Going into this season, the Sixers are loaded with talent. However, there are also many question marks surrounding the starting lineup. Here is our take at who will open the season in the starting five:
PG: Tony Wroten
This year Tony Wroten will be coming back from an ACL tear, but he was more than productive in his time on the floor in the 2014-15 season. The six-foot-six combo guard averaged nearly 17 points per game and 5 assists in 30 minutes of play. He had some stellar games and could score in bunches when the Sixers needed him to drop a couple buckets. However, he did average almost 4 turnovers per game, shot 40% from the field, and 26% from three. The Sixers need him to be more efficient and consistent, but even if he doesn’t, he is good for putting up some points and scoring in bursts.
SG: Nik Stauskas
The former All-American from Michigan undoubtedly struggled last year with the Kings. He averaged a mere 4 points per game, less than 1 assist, shot 36% from the field, and 32% from three in 15 minutes. However, that might change in a new setting. He is still the kid who played 35 minutes per game and put up 17 points per game, along with shooting 47% from the field and 44% from three. If the Sixers give him the chance to shine and start, the hope is he can regain some of that Stauskas thunder we last saw at Michigan.
SF: Jerami Grant
The Maryland native has the chance to be a special basketball player. Not only does he have a height of six-foot-eight and a seven-foot-two wingspan, but he also has an impressive amount of athleticism. Although they also have Robert Covington, the Sixers need to give Grant a chance to prove himself more. Last year he was injured and never seemed to get in a groove. However, during the summer league, he looked spectacular. The former Syracuse standout averaged 11 points, 4 boards, and shot 48% from the field. Moreover, Grant also entertained the crowds with some great dunks.
PF: Jahlil Okafor
This one shouldn’t be a surprise. The Sixers’ third overall pick seems to be their best player and scorer. Thanks to his size (6-foot-11, 270 pounds) and post skills, he should be able to manufacture points and get what he wants inside. Although he has some things to improve on, Okafor should see a lot of minutes, touches, and buckets this season for the Sixers. Furthermore, in the summer league he was able to score and rebound, averaging 15 points per outing and 8 boards. Despite the fact that he wasn’t spectacular, he showed flashes of greatness and should go into the season untouched as the starting power forward.
C: Nerlens Noel
The Massachusetts native had a fantastic first season in Philadelphia. He finished third in Rookie of the Year voting and averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks after the all-star break. His improvement was impressive and turned many heads. Expect nothing less out of the second year player, who should pick up where he left off. Noel’s defense and growing offense should gain him major minutes this season along with the chance to be a key player in the Sixers’ rebuilding process.
First photo courtesy of hoopshabit.com
Second photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com