Alex Trebek would be proud. Philadelphia has its "Answer" back. Now we just need to figure out what the question is.

How much will Allen Iverson help ticket sales? Well, 20,664 people showed up at the Wachovia Center on Monday to watch the 76ers and the Nuggets, almost 8,000 more than typically show up there (then again, maybe they came for Arron Afflalo). Can Iverson lead the 76ers out of the doldrums on the court and to the playoffs? He took only 11 shots in Monday's loss, but SportsNation is relatively split as to which A.I. -- Iverson or Andre Iguodala -- will take more shots over the rest of the season.

Even at 5-16, the 76ers are just 3.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference (or as we like to think of it, the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl) of hoops.

Peter (Montreal)

How do you foresee the Iverson situation playing out? What happens when Lou Williams comes back? Will Iverson really come off the bench?

Chad Ford
Chad Ford

I think AI was humbled by the whole thing with Memphis and the resulting backlash. He's still a very good basketball player and I think you'll see him play well. The question is ... will he help them win? I'm skeptical. I love Andre Iguodala and think Thaddeus Young has a lot of promise ... but Elton Brand's a bad fit there and they really miss Andre Miller. Maybe they can get him back from Portland. So in short, AI will be fine. Not so sure about the Sixers. Full transcript

Shady (Philly)

over under 18.5 ppg for Iverson as a Sixer and will they make the playoffs

Chris Sheridan
Chris Sheridan

That first number seems fairly safe assuming Lou Williams returns in January and they play him and AI together in the backcourt. I think Allen will need to be in the 20s until Lou returns to get this team back on track. Remember, they're carrying a nine-game losing streak into a tough game tonight. As for the playoffs? Only the Nets are out of it in the East -- and I can only say that with 95 percent certainty. Full transcript

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