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Sixers' injuries only compound their glaring point guard problem

Friday, October 16, 2015 12:42:04 PM America/Los_Angeles

So ... the Philadelphia 76ers have themselves a little bit of a point guard problem.

Tony Wroten is the de facto starting point guard. He could be out until December as he continues to recover from ACL surgery.

Kendall Marshall has one of the highest assist rates for any guard on the team. He's out recovering from ACL surgery.

Pierre Jackson, who has shown great flashes in D-League play but has been injury bitten, could play Friday at least in his first preseason action.

Isaiah Canaan, who showed real flashes in Houston, has landed the starting spot due to injuries. He's hoisting 6.8 3-point attempts per game in the preseason, and shooting under 30 percent on them.

The leftovers are T.J. McConnell, who has impressed coach Brett Brown and leads the point guard group in outside shooting at 33 percent, and Scottie Wilbekin, who's been plucky but is shooting 21 percent from the outside.

The bigger issue is that the Sixers are actually missing Wroten and Marshall, despite neither being very good point guards or shooters. The entire Sixers' offense is largely designed for the point guard to be an important engine for it, and they straight up have not addressed that need in their ongoing pursuit of "the process."

Part of this is simply impatience from an outside perspective. The Sixers have such a great interior, and with RC3 and the (potential) wing upgrade of Nik Stauskas (if he gets healthy and if he can stay on the floor and if he's an actual NBA player -- three things we are unsure of), there's a capacity for the Sixers to actually be a real NBA team this year ... if they only had a point guard. They have so many assets, you'd think they could find one somewhere they could trade for just to find something to slot in while they look for a long-term solution in the draft.

But if you want to simplify all of this into the current context, it's pretty simple. The Sixers are in a bad spot at point guard.

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