The time has come. The hour is upon us . The “Winless for Wiggins”, “Diggin 4 Wiggins”, or just “Tankadelphia”, whatever you prefer to call it, is about to begin. Will the Sixers make history this year? I mean, will they make run at the worst winning percentage they once held close to their hearts? Well… I am going to go with 17 wins. Last time I looked that is where Vegas had them. Most people I talk too think it will be even less than that. Hey, I will take it .That just means more ping-pong balls coming the Sixers way. That last sentence could be taken in so many different ways.
I was thinking how to do a Sixers preview this year. I could sit here and write a few paragraphs on every player currently on the roster. Nah…I say, I should do a break down on who will last the entire season on this team. Yeah, that sounds more fun. I will go from highest to lowest.
99.9% (I would say 100%, but with Hinkie you never know)
Carter-Williams- The rookie will be thrown to the wolves. He will likely play 30-35 minutes a game. He will turn the ball over a ton and he will be able to create off the dribble for others. I am going to have fun watching him develop. He will have to learn the mental toughness to be a NBA point guard.
Nerlens Noel– As Brown once said, I doubt he will see the floor this year. Of course, I would like to see him out there causing havoc on the defense side of the ball, and a lot less havoc offensively, but it makes sense to get this dude totally healthy.
James Anderson– To be honest, he might be Sixers second or third best player this year. He had a good preseason and won the starting two-guard spot with that. I said it before; he might be the only Sixers that can knock down an open jumper.
Tony Wroten– The Sixers look fully ready to take on the “Wroten Project’ and that makes me happy. Now, just work on that jumper Tony.
Arnett Moultrie– Why is he so high? Well, he is hurt and is out until at least January. Plus, nobody else wants him. I really don’t see the Sixers picking up his option for next year,even if it is only 1.1 million.
Thaddeus Young– It really seems on the surface that Brown wants Thad to stick around through this process. He is the perfect pro for kids to learn from. At the same time though, I hope that Hinkie trades him to a contender. Thad doesn’t deserve this hot-mess. He is the Sixers likely best trading chip. He’s due about 27.4 million over the next three years.
Lavoy Allen– I would put him lower, but I just don’t see any value he has. He is an OK backup big-man. I think he makes it through the year for the Sixers and then they will likely let him walk.
Jason Richardson– J-Rich is going on a hiatus this year. Hinkie found him a nice a little time share in Caribbean. He has a player option for 6.6 million next season. My guess, is that he picks it up. Hey, at least you can still use him in 2K.
Kwame Brown– The only way he leaves the Sixers is if they buy him out. So I figured to go 50/50. What? They are tanking…
Evan Turner– Turner is in line to have a solid year. The main reason for that is the current state of this roster. Brown did say there were only six NBA players on this roster. His number should go up. By the way, I know most of you can’t stand Turner, but he is one of those players Brown was talking about. The Sixers have until Thursday to pick up Turners option for next year. If they don’t (which they likely won’t), Turner becomes even more valuable. EXPIRING contract.
Spencer Hawes– I have said it a millions times. Hawes does have some value. He is a big-man that can shoot and pass. He would be solid first big-man off the bench for a playoff team. Yes, I said that correctly. I know, I cant’t stand him either. He is in his last year of his contract at 6.5 million. You know what that means.
Daniel Orton- I could see him lasting the year, strictly off his size (6-10, 275 lbs). Other than that reason, I have no clue.
Darius Morris– I am a little bitter about him beating out Wyatt but it is what it is. Really don’t feel like writing about this dude. Maybe a playoff team could use a third point-guard?
Hollis Thompson– One of those guys lucky to make it out of training camp, even on a Sixers team like this.
Brandon Davies- The 22-year-old, power-forward was signed by the Clippers in early September and was waived by them just a few days back. He was suspended from BYU’s team in 2012 for having sex with girl.
Many people have said and written about it. This year is about finding individuals that fit this team moving forward. I am expecting a lot of shuffling with this roster before years end. The Sixers have only 21.3 million committed to players next season, according to HoopsHype.com (Noel, MCW, Turner, J-Rich, Wroten, Thad, and Moultrie); though Moultrie and Wroten’s contracts for next year are a team option. We will know by Thursday with Turner (8.7 million qualifying offer). Like I said before, J-Rich has a player option for 6.6 million. Sixers are going to have a ton of money in the future and likely a lot of “Ping-Pong” balls. On The Road For More Balls…
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…
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.
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.
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 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.
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 ” 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 “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.
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.
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.
As we are all waiting for training camp to open, I have decided to go through some of the highlights from “Media Day”. Gotta love media day. That’s when the players and the media play “nice, nice” with each other. It really is rather cute.
–Chris Vito of the Daily Times reported that Kwame Brown (who is injured already) entered through the PCOM doors with a plate full of food in the very beginning of the day. Glad to see Kwame working hard on that new Brett Brown rule of being in top shape. Kwame being Kwame.
-Hey, guess what? Royce White is not afraid to fly after all. He said that his afraid of flying is a big misconception. He said that he will fly when he has to, drive when he can. He also said that he he will make the trip to plans to Europe. Interesting.
-Some of the media members asked Nerlens Noel about his flat-top. They asked him if he thought that his hair style would become a Sixers-wide fad. Noel’s reply, “Nah, they’re all grown men.” Shit, sounds like I am asking these questions.
-I do love me some Khalif Wyatt, but the dude already is rocking Jrue’s old number 11. Yes, I know, let it go Joe.
-We found out that Arnett Moultrie had ankle surgery yesterday. He suffered left ankle medial malleolus injury and is likely out until January. We also found out that J-Rich is likely out until January. Saw that coming.
-Evan Turner was asked about his take on the Holiday trade. Turner: “just shocked we traded Jrue” via Philly.com. Turner also said how it took guts by Sam Hinkie to pull off the trade.
-Speaking of Hinkie, he had the quote of the day. Hinkie was talking about how he thought that camp would be competitive. He talked about this: “You’ll eat what you kill”. Well, then…
– I spoke too soon. Highlight of the day? Well, that goes to Turner. Why? Take a looksie…
When you’re talking Sixers, you’re talking non-guaranteed, minimum contracts. That is basically what the Sixers have done since trading Jrue Holiday. I mean, it is smart on their part. Next year’s draft class is Exhibit A for that ( Wiggins, Parker, and Randle). I have said it before, I am not crazy about the tanking thing, but in the NBA sometimes it must be done. David Stern doesn’t like taking credit for that.
The Sixers have brought in undrafted rookies, players that haven’t found their niche yet (likely never will), and veterans desperately trying to stay in the league. That adds up to non-guaranteed contracts, partial guaranteed contracts, some guaranteed contracts and barely reaching the cap floor. That is the ultimate tanking job. Well, done Mr. Hinkie…
Training camp is upon us (opens Saturday) and with that said lets take a look at one of the most interesting Sixers rosters ever assemble. This is going to be a fun year. I say the Sixers win 17-22 games. Too much?
I figure to begin with the players that actually are guaranteed to make this roster, unless Hinkie decides to say no, and just trades everyone. It could happen.
PG- Michael Carter-Williams – The 6-6 point guard is one of the youngsters that Hinkie is relying on to be part of the future. The kid has good vision and can get to the rack. He struggles with his jumper and turning the ball over.
C- Nerlens Noel – The Kentucky product should just sit out until he is fully healthy from his ACL injury. Even if that means the entire season.
PF/SF- Thaddeus Young – The heart and soul of the Sixers. A good guy to have around for youngsters to learn from.
PF/C- Spencer Hawes – Can you say traded by the deadline? Yes, Sixers fans. He does have some value. As much as he drives us insane, he does have skills for a big-man.
PF- Arnett Moultrie – If he wants to stay in the NBA, there is no better time than now to prove it.
PF- Lavoy Allen– Remember that time when we thought that Lavoy maybe could be a starter in this league? He is a decent backup.
SG- Jason Richardson– I did read a report that the Sixers may ask him to sit out the year. Hinkie is a funny dude…
G/SF- Evan Turner– The Sixers “whipping-boy”. Some thought that he would have been gone already. Does Hinkie actually like Turner? Or does he not know what value Turner has in the trade market. I sure as hell have no clue.
PG- Tony Wroten– This dude is intriguing as hell. He has size (6-6) and is very athletic. He sees the floor well, BUT the guy can’t shoot. That is a recurring thing on this team.
C-Kwame Brown- Giving this guy a guaranteed contact is the ultimate “tanking” move. Just start him at center every game.
Partial Guaranteed Contracts
PG- Khalif Wyatt- I love me some Wyatt. If Wyatt wants to make this team or stay in this league, he should be watching Andre Miller game tape’s .
PG-Darius Morris– Well, he did play for the Lakers at least.
C-Tim Ohlbrecht- Who? The center appeared in just 3 NBA games for the Houston Rockets. The 25 year-old is a German professional basketball. Hooray, for the Deutschland!!
PF- Royce White– Actually, I have no clue where to put this dude at. I guess, I can say that he is a partially guaranteed contact. He is expected to be in camp. I really don’t even know where to start with this talented, but trouble dude.
Non- Guaranteed Contracts
SF/PF- Arsalan Kazemi – Reportedly, signed a contract overseas in Iran. I would love to see him stay. Love his grit.
SG-James Anderson– The former first round pick by the Spurs (20th overall), has played three seasons in the NBA. He has played for the Spurs and Rockets
G-Vander Blue– The former Marquette guard, is an outstanding athlete. His name is awesome.
SF- Hollis Thompson- The 6-8 swing-man out of Georgetown, He spent last year with the Thunder’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers.
The Sixers may go up to 20 guys on the training camp roster. As of now, 19 where it stands and this is where the journey for Wiggins begins…
The Flat-Top has officially arrived. In case you missed it, Nerlens Noel was introduced today by the Sixers and Sam Hinkie. That should make the media happy that Hinkie talked and that he spoke about the Sixers head coaching job. Hinkie’s response to a media member asking why it’s taking so long to name a coach:
“I’m only trying to do what I think is right,” Hinkie said, “which is to build something that our owners want and I think that I want and I think our fans want – which is to build something that is lasting and build something that is special with a capital ‘S.’” via CSN.
So you really didn’t answer the question there Sam. Anything else? What about Michael Curry and Brett Brown, a reporter asked. Hinkie:
“It’s a process,” Hinkie said. “We’re going to follow a really methodical approach.”
Let me take that back. The media is probably even more irritated now. Buckle Up Sixers fans, I don’t think this head coaching ride will be over anytime soon. Now back to the Flat-Top. What up Noel!
Good Morning Philadelphia !!
— Nerlens Noel (@NerlensNoel3) July 23, 2013
Someone has to help this dude find a barber. He said he would get the Sixers logo carved into the back of his head, if he finds one. This dude really is bringing back the early 1990’s with his Flat-Top and carvings on the back of his head. All he needs now is a Starter Hat and some Overall Jeans Shorts to go with it.
Haha…That Dykstra cameo, Priceless.
Even though Noel won’t likely play until December or January, I still was excited to watch his presser. Noel talked about how excited he is to play with his former AAU team-mate Michael Carter-Williams. Noel:
How could you think of that?” Sam (Hinkie) is just a genius to get two players that already played together and have a great relationship.” via PhillyBurbs
Noel also talked about his rehab. Noel:
(I’m) definitely being patient,” Noel said. “I want to be playing in April and June. I don’t want to risk anything now to not have a long career here in Philadelphia. I’ll definitely do my best to bring championships and a lot of success to this city.”
The Sixers should let this dude get complete healthy even if it means having him sitting out the entire year. Here is the complete presser
First off, I would like to apologies to Sam Hinkie for calling him a “Buddhist Monk” on a silent vowel. Going into this draft I was excited and frustrated. I know that is a helluva combination. Well, those feelings changed quickly once the draft started. I have to hand it to Hinkie, the dude came out swinging. Trading your best player and so called future of your franchise? Hinkie acting like a boss.
When the trade went down for Nerlens Noel I was confused as hell. I couldn’t believe that Jrue was part of the deal. My heading was spinning. The Sixers also received a first round pick in 2014 (Top 3 protected). As soon as that traded started to sink in the Sixers were drafting PG Michael Carter-Williams. I needed a drink by then. I didn’t realize there was a lot more to come. While the Sixers were making another trade to acquire South Dakota SG Nate Wolters at No. 38, Hinkie named Brett Brown the Sixers new head coach, according to CSNPhilly.
As I was righting this Hinkie makes another trade. Yes, try to keep up because I can’t. The Sixers traded Wolters to the Bucks for 6″6′ SG Ricky Ledo out of Providence. Ledo was selected by the Bucks with 43rd pick. Then Hinkies decides to trade Ledo for PF Arsalan Kazemi (Oregon). Kazemi was picked by the Wizards (for the Sixers) at 54.
I am not even sure if I got all that right. What a wild night. Before I get to the players, let me touch on Brown real quick. Brown has been with the Spurs since July 2002 and moved to the bench as an assistant coach before the start of the 2006-07 season. Before Brown was with the Spurs he coached 14 seasons (9 as HC) in the Australasia National Basketball League. Brown led the Aussies to a seventh-place finish in the 2012 London Olympic Games. He has been under “Pop” the past 7 years, so I like this idea. Though now Hinkie denies naming a coach yet. Seriously, I can’t keep up. I am just leaving what I wrote about Brown in here. Whatever…
Moving on to the players now. Noels is a force defensively, though he is very raw offensively. He might be out until Christmas time with his torn ACL. Carter-Willams has great vision even better than Jrue, though Carter-Williams struggles with his jumper. Arsalan is decent at attacking the rim. The 6’7″ PF is the first Iranian drafted in the NBA.
Lastly, I will miss Jrue. He was the one guy you could enjoy watching this year on a team that was unwatchable. Jrue should have some fun with Anthony Davis. Wishing, Jrue the best of luck.
Some might not like this move. The bottom line is that the Sixers were not going to win with Jrue anytime soon and he had the most value. Sometimes you need to take a step back before you move forward.
To recap, the Sixers acquire Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, Arsalan Kazemi, a 2014 1st round pick from New Orleans, and two 2014 2nd round picks from Milwaukee and Dallas. I need sleep.
Hinkie got his head out of the spread sheet finally and stopped his silence. He just dropped a bomb. The Sixers sent Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for Nerlens Noel and 2014 first-round pick. The pick is Top 3 protected. You have to be shitting me. This draft is insane. I don’t even know what to think right now. I can’t believe Jrue is gone. What the fuck.. Well, Andrew Wiggins here we come..
If you don’t know much about Noel here is a scouting report.
One of the best pure shot blockers to come along in a number of years … He’s a more explosive leaper and has better on ball shot blocking ability than last year’s UK freshman intimidator Anthony Davis. While Davis had a little better lateral speed and ability to get to shots as a weakside defender, Noel’s ability to deny his man any daylight to the rim and be a rim protector makes him even more dominant, and a potential defensive enforcer for the NBA … An elite level athlete with great quickness and explosive leaping ability … Great length, reported 7’4 wingspan …
Offensively, Noel’s game is rudimentary. He has shown some development but the general perception is that he will never be a strong offensive player, instead he impacts games with his defense, rebounding and athleticism … Won’t be able to “out-athleticize” opponents for baskets at the next level the way he has in college … Scores mainly on put backs and dunks when he gets a clear path to the basket, or when teammates are able to create for him Via NBADraft.com