2009-10 NBA preview: Philadelphia 76ers
Two big questions face this team for the coming NBA season. Have the finally found, the right Head Coach, and who will take over the point from departed guard Andre Miller? While this team has made the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, losing Miller is a huge blow. This team will have to turn over the point to a few players that don’t have all that much experience running an offense. While they are a pretty good team, they face an uphill battle to get back to the playoffs in 2010.
Since Larry Brown left this team in 2003 this team has had seven head coaches. The new man in charge is Eddie Jordan and he brings with him a Princeton offense that requires, crisp passing and good shooting. Jordan previously worked with GM Ed Stefanski in New Jersey were the two were able to take that team to multiple trips to the NBA finals. Now Jordan has three years to install his motion offense to an athletic roster, which should be a natural fit.
Louis Williams and Rookie Jrue Holiday will be the guys to run this offense. Neither of these players have much experience running an offense and Jordan will have to work with both players about distributing the ball as well as protecting it.
If Elton Brand can come back from shoulder surgery, and veterans Andre Iquodala and Thaddeus can continue where they left off in 2008-09 they will all benefit from Jordan’s offense and score a lot of easy points. This team could also use more consistent play from Samuel Dalembert at Center. Samuel has shown flashes of brilliance but needs to develop some more individual moves around the net to become a scoring threat.