Sixers need to get big men involved

Doug Collins wants to get the Sixers' big men, including Spencer Hawes, more involved. (Matt Slocum/AP)

The good thing about having shooters on the floor is that there is always the threat that the 76ers (7-5), who host Oklahoma City (9-4) on Saturday, will be able to make their outside shots.

But that sometimes causes an overreliance on the jumper, and that’s something the Sixers have at times found themselves doing. For a comparison, this season the Sixers have already attempted 20+ 3-pointers six times this season. During all of last season, the Sixers attempted 20 or more 3-pointers just three times.

Despite being more willing to shoot from long range, Sixers coach Doug Collins wants his team to get the ball into the post more than it has in order to get big men such as Kwame Brown, Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen more involved.  

“We have to start rewarding our big guys like we did in the preseason, when really did a good job on the weak side ducking in and getting the ball inside,” Collins said.  “Our big guys haven’t been touching the ball.  And that doesn’t mean necessarily touching it to score, but they’ve got to feel the ball – let them make a play out of the post.  We’ve got to start threatening rather than just being a perimeter team that plays east to west and depends on a lot of long jumpers all the time.”