The time has finally come. The right of passage. The day the basketball gods will shine down upon us. Well, for the love of God they better. I don’t think that I can endure another shit-show of a season by the Sixers or take on another 26-game losing streak. To be honest, I may cry if the Sixers don’t at-least get the number two pick.
Before I keep going on about the Sixers Lotto chances on Tuesday night, I must put my two-cents in about these Michael Carter-Williams trade rumors. GO KICK ROCKS...Come on peeps, you’re really searching for a story, especially saying that if the Sixers drafted Dante Exum they would trade MCW. I’m guessing that you peeps didn’t watch the Phoenix Suns play. They used two-man point guard combo all season in their back-court. I must say that Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe were fun as hell to watch. I could use more examples but I won’t waste my time anymore on this non-sense. Moving on…
Well lets get right into it. Here are the chances for each Lotto team for the top pick.
|6||Los Angeles Lakers||6.3%|
|10||New Orleans Pelicans||1.1%|
|12||New York Knicks||0.7%|
Since 1996 (Sixers won Lotto that year), the team that finished with the second-worst record has gotten the first pick only twice (Sixers-AI and Clippers-Blake Griffin). The team that finished with the worst record has gotten the first pick twice (Cavs-LeBron and Magic-Dwight). To go along with the 1996 theme, the team that finished with the third-worst record (Magic this year) has won the Lotto the most (6 times). By the way, its good to know that the tenth-worst team in the league has never won the lottery. That would be the Pelicans. So the Sixers are looking good on that part.
To go along with winning the Lottery in 1996, the Sixers also had the top pick in 1986. The NBA used a different format for the Lottery up until 1990 (current process now). I won’t bore you with the old process, just click on the link if you want to read. As Sixers fans, we like to forget 1986. On June 16, 1986, after the lottery and a day before the draft, the Sixers traded the first pick to the Cavs for Roy Hinson. Who did the Cavs draft that year? Oh, that’s right, Brad Daugherty. That one hurts just a little. What could’ve been with Charles Barkley and Daugherty as part of the Sixers front-court. Long live Harold Katz…
So where should the Sixers fall with their pick and the Pellis pick? According to LibertyBallers, their best chance is fourth and tenth (27.75%). Their second best chance is first and tenth (17.31%). I will take the latter please. Tanks…..
The other day my 9 year-old Goddaughter had her “Opening Day Parade” for her Softball League. They pulled out all the works. They had “Old People” in convertibles and people throwing candy for the little kids. The best part about the parade was when the fire engines came down the street.
You had moms and dads holding there little one’s in their hands trying to get the kids to wave to the firemen. Trying, you might ask? Well, the drivers of the fire trucks were using the siren the whole time and kids were crying everywhere. The funny thing was that the firemen were totally oblivious to the entire thing. Funny as hell.
Of course my 4-year-old daughter wanted to be in the parade as well. My wife grabs the first shirt she could find and put it on my daughter, so she could catch up to my niece. The shirt was a Sixers shirt, actually an Evan Turner shirt. Yes, I know bad parenting. I will save that explanation for another time.
When I saw my daughter in the Sixers shirt all of the nightmares of this season started to come back to me. How I feel like there is almost no HOPE in sight for them. The Sixers need a miracle, plain and simple.
There is a lot of talk of who will be the next head coach. Brian Shaw? I do like Shaw but he could be in demand. If he is, the Sixers might be the last place he is looking at. Money is not the issue, talent is. Holiday is the ONLY sales point that the Sixers have. The Sixers might have to make a helluva sales pitch to get Shaw. You can throw in Jeff Hornacek and Mike Malone as a couple of new names for the Sixers head coaching spot as well.
To be honest with you, I think the Sixers need to look at the GM first. The Sixers desperately need a good talent evaluator. I know DiLeo hasn’t really gotten a real chance, considering he just took over last season, though he was put in place so Collins could have the final say. So if I am Joshua Harris and Adam Aaron the first thing I am looking for is a GM. On the TOP of my list would be “Sir” Charles Barkley.
Yes, you might think I am a “knuckle head”, to steal quote from Barkley but the dude knows the game. There is no doubt about that. I can guarantee that Charles would love a shot at the position. All he does is evaluate players on a nightly basis for TNT and he is one of the few “experts” that actually makes sense when he talks. Did you ever hear Magic Johnson give analysis?
There are former players scattered everywhere in front offices around the league. Danny Ainge, Joe Dumars and John Paxson just to name a few. Kevin McHale was a solid GM and Jerry West might be the best of the former players. People who follow the NBA close enough will understand where I am coming from with this.
Yes, I get it. It might be hard for some to take Barkley serious but I truly believe that he would be good at it. Maybe, I am reaching. Maybe, I am just looking for someone to save my beloved Sixers and I am getting desperate.
BUT like I said before, Charles is one of the few “experts” that makes sense when he is talking hoops.
Well, someone might be skeptical about Bynum leading the Sixers and that would be Sir Charles. Barkley never really needs a reason to give his opinion anyway talks about Bynum in a interview with NBA.com . Here is some of his quotes..
“When you go from being a role player to a star, [things change]. He’s never been the best player on his team — you’re a role player,” Barkley said. “I’m not sure he’s been the second-best player on his team before. It’s debatable between him and Pau Gasol. So, he goes from being the third-best player on his team to being the man. The level of intensity that that takes, the level of pressure that brings, and you compound that by Philadelphia — it’s going to be a very interesting season for Andrew Bynum. via CSN..
Barkley goes on…
I like Andrew Bynum. I think he’s a very good player,” Barkley said. “But the stress level he’s going to come upon now is going to be totally different than anything he’s experienced in his NBA career.” via CSN..
He does bring up some good points. I understand that Philly is not an easy place to play neither is LA, especially for the Lakers. Yes, Bynum might have some maturity issues and he also might try to pull up for an occasional three-ball. He also has the skills to be a franchise player. Bynum already is the second best center in the league (better than Howard offensively). To me at-least, he is a better player than Gasol now. Barkley also added…
“Can Andrew Bynum be the man? That’s the first question,” Barkley said. “Second question: How [are] him and Doug Collins gonna get together? And the third one is: What do you do with his financial situation?” “I want to see how he’s going to handle the pressure in Philly,” Barkley said. “How him and Doug Collins are going to react — those are legitimate concerns.” via CSN..
That is the BIGGEST question, how are Doug and Bynum going to get along? We already saw how Doug and Turner got along. If Doug let Turner play through his struggles more we would know what we have in Evan. Going into this season there are still questions that need to be answered about Turner.
So Barkley hit the nail right on the head. Doug and Bynum’s relationship is the biggest key to Bynum becoming the player that we all think he can be. Hopefully, Doug is texting him love letters right now. Just saying…