Posts Tagged ‘NBA Draft’

Report: Sixers Considering Jamal Murray at No.1

June 6th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Report: Sixers Considering Jamal Murray at No.1 | Filed in Basketball, General, NBA, Sixers, Sports
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Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America

Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram?

That’s been the question for the better part of the last three weeks, more so since it became public knowledge that the Philadelphia 76ers became the owners of the first-overall pick in the NBA Draft. However, recent reports have suggested that things are not as cut-and-dry as they seem.

Keith Pompey of Philly.com is reporting that the Sixers vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley gave the impression that the team is considering one other player along with the duo of Simmons and Ingram, and his name is Jamal Murray. Eversley was quoted on Thursday saying, “Jamal Murray, we certainly got a chance to see him a couple of weeks ago. He’s certainly going to be one of those kids who’s going to be in contention for the No. 1 pick. We like him a lot. He’s going to bring a lot to wherever he goes in the NBA, certainly a talent.” I don’t know about you, but it certainly sounds to me like they’re big fans of this kid. 

The 19-year old combo guard from Kentucky has been widely regarded as one of the top-five prospects in this draft class, according to league insiders. Although, he hasn’t been looked at in the same light as Simmons or Ingram, this most recent report could change that.

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Should the Sixers Deal Okafor To Boston?

May 30th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Should the Sixers Deal Okafor To Boston? | Filed in General, NBA, Sixers, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly
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Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

The NBA Draft is approaching quickly, and it’s now time for the lowly Sixers to take center-stage in the city of Philadelphia. Eleven days ago, it was revealed that the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft would belong to the Sixers, which elated the fans of Philadelphia. However, fans were quick to forget that the Los Angeles Lakers were awarded the pick behind us, meaning that Philadelphia would not be receiving the Lakers’ pick this year. So, instead of having four first-round draft picks, the Sixers now have three. In addition to the top selection, the Sixers will also pick at #24 overall (courtesy of the Miami Heat), and #26 overall (courtesy of the Oklahoma City Thunder via the Denver Nuggets).

Missing out on the Lakers draft selection has brought up an interesting possibility, that could be revisited. As many of you know, the Boston Celtics were close to pulling the trigger on a “mystery deal” at the trade deadline, prior to it falling apart. Coincidentally enough, the Sixers were also receiving interest in the 2015 #3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor. This led to a report claiming that Boston’s “mystery man” was Okafor. The proposed deal would’ve seen Boston’s first-round pick (via Brooklyn) head to Philadelphia, as well as either Marcus Smart or Avery Bradley. For whatever reason, that deal didn’t come to fruition back in February. Although, there are reports claiming that talks could re-open, now that the Sixers know what pick the Celtics hold. That brings me to my ultimate question. Should the Sixers trade Okafor to Boston?

Ultimately, I say no. As much as I would love having two of the top three selections in the draft, the risk of providing Boston with a superstar is one that cannot be taken. Okafor is a player that has the capability of putting up 20/10 on most nights, and that’s something that can’t be taken for granted in the NBA. While the NBA is primarily a 3-point league now, the luxury of having a talented big man can’t be ignored. Almost every successful team has at least one strong big in the front-court. San Antonio has LaMarcus Aldridge, Cleveland has Kevin Love, and Oklahoma City has Serge Ibaka. My point, is that despite popular opinion, the front-court does actually have an effect on the game.

Short-term, fans would likely say that it’d be smart for them to move Okafor to Boston. They’d likely land Marcus Smart, and #3 overall. That move would give them a legitimate point guard, in addition to a pair of top-three selections, with which they’d likely select Ben Simmons and Kris Dunn. Would it fill out their team?  Certainly it would, but at what cost?  Marcus Smart has character issues, those of which he displayed fully during his time at Oklahoma State. Couple that with the uncertainty that whoever they select at #3 doesn’t pan out, and this deal could be a recipe for disaster.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft

May 30th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on 2016 NBA Mock Draft | Filed in Basketball, General, NBA, Sixers, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

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The NBA Draft Lottery is officially twelve days in our rear-view mirror, and the Philadelphia 76ers are on the clock. They have until June 23rd to make the decision that will alter the course of the franchise. Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram? In what is widely considered to be a “two-player draft”, there are a number of good prospects that fall past that top-2 threshold. Prospects such as Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, Jaylen Brown, and Dragen Bender among others round out the top-10. Over the past 10 days, I have spent time researching the prospects of this upcoming draft, and I feel that this representation of the NBA Draft will come close to the real thing. Without further hesitation, let’s get right down to it..

1.) Philadelphia 76ers- Ben Simmons (PF/LSU)

With the 1st pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select…Ben Simmons. Those will be the words uttered by commissioner Adam Silver on draft night, as the Sixers begin the post-Hinkie era. I’ll be honest, while I’m not thrilled with the way Simmons performed in his lone year with LSU, you’d be crazy to pass up on the possibility of a once-in-a-lifetime prospect. 

2.) Los Angeles Lakers- Brandon Ingram (SF/Duke)

The Lakers had luck on their side twelve days ago, as they were able to avoid surrendering their pick to the Sixers. Now that they’ve finished in second to the Sixers, the Lakers will have to settle for the second-best player in the draft. Ingram’s a very-good, borderline great player, and he’ll fit in wonderfully with a Lakers team that includes D’Angelo Russell, and Julius Randle. The future for Los Angeles post-Kobe, is bright following this selection. 

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Who should the Sixers take with the third pick?

June 26th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Who should the Sixers take with the third pick? | Filed in General, NBA, Sixers

With the NBA Draft just three hours away there is a lot of anxiousness in the city of Philadelphia. The Sixers, as everyone knows, are in the midst of the craziest rebuild in NBA history.

It all started by trading away a point guard in Jrue Holiday, who was coming off of his first All Star appearance, for Nerlens Noel and a future first round pick. In that same night the Sixers drafted Michael Carter-Williams.

In last years NBA Draft the Sixers selected Joel Embiid, who some believe has the chance to be the best player in that draft class when all is said and done. They also selected Dario Saric, who we may not see for another two years.

As we all know, Carter-Williams would go on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award, and was traded in February of this year for a future first round pick. The move shocked many around the NBA for obvious reasons, “Why would the Sixers trade away the Rookie of the Year, especially when they are rebuilding?”.

The answer is simple: Sam Hinkie does not think like the rest of the world.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft

June 25th, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on 2015 NBA Mock Draft | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

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In just about seven hours, the next generation of hopefuls will fulfill their dreams, hearing their names called on the biggest stage of all, the NBA Draft. The highly anticipated No.1 overall pick looks to join elite company such as LeBron James, Tim Duncan, and Patrick Ewing, amongst others as franchise changing players. The Minnesota Timberwolves have been on the clock since May 19th, and are widely expected to select Kentucky Wildcats big man Karl-Anthony Towns. However, we know from experience that there is no such thing as a sure thing, until his name is officially called. With that said, Anthony-Towns isn’t the only elite talent in this class. KAT, as he’s known is also joined by Duke big man Jahlil Okafor, and highly touted Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell as the top prospects in this deeply talented draft class. Keeping all of this in mind, let’s get down to business on the real reason why you’re here….the mock draft.

1.) Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl Anthony-Towns (PF/C- Kentucky)

Towns has been viewed as the “overwhelming” favorite to go No.1 overall, ever since his dominant performance during Kentucky’s pursuit of history this past season. Pretty close to the “perfect” big man, Anthony-Towns comes with his fair share of flaws….no matter how minor they may be. At 7’0″, he has the size and he certainly has the skill.  Towns also possesses a great basketball I.Q. This kid has something special, and is just starting to scratch the surface of his true potential.

2.) Sacramento Kings (via L.A. Lakers): Jahlil Okafor (PF/C- Duke)

The Kings acquire this pick in the first draft-day blockbuster.  By shipping all-star center DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins to “Tinseltown”, the Kings set themselves up nicely for the future by acquiring 2014’s 7th overall pick Julius Randle, 2014’s 46th overall pick Jordan Clarkson, the Lakers 2nd overall pick in 2015, and a top 10 protected pick in 2018, amongst other assets. This selection would give the Kings a dynamic duo in the front-court of Randle and Okafor for years to come.  Jahlil is arguably the most polished player in this draft, and stands a legitimate chance of sneaking into the No.1 spot.  However, I just don’t see the T-Wolves passing on a talent like Towns.

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Could/will the NBA eventually add a third-round again to the NBA Draft?

June 28th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Could/will the NBA eventually add a third-round again to the NBA Draft? | Filed in Basketball, General, Sports

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Sportswriter Chris Sheridan reported roughly three-years ago that the likelihood of the NBA adopting a third round in the NBA Draft each and every year is fairly high. The NBA, just so you know, hasn’t had a third round in the annual draft since 1988. I bet you all the money in the world that you couldn’t guess off the top of your head who was the first third-round pick in that year’s draft in ’88. Go ahead and take a crack at it.

Give up? Clue: It was a one-year, 1.5 points/game player.

The Clippers’ Rob Lock.

Anthony Mason, out of Tennessee State, was the most famous third-round pick in that year’s draft; he was drafted 53rd-overall by Portland. Mason went on to play 13 seasons in the league, with six-different teams, averaging 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds/game as a power forward/center.

Fast forward to 2014, and the question still remains 26-years later: should the NBA start a third-round in the draft again?

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Sixers select Kansas center Joel Embiid with 3rd pick in NBA Draft

June 27th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Sixers select Kansas center Joel Embiid with 3rd pick in NBA Draft | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

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The speculation is up; the draft commenced and Philadelphia finally has an answer as to who’ll be their top pick in this year’s draft.  That honor belongs to Joel Embiid.

A bit of background on Embiid, he’s not only a center that played collegiately for Kansas (2013-14) but a 7’0, 250-pound one at that. He owns a similar frame, in terms of past NBA players, — successful ones at that — to Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon and former Sixer, and defensive player of the year, Dikembe Mutombo.  All three were in the 7-foot, 250-pound range physically, as well as originally being from/near Africa.  Albeit a way-smaller (and small sample size in general) sample size, and comparing one player’s collegiate stats to another’s professional, Embiid also shared another fact with Mutombo; a very-similar stat line. Mutombo, in 1196-career NBA games, averaged 9.8 points — in which I’ll round that figure off to 10 points/game — and 2.8 blocks/game. In comparison, despite his sample size being much lower at 28 games, Embiid averaged a combination of 11.2 points/2.6 blocks per game last season; his lone collegiate one.

Embiid averaged a point/game higher and .02 blocks/game lower, roughly, than Mutombo; though Embiid’s Jayhawks only played in 40-minute games,  compared to the NBA-minutes regulation/game of 48. Like his two predecessors/similar players listed above, assuming this to be true, Embiid is a passionate, emotional, honest, yet loving team player.

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