Jackson, Dalembert must stand tall

For the 76ers to stand tall in the East, Marc Jackson and Samuel Dalembert must come up big on opposite ends of the court.

Updated: October 16, 2003, 10:46 PM ET
By Joe Lago |
Editor's note: Here's a glimpse of the good -- and the bad -- that could happen to the 2003-04 Philadelphia 76ers.

Samuel Dalembert
Dalembert, right, has tremendous promise that might earn a major paycheck.
Best Case Scenario
The 76ers will push for a home-court advantage in the first round of the East playoffs if the following three things happen.

1. Marc Jackson offers some O in the middle. The 76ers had a big man with soft hands and the knack for scoring in Todd MacCulloch, but MacCulloch's career continues to be in doubt due to a rare neurological disorder. Enter the free-agent Jackson, who was brought in to score and hopefully allow Derrick Coleman to play more minutes at his natural power forward position. Away from the giants in the West, Jackson intends to throw around his 270 pounds, too. "I'm here to be the enforcer," Jackson said.