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Sixers Balls: Player Rankings..

Funny Grandma playing basketball

ESPN finished their player rankings of 500 NBA players.  Guess who is not in the Top Ten or even in the Top Twenty?  Any Sixers of course, but that would be Mr. Kobe Bryant. Where does he fall?  Well, he fell down to number 25 in ESPN’s hearts. Yes, I get that Kobe has a ton of wear and tear on him. Yes, I know that he is coming off a major injury.  I get it.  Though to have Chris Bosh, John Wall, and Al Hordford (love that dude, but come on) ahead of him is absurd. Honestly, I never even liked Kobe, but I respect the hell out of him.  Hey, maybe they’re right? Maybe age and his injuries have finally caught up to him.   I will wait to see him on the court before I knock him off the peddle stool.

Since I am talking about the player rankings, lets see where our “Lovely’ Sixers roster fits in.  Lets Begin…

Thad Young Sixers

First up is Thad Young at #89. He was ranked at #91 last year. I would love to see Thad stay through this whole rebuilding process. He is one of those guys that young players can learn from, but most importantly learn how to be a professional. At the same time, I hope another team can rescue him from this hot-mess. Thad deserves it.

Evan Turner Sixers

Next the incumbent Evan Turner at #148. He was ranked at #119 last year. I mean, where do I begin with him?  His numbers will likely go up, because of his surrounding cast but does that even mean that he improved? Most likely not, though I am a “rare’ fan of Turner and we are almost extinct. If Evan is ever going to blossom this will be his last chance.  If not, all of us Turner fans will be extinct.

Spencer hawes

Another fan favorite for ripping Mr. Spencer Hawes at #179. He was ranked at #118 last season. Well, damn. That’s a nice little drop off. Fans love to make fun of Spencer. Yes, I will include myself in this one. Though in a league that has few decent big-men, Spencer still has value. He can knock down an open jumper and has nice passing skills for a big-man.  Personally, I could see him gone by the deadline.

Michael Carter-williams

Michael Carter-Williams comes in at #198 in his rookie year. He is one thing to look forward to this season. The kid has excellent vision and can get to the rim. The down side? Turnovers and his jumper. It’s all about development.

Nerlens Noel Philadelphia Sixers

Another rookie  would be Nerlens Noel at #221. The number 6 overall pick (might have been #1 if he didn’t get hurt), will likely miss the entire season, while rehabbing his knee.  It’s not a bad thing either. Let him get 100%.  Or Hinkie said to him, you’re sitting out this year, because this doesn’t mean shit anyway. I like to think he said it that way. 

Lavoy Allen Philadelphia Sixers

Lavoy ” I have narcolepsy ” Allen comes in at #272. He was ranked #232 last season. Really not much to say about this dude, other than he is an OK backup and that he apparently over sleeps a lot.

Jason Richardson Philadelphia Sixers

The veteran Jason Richardson at #290. He was ranked #121 last season.  Even at his age and the fact that Hinkie asked him to kick-back this season, he shouldn’t be this low.

Tony Wroten- Philadelphia Sixers

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Another player to watch is Tony Wroten coming in at #341.  He was ranked at #379 during his rookie season. He will almost certainly move up the charts, by his increased playing time and his energy and size. If he actually develops a jumper, he could make a big jump.

Arnett Moultrie Philadelphia Sixers

Arnett Moultrie is next at #346. He was ranked at #400 last season. Moultrie was about to receive his chance this year, but he is out until at least January with an ankle injury.

James Anderson Philadelphia Sixers

James Anderson comes in at #429. He was ranked at #424 last season. The 4th year shooting guard has been having solid preseason for the Sixers. He looks to have won the starting 2-guard for the Sixers. Has a decent jumper.

Kwame Brown Philadelphia Sixers

Not sure how this dude is ranked above anyone but Kwame Brown is ranked at #450. He was ranked at #332 last season. I mean, the only way to top-off “Tanking” mode is to have Kwame start at center this year.

Arsalan Kazemi Philadelphia Sixers

Arsalan Kazemi is next at #466. Ummm, some how he was ranked at #193 last year, even though he was playing in college.  He’s got skillzzz… I am sad to see him playing overseas. I still don’t understand why, but I guess he wanted to be closer to home. Loved his energy during the summer league.
Tim Ohlbrecht Philadelphia Sixers

Tim “I have been cut already” Ohlbrecht is ranked at #495. He was ranked at …Well, he wasn’t ranked last year and for some reason he got ranked this year.

Royce White  Philadelphia Sixers

Who wins Mr. Irreverent? That would be Mr. Royce White at #500.  He actually was ranked at # 290 last season. He does like to foul a lot. Sorry, that’s all I got for him right now.

RECAP

So the Sixers have 14 players ranked in the top 500 players. One being number 500. Two, who are not even playing in the league, and four players ranked 450 or lower. If that’s not “tanking” I don’t know what is. 

LeBron was number one obviously, followed by Durant, CP3, Harden, Westbrook, Curry, Dwight, Irving, D-Rose, and to finish the Top Ten Marc Gasol at number 10.

 

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Check out my article on Woody Paige of ESPN’s website and the new guys of PhillyTugger..

I’m sorry but I am about to give myself a shout out here. One of my articles that I wrote was posted on Woody Paige of ESPN’s website.  Here is the link to my article, Bynum’s Sixers Era. That’s enough about me. I also would like to announce a new members of PhillyTugger. Here they are:

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Sixers Balls…Bynum’s ESPN Ranking/Sixers Complete Rankings/Gadzuric invited to camp

ESPN released their 15th-12th rankings today. I original thought that Bynum would have been in between the 15th-20th spots for the ESPN rankings. He was named number 13 in the rankings.  Blake Griffin was number 14 and Rajon Rondo was number 12. That is a solid ranking for Bynum. If everything goes to plan this year he will likely crack the top ten next year. That would bold well for the Sixers.

In other news the Sixers have invited forward Dan Gadzuric to training camp. He worked out for them today, according to John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Gadzuric was traded by the Knicks in July in a sign and trade to the Trail Blazers. He was waived by the Blazers right after. The 34 year old has appeared in 527 NBA games and has averaging 4.7 PPG and 4.4 RPG.

Here is the Sixers complete rankings now that Bynum’s ranking has come out….

#13- Center, Andrew Bynum. Arguably, the second best center in the game. The best offensive center in the game. If he is ranked in the Top Ten next year, that means all is good in Sixers land. Well, of course he has to sign here…

#73- Guard, Jrue Holiday. If he can takeoff this year the Sixers will be at another level.

#91- Forward, Thaddeus Young. He is aiming for that starting PF spot. I am rooting for you bro.

#118- Center, Spencer Hawes. Mr.Softy higher than my boy ET? Me not like..

#119- Guard/Forward, Evan Turner. Break-out year? Please be or I will look like a moron.

#121- Guard, Jason Richardson. The VET still has some game left.

#165- Guard, Nick Young. Should be the first guy off the bench…SWAG..

#182 – Forward, Dorell Wright .He can knock down an open three-ball Sixers Fans!

#232 – Forward, Lavoy Allen. He had the biggest jump in rankings out of any player. He was Mr. Irrelevant last year #500.

#332 – Center, Kwame Brown. Well, he is Kwame Brown.

#375 – Guard, Royal Ivey. Seriously, how could this dude ever be ahead of anyone?

#400 – Forward, Arnett Moultrie. Rookie hazing….

Sixers Balls…ESPN Rankings…Bynum/Moultrie Update

I would like to announce that I will be at every Sixers home game this year. I was hired as a court-side runner. Fine, you can just call me someone’s bitch if you want. Hopefully, I don’t get fired for watching the game instead of doing my job.

We are just a couple of weeks away from one of the biggest seasons in a long time for the Sixers. They open up training camp on October 2. I see this team falling anywhere between the 5th seed to the 3rd seed. If Jrue and Evan develop they could go as high as the number 2 seed. Stop calling me homer! Seriously, it could happen. Though I think they will need time to learn to play together after a major roster shakeup. For the first time in a long time the Sixers look like a “REAL” balance team.

Here is some injury updates..

Arnett Moultrie

He is still bothered by his high ankle sprain that he hurt while working out for teams prior to the draft. He has not been able to play five on five yet, so obviously he has put on some pounds. What a fat-ass…He will be fine.

Andrew Bynum- Well, he will throw out the first pitch on Sunday against the Braves, according to the 700level.  So how are his knees? I can tell you that he had the procedure done last week, according to the Courier-Post. The procedure was taking place Monday through Friday. The procedure was done like this..

“The treatment takes blood from Bynum’s knees and cartilage, and then makes a specific syrum that is re-injected back into his knees around the patella. The assesment will take a week and Bynum will be back in time for training camp before the beginning of pre-season.”

All is well…

Most know by now, but if you don’t ESPN is ranking all players from No. 500 to No. 1. You can follow all the discussion at #NBArank on twitter. As ESPN usually does, they have pissed me off with some of the rankings. They had Andrei Kirilenko ranked #79. The dude did not even play in the NBA last year. STUPID. Though they did do a solid job overall with it. They are now down to the Top 25 players. Bynum is the only Sixer whose ranking has not come out yet. He should fall anywhere between the 15th-20th spot. The rankings should be out in the next day or so. Old friend Andre Iguodala is ranked #28

Here is the rest of the Sixers bunch..

#73- Guard, Jrue Holiday. If he can take off this year the Sixers will be at another level.

#91- Forward, Thaddeus Young. He is aiming for that starting PF spot. I am rooting for you bro.

#118- Center, Spencer Hawes. Mr.Softy higher than my boy ET? Me not likey..

#119- Guard/Forward, Evan Turner. Break-out year? Please be or I will look like a moron.

#121- Guard, Jason Richardson. The VET still has some game left.

#165- Guard, Nick Young. Should be the first guy off the bench…SWAG..

#182 – Forward, Dorell Wright .He can knock down an open three-ball Sixers Fans!

#232 – Forward, Lavoy Allen. He had the biggest jump in rankings out of any player. He was Mr. Irrelevant last year #500.

#332 – Center, Kwame Brown. Well, he is Kwame Brown.

#375 – Guard, Royal Ivey. Seriously, how could this dude ever be ahead of anyone?

#400 – Forward, Arnett Moultrie. Rookie hazing….

Sixers Balls…. Elton Brand Gone already? ESPN thinks so..

Here is little interesting thing I found. ESPN has the Sixers 2012-13 roster already up to date. Though there is someone missing.  So Brand is already gone from the Sixers? Hmmm…I know for a fact that the Sixers have yet to decide to amnesty him. Or does ESPN already know something we don’t. They most likely had another ‘Chink in the Armor” mistake.. Sorry, could not resist. Here is the link to ESPN’s roster.

 Philadelphia 76ers Roster – 2012-13

TEAM ROSTER
NO. NAME POS AGE HT WT COLLEGE 2012-2013 SALARY
0 Moe Harkless SF 19 6-8 210 St. John’s
11 Jrue Holiday PG 22 6-4 180 UCLA $1,741,440
9 Andre Iguodala SF 28 6-6 207 Arizona $13,531,750
0 Arnett Moultrie PF 21 6-10 230 Mississippi State
12 Evan Turner SG 23 6-7 205 Ohio State $4,947,840
8 Nikola Vucevic C 21 7-0 240 USC $1,645,440
21 Thaddeus Young F 24 6-8 220 Georgia Tech $7,478,261
Coach: Doug Collins