|I'll be the first to admit that I have strong feelings about certain members of this team. Mainly, guys who hover on the periphery of the "young core." In the great tradition of Depressed Fan, I hope I'll be proven wrong about one or two. After the jump, let's take a shot at guessing which one(s) will exceed expectations.|
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|A player who is questionably part of the Sixers' "Young core," is next up in our Early Predictions series. Lou enjoys long walks on the beach, romantic comedies and blocking Twitter followers who make fun of him.|
|A year ago yesterday, we took a look at what the Sixers would be missing in the absence of Andre Miller, and how they could make up for that production. Today, let's see how that worked out.|
|I'm still sitting around waiting for Ed Stefanski to make a meaningful trade which actually makes the Sixers better on the court. It hasn't happened yet in his tenure as the team's general manager. Last night, I decided to take a look around the league and see if I could find something simple in the hopes that someone might be able to somehow get word to the big man.|
|Take a gander at the Sixers team page on 82games.com, I'll wait. Two particular numbers jumped out at me, opponent's production vs. Lou (17.2) and vs. Jrue (19.9). 15.0 is supposedly league-average, the lower the number, the better. Having watched every second of Sixers basketball this season, I can emphatically tell you Lou Williams isn't half the defender Jrue Holiday is, so how do you explain that number? We'll give it a try after the jump.|
Latest comment: from rswknightI've never seen a player whose def stance looks like his back went out once he crosses half court. Just kills me...
|Over the next couple of weeks I thought we'd take a quick look at each player on the roster, mainly to gauge how the fans feel about him going forward. Let's start with a guy who I go back and forth over, Lou Williams.|
|Late last night I was thinking about the Sixers and checking out various stats when a thought came to me. I've been in the camp that the Sixers have a core worth building around, or at least the beginning of one. When I was looking at the stats, and ages, of the players on the team, I couldn't help but ask myself a few very tough questions. I'd like to get your thoughts after the jump.|
|It wasn't a good win. It wasn't a solid win. It wasn't a pretty win. It may have even been a dangerous win, but it was definitely a win. After blowing a 24-point lead in the second half, Lou Williams hit a series of clutch shots to snatch victory from the jaws of, well, an embarrassing collapse.|
|Lou Williams was once on the untouchable list for the Sixers. As we've been informed several times over the past couple of weeks, that list no longer exists. In fact, we've heard a couple of things regarding Lou. One, teams were interested in trading for him last season and also over the summer. Two, his name is again coming up this summer. After the jump I'll lay out what I think the Sixers should be looking for in return for Lou.|
Latest comment: from rchap13eddie jordan will be gone soon. No need to trade for players to fit his coaching....
|Bad news for Lou Williams broke earlier today. He had surgery on his fractured jaw and will miss eight weeks, his jaw is currently wired shut. Horrible news for Lou in his first season as a start, but a silver lining for the team, in my eyes.|
|Nine made threes. Career game for Lou Williams and clearly his best of the year, on both ends. Elton Brand continues his resurgence in a big way, four more blocks, four more steals, 8/14 from the floor, 6/7 from the line. Only three made threes for Memphis. Still, somehow, a loss. The reason is clear as day, we'll explore after the jump.|
Latest comment: from eddies' heady'sAll very fair and valid. Esp the 'we' part, I had overlooked that amidst my own frustrations and suffering....
|Three wins, two losses. I've been chanting those four words to myself since the game ended to remind myself that the Sixers won a game they should've won tonight. That's a positive. Whenever the loop ends, I'm left with nagging thoughts about a lackluster performance in front of a pitiful crowd. Still, the Sixers came away with a 97-94 win over the depleted New Jersey Nets. Rotations, thoughts and a bonus graphic after the jump.|
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|From watching the games, I knew Lou Williams was off to a very good start on the offensive end. None of my fears coming into the season about handing him the reins as a starting PG have come true, not in the slightest. Today, I took at look at individual stats and I think I need to point out exactly how unbelievably good Lou has been.|
|The Sixers scored 141 points, they shot 60.7% from the floor, they out-rebounded the Knicks by 18 and they finished the game on a 17-0 run, yet I'm still having trouble mustering any kind of enthusiasm for this win.|
|The Sixers used and abused the shorthanded Raptors in the first half tonight, then held on for their first meaningless win under Eddie Jordan. The final was 107-98. A few notes and stats after the jump.|