The Answer Brings Questions to Philly


Inside Hoops reports that the Philadelphia 76ers and Allen Iverson have agreed to a one-year deal.  The deal brings Allen Iverson back to his NBA roots, playing for the team that drafted him in 1996 and then traded him in 2006 to the Denver Nuggets.  The move was prompted by the 76ers need to replace injured guard Louis Williams (out 6-8 weeks with a broken jaw [perfectly timed with the week I started him in fantasy league, btw]).  In many ways, the deal makes sense.  The 76ers need both a replacement for Williams’s potent offensive output, and a star attraction to bring more fans to separate with their hard earned dollars.  But Iverson’s return to the City of Brotherly Love raises many questions as well.

The first question that pops into mind is what happens in eight weeks time, when Williams returns.  It’s obvious that Iverson will not accept a role on the bench.  How will this affect Williams’s playing time, development, and future with the 76ers?  Will the 76ers even attempt to negotiate playing time with Iverson?

How will the 76ers adjust their team chemistry and game strategies to accommodate for the addition of Iverson to the squad?

What will happen at the end of the contract?  Will Iverson show enough over the rest of the season to interest the 76ers into an extension?  Will other teams become interested in adding Iverson as a starter?

Of course, the most pressing question is will Iverson help the 76ers win?  The squad is currently 5-13.  This is not a good start for a squad that won two games from the eventual Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic in the 2009 playoffs.  They desperately need to relocate their style of play, focus defensively, and grind their way back into the playoff picture over the course of the season.  Can Iverson help with that?

My guess is that this deal will not really behoove Iverson or the 76ers.  But only time will tell.

4 Responses to “The Answer Brings Questions to Philly”

  1. jpalumbo Says:

    This looks like a recipe for disaster actually. You’ve got AI joining while Williams and Brand are both hurt. He’ll get his chance to dominate the offense and then… Eddie Jordan likes to see the ball and player movement. What happens when it’s time for Iverson to fit into the pseudo-Princeton offense? Is Igudala going to suffer taking a back seat again? I hope it works, cause Iverson is muh boy, but there’s a lot that could go wrong.

  2. pmadavi Says:

    Yeah, I don’t think it’s going to amount to much good.

  3. Hi Above Courtside Says:

    With Philly neck in neck with Memphis for the lowest attendance in the league, I guess the move was made to try and bolster things in the city of “brotherly hate.”

    Well, given AI’s policy on practicing, Eddie J should still see some ball and player movement in practices.

  4. pmadavi Says:

    You know, the worst thing about that practice comment by Iverson is that practice is where you learn how to win games. And if you’re Eric Snow, maybe your best shot of that is by playing against Allen Iverson.

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