After watching the Philadelphia 76ers defeat the New Jersey Nets on Saturday night, it became obvious what is the team’s achilles heel for the young season. They don’t have a guy that they can throw the ball to in the post. Yes, Elton Brand does his best but this team is in desperate need of a center. An old school kind of guy gets fed the ball once every two to three trips down the floor. And in the course of those possessions, he either dunks effortlessly or draws the foul. This same big guy should be sucking up rebounds like a vacuum cleaner while being a real presence in the paint. Now if you look at the team’s roster you will see four guys that are listed as 6-10 or taller, (Craig Brackins, Spencer Hawes, Marreese Speights, and Tony Battie) unfortunately neither one of the guys has been impressive this season. If you need proof, besides what you see with your own two eyes, neither player is averaging more than four rebounds a game. And if you add them all up, their “big men” are averaging less than three rebounds per game total. Yikes! If you think that’s scary take a look at how teams attack the Sixers on the defensive side of the court. The Nets attacked the middle non-stop from the beginning and always found a way to get their big guy, Brook Lopez (A 7’0” center who finished with 25 points and six rebounds) the ball. Why, you ask? Well. the answer is centered about the sad truth that the Sixers don’t have an enforcer. A guy that makes you regret coming in the paint. Yes “today’s” NBA is a lot different, and “hard” fouls are now considered to be flagrant. But that doesn’t mean the team has to be softer than drug store cotton in the paint, does it? The sad part about all of this is that the team tried to address their need for a big man during the off-season. They acquired Brackins and Hawes with the understanding that they are young projects. However, Hawes looks like more of a finished product than a project in the making. Brackins, on the other hand is hardly receiving playing time, so he must not be “ready” yet. Battie is what he is, a serviceable center, but you shouldn’t expect more than what you are getting from him now. The bottom line is that something has to be done. Teams are well aware of the Sixers’ lack of a big man and are not afraid to expose them whenever they can. If this team plans to become relevant in the future, management has no choice but to address this issue. If not, well let’s just say it will get even more ugly than it already has become. Yes, it can actually get worse!