Category Archive: Analysis

Feb 21 2015

From Carter-Williams To Canaan

Advanced stats verdict: MCW and Canaan aren't good NBA point guards right now.

“It was all good just a week ago.”

Well, kinda. Things in Sixer Land — at least on the court — started looking up in the days leading into the extended All-Star break; Philadelphia had won four of its last eight games, the team was boasting the league’s eighth-best defensive efficiency in 2015, Michael Carter-Williams was finally learning to pass a basketball, and K.J. McDaniels was dunking on everything in sight. Some manifestation of slight progress finally came to fruition after that rocky 0-17 start, and there was hope that this team could potentially silence its most ardent detractors … Read the rest

Jan 28 2015

Can We All Give Jerami Grant A Hug?

Jerami Grant: the Sixers second-best 3-point shooter. Jerami Grant: averages 1.1 blocks per game.

Raise your hand if these are two things you didn’t expect to see coming. The 6-foot-8 forward is a work in progress, much like the team he plays for, but the promise is there. Due to an ankle injury he didn’t play his first NBA game until late November, and most of December was forgettable, with Grant averaging 3.8 points per game, shooting under 30 percent from the field and 3-point line. He did show some flashes including 11 points, seven boards and three blocks against … Read the rest

Jan 25 2015

Life Without Tony Wroten

What seemed to be nothing more than a measly knee sprain has turned into the nightmare scenario. The Sixers announced Friday that Tony Wroten has a partial ACL tear and will be out indefinitely. The 6-foot-6 guard will most likely miss the rest of this season, as well as Jamal Crawford’s summer Pro-Am league in Seattle, training camp, preseason, and possibly a significant chunk of the 2015-16 campaign.

While it’s not the end of the world for Wrecking Ball Wroten — ACL tears no longer dismantle the careers as the once did to the Bernard Kings of the world … Read the rest

Jan 15 2015

Too Many Rooks?

Image by William Brasington. (Photos from here.)

How the Sixers are managing their overabundance of underwhelming talent

Last June, the Sixers made seven draft selections. This June, as it stands, they’re due to make six more, with two first-rounders and four in the second. As part of the equation, six players — Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Tony Wroten, Jerami Grant and Furkan Aldemir — have guaranteed contracts on the books for next season, with K.J. McDaniels’ impending restricted free agency and Robert Covington’s emergence as a viable piece. Hollis Thompson and JaKarr Sampson — both with cheap, team-options through 2016-17 — could also hang around, … Read the rest

Dec 19 2014

The Beautiful Struggle Of Nerlens Noel’s Offensive Game

Nerlens Noel was always going to be a project. His athleticism and shot blocking made him an NBA-ready defender, but his offense was — and remains —  a giant question mark. In 24 games at Kentucky, he was relegated to alley-oops and easy dunks, attempting (literally) zero jumpers, something Noel noticed himself. He was efficient, sure (10.5 points on 59 percent shooting). But to become a two-sided force in the NBA, his offense would need a makeover.

Anyone that attended a Sixers game during the 2013-14 season would see Noel in warm-ups shooting one-handed jumpers alongside coach Brett Brown. … Read the rest

Dec 09 2014

Wrecking Ball Wroten

Tony Wroten is a special breed of basketball player. The 6-foot-6 ball of energy can turn his most ardent supporters into his harshest critics in mere seconds. One moment he’ll convert a dazzling double-clutch layup while barreling headfirst into a wall of defenders, and on his next possession he’ll chuck a no-look pass that ends up knocking over a fan’s beer in the third row. Watching Wroten is essentially basketball on LSD; his lively style is supremely entertaining, but is usually just an illusion that masks all of his inefficiencies and damage he does to his team.

Wroten, Memphis’ 25th … Read the rest

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