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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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NBA leaning toward non-guaranteed playoff spot for division champion

July 23rd, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on NBA leaning toward non-guaranteed playoff spot for division champion | Filed in General, NBA, TalkSportsPhilly

Winning a division championship is a main goal for every team in the NBA, however, the only reward those teams may receive is a banner going forward.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that the league is leaning toward not guaranteeing a playoff berth to division champions. In the past the division champion has been guaranteed a top-4 conference finish no matter what their record was.

No NBA division winner has never had a record that would have not placed in the top eight, and there is less than a five percent chance of that happening, according to Silver.

In fact there have only been two instances where this rule would have changed the playoff format in recent years. The first was in 2011-12 when the Atlanta Hawks finished with a better record than the Boston Celtics, but instead finished as the fifth seed in the playoffs. It just so happens that in those playoffs the Hawks played the Celtics in the first round and did not have home court advantage, despite finishing with the better regular season record. Atlanta lost that series in six games.

The second instance was this past year, as the Portland Trail Blazers finished with the sixth best record in the Western Conference, but were awarded the fourth seed. As a result the San Antonio Spurs finished as the sixth seed and were forced to play the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round, two premier championship contenders with top four records in the conference.

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Sixers Reportedly Sign JaKarr Sampson

September 15th, 2014 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Sixers Reportedly Sign JaKarr Sampson | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly, Twitter

There is no hiding that this has been a quiet summer for Sixers fans, and some could even argue it has been quiet for over a year. Tonight the Sixers made a small move in their attempt to continue filling out the roster, signing former St. John’s forward JaKarr Sampson.

Sampson went undrafted after leaving St. John’s, where he averaged 12.8 points and 6.1 rebounds last season. As a member of the Sixers Orlando Summer League team this summer, he averaged 8.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in five games.

Sampson comes in at 6’8″, and he brings a lot of athleticism with his game. His role in the NBA will likely be switching between small forward and power forward, or what many people call a “tweener”. He doesn’t bring much of a long-range shot, but does have a solid mid-range game which will continue to be developed in the NBA.

His deal is a partially guaranteed deal, and we will likely see Sampson as another player who will be competing for a decent role as he is developed by the Sixers. It is a good signing, as the 21 year old potentially can turn out to be a good bench player off of his athleticism and rebounding skills alone at this point.

 

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Rumor: Sixers express interest in Kent Bazemore

July 3rd, 2014 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Rumor: Sixers express interest in Kent Bazemore | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Could Kent Bazemore be the Sixers next shooting guard?

The Philadelphia 76ers are not looking to be big players in free agency this year, that just seems obvious considering the way they have handled this rebuild. Since free agency has started the only name who was linked to the Sixers was Avery Bradley, however he signed a 4-year, $32 million contract with the Celtics earlier today. Bradley is a shooting guard, a position that the Sixers desperately need help at.

Help may be on the way.

Alex Kennedy, has reported that the Sixers have “expressed interest” in former Los Angeles Laker guard Kent Bazemore.

Bazmore has played two seasons in the NBA, after playing his college ball at Old Dominion. He was undrafted but later signed with the Golden State Warriors in 2012, and was traded to the Lakers last season. Bazemore didn’t play much with the Warriors, averaging only six minutes a game in 44 appearances with Golden State in 2013. Once traded to Los Angeles he averaged 28 minutes a game in 23 games with the Lakers, starting in 15 of those games. Bazmore averaged 13.1 points, 3.1 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game with the Lakers, and showed he can shoot the ball by knocking down 37% of his three pointers.

There is no question that Bazemore would come in right away and challenge for the starting shooting guard position. He is a talented young player who fits what the Sixers are trying to accomplish at this point in the rebuild, and he would benefit from playing time he wouldn’t get on most teams.

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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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2014 Philadelphia 76ers NBA-Draft Recap

June 28th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on 2014 Philadelphia 76ers NBA-Draft Recap | Filed in Basketball, Sixers, Sports

 NBA Draft Review

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So the Sixers made a couple of interesting moves, both via trade and with their selections, on Thursday night in the 2014 NBA Draft. Here’s a recap of what happened, in all.

First off, most importantly, with the third-overall pick they selected Kansas’ center Joel Embiid, fairly surprisingly. Many had reported, from reputable sources, that Sixers’ GM Sam Hinkie was willing to still draft highly-touted but injured product Joel Embiid if he was still available by the third pick. And he was. Cleveland, who had the number-one overall pick (again), went the safe route with their pick in selecting Embiid’s former teammate at Kansas, guard Andrew Wiggins. With the second-overall pick, next, Milwaukee selected small-forward Jabari Parker out of Duke. Based on how the draft fared, it’s safe to say that the first two teams picking in Cleveland and Milwaukee went the safe route with their picks considering Embiid’s foot injury and current rehab stint. Embiid is slated to miss 4-6 months in recovering from successful navicular-bone foot surgery.

Did the Sixers take a high risk yesterday in selecting Embiid? Yes. Will the pick, considering Embiid’s talent and prowess, pay off in the long run once he’s healthy? That remains to be seen; whether or not he can remain healthy in future years, contribute, and play up to his potential.

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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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