Sixers Eye Daniel Gibson, 35-year-old Rookie Pete Mickeal
With just about two months to go before their season opener, and a depth chart that has more holes in it than Ryan Howard’s swing, the 76ers are seeking out depth in some interesting & unexpected places.
League sources suggest that former Cavs combo-guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson is one of a few different names being tossed around by the front office as the team approaches its Oct. 30th showdown with LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
The 27-year-old Gibson is coming off of a down year in which he averaged just 5.4 points and suffered career lows in both field-goal percentage and 3 point accuracy (his forte). However, Gibson’s formerly-lethal stroke — if he can rediscover it — would be of great use to a Sixers lineup that is currently missing a viable outside threat (especially if Jason Richardson’s health continues to be an issue).
Another area of weakness is at small forward. With Dorell Wright and Nick Young out of the picture, this leaves Evan Turner and James Anderson as the only healthy wings on the roster — both of whom are shooting guards by nature. It’s no surprise, then, that Philly has been shopping around for depth at the position. It is, however, surprising that they’re reportedly thinking about picking up Pete Mickeal — the 58th overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft — in order to fill their most pressing need.
Mickeal, a 35-year-old wingman who has spent most of his pro career in Europe, has never appeared in an NBA game. He has shown an ability to score the basketball, winning the ABA’s league MVP award in 2003. Still, it’s fair to question whether Mickeal would bring anything of value to the 76ers at this stage in his career, especially given the fact that the Sixers simply are not trying to win ballgames this year.
Now of course, Sam Hinkie needs to fill out his team’s roster somehow. All this talk about having a long-term plan — the drooling over cap space, the stockpiling of assets & draft picks, the hypothetical “look-out-for-us-three-years-down-the-road” scenarios — it’s all fine and dandy. But on opening night, a group of living, breathing basketball players will be taking the floor at the Wells Fargo Center.
I personally would prefer to see youngsters Khalif Wyatt and James Southerland among that group, as opposed to Boobie Gibson and Pete Mickeal. But whichever way Hinkie decides to go, we can all take solace in the fact that the team is going to be very, very bad. And with some luck, small forward will no longer be a position of need come Draft Night 2014.