The 76ers are just one of four NBA teams - New Orleans, Charlotte and Memphis are the others – that have not had a 30-point scorer this season. In fact, the Sixers have gone more than a full year without a player on their roster scoring at least 30 in a game. Elton Brand last did it when he went for 33 against the New York Knicks on Feb. 4, 2011.
So what’s the deal? Why is this so?
“It means that we’re well-rounded,” said all-star Andre Iguodala. “I think we have multiple guys who are capable of scoring 30, but our offense is set up really to make everyone a threat on the floor. We have many different options.”
The Sixers have six players averaging double figures in scoring; two player are averaging at least nine points.
As an example, Iguodala pointed out that when he and Jrue Holiday drive to the basket, oftentimes they are doing so with the intention of drawing defenders so they can pass the ball back out to the perimeter for a guy like Jodie Meeks to get a good look at a potential 3-pointer. Coach Doug Collins has said on multiple occasions that getting Meeks open looks is critical for the Sixers’ team-first approach to scoring the basketball.
“For him to be a threat he has to get his attempts,” Iguodala says. “That might take away from our attempts, but it makes all of us threatening, and it helps us to continue to work together as a unit.”
Collins pointed out that during ‘garbage time’ of the Sixers’ 99-84 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers this past Saturday, all five players on the court touched the ball, some of them touching it twice before Holiday fired up a shot to beat the 24-second clock.
“I think our guys just love to share the ball,” Collins said. “That’s normally a time when guys will jack the ball up, and we worked the 24-second clock all the way down. That sort of says a lot. It says that guys aren’t coming in, even if it’s a 15-point game, and looking to chuck shots up to get their points.”