Philadelphia 76ers 2006 Draft Preview
(Sports Network) – Will Allen Iverson still be a Philadelphia 76er when the
2006-07 campaign begins?
The Sixers finished 38-44 during the 2005-06 season and did not qualify for
the postseason. This is a very important offseason for team president Billy
King and the franchise.
Who the Sixers select with the 13th overall pick in the 2006 draft should
provide some hints as to how King will proceed during the critical offseason.
Iverson, 31, led the Sixers in scoring (33.0 ppg) and assists (7.4 apg), while
veteran forward Chris Webber averaged 20.2 points and 9.9 rebounds in 75
A former MVP and seven-time All-Star Iverson will be shopped around this
offseason and the team would probably want to acquire some draft picks in a
potential deal. In fact, it would not be surprising if the dynamic guard’s
name is the subject of trade rumors on draft night. Iverson’s days in Philly
are probably numbered.
Andre Iguodala continued to impress in his second year in the league. The
former first-round pick averaged 12.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists.
The athletic and versatile Iguodala, who can play shooting guard or small
forward, is the one player Philadelphia would like to keep.
Center Samuel Dalembert, who signed a lucrative, multi-year contract last
offseason, had a disappointing 2005-06 campaign, while sharp-shooting Kyle
Korver is a liability on defense. The team hopes guard Willie Green, who
played just 10 games last season because of a knee injury which he suffered in
the summer of 2005, will continue to develop into a productive player.
Philadelphia should be able to get a player that can help with the 13th
overall pick. Cedric Simmons of North Carolina State and Memphis’ Shawne
Williams are two players that the Sixers may be targeting.
Connecticut point guard Marcus Williams could be slipping and would be very
tough to pass on. Marcus Williams would be a nice player to start the re-
building process with.
Key Player(s): Samuel Dalembert (Center), Willie Green (Guard), Andre Iguodala
(Forward/Guard), Steven Hunter (Center), Allen Iverson (Guard), Kyle Korver
(Forward), Chris Webber (Forward).
Team Needs: Athleticism, rebounding, toughness and an interior defender.
Draft picks: 1st round (13th overall).