Philadelphia 76ers: 5 Ways Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner Can Thrive Together

Posted on February 17, 2011


The Philadelphia 76ers have been very hot lately.

Doug Collins is doing a tremendous job and the Sixers are just a few games behind the New York Knicks for the sixth seed in the playoffs.

If the Sixers continue their hot streak, they will most likely surpass the Knicks and end up playing a team like the Bulls, Hawks, or Magic in the playoffs. After watching them play this season, the Sixers do have a shot a first round victory.

However one of the most important aspects of the Sixers’ game is the duo of Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner.

If these guy flourish, then the Sixers can be very scary. But many fans speculate that the two players cannot co-exist because they are too much alike.

That can be said as a fair argument, but Iggy and Turner still have potential to be a scary, dynamic duo in the league.

How, you ask?

Simple. They must follow the following five ways in order to succeed.

5. Turner Needs To Develop a Scorer’s Mentality

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Evan Turner needs to develop that scorer’s mentality and become more selfish with the ball if he wants to develop into a superstar.

At Ohio State, Turner just outright scored and got a good amount of rebounds as well. That’s what he has to do here.

He has to become a scoring threat. He has very good height for his position, and does a good job on the boards.

If he develops a scoring mentality, he will become more versatile, dynamic, and a very dangerous player to defend.

This is definitely number one on Turner’s to-do list. If he does this, it will help him live up to his potential.



 4. Iguodala Needs to Take Smarter Shots

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Andre Iguodala needs to start taking smarter shots.

Lately, he has improved, but he has to remain consistent. Iggy can’t be caught taking too many shots because he later gets carried away and tries to do everything himself.

He needs to get used to distributing more. Being that team player that the team secretly revolves around.

There are times where Iguodala will take that bad jumper that is usually a super long two pointer or just a lousy three.

One thing that Sixers fans have definitely learned is that Iguodala isn’t the best shooter in the world.

Therefore, he must walk away from taking those stupid shots. Instead of throwing up a shot, dish out a pass to Elton Brand or drive in and then dish outside to a shooter like Lou Williams for an open jumper.

This way you are settling for smarter shots and easier points.


 3. The Players Around Them Must Continue To Play Well

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The bench this season has been amazing.

It seems that in every game any one can get hot on any given night. Whether it’s Sweet Lou or Jodie Meeks dropping 20, or Thaddeus Young putting on a stellar performance, or even Turner coming off of the bench recording a double-double.

We have learned that anything is possible with this squad.

This is something they must keep up throughout the season. They act as a supporting cast that always comes through.

This provides more confidence for Iggy and Turner because they know they have good players backing them up and reliable players to pass the ball to.



2. Doug Collins

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Doug Collins just keeps growing on me and all Sixers fans.

He has done a great job this year in turning this team around and putting it in the right direction. Maybe it’s the fact of how bad Eddie Jordan was, it’s making Collins look even more like a God.

Either, he is doing great and no other fan could have asked for someone better to fill the job.

His strategy of taking it game by game is great and has definitely worked out for them. There’s a reason why they are competing in almost every single game against top teams like the Lakers, Heat, Magic, Hawks, Bulls, etc. 

There’s a reason why they could easily have 30 wins this season.

And that is Collins.


1. Iggy Needs To Focus On What He Does Best

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Andre Iguodala needs to focus on what he does best.

But what exactly does he do best?

Good question. What Iguodala can do best is be a facilitator. He needs to focus on being the distributor that makes the entire offense run.

It’s the same exact thing he did with Team USA.

Iguodala is regarded as one of the bets sidekicks in the league. He can potentially be the best complementary player in the league.

A prime example was his game against the Knicks last Friday. He recorded 18 points and 16 assists. Now, I’m not saying he will produce that every game, but he could easily post about 14 points and almost ten assists per game.

But the way he has played in the past with the Sixers is trying to be a leader and scorer which is not what he should be focusing on.

In simpler terms, he is a Robin trying to be a Batman. What he has to do is try to be a Robin because that’s what he is and the best way he thrive with Turner.

If he does this, then the offense is more spread out and becomes more of a threat, especially Turner.

The more Iggy distributes, the more Turner will get the ball. The more Turner will get the ball, the better he becomes.


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These are the main nuts and bolts on what Iggy and Turner need to focus on in order to be successful. In fact, the entire team and coach influence on the way the two perform.

This team has a lot of potential and they have all shown flashes of greatness as a whole many times.

They are young, have a great coach, and each player holds unique talent that results into great team play.

Collins has said it himself that these guys are learning their mistakes by themselves and correcting them by themselves. This shows that this team has developed so much chemistry this first half of the season.

The bar keeps moving higher after each game is played because they keep on improving.

Once Iggy and Turner start to strive, this franchise has got a little something something under their belt.

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