle of August, there's absolutely nothing going on in the Sixers' world (other than dueling UStream broadcasts by Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala). I figured this would be as good a time as any to get your feelings on one of the big questions I have for the upcoming season.
When you look at the moves the Sixers have made this offseason, there seems to be a disconnect. Eddie Jordan is an offensive coach, by all accounts. He's known for his version of the Princeton offense, and no team he's been the head coach of has particularly excelled on the defensive side of the ball. On the other hand, the Sixers drafted Jrue Holiday, they brought Royal Ivey back as a free agent and they let Andre Miller walk. All of these moves should go a long way toward shoring up the defensive side of the ball. Then again, the additions of Jason Kapono and Primoz Brezec probably won't move the needle toward better defense, but I'm not sure how big of a role either will play.
So here's the question, will the Sixers be a better defensive team in 2009-2010 than they were in 2008-2009? Keep in mind that Elton Brand will be back, which should improve the defense at the four, Andre Iguodala is expected to move to the two, which should drastically improve the defense there, while Thad Young will slide into the three, which is a downgrade (nothing against Thad, but anyone is downgrade from Iguodala at the three.)
Last season, the Sixers allowed 97.3 points per game, good for 11th in the league, but that number doesn't really mean a whole lot. The important number is their defensive rating, which is points allowed per 100 possessions (this takes pace out of the equation). Their defensive rating was 107.8, good for 13th in the league. Vote in the poll below and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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