Category Archive: Notes

Jul 16 2016

Who Is Gerald Henderson? We Tracked Down A Former U-11 Soccer Teammate To Find Out.

Last week Gerald Henderson put pen to paper, making his two-year, $18-million contract with the Philadelphia 76ers official. To learn more about the Sixers’ free agent prize, the Hoop76 Investigation Team tracked down one of his former teammates — Hoop76 contributor Ben Smolen — for a Q&A.

The following is mostly, kinda true.

Hoop76 Investigation Team: So, Ben, what’s your connection to Gerald?

Ben Smolen: Well, Gerald and I played together on a U-11 soccer team — the Lower Merion Lasers — back in 1998. Before you ask, yes, we were in fact the “A” team. Before you ask, no, Read the rest

Jul 15 2016

Could the New CBA Screw the Sixers?

The following is a loosely edited gmail exchange between Xylon Dimoff (@xylondimoff) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek):

Xylon Dimoff: Welp, he did it. Kevin Durant, the 2014 MVP and quite possibly the league’s second-best player, signed with the 2016 Finals’ second-best team (sorry, I had to). It’s now the Warriors’ league for the foreseeable future, and NBA owners and fans outside the Bay Area aren’t exactly thrilled with the idea of being rendered hopeless against another juggernaut.

Problem is, the NBA is usually prone to a bit of an overreaction: Kevin Garnett’s gargantuan, Bradley-Beal-sized $128 … Read the rest

Jul 07 2016

5-on-5: What Would Hinkie Have Done In Free Agency?

1. Bryan Colangelo deserves a __ for his first free agency with the Sixers.

Eric Goldwein (@ericgoldwein): B+. An A+ for not screwing up and a B for the signings themselves. Colangelo had the right idea with Jerryd Bayless (3yr/$27M), a capable ball-handler that can stretch the floor, and while he might’ve paid a premium and tacked on one too many years, that’s the cost of doing business as a 10-72 team. Sergio Rodriguez was a creative signing; dare I say, Hinkie-esque. And Gerald Henderson at 2/$18 seems like a high-floor, low ceiling play that’ll help settle the Read the rest

Jun 30 2016

The Case for Maxing Out Jordan Clarkson

The Los Angeles Lakers dealt the Philadelphia 76ers’ ongoing rebuild a detrimental setback last June by selecting D’Angelo Russell ahead of Jahlil Okafor. Though the jury remains out on the Ohio State product, he certainly would’ve been a better short-term fit than Okafor given Philadelphia’s crowded frontcourt featuring Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, Jerami Grant and Richaun Holmes.

This summer, the Sixers have an opportunity to exact some measure of revenge on the Lakers. According to USA Today‘s Sam Amick, Philadelphia may approach Jordan Clarkson with an offer sheet:

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Jun 23 2016

Fourth Annual Hoop76 Mock Draft

Happy draft day, and welcome to Hoop76’s fourth annual mock. Last year we went an impressively terrible two out of 30 (thanks in large part to the Lakers selecting D’Angelo Russell over Jahlil Okafor). In 2014 we had the Sixers taking Dante Exum and only got three picks right. In 2013, back when Michael Carter-Williams was just a twinkle in our eyes, we had Nerlens Noel going first overall, so that didn’t go too well either.

So while we’re pretty confident what the start of the 2016 draft will look like, you’d be just as well off asking the … Read the rest

Jun 21 2016

Reports: Embiid Cleared to Scrimmage, Simmons Going No. 1

With two days to go until Thursday’s draft, Tuesday provided clarity regarding the Sixers’ future moving forward.

News broke last week that presumptive No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons was refusing to work out for the Sixers (or any other team), which led to a hot-take-pocalypse suggesting he was trying to force his way to the Los Angeles Lakers. That narrative took a nosedive into oblivion Tuesday morning, as Simmons privately worked out for the Sixers in Philadelphia, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.’s Marc Stein reported there was “little chance” that Simmons’ agent, Rich Paul, … Read the rest

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