The Philadelphia 76ers didn’t have very many consistent performers for the month of October, which led to the team’s inconstant play.
This first edition is coming a bit later then the end of October, but this is the first installment of The Sixer Sense‘s top five players of the month. This will be ranking the top five performers the Philadelphia 76ers had in the previous month. The players in this list must have played a bare minimum of 50 percent of the games from the past month to be included in these rankings.
Without further introduction, October’s grouping wasn’t an especially deep class, with the players at the top performing at a dominate level and the players near the bottom were more or less fulfilling their expected role.
The stretch big man had missed the beginning of the season with injury, however once Mike Muscala was healthy and returned to the lineup, he did everything fans and the Sixers coaches could have asked of him. During October, he averaged 17.4 minutes, 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.0 fouls and 0.8 turnovers, while shooting 54.2 percent from the field, 38.9 percent from the 3-point line and 100.0 percent from the free throw line in five games.
Muscala’s best game came against his former club the Atlanta Hawks. In 19 minutes, he finished the game with 14 points, five rebounds, one block, foul and turnover, while making 5-7 shots from the floor and 4-6 attempts from the arc. Playing against his former team has seemed to have brought out the best of the big man.
As November continues to unravel, the Sixers will need the rely on Muscala’s 3-point shooting and rebounding once he returns from his most recent injury. Unless injuries continue to stop Muscala from seeing floor time, he should continue to see more minutes this season.