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Sixers Balls: The Race For More Balls..

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Well, I just took notice that I haven’t written anything in about 4 months. Unfortunately, “Real-Life” got in the way, but now I am back. I am refreshed, recharged, and ready to talk about some balls. I mean, a lot of balls.  OK, fine. I will be professional for a split-second. I am obviously talking about Lottery Balls. The date that every Sixers fan should have circled is May 20, 2014.

That is a “Date Which Will Live in Infamy“, to quote  FDR. I will tell you what, if it doesn’t, I will cry like baby to mother or go play with on-coming traffic. I mean, shit we (Sixers Fans) deserve nothing less than a TOP TWO pick. Right?  After all we been through this season. The 21 players and counting the Sixers and Hinkie have rolled out at the Wells Fargo Center. The Darius Johnson-Odom’s, Brandon Davies’, and the Daniel Orton’s of the world. I really don’t want to list anymore. The basketball gods have to be looking down on the Sixers fans. They have to be.

With all my whining going on in this post, I figured to check out how the race for the most balls are going. Lets begin..

Milwaukee Bucks

1.  Bucks  13-55 (25% chance of the first pick)

Remaining Home Games: Lakers, Heat, Raptors, Pacers, Cavs, and Hawks

Remaining Away Games: Warriors, Kings, Clippers, Pistons, Heat, Bulls, Wiz, and Raptors.

OK, I am trying to find enough wins for this team. They have a chance against the Lakers at home and even the Cavs (Irving out).  Maybe the Pistons on the road? Probably pushing it there. Considering the Bucks have 5 road wins all year. After that, I don’t see another “W” unfortunately. Hawks are battling the Knicks for that great 8th seed in the East, but maybe the have that 8th seed rapped up and they “rest” their starters on the last game of the season. Let’s just say that happens.  The Bucks go 3-11 the rest of the way.

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2. Sixers  15-52 (19.9% chance of the first pick)

Remaining Home Games: Bulls, Knicks, Pistons, Bobcats, Nets, and Celtics

Remaining Away Games: Bulls, Spurs, Rockets, Hawks, Celtics, Raptors, Griz, Bobcats, and Heat.

As much as people think that the Sixers will not win another game the rest of the year, I still think that they have a chance at  two. Then again…. I have them splitting with the Celtics and maybe beating the Pistons. After that, I have nothing else. I mean,  I guess they could just maybe, beat the Knicks at home. Though I really don’t see that happening. I think that 2 wins the rest of the way is a decent gauge. The Sixers go 2-13 the rest of the way.

Orlando Magic

3. Magic   19-49 (15.6% chance for the first pick)

Remaining Home Games: Portland, Bobcats, Raptors, Cavs, Minny, Nets, Wiz, and Pacers.

Remaining Away Games: Suns, Jazz, Lakers, Bobcats, Nets, and Bulls.

I have to figure that the Magic have a couple of home wins in them. They are not completely terrible at home (15-18).  I really don’t see them catching the Sixers and/or the Bucks. The Magic roster is just not as bad as those two teams.  Not sure why I am even writing about them. This thing is a two-team race for more balls. I will say, just for fun, that they go 4-10 the rest of the way.

The Rest: Celtics (10.4%), Jazz (10.3%), Lakers (6.3%) 

In ending..

The Sixers (17-65) and Bucks (16-66). Every Sixers fan will NEVER forgive Evan Turner for that game winner that hit the rim about thousands times, if it ends up this way. In case of a tie, here is how that works out:

In the event that teams finish with the same record, each tied team receives the average of the total number of combinations for the positions that they occupy. In 2007, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers tied for the sixth worst record. The average of the 6th and 7th positions in the lottery was taken, resulting in each team getting 53 combinations (the average of 63 and 43). Should the average number not be an integer, a coin flip is then used to determine which team or teams receive the extra combination(s). The result of the coin flip is also used to determine who receives the earlier pick in the event that neither of the tied teams wins one of the first three picks via the lottery. via SBNation.com

So yeah, let’s hope the Sixers don’t win another game.  Plus, I always suck at predicting shit.

Contributor: Marc Davis (Editing)

Sixers Balls: Highlights From Media Day, Turner Wins…

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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.

Let’s begin…

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…

Sixers Balls: Camp is upon us..

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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.

          Guaranteed Contracts

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.

SF/G-Rodney Williams– The undrafted wing out of Minnesota is a good athlete. He did run the floor well in the summer league. Just saying… 

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…

 

Sixers Balls: Nerlens Noel presser and bringing back the early 1990’s

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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-TopWhat up Noel!

 

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

Sixers Balls: Hinkie Loves His Rockets. Open Tryouts Begin…

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Hinkie keeps bringing in former Rockets. The latest is James Anderson and Tim Ohlbrecht , who were released by the Houston Rockets. The Sixers claimed them off waivers.

Anderson is a 6-foot-6, 215-pound shooting guard who will be entering his fourth NBA season in 2013-14. The 24-year-old was drafted 20th overall by the Spurs in the 2010 draft. He has played for the Spurs, in the D-League, and the Rockets. He played in 39 games for Houston last season and averaged 3.8 ppg and 1.8 rbg. Anderson was a big-time scorer for OklahomaState in College. Get excited people.

Tim Ohlbrecht is a 6-foot-11, 255-pound center. As a undrafted rookie last season he played in just three games for the Rockets. The 24-year-old is a native of Germany and played professionally in his homeland.  Hooray for the Deutschland! To be honest, I actually never heard of the guy.

The Sixers should just have open tryouts this year. Who wants in? This guy right here does…

Sixers Balls: Hinkie was looking for Assets and got them

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The dust has settled after the most entertaining Sixers draft in a long time (maybe ever).  I would be lying to you if I didn’t tell you that losing Jrue is still bothering me. I’ve had a lot of people ask why in the world would Hinkie trade a 23-year old All-Star point guard for a guy that is coming with an ACL injury (Noel), then draft a point guard that can’t shoot (Carter-Williams).  It’s a fair question. I have even thought about that myself and the only thing I can come up with is “Assets”.

When I say assets I mean value in players. I put myself in Hinkie’s shoes. He took over a franchise that had no direction (thanks to the Bynum fiasco), not much talent on the roster, and fan base that was hanging on by a thread. The Sixers needed a shake up in the worst way and Hinkie knew it from day one in office. Hinkie looked down this roster and saw one guy with any real value around the league. Unfortunately, that was Jrue Holiday.  Spencer Hawes has some value (sorry to say it, but he does), Thad Young likely has a decent amount of value but not enough to garner the package the Sixers got for Jrue.  Evan Turner’s value? Who the hell knows. He looked to be traded a few times on draft night and nothing happen. Other then those three players nobody else would have any value.

So it came down to Jrue. Do I think that the Sixers could’ve built around Jrue?  Yes, but it would have likely taken longer.  Hinkie saw a team with one asset and he turned that one asset into two. Say what you want, if Noel hadn’t torn his ACL he would have likely gone number one overall. Some people have called him another Andrew Bynum. I totally disagree with that statement. Bynum has no cartilage and a degenerative knee condition. That is complete different than a torn ACL.

You have  Al Harrington, David West, Jamal Crawford, Kendrick Perkins, and Al Jefferson just to name a few who have been just as good after tearing their ACL’s. Obviously, everyone’s body is different but Noel is just 19- years old and he should be fine. What could be even more important is Hinkie acquired a 1st round pick in next year’s draft. The 2014 draft class is considered to be the deepest draft since the 2003 draft (LeBron, Melo ,Wade, Bosh,  and West).

I have said it before, sometimes you have to take a step back (maybe two or three) to move forward. Hinkie was looking for more assets for a team that barely had any and it looks like he accomplished that.

Sixers Balls: Aron out as CEO and still no Coach.

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So the Draft is a few days away and the Sixers still don’t have a Head Coach and now they just fired their CEO.  At the very least, the Sixers are trying to make thinks interesting.  Howard Eskin was the first one to report that Adam Aron is out with the Sixers.

Eskin’s early reports are confirmed by Keith Pompey of the Inquirer:

The 76ers have fired chief executive officer Adam Aron, a league source confirmed Monday afternoon.

I meet Adam Aaron a few times from working down at Wells Fargo. He was a nice and polite guy.  At the end of the day, that doesn’t help you keep your job.  Adam tried everything he could to interact with Sixer fans, via twitter or taking calls from them on WIP.  We will never forget his failure to make “Phil E. Moose” the mascot though.  He tried so hard for that moose.  The main reason why Aron is gone is the Bynum fiasco.  Aron will not take blame for the actual trade, though he will take blame for the way he handle it “PR” wise.  All of the billboards that he placed everywhere in the city. The Constitution Center celebration and the tickets sales that he generated from the trade were the reasons for his firing.  All of that came back to smack him in the face.

Hinkie is cleaning house. It could be a good thing or a bad thing, only time will tell.   One thing seems to be sure about Hinkie, he likes to have a shit load of work to do (Coach, CEO, and Draft). By the way, there are reports out that MSG executive Scott O’neil could be Aron’s replacement.

Sixers Balls: Trying to be patient here.

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I am trying to be patient. I am trying to understand that the Sixers don’t have a head coach. I AM TRYING… Hinkie deserves a chance. Yes, I am frustrated with the Sixers not having a coach yet, but I might be taking my years of frustration out on this situation. It does it irritate me when someone says; it doesn’t matter about the coach. That he is not drafting the players.

How can you say it doesn’t matter? The GM makes the picks anyway? The coach should have some say. It’s almost like having a house built, without you knowing how they’re going to build it. Are you going to jump right into that home? I know I am not going too.  You want some say in your house even with the experts building it. It’s only going get harder to find a coach, if this situation continues to drag on.

Coaches like to have players that fit their style. But to some that doesn’t matter. Here is a quote from a CSNPhilly writer John Gonzalez. First of all, I don’t even know why I read this dude’s article. I might be dumber for it. Gonzalez:

Even if a new coach weren’t happy with the Sixers’ draft pick, he might not be happy about the players already on the roster.

Huh? This dude… Of course he might not like this roster. He will tell the GM what style he likes to play and the GM will try to get players that fit into that style through free agency/trades, if it makes sense.

I got into a conversation yesterday on twitter with a guy I respect.  He basically said, that he has no idea what not having a coach for the draft means. That he can’t say it is or isn’t  an ideal situation. He also said that he wouldn’t just dismiss it either. He finished with saying that the draft is a week away. That is more important right now.

I can agree with that. I just can’t agree with someone saying it’s not a big deal, because it could be.

Sixers Balls: Can Hinkie help Turner?

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Can Hinkie help Turner? What a weak headline there Joseph. Apologies… Ben Goldberg-Morse of the Philly Inquirer thinks that Hinkie might be able to get more production out of a Jrue and….Get ready for it, Evan Turner.

BREAKING:  The Sixers struggled to score last season. They shot just 44.4 percent from the field and ranked 30th in the league in team scoring (93.2 ppg). The Sixers also lead the NBA in attempts from inefficient areas. What does that mean? A lot of dumb shots and as “Sabr” guys would say, “Long-Two’s”.

If you watched the Sixers this past year, you didn’t have to look up those numbers. You already knew about their bad shot selection. Thanks, Swaggy! Now, if only Hinkie really can fix Turner. I will never say a bad thing about the guy. EVER.

Personally, I think Turner should learn to play in the post more. He has good enough vision to pass out of the post, if doubled. He also has the size and strength to post up smaller guards. Say what you want, Turner at the very least last season developed a solid corner three-ball.

Now, if only Turner wasn’t such a head case and learned to actually finish around the rim better. The dude just worries about drawing contact, instead of actually finishing.

And Yes, I am still a fan of Turner. I might be the only one left.

Sixers Balls: Next head coach should tell us what direction the Sixers are heading

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Are the Sixers close to a head coach yet?  I would hope so. Jeff Hornacek was just hired by the Suns. The Bobcats hired Lakers assistant Steve Clifford and the Bucks are closing in on a new candidate.

The next head coach should give us an idea of what direction the Sixers are heading in. If they name a first time head coach, it could mean that they’re looking to “add” then to “shed” contracts for the up coming 2013-14 season, according to Ric Bucher.  

Bucher thinks that a first time coach would likely stay away from a losing situation. He might be right.  If the Sixers intend to cut their payroll and shoot for a high lottery pick in the loaded 2014 draft that could easily scare off a first time head coach.  On the other hand, a “seasoned” coach may understand the situation and be more willing to forfeit a few years for the better of the franchise.

Going by Hinkie’s track record in Houston, it would seem that he might be looking at a transition year. Signing players to one-year deals and trying to load-up on draft picks.

The 2014 free agent class is more talented than this year’s class and the Sixers could have plenty of cap space with Hawes, Turner, Allen, and Kwame all likely coming off the books in 2014. Hinkie might also have Andrew Wiggins “fever”.

I have never been a fan of “Tanking”, for the simple reason that it doesn’t guarantee anything. Just ask the Orlando Magic about that. Like I said before, the next coach should give us an idea of what the Sixers are thinking.