It’s been an active summer for the Philadelphia 76ers. There’s no question about that. Some people think the Sixers should have made a bigger splash in terms of free agency and trades.
Nevertheless, they didn’t sit tight and they did make some moves. The Sixers recently obtained forward Dorell Wright from the Golden State Warriors and center Darryl Watkins from the New Orleans Hornets. The Sixers sent the rights to Edin Bavcic to the Hornets who are also trading Jarrett Jack to the Warriors.
Wright, a 6-foot-9, 205-pounder, played his first six seasons with Miami, winning a championship with the Heat in 2006. After that, he signed as a free agent with Golden State in 2010. Over the last two years, he started 143 of a possible 148 games for the Warriors, tallying 13.8 points a game.
He had his best year during the 2010–11 season. He started all 82 games, putting together career highs with 16.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.51 steals a game. He led the NBA with three pointers made (194) that year. Last season, he ranked tied for 21st with 105 three point field goals made.
“We’re very happy to get a player like Dorell Wright,” said Rod Thorn, Sixers president of basketball operations. “We think his outside shooting and all-around game will be a great addition to our team and we look forward to having him in Philadelphia.”
The big thing that Wright gives the Sixers is another outside shooter. At times, the Sixers really struggled offensively. He also gives them some depth at the small forward position.
The Sixers should be a much better perimeter team despite losing Lou Williams, the team’s leading scorer, who signed with the Atlanta Hawks. The Sixers signed free agent Nick Young, a 6-foot-7 guard, who averaged 14.2 points a game last season. Young, former Southern Cal star, played four seasons for the Washington Wizards. He was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in March where helped them get to the playoffs. Young gives the Sixers a taller player who can shoot from the wing.
Up front, the Sixers let power forward Elton Brand go using the amnesty provision. They also re-signed 7-1 center Spencer Hawes and 6-foot-9 power forward Lavoy Allen. Hawes averaged 9.6 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. Allen, former Temple star, averaged 4.1 points and 4.2 rebounds a game during the regular season. But Allen really stepped up in the playoffs. He averaged 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in the postseason. He also did a great job of guarding Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett. Allen will battle for the starting power forward position this season.
The Sixers selected 6-foot-8 forward Maurice Harkless from St. John’s with the 15th pick in the first round of the NBA draft. They also acquired 6-foot-11 power forward Arnett Moultrie from Mississippi State in a draft night deal with the Miami Heat for the draft rights to Justin Hamilton and a protected future first round selection.