In recent days the Philadelphia 76ers have dilligently worked to add some more depth to their now ferocious back-court led by Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Nick Young. In the last week the 76ers added veteran guard Royal Ivey and more recently last Sunday by signing Villanova star, Maalik Wayns.
With the addition of these two guards, the 76ers roster is virtually set for the coming season. Looking at an over-stocked frontcourt and a lacking shooting guard position, having three point guards is never a bad thing to have on a roster lacking pure guards at times. Furthermore, with the acquisition of these two guards it brings a specific skill set into the Philadelphia back court.
Ivey averaged 3.1 points per game and 1.1 assists per game in 437 games played in 12.5 minutes over his extensive NBA career but the Sixers didn’t call on him for his offensive capability (since he has none). The 76ers needed Ivey to mentor the young budding star, Jrue Holiday. Ivey can add tenacious defense to a teams second line and also has championship experience from playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the last two seasons.
Maalik Wayns on the other hand is just enjoying the experience of being selcted to an NBA team, especially the one he’s grown up watching. Wayns was a star player at both Roman Catholic School for Boys in downtown Philadelphia, PA, and also at Villanova University his Junior year averaging 17.6 points per game and adding on 3.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists per contest as well. Wayns will keep the youth on the side of the Sixers and will be another project for Doug Collins in the upcoming season.
All-in-All the additions to the back-court make the Philadelphia 76ers another threat to come out of the Eastern Conference for another consecutive season. Look for the young guns to make another surge at the Conference Finals this coming season.
Tyler R. Tynes is the Featured Columnist for the Philadelphia 76ers with Rant Sports, Beat Writer covering the Philadelphia 76ers for Buzz On Broad and 76ers Analyst for Philly Sports Nut.
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