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Sixers head to Utah for Summer League play

July 6th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Sixers head to Utah for Summer League play | Filed in General, NBA, Sixers

The NBA Draft is over and the NBA Free Agency period has begun, which means one thing: Summer League Basketball is here!

For most fans of the NBA Summer League basketball is really nothing to get excited about. However, for Sixers fans Summer League basketball has become, and once again is, one of the more exciting parts of the NBA offseason period. With the state of rebuilding the Sixers are in, any glimpse of the future we can get, no matter how small the glimpse may be, is exciting.

This year the Sixers and their fans have a whole lot to be excited about. Jahlil Okafor, the Sixers top selection in this years NBA Draft, will be on the floor for both Summer Leagues. Okafor is set to be one of the Sixers cornerstones for the future, and getting to see him on the floor tonight wearing his number 8 jersey for the Sixers is very exciting.

Along with Okafor, it will be very intriguing to see the continued development of Jerami Grant, the Sixers second round pick from a year ago. Grant showed promise in his rookie season averaging 6.3 PPG, 3 RPG, and 1.2 APG, playing just over 21 minutes per game. After the All-Star game those numbers rose to 7.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG, and 1.7 APG, playing just under 25 minutes per game.

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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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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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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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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 to acquire guard Jared Cunningham from Clippers

January 8th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Sixers to acquire guard Jared Cunningham from Clippers | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

The Philadelphia 76ers are set to acquire guard Jared Cunningham from the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Along with Cunningham the Sixers will also receive cash from the Clippers, but there are no details on what the Clippers will be receiving back from the Sixers yet. Accoding to Wojnarowski, the Clippers were on the verge of waiving Cunningham until they found a deal to strike with the Sixers.

However, it seems as though the Sixers won’t be holding onto their new acquisition for long:

Wojnarowski also points out that the Clippers will not be receiving a player back in the deal from the Sixers.

More to come…

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