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Who Will Lead the Sixers in Scoring?

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Andre Iguodala has been the Sixers leading scorer since Allen Iverson left four years ago. He averaged 18.2, 19.9, 18.8 and 17.1 respectively, and been at least two full points ahead of the next leading scorer. Will he lead the Sixers in scoring for the fifth consecutive year?

A few weeks ago in my official 2010-2011 preview I boldly predicted that no Sixers player will average more than 15 points per game. I realize the likelihood of this happening is slim to none, but remember, Iguodala was the only player over 15 points per game last year at 17.1. The point I was trying to make is how deep the Sixers roster is. Not deep as in oozing with superstars like the Lakers, Celtics and Heat, but deep as in how many players they have capable of scoring between 10-15 points per game.

Here's the list of guys who are capable of scoring at least 10 points per game this season:

  • Andre Iguodala
  • Evan Turner
  • Lou Williams
  • Marreese Speights
  • Jrue Holiday
  • Elton Brand
  • Thaddeus Young
  • Spencer Hawes
  • Andres Nocioni
Since Iguodala only averaged 17 points last year, and showed in that he can be super-effective without scoring World Championships, paired with the numerous additions of potential double-digit scorers, is there a chance Andre drops below 15 points per game, and surrenders the title of leading scorer?

The addition of Turner, along with the development of Jrue is guaranteed to take some of the scoring load off Andre, and I think he'll hover around the 15 point-mark all season. The Sixers have a chance to employ seven players who average 10 or more points, yet none who average more than 15. I searched Basketball Reference high and low, and could not find a modern team with such a clustermuck of leading scorers.

Does this mean anything significant, not really. I just found it interesting, and felt the need to explain my prediction. For the record, I think Andre remains the team's leading scorer, edging Lou Williams by an eyelash. I honestly think a case can be made for four or five players.