76ers Sunshine/Overcast: Week 7

With a December chill in the air, this is about the time where contenders start to separate themselves from the pretenders, and of course you can’t do well with a couple of players starting to heat up. With some players heating up, some players will also hit the wall, hard. For the Philadelphia 76ers, playing very well without star player Andrew Bynum, that is certainly the case as some players have caused crucial wins and others caused tough losses.

Sunshine: Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner

Hawes is finding his niche within the Sixers offense.

Seeing his minutes increase slightly this past week, Hawes made the most of it, averaging 13 points on 50% and 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. With Jrue Holiday ailing with a foot injury and ET forced to play the point, the Sixers are thin in the frontcourt, essentially forcing their big men to step up and play solid ball. He’s made use of the extended minutes and with Bynum expected to be out until the All-Star Break, Hawes will continue to see a suffice amount of minutes and play relatively will.

It turns out that Evan Turner is really worth that No. 2 overall pick two years ago. Although his career is short, this season, he’s shooting a career high 45%, while shooting 50% this week. He’s averaging two more rebounds this season than he normally does, two more assists, and six more points per game. Maybe it’s because he’s averaging 10 more minutes than his career shows, but nevertheless, he’s really showing what he’s made of. After an extremely strong performance against a defensive Pacers team, continue to expect Turner to heat up this week no matter who the competition is.

Overcast: Jason Richardson and Dorell Wright

Despite being in the sunny region last time, Jason Richardson caught himself in a little bit of a storm. This past week, he’s averaged 8 points on 29% shooting, nothing close to sunny. As one of the veterans of this young and upcoming Sixers team, it’s J-Rich’s job to lead the Sixers to playing well but when he’s struggling, essentially almost the entire team struggles. As a slump usually would, this may go on for a couple games but with the generous amount of minutes he’s been playing, expect Richardson to return to normal by next week.

Dorell Wright hasn’t been what the Sixers expected him to be this season, and the past five games are even worse. He’s playing about 20 minutes per game but he’s only been scoring six points and with the Sixers’ struggling offense, that stat doesn’t help. Although he provides a decent amount of rebounds in his playing time, four rebounds per game, that’s the only thing he can contribute to the team. This week and the essentially the whole season for Wright looks like dark, cloudy skies.


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Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Aspiring to change the world by driving education and the importance of staying informed. Looking to share my learnings and knowledge on behavioral economics and how that correlates with investing in yourself wisely. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

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