April 30th, 2010 admin

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: G/F Andre Iguodala didn’t have an especially good season, but somebody has to be MVP of this underachieving team. Iguodala is versatile, played in all 82 games for the fifth time in six NBA campaigns and averaged 39 minutes per outing. But he takes too many three-pointers (303), displays poor on-court body language and sub-par leadership skills, and had the lowest scoring average (17.1 points per game) of any team leader in the league.
MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER: F Thaddeus Young made a big jump from his rookie season to Year 2, averaging 20 points during the month of March 2009. But Young, stymied by the Princeton offense and his offensive shortcomings (primarily a lack of consistency with his jumper and mediocre ball-handling), regressed in his third season. Though he wasn’t the only one in that category (hello, Marreese Speights), he was the most significant letdown.
FREE AGENT FOCUS: G/F Rodney Carney, G Allen Iverson and F/C Francisco Elson are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1. Iverson and Elson are definitely gone, but Carney could conceivably return on a minimum contract. With 11 guaranteed deals and a lottery pick in June’s draft, the Sixers’ roster isn’t far from being set, unless there are some off-season trades.
–G Jrue Holiday, the team’s first-round pick last June, was one of the few positives that came out of 2009-10. He ran the offense pretty well for the league’s youngest player (19), shot the ball much better than anybody could’ve anticipated (.390 from three-point land) and defended at a fairly high level. The 6-4 Holiday has all the makings of the Sixers’ point guard for years to come. And he could be more advanced if not for the failed Allen Iverson experiment, which took minutes away from him.
–G Jodie Meeks, also a rookie, finished the regular season with a flourish. He averaged 13.5 points on 30-for-53 shooting (.566), including 15-for-30 (.500) from three-point range, in the last six games after only getting spot minutes since the Feb. 18 trade from the Bucks. Since he’s under contract for two more years, Meeks has the makings of a possible rotation player at the “two” spot.
–F Jason Kapono and G Willie Green can become free agents by opting out of the final year of their contracts. But each said he doesn’t plan to do so. Kapono is scheduled to make $6.6 million in 2009-10, with Green earning $4 million.
–F Thaddeus Young (fractured right thumb) missed the final 15 games, but he’s close to being able to play again.

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