NBA Blog Preview: Philadelphia 76ers

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 27: Andre Iguodala #9 of the Philadelphia 76ers dunks during game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on April 27, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

I hate having to insert "if there is a season" into every article, but it seems more appropriate now than ever.  But I started this series despite the lockout and I'm gonna finish it too.

The 2011-12 Philadelphia 76ers Insultingly Fake Preview - Liberty Ballers

In terms of hard strengths and weaknesses, the team is good in the open court with guys like Thad, Jrue Holiday and Andre Iguodala performing at their best on the run. They've got a consistent three-point threat in Jodie Meeks that is an optimal 6th man on a better team. And between Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, and Vucevic, there is some semblance of a front court coming together. The problem is, it's not a very talented front court. Marreese Speights is still ambivalent to using brain waves and athleticism simultaneously and Craig Brackins has too many holes in his game to be counted on for anything now or in the future. Have I mentioned mediocre?

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