Let me start this off by admitting to the world that I was far from the president of the Samuel Dalembert fan club. However I did see some value in having him on the team, but the flaws he possessed were unbearable.
So when word got to me about a trade involving Dalembert going to the Sacramento Kings and in return the Philadelphia 76ers would receive Andres Nocioni (forward), and Spencer Hawes (center), I cracked a smile.
My expectations for Nocioni are much higher than the one I have for Hawes. The best line I heard about him is he is a poor mans Andrei Kirilenko from the Utah Jazz. He can defend, shoot the 3, and he‚Äôs also a hard worker.
He will allow the Sixers to open up the floor and give them a much needed presence on the perimeter. Nocioni has spent time as both a starter and role player, so coming off the bench again shouldn‚Äôt be a problem.
This move should also free up some time for Sixers forward/center Marreese Speights and allow him to develop. Although Speights may be better suited to be a forward in the NBA, he could turn into a solid center in the Eastern Conference with the possibility of more playing time.
Speights along with Hawes should give the Sixers an offensive threat at the center position, something they did not have when Dalembert was in the middle. From the few times I watched Hawes I can tell he can shoot and will alter a few shots on the defensive end.¬† But you shouldn‚Äôt expect for him to be the next great Sixers big man.
However Speights is not the only big man the trade will affect. Sixers forward Elton Brand should expect to find himself with more of a role. Brand has yet to live up to his hype or his contract, this move will allow him to play more and have more of an impact on games. Brand may get more time at the center position, especially if Speights is unable to adapt to the position.
All in all I like the move. It makes sense. The change sends a message to the remaining players to let them know that this ball club now has a sense of urgency.
The Sixers still have a lot of room for improvement, but deals like this one will give Sixers fans a reason to be excited. Even though the deal doesn‚Äôt make them instant contenders it at least shows that management recognizes the team needs improvement.