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Forget the FAs For a Minute

The free agent market is far from closed, but with each passing day the odds of the Sixers picking up a starter shrink. At some point we need to turn our attention to the roster we have, while I don't think we're quite there yet, there is one nagging question in the back of my mind.

As of today, it appears as though the Sixers will go to camp with the intention of Lou Williams winning the starting PG job. Jrue will probably have a chance to take it from him, but that's asking a whole lot from the kid. Personally, if Jrue can just be an average offensive player, and do no more harm than good, I'd be happy to see him starting from day one at the point, but I'm not expecting it to happen.

If the assumption is that Lou is the starting point for the opener, what does the rest of the lineup look like? That question keeps me up at night. To me, the answer is obvious:

PG: Lou Williams
SG: Andre Iguodala
SF: Thad Young
PF: Elton Brand
C: Samuel Dalembert

With the roster as currently constructed, it should be a no-brainer, right? I'm not so sure it is, though. Think back to the days right after Eddie Jordan was signed to coach the team. Tom Moore asked Jordan what his plans were for Iguodala, and Jordan responded that Andre would start at the three and then hopefully play some guard in December.

Now, have these plans changed? Was Jordan banking on the Sixers adding another starter-caliber player to the roster? Was Jordan planning on having Andre Miller back at the point? Or maybe this is still the plan. Maybe Jordan wants Iguodala at the three, either to learn the offense from that position before moving him, or permanently. Of course, these questions lead us to another, vitally important question. If Jordan still plans to start the season with Iguodala at the three, who plays the two?

The options really aren't great:

  • Lou Williams, Willie Green, Andre Iguodala, Thad Young, Elton Brand
  • Lou Williams, Jason Kapono, Andre Iguodala, Thad Young, Elton Brand
  • Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Andre Iguodala, Thad Young, Elton Brand
  • Jrue Holiday, Jason Kapono, Andre Iguodala, Thad Young, Elton Brand

That's it, those are the four options if the Sixers don't acquire a starting two (or starting point) between now and the beginning of the season and Jordan insists on playing Iguodala, Thad and Brand at the three, four and five, respectively. If you put a gun to my head, I'd say I prefer the fourth option with Jrue at the point and Kapono at the two, but by no means would I be happy with that lineup.

What do you guys think, has Jordan amended his plan for Iguodala? Could he possibly go into the season with Willie or Kapono as his starting two guard? Could Lou and Jrue both be starters?
by Brian on Jul 17 2009
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