So Lebron James returned home. As did Carmelo Anthony (well, he stayed home). But what would happen if everyone went home?
Recently, elitedaily.com took a look at what all 30 NBA teams would look like built fully from hometown players.
The Sixers’ team isn’t really that impressive. Which begs the question — why aren’t there more basketball stars from Philadelphia?
Here is a look at what the team would look like, made completely from home-grown players.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Guard: The Charlotte guard was born in Philly but played his high school ball for St. Patrick in New Jersey. Of current NBA point guards from Philadelphia, he has by far the most potential. Though he hasn’t gotten many minutes for the Bobcats (now Hornets), he would certainly anchor the offense for the Philadelphia-born squad.
Kobe Bryant, Guard: Bryant in his prime is one of the best players to ever lace up in the NBA. But now, as an injury-prone veteran it’s still hard not to acknowledge him as the best Philly-born natural scorer in the NBA right now. Bryant ranks No. 4 all-time in scoring, and a healthy 2013-14 will see him pass Michael Jordan for third.
Kyle Lowry, Guard: Lowry graduated from Cardinal Dougherty and performed pretty well as a Villanova Wildcat. He has had a solid NBA career as a role players, recently signing a contract with the Raptors last week.
Hakim Warrick, Forward: Born in Philly, Warrick grew up in Wynnewood, Pa. He was not heavily recruited by Big 5 teams and chose to head to Syracuse. He has played for six NBA teams, but is currently in China.
Tyreke Evans, Forward: From Chester, Pa, Evans was the No. 4 overall pick in 2009 and has pieced together a solid NBA career so far in Sacremento, with career averages just under 17 points, five rebounds and five assists per game.
The bench,Lavoy Allen, DeJuan Blair, Rasual Butler, Dionte Christmas, Wayne Ellington, Gerald Henderson, Jameer Nelson: The Sixers’ home-grown bench has a bevy of great role players but no true stars. The college petagree of some of these players, like Henderson, Ellington and Nelson are impressive. Many have become grinders in the NBA, piecing together solid careers.