Speights finally got out of Philadelphia. For years, he dominated summer league, drew hype, and then returned to the bench behind Elton Brand. Zach Randolph’s injury turned out to be Speights’ opportunity. When Randolph went down the Sixers dealt their backup small forward Sam Young for the backup power forward Speights. Speights got his opportunity to start, and shined in the role.
Teams will want that kind of talent to start.
There are a few teams that could benefit from Speights. Sacramento comes to mind, Houston, Minnesota, Dallas, and others. Speights’ toughness and athleticism will improve a defense and increase the team toughness quotient, as well. He’s a contagious type of energy and at early points in his career, I thought he would be a far better player. Sometimes we get our hopes a little too high, but Speights shouldn’t disappoint, provide we do temper our expectations somewhat.