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: 13.8 minutes per game, 48% FG, 54.5% FT, 4.2 Rebs, .54 steals, .77 blocks, 0.3 assists, 4.5 PPG.
Extra credit: Hard Work: Success Made Easy, by Michael Crews.
Suggested viewing: The Laramie Project
The Rub: OK, I’ve taken enough shots at Shav for his idiotic statements above, so let’s set them aside and talk basketball. Randolph was seeing more and more minutes, even starting games before he went down with a catastrophic ankle injury in practice. He showed signs of being a legitimate PF in the league, scoring, rebounding and playing D.
Was it enough? I’m leaning toward no, but it depends on what the Sixers do in the draft. If he wants to be part of this team next year, he’s going to have to work hard this Summer, polish up his low-post game and get stronger. He needs to be able to bang down low, and defend.
Maybe the Duke angle, or the fact that his grandfather was an All-American will give him a little more leeway than you’d think, but if the Sixers use their draft picks well, I think Shav’s chances of making the twelve-man roster are slim.
Up next: Kevin Ollie