As a result, here is where the Sixers (22-29) stand at the all-star break: With 10 new players on the roster since last season, they are not nearly as good as the 2011-12 team.
They were expected to be better offensively with the addition of players such as Jason Richardson, Nick Young, and Dorell Wright. But the Sixers rank 29th in the NBA in points at 92.3 per game. After finishing last season ranked among the top three in opponents' field-goal percentage, the Sixers rank 16th this season.
Injuries have hurt the Sixers, for sure. Banged up or not, however, they should have been much better than they were over a stretch of games from Dec. 1 to Jan. 22, when they won just seven of 26 games.
Still, the Sixers went into the all-star break within striking range of the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs, trailing Milwaukee by four games.
Thaddeus Young (hamstring) and Bynum are supposed to rejoin the team at some point, with 31 games remaining. Just 12 of those games will be played at home, however, and 12 of their final 16 will be away from the Wells Fargo Center.
Here are grades for the coach and the regular players in the rotation through the first 51 games:
Doug Collins. The 2011-12 Sixers started 20-9; they have gone 37-51 since. In that time - with the exception of a good playoff run - the Sixers have basically been the same mediocre team. Injuries have been significant, but, as Collins likes to say, the people of Philadelphia expect you to win no matter which five you put out there. GRADE: C
Lavoy Allen. In fairness, Allen has been forced into a starting role that he is simply not equipped to handle right now. He has found a midrange jumper from the baseline that he sometimes relies on too much. Allen needs to mix it up under the basket more. GRADE: C
Kwame Brown. Tagged as the starter last offseason before the Sixers traded for Bynum, Brown is a sparsely used center who has been unable to reach the level of conditioning that would earn him regular minutes in the rotation. Still, as mediocre as the players are ahead of him, Brown should have been used more. GRADE: C-minus
Spencer Hawes. After a sluggish start, Hawes has begun to play better. Four of his 10 double-digit rebounding performances have come in his nine starts. He still gets pushed around by more physical players. GRADE: C-plus
Jrue Holiday. At 22, Holiday is the youngest player in the history of the franchise to be named to the All-Star Game. Although they committed $44 million in salary to him at the start of the season, the Sixers did not expect him to be playing this well so soon. The biggest knock on Holiday is that he's turning the ball over too much. GRADE: A
Royal Ivey. Collins demonstrated an aversion to using him early in the season. He a good defender, but the Sixers have brought in three other point guards on 10-day contracts just in case. GRADE: C-minus
Arnett Moultrie. The rookie recently has been forced into action and has shown some decent skills around the basket. For the remainder of the season, the ankle injury he suffered last year can no longer be used as a reason for not playing him. He has been inactive for 22 games. GRADE: C
Jason Richardson. Lost for the season to knee surgery, Richardson looked like an aging 32-year-old veteran who has logged more than 28,000 minutes. His scoring (10.5 points per game) and shooting percentage (40.2) are both career lows. GRADE: C-minus
Evan Turner. In his first season as a starter, Turner has shown flashes of brilliance and been invisible at other times. He is one of five NBA players averaging at least 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists. GRADE: B-minus
Nick Young. He has been the best of the new players added to the roster this season. The Sixers want him to be more active defensively. He basically has given them what they expected when they signed him. GRADE: B-minus
Thaddeus Young. He works harder than anyone on the Sixers, and when healthy he has been forced to guard larger players on a regular basis. In his first season as a starter, he has 12 double-doubles. Last year as a reserve, he had one. GRADE: A
Damien Wilkins. He was shoehorned onto the roster mostly because Collins wanted a veteran to provide a steady locker room presence. So far, he has fulfilled that role. GRADE: C
Dorell Wright. The forward is easily the biggest question mark on the roster, mostly because of his sporadic use by Collins but also because of his struggles as a shooter. His shooting percentage of 37.7 percent is his lowest since he shot just 27.3 percent as a 19-year-old rookie. GRADE: C-minus
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