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The Philadelphia 76ers End of Season Grades: Shooting Guard

Shooting Guard Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers finished the 2016-2017 season with a 28-54 record, an 18-win improvement from what they finished the year before. It was a season of ups and downs for Philadelphia, and the team showed many bright signs of the future. Corner Pub Sports writer Matt Gregan is here to give you his end of season grades for each position, with the shooting guard edition coming up now. 

April 14, 2017: Point Guards

The shooting guard position for the 76ers was one of weakness and lack of production in the 2016-2017 season. For most of the year, Gerald Henderson was the starting shooting guard, until he couldn’t stay healthy and the shooting guard position became an even bigger mess as the season went on. However, there were some bright spots, such as the development of rookie Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and the mid-season addition of Justin Anderson.

Gerald Henderson

72 games, 23.2 minutes per game, 9.2 points, 1.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 42.4 FG%, 35.3 3P% and 80.6 FT%

Gerald Henderson, brought in last offseason on a two year contract by general manager Bryan Colangelo, wasn’t expected to provide much production for the Sixers this season. He was brought in to be a veteran presence to this young Sixers team, and he did that well throughout the season.

Henderson, in the eyes of many, produced exactly what was expected of him throughout the season. He had a little amount of production on the floor, but he brought a very important veteran presence to this team.

Henderson, while starting the season as the starting shooting guard, lost the job midway through the season, and he took it in stride. His numbers are very similar on the bench as they were when he was in the starting lineup, with only his points per game going down by about a point per game.

Grade: B-

 

Nik Stauskas

80 games, 27.4 minutes per game, 9.5 points, 2.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 39.6 FG%, 36.8 3P% and 81.3 FT%

Nik Stauskas provided around the same production on the court as what teammate Gerald Henderson did. However, Stauskas is not a veteran, and being a lottery pick by the Sacramento Kings only three seasons ago, didn’t produced up to what many wanted and expected from him.

Stauskas showed exactly what he is, and that is a bottom half of the bench player. His production has not taken that next step that many expected from him, and even when given the chance to start this season, his production and efficiency went down a good amount.

In 53 games off the bench, he averaged 10.1 points per game while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and 39.7 percent from three. In 27 games as a starter, he averaged 8.2 points per game while shooting 34.1 percent from the field and 31.2 percent from long range.

Stauskas is who he is, and that is a guy who teams don’t want playing significant minutes every game for them. He just has never reached his potential and, after three seasons in the NBA, he has ran out of time to show that he can hit his ceiling.

Grade: C-

 

Justin Anderson

*stats while as a member of the 76ers

24 games, 21.6 minutes per game, 8.5 points, 1.4 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 46.6 FG%, 29.2 3P% and 78.0 FT%

Justin Anderson, acquired from the Dallas Mavericks in a mid-season trade, came in and played some solid minutes for the Sixers. Anderson, in his second season, was not receiving very many minutes in Dallas and, while in Philadelphia, began playing more minutes after the trade and as a result his production began to increase.

However, Anderson, similar to Nik Stauskas, was a first round draft pick and he is just not performing up to those expectations. Hopefully, being able to get more opportunity in Philadelphia will lead to Anderson hitting his potential and beginning to show that he can be a solid NBA player.

Anderson, acquired by the Sixers in the trade that sent away Nerlens Noel, was looked at by many fans to be a horrible player straight from the outset. That is not fair to Anderson, who actually was able to come in and produce some solid numbers in his short time with the team this season.

It is not quite time to quit on Anderson yet, and the Sixers front office will obviously hope to see more improvement from the young player.

Grade: C+

 

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot

69 games, 17.2 minutes per game, 6.4 points, 1.1 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 0.5 steals, 40.2 FG%, 31.1 3P% and 85.4 FT%

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, a first round draft pick in 2016, had a solid rookie season. It took a while for the man from France to get comfortable playing in the NBA, but once he did he began to look like he was deserving of where he got drafted.

He spent most of the season playing off the bench, where he averaged 4.1 points, 0.7 assists and 1.6 rebounds per game. There is nothing to excite people about those numbers, but due to the lack of production from other Sixers shooting guards, Luwawu-Cabarrot was able to get some time in as a starter at the end of the season.

This is where things get exciting for Luwawu-Cabarrot, who experienced a jump in minutes almost three-fold. In 19 games as a starter, he played 29.8 minutes per game and his production took a massive leap forward. As a starter, Luwawu-Cabarrot averaged 12.6 points, 2.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. That’s an incredible leap from where his numbers were while coming off the bench.

Luwawu-Cabarrot, as the season went on, showed that he has talent and that should make Sixers fans excited for his future. As a starter, it was easy to see that he was playing with more freedom and confidence, and that is something that the Sixers coaches loved to see. It will definitely be exciting to see his role on the team in 2017-2018.

Grade: B+

 

Overall

The 76ers shooting guard group as a whole played with a lot of effort, but the production was not there. With guys like Gerald Henderson, Nik Stauskas, and a couple young players, not much production was expected, but what production there was still underwhelmed for the most part. In addition, the defense of this guard group was terrible, and that is something that needs to get fixed in the near future if this team is to begin to succeed and win more games.

Overall Grade: C

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