Posts Tagged ‘NBA News’

Reports: Sixers, Clippers “Discussing” Blake Griffin Deal

February 6th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Reports: Sixers, Clippers “Discussing” Blake Griffin Deal | Filed in Basketball, General, NBA, Sixers

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Once upon a time, Scott O’ Neil was quoted as saying that the Sixers were “a year away” from being players for top free agents. The main reason behind the statement, is because of the Sixers lack of a winning record. While that statement made by O’Neil is true, there’s another way for the Sixers to acquire a household name.

That other way, as Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio notes, is via trade. Amico is reporting that Sixers have “discussed” a possible trade with the Los Angeles Clippers for superstar big man Blake Griffin. It was also noted that the Nuggets have discussed Griffin with the Clippers, but Dan Woike of the OC Register later noted that nothing much came of those talks.

Since coming on board, Jerry Colangelo has seemed to change the Sixers rebuilding plans a bit. The team seems to have become more comfortable with moving some young assets for established talent, if the opportunity presents itself. Well, it looks as if the Sixers want to capitalize on this opportunity.

By acquiring Blake Griffin, the Sixers would land that “household” name that they’ve been searching for. That player to put butts in the seats, and attract those marquee free-agents. While the former Oklahoma Sooner is out of commission for another month (at least…), he’s a game-changer when he’s on the court. He’s a safe bet for at least 15 points and 10 boards on a nightly basis. The big man has averaged 23.2 points per game, and 8.7 rebounds per game this season, before breaking his hand.

It’s not known what the Clippers seek in return, but the price is bound to be high. Rumors have spread about the price tag including Jahlil Okafor, Dario Saric, and the Lakers 2016 top-3 protected first-round draft pick. However, my own speculation leads me to believe that the organization would be more inclined to move Nerlens Noel over Okafor, as Okafor has (in my opinion..) proven to be more of a complete player than Noel. I’m not saying that Noel isn’t a good player, because he’s proved that he can be great. Personally, I just believe Okafor has a better chance at becoming an elite player, as opposed to Noel.

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Jahlil Okafor was the right pick for the Sixers

June 28th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Jahlil Okafor was the right pick for the Sixers | Filed in General, NBA, Sixers

The NBA Draft came and went on Thursday night, and one thing remained the same from the previous two drafts, the Philadelphia 76ers added another cornerstone to their rebuilding process. With the third pick in the NBA Draft the Sixers selected Duke center Jahlil Okafor.

Okafor was selected after Karl-Anthony Towns was selected first overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and D’Angelo Russell was taken by the Los Angeles Lakers second overall. There were many who wanted the Sixers to end up with Russell, as he has the potential to be a star guard in the league. However, the Sixers did not land the Ohio State guard, and the team gladly took the 6′ 11″, 272 lb 19 year old center who has tremendous upside.

In what many believe is becoming a guards league in the “new NBA”, Okafor is a old-school big man who has a flurry of low post moves and dominates in the post. There are some who believe Okafor has the footwork and skill-set to be the best true big man to come into the league since Tim Duncan.

One of those believers just happens to be one of Tim Duncan’s teammates and mentors, David Robinson:

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LeBron is a Cavalier…again.

July 14th, 2014 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on LeBron is a Cavalier…again. | Filed in Basketball, General, Sports

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few weeks (and the rock doesn’t have wi-fi), the biggest story in the sports media was LeBron James’s proverbial chokehold on the free agency market. While there were some signings done very quickly, many teams held off on giving players new deals before making an attempt to sign King James first. After tons of speculation, theories, hypotheses, conspiracies, and tweets, ESPN confirmed that he would return to Cleveland. As I’m reading about this on my lunch break friday, there were half a million tweets about it within ten minutes of the announcement. Initially, I thought it was a fake report, and that millions had just been trolled thanks to some genius who thought it would be a good prank. However, the report was real, and the entire sports world reacted in various ways (depending on affiliation).

The Decision 2.0 was hardly the enormous affair that it’s predecessor was. There were no cameras, no 30 minute slot on ESPN, and no sponsors; just, “I’m coming home”. Regardless of the decision LeBron made, I applaud him for handling the situation with far more maturity and class than the one made about 4 years ago. I honestly do not think Dan Gilbert deserves James’s time of day, especially after the letter he wrote 4 years ago slamming his former superstar. But again, I commend LeBron on being a mature adult about the situation, and was able to forgive and forget the situation ever took place.

As much as I despise the Cavs, and the fluky nature of them garnering a ton of top 3 draft picks every year, James made a good decision. I’m not exactly sure how long it will take them to win (or if they’ll win at all), but they’re only going to get better as more players are willing to join the crew.

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Sixers Announce Las Vegas Summer League Camp Invitees

July 8th, 2014 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Sixers Announce Las Vegas Summer League Camp Invitees | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

The Sixers have announced their mini-camp invitees for the upcoming Samsung NBA Summer League, which takes place July 11th through July 21st at COX Pavilion and Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

The Sixers are currently playing in the Orlando Pro Summer League, where they are 1-1 so far and play again tomorrow night against the Houston Rockets. Players on that team who are expected to join the Las Vegas team include: Nerlens Noel, K.J. McDaniels, and Jerami Grant.

Here is the roster for the teams mini-camp which will run from July 7th through July 10th:

The Sixers will play a minimum of five games, with the possibility of playing a maximum of seven games in Las Vegas. Here are their first three scheduled games:

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NBA Draft Day

June 26th, 2014 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on NBA Draft Day | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

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With the NBA Draft only hours away, I figured this would be a good time to post my first mock draft. Going into this draft, there are many interesting storylines. Perhaps the biggest storyline surrounding this draft, is who will draft at No.1?   Will it be Cleveland, Philly, Orlando, or another surprise team?  That question will be answered in another day or so. There are many supporting storylines as well surrounding LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and the teams interested in said stars (Chicago, Miami, Houston, LA Lakers, etc.). The moves made in this draft will be play a very vital piece towards LeBron and Melo’s decisions.  With all of this said, let’s get to the picks.

1.)  Orlando Magic (via trade w/Cleveland Cavaliers)

Selection: Andrew Wiggins: SG-SF/Kansas

Orlando gets the guy that they’ve quietly coveted for so long. With reports swirling that the Sixers, Bucks, and Cavs all loved Wiggins, the most surprising report surfaced late Tuesday evening stating that the Magic were offering the Cavs the #4 overall pick, #12 overall pick, and veteran swing-man Aaron Afflalo for the #1 overall pick. This report came as a surprise to me, for the sheer fact that we haven’t heard much regarding the Magic’s interest in any other player except for Australian phenom Dante Exum.

2.)  Milwaukee Bucks

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5 things I learned about the NBA this year…

June 18th, 2014 by Jeremy Bonnette | Comments Off on 5 things I learned about the NBA this year… | Filed in Basketball, General, Sports

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Congratulations to the Spurs for completely dominating the Heat in the NBA finals this year.   There were many that chose them to beat Miami, but very few that thought they’d crush them like that. As we look forward to the draft in a few days, and free agency soon after, I want to share with you the top 5 things I came away with from this year.

5. This year’s draft is supposed to be good. REALLY GOOD.

Owners around the league have been trading players, draft picks, and leveraging assets, all for a chance to strike gold in this year’s draft, which is supposedly very strong. As a fan of the Sixers, I tuned in to last year’s draft, last month’s lottery, and have been closely monitoring any chirping going on about player news. Don’t ask me how Cleveland got the number one pick AGAIN, but it seems like the majority of the early-mid choices will contribute to their respective teams sooner rather than later.

4. Lebron James may be taking his talents somewhere else next year.

I may be over thinking this, but did you hear James’s answer when he was asked what his plans were for next year? I counted 5 seconds before he answered the question, and when the best player in the world does not answer that emphatically, then one has to think he’s already thinking about his potential departure. I mean…it’s very similar to the answers he gave in Cleveland…no?

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Spencer Hawes Paces The Sixers To A 3-1 Series Lead

May 9th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Spencer Hawes Paces The Sixers To A 3-1 Series Lead | Filed in Basketball, General, NBA, Sixers

Earlier in the season Spencer Hawes seemed like a true candidate for Most Improved Player as he was putting up double-double numbers almost every single night. However, he was injured just 14 games into the season and when he returned he didn’t seem to be back in his groove yet. Well these last 2 games may have been a sign that he is finally completely healthy and back. After recording 21 points and 9 rebounds on Fridays win over Chicago, Hawes came right back to record 22 points and 8 rebounds in today’s 89-82 victory to give the Sixers a 3-1 series lead.

This is the first time since the 2001 NBA Finals run that the Sixers have recorded 3 straight playoff wins, and they are now just one win away from advancing to the 2nd round of the playoffs since 2003. Hawes picked up right where he left off on Friday by coming out with his hot shooting that kept the Sixers in the game throughout the 1st half. With Holiday, Turner, and Williams all struggling to score, Hawes picked up the slack and his 3 pointer with just seconds left in the 1st half gave the Sixers a 44-42 lead going into halftime.

After having a big game the other night, Jrue Holiday couldn’t have started Game 4 any worse. He was just 1-13 in the 1st half as he seemed out of rhythm and was forcing the issue on the offensive end. His shooting was so bad that even Doug Collins said Jrue’s slump was “0 for the world”. He didn’t get any help from Lou or Evan as well as they shot a combined 5-22 for the game.

Andre Iguodala also helped the Sixers stay in it, despite dealing with right Achilles tendonitis, Andre Iguodala played great defense and also finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds to go along with some ferocious dunks. His defense on Luol Deng has been outstanding to say the least, as Loul Deng has just 24 points on 10-30 shooting over the last 3 games.

The 2nd half was a lot different for Holiday. After shooting 1-13 in the first half, Holiday came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders as he hit 6 of his 10 shots. None were bigger than his back to back 3 pointers with about 4 minutes to play in the game to put the Sixers up 80-73. Holiday would go on to finish the ball game with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to give him an average of 19.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, and 5.0 apg in the series so far.

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