The 76ers added scoring options in rookie center Jahlil Okafor and second-year shooting guard Nik Stauskas to play alongside Nerlens Noel via the draft and a trade. Yet, the biggest question mark still has not been answered: Who will be the starting point guard for the 2015-16 season?
Coach Brett Brown spoke about heading into next week's training camp at Stockton University seven point guards until he was corrected.
"When you have seven point guards last year, it's just sticks in your head," Brown said. "I have six."
The franchise will trim the list down to three before the regular-season opener at the Boston Celtics on Oct. 28. The candidates are Tony Wroten, Kendall Marshall, Isaiah Canaan, Pierre Jackson, T.J. McConnell, and Scottie Wilbekin.
"It's our greatest mystery still - who ultimately will be our point guard," Brown said. " We are going to have a fistfight in Stockton. Look at the abundance of point guards that we have."
The only problem is that Wroten and Marshall, the leading candidates for the starting spot, won't participate in training camp.
Wroten had season-ending surgery on Feb. 3 for a partially torn anterior cruicate ligament in his right knee. Marshall, who the Sixers signed earlier this month, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in January, as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks. He missed the remainder of the season.
"We are thinking probably more toward the end of October both with Tony and Kendall," Brown said their timetable to join the team. "It's still up in the air, right now. It's fluid in regards to the decision when we do bring them back. All I know is they won't be good to go in Stockton to start the camp."
Of the four healthy point guards, Canaan is the only one with NBA experience. The third-year guard averaged 12.6 points, 3.1 assists and 1.8 turnovers and made 12 starts after being acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets on Feb. 19.
The Sixers acquired Jackson in a 2014 second-round, draft-night trade. He ruptured his right Achillies tendon that summer in the Orlando Pro Summer League. After being released last summer, he resigned with the Sixers in July.
Wilbekin played overseas last season after going undrafted out of Florida. Meanwhile, McConnell is an undrafted rookie out of Arizona.
A pass-first point guard, Marshall could take over the starting point guard position once healthy and in game shape.
"I think Kendall Marshall can pass the hell out of it," Brown said.
His style of play fits the best in the pick-and-roll scheme the Sixers want to utilize with Okafor and Noel.
"The pass is king," Brown said of the ideal skill set for a point guard. "The pass is everything. When you look at the qualities for successful teams, and especially successful quality offensive teams, the pass is everything. So in a point guard, we are going to need Jahlil to get the ball. We are going to need Nerlens to get some touches. We are going to need Stauskas [acquired in a trade with Sacramento] and [small forward Robert] Covington to find ways to get open threes."
Marshall averaged 8.0 points and 8.8 assists and started 45 games for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2013-14 season. The former North Carolina standout was considered a NBA bust before his time in Los Angeles.
He was selected 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns in 2012. The team traded him the Washington Wizards on Oct. 25, 2013. The Wizards released him three days later.
Marshall then had a brief stint with the Delaware 87ers, the Sixers NBA Development League affiliate before being called up by the Lakers.
"Maybe we did have something that we weren't aware of," Brown said of the Virginia native's stint with the 87ers. " I mean he was drafted as high as he was for a reason. And it's probably . . . a little bit easier to assess when you see him on an NBA court instead of in a NBDL game guessing. But I feel like he did have some good NBA games [with the Lakers]."