The 76ers training camp at St. Joseph's is in its final day. This morning, the Sixers held their non-contact session, which was mostly running through plays, 5-on-0, shooting drills, etc. Tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Sixers will practice/scrimmage in a session that is open to the media and season ticket holders. It will be our first opportunity to assess a number of topics: Is Jrue Holiday really up to the hype? What role might Evan Turner play on this team? Where is Andre Iguodala's game? And how will all the new guys fit in?
If you want live updates from tonight's scrimmage, you can follow on Twitter: Deep Sixer. I'll also post some analysis by Sunday morning, so if you have time while prepping for the Eagles/Redskins game, that'll be online. From this morning, there should be two videos in the video player below (and hopefully one embedded in this post). One is Doug Collins talking about Thaddeus Young's play, the other is Jrue Holiday talking about his ambidexterity (yeah, he can even brush his teeth left-landed).
Before tonight's on-court session, here are three topics coming from camp today:
1.) Chris Quinn. The way the Sixers roster is right now, there are 14 players with guaranteed contracts and one open spot. In the past few seasons, the Sixers have elected to keep that spot open, probably for a number of reasons. Money being one reason, flexibility being another. But the way this current roster is built, having a backup point guard like Quinn could be a move Collins would lobby to make. Quinn, who attended Notre Dame, spent three seasons with the Miami Heat and last season with the New Jersey Nets. His game is simple: run the offense, don't commit turnovers, and make open shots. That's it. That's what you're getting.
But if you consider the trade the Sixers recently executed (and Collins mentioned this today), they traded their backup guard Willie Green, but didn't find a replacement for that spot.
"Absolutely," said Collins when asked if Quinn had a chance to make the roster. "We have the option of keeping a 15th guy. Before we made the trade to get Songaila and Brackins, we were looking at a possible 15th
Right now, the big difference for Young is on the defensive end. In the few segments we've watched, we've seen Young guarding Evan Turner, Jason Kapono, even Jodie Meeks.