Posts Tagged ‘Sam Hinkie’

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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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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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

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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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Why Charles Barkley should be a future NBA GM

June 25th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Why Charles Barkley should be a future NBA GM | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

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Sir Charles Barkley paid a visit and made his way onto the Philly-Sports-Talk set yesterday afternoon to discuss any and all things sports, specifically the 76ers. Within that visit and the panel’s conversations, he brought up and discussed further the aspect of becoming an NBA general manager, especially at this time of the year in the off-season, with the Draft Lottery, Draft, free-agency period, and so forth taking place for GMs. He made it be known as well that he would love to seriously someday be an NBA GM, for the right team, at the right time in his career/life; possibly for the 76ers or Suns (two of his former teams). So let’s go through the motions: who, what, when, where, why, and how. That is, pertaining to Barkley becoming an NBA GM, specifically for the 76ers in the future after Sam Hinkie’s tenure here ends.

Who- Sir Charles
What- The title of being an NBA general manager
When- Realistically, I could foresee him delving into being a GM as soon as three-four years from now; given the timing and job is right for him Where– Potentially, hopefully, and realistically in Philadelphia; where it all started for him. Or in any of the other 29 NBA cities; Phoenix realistically as well Why- Because of his knowledge, experience, and love for the game; because he’d be the right man for the job considering all of that
How- Either in Philadelphia if Sam Hinkie abruptly is fired/retires/re-signs, or elsewhere when a GM vacancy opens up, as soon as this upcoming season (more…)

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