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Reaction to the criticism of Sam Hinkie

February 25th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Reaction to the criticism of Sam Hinkie | Filed in Basketball, General, NBA, Sixers, Sports, TSP Radio

Sam Hinkie’s plan to bring a championship to Philadelphia is bold, but is he going to far?

Back in the 2013 NBA Draft a man named Sam Hinkie made a move that shocked many Sixers fans and made them wonder what just happened, including myself. The move was trading away Jrue Holiday, the young point guard of the Sixers who was coming off his best season as a pro, which included his first All-Star appearance.

I was shocked!

I didn’t understand why the Sixers traded away a player who had obvious talent, and potential All-Star talent. But then something clicked in my mind. The reasoning of the Sixers trading away Jrue Holiday finally made sense. Since the 2001 magical run led by Allen Iverson to take the Sixers to the NBA Finals before falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games, the Sixers were the definition of mediocrity in the NBA.

From the 2001-02 season through the 2012-13 season (Holiday’s final season) the Sixers averaged 38.1 wins per year in that span. They never won more then 48 games (2002-03) and never lost more then 55 games (2009-10). They made the playoffs seven times but made it out of the first round just twice, and were eliminated in the second round both times. The most recent of those two was in the 2011-12 season, which also happened to be the year of the lockout, when the Sixers lost to the Boston Celtics in game seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

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Kobe Bryant’s Future Could Play A Big Role In The Sixers Rebuild

February 23rd, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Kobe Bryant’s Future Could Play A Big Role In The Sixers Rebuild | Filed in NBA, Sixers

Kobe Bryant Could Be A Significant Road Block In Sam Hinkie’s Plan

It has been completely obvious that the Sixers rebuild is very unorthodox compared to how other teams usually go about rebuilding a franchise. Trading an All-Star Point Guard and the reigning Rookie of the year is certainly something teams don’t do when they are in the process of rebuilding a team. However, Sixers General Manager Sam Hinkie is an analytics genius and is attempting to use that to his advantage in building the Sixers to become a powerhouse one day.

Hinkie has taken calculated risks, and the plan almost looks to be Wall Street like at times. For example, Hinkie’s recent major shakeup was trading reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter Williams for a potential top of the line draft pick. A move that some loved and also a moved that some hated. Some people couldn’t understand the logic of trading a young player who was the face of the rebuilding process when it all began back in the 2013 NBA Draft.

However, if you look at it from a different standpoint you might see a glimpse of Hinkie’s logic.

Carter-Williams was the 11th overall pick in his draft, which also happened to be a weak draft class. Over the summer months reports and rumors began to surface about the Sixers wanting to move Carter-Williams, and the overall belief was that the young point guard wasn’t in their long-term plans anymore. The Sixers never tipped their hand to prove that was true.

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Covington to replace Carter-Williams in Rising Stars Game

February 13th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Covington to replace Carter-Williams in Rising Stars Game | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Robert Covington (right) will replace Michael Carter-Williams in the Rising Stars Game.

According to multiple reports, the toe injury that has kept Michael Carter-Williams out of the last three games prior to the All-Star break, will also keep him out of the Rising Stars game tomorrow night. Robert Covington will replace his teammate in the game.

Carter-Williams has missed 12 games already this season, after missing 12 all of last year. His status for the Skills Competition on Saturday night has not been determined yet.

Covington has been a bright spot for the Sixers this season, averaging 13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, while shooting 39% from three. In February, Covington has really stepped up his game upping those totals to 18.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2 assists, while shooting remarkably just under 42% from three.

He has also hit at least four three-pointers in 12 games this season, the most by a Sixer since Jodie Meeks did so back in 2011-12.

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Carter-Williams, Noel to represent Team USA in Rising Stars Challenge

January 29th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Carter-Williams, Noel to represent Team USA in Rising Stars Challenge | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

The Sixers first two prized possessions of the start of the rebuild back in the 2012 draft who were acquired for Jrue Holiday are headed to the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams were selected to represent Team USA in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge that will take place Friday, February 13th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Carter-Williams’ numbers have regressed a bit this season after winning the Rookie of the Year award, but still is stuffing the stat sheet on a daily basis. He is averaging 15.3 points, 7.1 assists, and 6 rebounds per game this season while shooting 38% from the floor. The assists are the lone stat that are up from last year when Carter-Williams finished with 6.3 assists per game. A good part of the blame can be put on the surgery on his shoulder that he had over the summer that didn’t allow him to practice and work on his shooting. Over his last nine games, however, Carter-Williams has averaged 17.4 points, 6.3 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals per game while shooting 41.4% from the floor over that stretch. The selection to play for the USA team is well deserved for Carter-Williams as he has been the one of very few players, and at times the lone player responsible for any success that the Sixers have found over the last two seasons.

Along with Carter-Williams, the Sixers Nerlens Noel has also been selected to represent Team USA. Noel, in his official rookie year, is averaging 8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, and 1.5 steals so far this year. Numbers which are very impressive for the young big man who some were unsure about as far as his success at the NBA level. Watching Noel this year has been very refreshing. It is so nice to watch an active defender at the rim in a Sixers uniform, which is something the team hasn’t had in a long time. Noel seems to find a way to make the little plays throughout a game, and while he is still raw and developing his entire game, he has shown some really nice promise going forward. Along with his intensity on defense and his slowly improving offensive game, highlighted by some top-10 dunks, Noel has shown improvement as the year has gone on.

Here are monthly splits on Noel this season:

  • October (2 games): 10 ppg, 10 rpg, 3 bpg
  • November (12 games): 7.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1 bpg
  • December (13 games): 7.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.5 bpg
  • January (14 games): 8.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.9 bpg

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Sixers at the Halfway Point: Better Than Expected, But Still a Long Way to Go

January 23rd, 2014 by Jim Chesko | Comments Off on Sixers at the Halfway Point: Better Than Expected, But Still a Long Way to Go | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

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The 76ers open the second half of their 2013-14 season Wednesday night, and it will be very interesting to see what happens over the next three months, both on and off the court.

They’ve dropped seven of their last eight games, and several recent losses have been a bit ugly, but otherwise, the Sixers have exceeded almost everyone’s expectations over the first half of the season. The won-lost record at the midpoint stands at 13-28. While that’s not great, a lot of the team’s fans and several of us in the media wondered if they’d win that many games over the entire first season of the Brett Brown era.

For fans hoping to see the Sixers get two lottery picks in the June draft, the season is working out just the way they’d want. At this writing, the 76ers own the NBA’s third-worst record (behind only Milwaukee and Orlando), while the New Orleans Pelicans are seventh-worst. As you may recall, the 2013 draft-day deal that sent Jrue Holiday to the Big Easy landed Philadelphia another first-round pick, as long as the Pelicans don’t make the playoffs and the pick isn’t among the top five. So, if the Sixers and Pelicans continue on their current course – and the ping-pong balls cooperate – your hometown team would have two high picks in what’s supposed to be a pretty deep draft, even if Duke’s Jabari Parker decides to stay put for another year of seasoning.

Bright spots over the first half: Obviously, the major positive has been the speedy development of rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams. MCW is averaging 17.5 points and 6.7 assists through the first half of the campaign, and already has the poise of a veteran. He’s 22 years old, and should only get better over the next decade. Carter-Williams’ backup, Tony Wroten, has also been a pleasant surprise, averaging 13.0 points and 3.3 assists off the bench. Wroten, who suffered a right-ankle sprain last weekend in a loss to the Bulls, is still a kid at age 20.

The Sixers have also been getting career years out of both Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes, who are averaging 18.3 and 14.1 points, respectively. The 7-foot Hawes has even become a solid three-point shooter, at 41.3%. Still, it remains a good bet that Turner or Hawes (or both) will be sent packing before the NBA’s Feb. 20 trade deadline.

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6 or 7 Reasons to Watch the 76ers This Season

October 31st, 2013 by Jim Chesko | Comments Off on 6 or 7 Reasons to Watch the 76ers This Season | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers
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To Watch the Sixers

Your town, your team, your 76ers – but why bother to pay even a little bit of attention to a team that may approach losing that number of games (76) in an 82-game season?  Wait, they’re young, they’re inexperienced, but they can’t possibly be that bad, can they?  Who are these guys who open their 2013-14 season tonight against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat, and why should we care about what happens over the next six months?

Here are six or seven reasons to invest your time in this season’s 76ers:

1. Michael Carter-Williams. The development of the 6-6 rookie point guard out of Syracuse will be the main reason to monitor the Sixers this year, since his growth is crucial to the team’s long-term progress.  We already know MCW, the 11th pick in the draft last June, can play, but the key things to watch will be whether he can improve his shooting and how he handles playing the toughest position in the NBA on a largely inexperienced team.

2. The “old” veterans, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes. To casual fans, these two guys and Evan Turner will be the only familiar faces on a 76ers team that has been nearly completely turned over in recent years.  Hard to believe that Young is entering his seventh season, all with the Sixers; this is Hawes’ seventh year as well, his fourth since leaving Sacramento to join the Sixers.  The 6-8 Young and the 7-1 Hawes will both play big roles on this year’s team, and will need to show some leadership with an otherwise inexperienced group.

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Sixers 2013-14 Season Preview

October 30th, 2013 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Sixers 2013-14 Season Preview | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

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It is no secret that the Sixers are going to struggle this year. They traded away their best player, Jrue Holiday on the night of the NBA draft to acquire a first round pick in next seasons loaded draft and big man Nerlens Noel. Down the road was this a good deal? Most likely, but it certainly does not benefit the Sixers this season in anyway especially with Noel not even suiting up this season.

Last year on opening night, the city was filled with optimism. The Sixers were supposed to finally take that big leap after acquiring Andrew Bynum and become contenders. We all know how that story played out.

New General Manager Sam Hinkie, has made it clear that this season will be the first year of a rebuilding process, and nothing makes that more clear than the team slogan “Together We Build”. The Sixers currently have four rookies on the roster, headlined by first round drafts pick Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel. And only two players have been in the league for more than six seasons, Kwame Brown and Jason Richardson who have played 12 seasons each.

The goal is obvious this season, see the development of the young players, but ultimately win the sweepstakes for Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins is talked about to be the next big thing in the NBA, and when I say big I am talking Kobe Bryant and LeBron James big. The kid has just pure talent and will make an instant impact for years wherever he lands.

So what are the Sixers odds of being the worst team in the NBA this year, which gives them the best shot to get Wiggins? A Las Vegas sports book has the Sixers over/under for win total at just 16.5 this season which is the lowest for any team in about a decade.

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