Category Archive: Analysis

Mar 11 2015

Sixers’ Culture Battle Centered Around Loyalty, Not Losing

It’s easy to draw parallels between the Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Eagles.

Both have executives running the show who aren’t afraid of making controversial decisions. Both have cast aside multiple face-of-the-franchise players during their relatively short time at the helm, be it Jrue Holiday and Michael Carter-Williams, or DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles. Assuming the reports about Chip Kelly’s interest in Marcus Mariota prove correct, both are trying to build long-term contenders through top-tier draft picks at critical positions.

Perhaps most importantly, though, both are confronting the issue of loyalty and culture head-on, to decidedly mixed results.

Following … Read the rest

Mar 02 2015

This Starts In 2016

This Starts In 2016

Players on expiring contracts aren’t the golden tickets that they used to be. That’s because of the 2011 CBA, which added the stretch provision and the amnesty clause, and made it harder for general managers to make shortsighted long-term investments.

But these contracts still have value. That’ll be especially true come next February’s trade deadline, when teams are looking to shed salary so they can open cap space and participate in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes.

So given that, why would the value-obsessed Sixers waive a player in JaVale McGee, who had a big, fat $12 million deal that would’ve been … Read the rest

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

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