The Sixers have some decisions to make at the shooting guard position. With Evan Turner’s career not panning out like a No. 2 overall pick’s career should, the Sixers should either keep Turner until his contract expires and see where his career goes. Or, they should just get rid of him via trade or waiver before every team knows that Turner does not do too much to help or change games. So, it would be better for the Sixers to get rid of ET before they can’t get anything for him and I don’t see him having any type of breakout season in the near future. Not any type of season that a no. 2 draft pict should have, at that.
With the uncertainty with Jason Richardson’s health and his increasing age, there is more question at the shooting guard and small forward position. I personally think that it’s time to let Evan Turner go, let J-Rich go, and keep Nick “Swaggy P” Young. Nick Young is a capable scorer and brings back what the Sixers lost with Lou Williams. The following is a list of shooting guards for the starting spot and off the bench spot.
1. Andre Iguodala (SG/SF) and Manu Ginobili (SG)
As all NBA fans know, the Sixers let go of a promising Andre Iguodala in the four-team deal that brought Andrew Bynum here – and man, DO THE SIXERS REGRET THAT! There’s no question that the Sixers could use Iggy back on the squad. His stat sheet and defensive ability are missed very much in Philadelphia. We really could have used his 13.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game.
Manu Ginobili is an excellent veteran shooting guard. He plays for the Spurs, so the Argentinian baller knows how to play fundamentally sound basketball. Manu is a great shooter and when he’s not scoring, he’s stuffing the stat sheet elsewhere (4.6 assists per game in the regular season).
I think that Iguodala and Ginobili could coexist and alternate between starting and coming off the bench. These two could also start and play small forward and shooting guard interchangeably.
2. O.J. Mayo (SG) and Tony Allen (SG)
These two guards could easily coexist on the Sixers. O.J. Mayo, who will be an unrestricted free agent, had a career year for the Mavericks, averaging 15.3 points and 4.4 assists per game. He is young—only 25 years old—and hasn’t reached his peak yet. He is already a very good shooter and scorer. I would love him off of the bench as the team’s 6th man.
Tony Allen is not known as an offensive threat. He is, however, a nightmare for shooting guards who make their money by scoring (Dwyane Wade, Kobe Bryant, James Harden, etc.). He is a strong, hard-working, defensive-minded player who could really help the Sixers stop some of the league’s best. I’d start him.
3. Kevin Martin (SG) and J.J. Redick (SG)
Here is another duo who could play together for the Sixers. Kevin Martin would start and could give the Sixers A LOT of points. This dude is a straight scorer—14.0 points per game averaging only 27.0 minutes—and is highly underrated. Martin would be a very good player to consider if the Sixers are looking to make strides on the offensive end.
J.J. Redick is simply a red-hot shooter. This Duke product could provide the Sixers with the knock-down shooting they need. The three-pointer is this kid’s occupation. With guys like Dorell Wright already on the team, adding Redick would really spread the floor and help out Arnett Moultrie and whoever the Sixers bring in to be their starting center.
4. J.R. Smith (SG) and Ray Allen (SG)
Yet another duo who could coexist. J.R. Smith would start on the Philly squad. He had a great year off the bench for the Knickerbockers, averaging 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The Sixers could really use his explosive scoring and excellent shooting.
Ray Allen could come off the bench and provide the Sixers with a couple threes per game. Doesn’t sound like much, but Allen is statistically the best three-point shooter ever. Who wouldn’t want that on their team? This guy can hit a clutch shot with his repetitive, quick stroke and muscle memory from downtown.
5. Nick Young (SG/PG)
Nick Young had a pretty bad year for the Sixers. But, this kid and his crazy hair can score, and score more. His energy and positive attitude can light up a team and give the Sixers momentum. His jumper and paint scoring can really hurt a lot of teams. The Sixers could re-sign Swaggy P for a small contract and would not lose a thing, only gain.
I can’t stress enough the importance of this offseason. This is make or break time for the Sixers. If they don’t make moves, they won’t make the playoffs again until their young stars are already in the middle of their prime or past. This needs to be a big summer for the Sixers. There are clearly some options at the starting and backup shooting guard spots.