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Potential Points

As the Sixers' roster stands right now, the biggest concern is not a shooter, at least not directly. The biggest concern is the lack of a point guard. I have my fingers crossed that this will be at least partially resolved in the draft, but we have to face the fact that even if they do draft a point, he may not be able to handle the load as starter in 2009-2010. So after the jump we'll take a look at the free agent class of PGs and talk a little about them.

Let's start with the list, then I'll briefly give my thoughts below. As always, leave your thoughts in the comments.

Unrestricted Free Agents
  • Jason Kidd
  • Mike Bibby
  • Andre Miller
  • Stephon Marbury
  • Jason Hart
  • Brevin Knight
  • Smush Parker
  • Ronald Murray
  • Marcus Williams
  • Jacque Vaughn
  • Lindsey Hunter
  • Anthony Carter
  • Kevin Ollie
  • Quincy Douby
  • Mike Wilks

Restricted Free Agents
  • Ramon Sessions
  • Raymond Felton
  • Nate Robinson
  • Luther Head
  • Jarrett Jack

Early-Termination Options
  • Eddie House
  • Tyronn Lue
  • Anthony Johnson
  • Travis Diener
  • Chris Quinn
  • Bobby Brown

Team Option
  • Steve Nash

Forget Nash, first of all, he isn't going anywhere. Now, looking at this list, there are a handful of guys who could step right in and start. Leading that list are Ramon Sessions, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Mike Bibby and obviously Andre Miller. We're already operating under the assumption that Miller walks, of the other guys on this list, I'd probably prefer Sessions and Felton.

If the Sixers made a full-MLE offer to Sessions, there's a chance Milwaukee may not match. Of course, then we have another PG who can't shoot the three, but his defense would be an upgrade over Miller's and he makes a living at the line. They could definitely do worse than Sessions.

Felton is coming off a poor shooting year in Charlotte, but he's a good distributor and again, I have to think he'd be an upgrade defensively. Again, I have no idea if the full MLE would get the job done. Personally, I don't really want to find out. I'd rather have Sessions, or stay patient.

Bibby is going to cost too much. He shot the three very well for the Hawks this season, but his overall game wasn't too impressive. I'd pass, unless I was desperate. I think someone else will offer him more than the MLE, probably Atlanta.

Which brings us to Jason Kidd. I think patience is going to be an absolute virtue this Summer. Teams are going to be very, very tight with their dollars, and the few teams who do have cap space will be reluctant to cough it up for a 36 year-old PG. I think if you wait long enough, you may be able to steal Kidd for the MLE, or less. If you wind up drafting a PG, who better to ease the kid into the league than, well, Kidd. He can't guard the small, quick points. Not even close. But if we're talking about a short deal for the MLE while we groom another PG, I like Kidd for this team. He proved he can drain the open three in Dallas, he's still an excellent passer and rebounder at the point. I'd definitely take a shot on him if he was still on the FA market in the dog days of the Summer.

Those are the big names I'm interested in. There are some under-the-radar guys who could help a little bit in here too. Chris Quinn and Travis Deiner could serve as passable backups who can stretch the floor a little with spot minutes. Anthony Johnson would be a veteran guy who can fill the same role. Jarret Jack could be more than that, although he isn't really a marksman from deep, he could probably fill more than a bit role. The question with him is at what price?

Finally, Eddie House has an early termination option. I hate the guy. Hate him with a passion. But if he could play the role he plays for the Celts for us, I guess I could grow to tolerate him. Problem is, if he opts out, he's going to be looking to get paid. He obviously has an over-inflated self image right now, he may be another guy who you wait out once he hits the FA market. As the Summer goes on, his price comes down.

So use the list above and let me know who you'd like to see the Sixers target with the MLE, or if you think they have to sign Miller, let us know why and for how much.

by Brian on May 14 2009
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