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Brackins At The Three?

It's been far too long since Doug Collins has taken the mic in front of a group of reporters after a Sixers workout. Tonight, when Doug held court, he had a few interesting things to say, one of which left me scratching my head.

At about the 1:40 mark, Collins talks about Craig Brackins role with the team. Basically, he says he wants Brackins to work at the three, to be a guy like Meeks who doesn't need to handle the ball and can stretch the floor at the three spot. This is an interesting idea, to have a backup three who can hit the deep ball and be another end-point of the offense, rather than an initiator. The problem is I don't see how Brackins even remotely resembles that guy.

Last season, for the Sixers, Brackins was 0/5 from three in extremely limited action. In his time with the Springfield Armor (D-League), he wasn't shy about shooting from deep (average of 4.1 three-point attempts/36 minutes), but he couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. In 18 games he hit only 19 of 77 attempts from deep (24.7%).

Even if you follow him all the way back to college, with a shorter three-point line, he was terrible from deep. He wasn't shy, but he couldn't hit the shot. He averaged 3.4, 2.8 and 3.1 attempts per 40 minutes in his three seasons, shooting 28%, 28.4% and 31% year-over-year.

The eternal optimism of Collins is charming (he even mentioned Hawes and the word tough in the same sentence), but trying to sell Brackins as a three who's going to stretch the floor is just way off base, unless the guy has made a complete turnaround with his stroke. Honestly, I think the last thing Brackins needs to hear right now is, "you're a three-point shooter." The guy needs the red light in a big way.

Of course, if Brackins is playing heavy minutes, something has gone terribly wrong anyway, so I doubt it'll be much of an issue.
by Brian on Dec 13 2011
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