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Sixers training camp roster released

The Sixers released their official 2013 training camp roster early Friday afternoon.

Sixers training camp roster released

Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown ( Yong Kim/ Staff Photographer )
Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown ( Yong Kim/ Staff Photographer )

The Sixers released their official 2013 training camp roster early Friday afternoon.

The roster, which is made up of 18 players, lists a lot of new names, including 2013 lottery selections Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. Rookies Khalif Wyatt, Vander Blue, Hollis Thompson, and Rodney Williams are also on the roster. Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, and Spencer Hawes highlighting the holdovers from last season.

Here is the Sixers full 2013 training camp roster:


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00     Spencer Hawes           C

1       Michael Carter-Williams PG

4       Nerlens Noel            F-C

5       Arnett Moultrie        F

7       Darius Morris           G

8       Tony Wroten            G

9       James Anderson       G

11     Khalif Wyatt            G

12     Evan Turner             G-F

17     Vander Blue             G

20     Tim Ohlbrecht          F-C

21     Thaddeus Young     F

23     Jason Richardson     G

30     Royce White             F

31     Hollis Thompson     G-F

33     Rodney Williams     G-F

50     Lavoy Allen             F

54     Kwame Brown         F-C

A few notes on the roster:

1. First, there are a lot of guards. It seems like just yesterday that people were wondering who Hinkie was going to bring in to support Michael Carter-Williams, and it's safe to say that that area was addressed. The team now has a plethora of young guard prospects to work with. Morris, Wroten, Wyatt, Blue, and Anderson will all look to break into the back-court. All of these guards represent young, unproven talent, and many have over-lapping skill sets. Having depth at the guard spots is a positive, but there aren't enough minutes to go around for all these guys. Camp will be important in determining which ones may be able to make serious contributions to the Sixers this season, and beyond.

Add in the idea that Evan Turner may perform better with the ball in his hands in a guard-type capacity, and the possibilities expand even further. The Sixers backcourt went from being bare to suddenly stuffed; look for camp to clear some of the confusion.

2. Next, where are the points going to come from? The team not only lost its leading scorer in Jrue Holiday, but its leading assist man as well. Jrue accounted for a high percentage of the Sixers offensive output last season, and the Sixers added virtually no offensive firepower in the offseason. Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner will be looked to to pick up the scoring slack, although neither is known as a go-to guy on the offensive end. Even if Young and Turner both improve upon their averages from last season, 14.8 and 13.3 ppg respectively, where are the rest of the points going to come from? Expect the Sixers to struggle consistently to put up points.

3. The 7-6 might be last in the league in made three point shots this season. Seriously, can anyone on this team shoot? Arguably the best shooter on the roster, Jason Richardson, will be sitting on the sideline for most of the season, leaving Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes as the most accomplished marksmen remaining on the roster, as the duo combined for 89 made three's last season. The fact that Turner and Hawes could be considered the most accomplished shooters on the roster says everything you need to know about the state of the Sixers.

Thaddeus Young has stated that he has been working to improve his range, and Khalif Wyatt was a solid shooter at Temple, so their contributions must be considered, but the Sixers could be looking at a historically bad season from beyond the arc.

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