Honestly, this whole tanking plan is working perfectly. We finally reached an achievement of losing 14 games straight and we're closing in on the number one... pick of the draft, maybe seed in the next five years. The whole plan is to have a stinky team to get that top three pick. But other than that, what else are we really accomplishing? Don't you think losing by 10-30 points to below-average teams will affect these young players. Watching MCW and Tony Wroten each game throwing inaccurate passes and getting frustrated easily makes me wonder; are these guys really developing at the pace Brett Brown and the Sixers' front office want them to? Well I get that you learn from your mistakes, but if you keep making the same mistakes over and over again you start to get frustrated and lose interest.
These two young guards have the ball for most of the shot clock each possession. They need a shooter that they can rely on being open, The only shooting guard on the roster that can shoot consistently is Jason Richardson. James Anderson has shown promise from behind the arc, but he's only shooting 31%. Our best shooter this season, Hollis Thompson, is only shooting 36%. If we bring in a veteran SG that can currently play, like Ben Gordon, he can help mentor guys like Elliot Williams, James Anderson, and Hollis Thompson.
If we become a better shooting team, it will also help benefit MCW and Wroten. They both like to drive to the basket off the pick-and-roll, and it has been effective for the most part. But teams clog up that hole it forces them to get banged up or get stripped of the ball. That's why they commit so many turnovers. If they had the reliable shooter that they can kick out to, which in this case, Ben Gordon, 40% of his threes will go through.
Now making a case for Gordon to come to Philly is pretty simple. He can't make the playoffs no matter what. Since Charlotte waived after the buyout deadline, he will sadly not be able to contribute to teams like the Miami Heat or Oklahoma City Thunder. Also, he is in his contract year. We all thought after the Evan Turner trade for Granger, that Granger would revive his reputation and get a big contract during the off season. But Danny had some other plans for success. Well, Gordon has been forced to choose three options. 1.) Leave the NBA. 2.) Help a team reach the playoffs. 3.) Join a team that gives you solid playing time and get that contract during the off season. I'd go with numero tres if I was in his shoes.
He is guaranteed to have a good role with the Sixers and a good amount of playing time. We need him to mentor and help out our young guards. We can't just throw raw 23 year olds or younger out there and expect them to be solid contributors. And I know that it is all part of the plan of tanking, but it just doesn't feel right to me. It's not helping when we lose every game by 10-30 points and give up 125 +points per game. We need a solidified shooter that can keep us in games. Maybe we won't lose every game for the rest of the year if we had him.
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