Balanced Sixers net first win of seasonby Eric Schwartz
The Sixers got their first win of the season Friday night, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks, 99-86, in their home-opener.
The Sixers recovered from a season-opening loss to the Magic to even their record at 1-1.
Though the sample size is just two games I think what we have seen out of the Sixers so far is what we can expect to see the rest of the way. Philly will do well when matchup up with the average-to-bottom teams that the Eastern Conference puts out but struggle against the top tier teams.
They don’t have enough talent to beat teams like the Magic, Cavs or Celtics, but have more than enough to take down squads like the Bucks, Nets and Bobcats.
It is kind of the way the Sixers have been since Allen Iverson was in town.
New head coach Eddie Jordan promised to implement a Princeton-style offense and the early results are indicating that the players re buying into it. The Princeton offense is one that spreads the ball around and tries to find the open man through a series of cuts and screens. Take a look at the scoring averages through two games and you can see that there is plenty of diversity.
Lou Williams 17.0
Marreese Speights 15.0
Andre Iguodala 13.0
Elton Brand 12.5
Jason Kapono 11.5
Thaddeus Young 10.5
Rodney Carney 10.0
Samuel Dalmbert 9.5
While I am not sure the Sixers will finish the season with six or seven guys in double figures, I do expect the balance to remain close to the same. That is the type of team Jordan wants. It won’t lead to many All-Stars, but it should lead to a playoff berth.
The Sixers should get their second-straight win tonight, when they travel to take on the New York Knicks.
Even in basketball it is a Philly-New York weekend.