MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
G/F Andre Iguodala didn't have an especially good season, but somebody has to be MVP of this underachieving team. Iguodala is versatile, played in all 82 games for the fifth time in six NBA campaigns and averaged 39 minutes per outing. But he takes too many three-pointers (303), displays poor on-court body language and sub-par leadership skills, and had the lowest scoring average (17.1 points per game) of any team leader in the league.
MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER
F Thaddeus Young made a big jump from his rookie season to Year 2, averaging 20 points during the month of March 2009. But Young, stymied by the Princeton offense and his offensive shortcomings (primarily a lack of consistency with his jumper and mediocre ball-handling), regressed in his third season. Though he wasn't the only one in that category (hello, Marreese Speights), he was the most significant letdown.
FREE AGENT FOCUS
G/F Rodney Carney, G Allen Iverson and F/C Francisco Elson are set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1. Iverson and Elson are definitely gone, but Carney could conceivably return on a minimum contract. With 11 guaranteed deals and a lottery pick in June's draft, the Sixers' roster isn't far from being set, unless there are some offseason trades.
--G/F Andre Iguodala, the Sixers' best player, met with new Sixers coach Doug Collins for two hours in Los Angeles while Collins was working the Western Conference final.
"I told Andre he's very important to our team," Collins said. "I told him he hasn't scratched the surface of the player he can become, but we have to tighten up his game. He can't live on long jump shots. I want 100 less 3-point attempts and 100 more free throws. He can become first-team all-defensive."
--G Lou Williams and F/C Marreese Speights could find their minutes cut by Collins if they don't give more effort on defense. The two young players are known for their scoring, but not much else.
"Lou is a guy who can come in and score, but I want him to also understand that I'm going to need to do something on the other end as well," Collins said. "The same thing with Speights. If you want to be able to play the last eight minutes of the game, you can't just score. You have to be able to play the other end."
--Doug Collins is seeking more from F Elton Brand, who averaged career lows in scoring (13.1), rebounds (6.1) and minutes (30.2) in 2009-10 after coming into his 11th season averaging 20 and 10. Brand, who starred for Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, is owed $51 million over the next three years.
"Elton is going to be critical," Collins said. "With my connections with Coach K and Duke and (son Chris is a Blue Devils assistant), hopefully I can get him playing the way I know he's capable of. He's had two tough years coming off the Achilles and the shoulder and he's got to get healthy and feeling good about himself."
--F Thaddeus Young (fractured right thumb) missed the final 15 games but will be fine by next season.
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