Friday, May 29, 2015

Sixers Scoring Leader Bottoms Out

Lou Williams led Sixers with low scoring average.

Sixers Scoring Leader Bottoms Out

( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer )
( Yong Kim / Staff Photographer ) Daily News/Inquirer

Lou Williams finished as the Sixers' leading scorer, but with an average (14.9) that was lower than any Sixer leading scorer in history. It is the lowest average of any team's scoring leader this season.

In fact, the scoring average for the Sixers' top point producer has gone down each of the last four years.

Here are the Sixers' top three in scoring in the post-Allen Iverson era:

Season Top Scorer Avg.  Second   Avg.   Third Avg.
2006-07   Andre Iguodala   18.2 Kyle
14.4 Willie
2007-08 Andre Iguodala 19.9 Andre
17.0 Willie
2008-09 Andre Iguodala 18.8 Andre
16.3 Thaddeus
2009-10 Andre Iguodala 17.1 Elton
13.1 Willie
2010-11 Elton Brand 15.0 Jrue
14.0 Lou
2011-12 Lou Williams 14.9  Jrue
13.3 Thaddeus  
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