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Apr 20 2014

The Disposable Sixers: Where Are They Now?

To say Sam Hinkie has turned the Sixers into a revolving door would be an understatement. As Gus Crawford noted a couple weeks ago – and as you learned if you stumble across this sporcle quiz – 28 players have appeared on the roster. With the season done (finally!), here’s a look at where some of the ex-Sixers ended up. Starting with…

Kendall Marshall
OK, he was never actually on the Sixers roster — he played for the 87ers — but Marshall was one of the few players who went on to do some relevant things. The former UNC guard looked like he could be a long-term backup for Michael Carter-Williams after a strong showing in Delaware, but he ended up securing a contract with the Lakers, and doing just about everything a GM could possibly ask of a D-League signee.

Though Marshall slowed down after a scoring hot start — he averaged 11.9 points, 11.5 assists and 3.0 turnovers in January – he has still looked the part of a competent backup point guard. Even his previously questionable outside shot looked good; he was 39.9 percent from downtown for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Did the Sixers miss on this one? If they were looking for a backup point guard that could help the team right away, and possibly in the long-term, then yes. Marshall was that guy. Then again, the Sixers probably let Marshall go because they didn’t want him stealing the backup point guard minutes from Tony Wroten.

Dewayne Dedmon
He was signed on two 10-day contracts and wasn’t actually that horrific, but Sergeant Hinkie of the TankTrain let him go in favor of a roster spot, opening up flexibility before the trade deadline.

Dedmon actually performed well enough to convince the Magic to pick him up for the rest of the season. So, go him. He’s one of the only players Hinkie cut that went on to get a contract on an NBA roster. Dewayne Dedmon: NBA player. It still sounds strange.

Tim Ohlbrecht
Sam Hinkie has used his Houston Rockets connection on a few occasions, the Ohlbrecht signing being one of them. The big German was picked up off of waivers on July 16, but was released prior to the start of the regular season.

Ohlbrecht ended up putting in work for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA’s Developmental League, averaging 12.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on 55.4 percent shooting. While the numbers are not bad, his hopes of playing in the NBA seem to be dwindling by the day.

Mac Koshwal
Like Ohlbrecht, Koshwal was cut prior to the start of the regular season and decided to give it another go in the D-League, re-signing for the Bakersfield Jam for the third time in his career.

Solomon Alabi
After being waived on October 5, the 7-foot-1 center signed for Yulon Luxgen of Taiwan’s Super Basketball League. There, he is third in rebounds per game, averaging 13.9 along with 12.8 points and 2.1 blocks. It isn’t the first time Alabi has played overseas — he previously spent time in Greece.

Khalif Wyatt
The former A-10 player of the year was another who failed to make the grade at the 76ers after playing for the summer league squad. As Michael Levin of Liberty Ballers said at the time, a former Sixers regime may have had him on the roster simply because he was a Temple guy.

But Wyatt didn’t make the cut, and after spending a few months in China with the Guandong Tigers, he now is in the D-League. Alas, he still proved he can score by averaging 16.2 points a game with the Springfield Armor.

Vander Blue
He didn’t make it past training camp with the Sixers, and then joined Maccabi Rishon LeZion of Israel. Unfortunately for him, he was cut after a month overseas.

After his short stint in Isreal, Blue came back to the states and played for Delaware 87ers. This was before he signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics. Finally an NBA chance for one of the Hinkie cuts! After three games with the Celtics, Blue went back down to the D-League and that’s where he currently plays.

Daniel Orton
The ex-Kentucky center had a few nice games with the Sixers, including a double-double against the Indiana Pacers. Despite that, he was waived and like most on this list he plays in the D-League.

Darius Johnson-Odom
He’s not the Magic Johnson-Lamar Odom we dreamed of. After a 10-day contract, he wasn’t invited back to the tank party. He has since decided that fashion will be his next port of call.

Clothing line coming with the homie zar!!! Watch out summer!!!

— Darius Johnson-Odom (@KingMe_DJ1) March 24, 2014

Gani Lawal
Another one that faced Hinkie’s chop. He now plays in Italy for Olimpia Milano.

Royce White
Royce White was drafted by the Houston Rockets back when Sam Hinkie was involved with the franchise, and The Hink gave the point forward another chance with Philly.

It didn’t work out and the former Iowa State forward was let go prior to the start of the regular season.

On March 18, the former 16th pick signed a 10-day contract with Sacramento and finally made his long-awaited NBA debut but failed to register a single statistic in his 55-second cameo. After his second 10-day contract expired he was not brought back.

James Nunnally
The last of our disposable Sixers, James Nunnally was picked up on a 10-day contract on March 17th. After impressing enough to earn a second, he didn’t secure a contract until the end of the season.

So, out of all the players the Sixers had a close look at and didn’t keep, only one of them is currently at an NBA team with a realistic chance of carving out a career as a long-term player in the league.

When Sam Hinkie raises the Larry O’Brien trophy in 2018, just remember: this team had Gani Lawal and Mac Koshwal on the books only a few years prior.

  • hk99

    Speaking of disposable players, where are all of the so-called experts who gave the Pacers an A for acquiring Evan Turner at the trade deadline? The revised deadline trade rankings:
    Pacers: F for acquiring Evan Turner.
    76ers: A for getting an asset, any asset, for Evan Turner.
    All playoff teams other than Indy: A+ for failing to trade even a late 2nd round pick for Evan Turner.

    • robbybonfire23

      I think, HK, this has a lot to do with how all NBA players, and NBA prospects are profiled in journalistic write-ups. They always give the PPG, and the rebounds per game and that is just about it. Shooting percentage is ignored, assists apparently don’t exist, even where guards are concerned. Turner, as we know, graded poorly in every category except rebounds, which is an important category, but does not offset his many glaring deficiencies.

      When you read about Wiggins, where have your seen his mediocre shooting percentage mentioned? Where have you seen his abysmal average of 1 1/2 assists per game mentioned? All we get is how “athletic” he is and how he scores 17 PPG, and all that rot. Same for Zach LaVine, it’s all about his being “Mr. Slam Dunk” and nothing about how he can’t shoot straight or dish off or do anything well on a basketball court.

      Evan Turner has been exposed as a fraud. More of that ilk are on the way, starting with Wiggins, Hood, LaVine, and everybody’s darling, for some reason I cannot fathom, Gary Harris, who can shoot better than Zach LaVine and probably hit a baseball better than Woody Allen, but that’s about it. Can’t wait for this draft to partition the winners and the losers. The gap between them is going to be enormous.

      • hk99

        robby,

        How did Evan Turner rate as a collegian using your metrics? At the time, did your metrics suggest that Turner was worthy of the #2 pick or even the #1 pick?

        • robbybonfire23

          I just started applying my regression methods to the college ranks this year, HK. I have been focusing on the NBA, teams and players, since the late 80′s. I will see if I can find Turner’s Ohio State numbers, and if I do I will be happy to see if he checked out as a legitimate prospect, or along the lines of this year’s crop of over-rated players I have isolated.

          Meanwhile, if you know where Turner’s college stats are available, please let me know….

          • hk99
          • Wesley Share

            I pay no attention to per-game and advanced stats in college, for the most part. Totally skewed. Jabari has the highest DRtg and the most DWS on Duke, so in that way he checks out defensively, but he can’t check anyone.

            Only numbers to pay attention to at the college level, imo, are decision-making numbers, such as shot selection, isolation vs. assisted, etc. Basically the numbers over at hoop-math.com.

          • robbybonfire23

            Shot selection seems ok as a measuring rod, to me, so long as it correlates with a decent shooting percentage.

            Isolation vs. assisted is an interesting stat, which may have a downside. That is, on a basketball court you want ~cohesion~ not a bunch of gunners who disdain the “team first” concept.

            This raises the question as to which we should value more, individual stats, or team accomplishment? If I’m the coach, I want my guards dishing off to open forwards, underneath. In this 3-point shot era, you have so many players not even looking to pick up their teammates, so focused on scoring they are. and defeats the purpose of team-oriented play.

        • robbybonfire23

          O.K., HK, I found Turner’s career stats at http://www.statsheet.com.
          Fact is, in his final year in college, 2009-2010, he graded exceptionally well. So that the 76ers cannot be faulted for drafting him and having high hopes for him.

          The first number I look for, for all players, is the PPX – total points scored divided by missed FG attempts. Turner shows a solid 2.87 average here. I am including Ohio State’s non-conference as well as conference games, since they are commingled at the site. That does embellish the findings, somewhat, but not too much.

          A 2.87 PPX rates in the B to B+ range. I found just three major program players above 3.0 in this category, this NCAA season, Delon Wright (the only guard), McDermott at 3.23, and Embiid, who is off the chart at 4.41.

          Turner’s regression values floor game was even better than his shooting game, he scored 19.77 in this category, back in 2010. To put this into perspective, this year Marcus Smart at 17.73, and Delon Wright at 16.11, were tops in the nation in the floor game category, of the large group of players with major programs I surveyed.

          The bottom line rating for Turner, the product of multiplying his shooting game by his floor game comes to: 2.87 x 19.77 =
          56.74. Joel Embiid, this year, earned a rating of 89.27; Kyle Anderson came in at 56.04; Delon Wright graded overall at 50.26.

          The “hot shot crowd” of Wiggins, Hood, LaVine, and Gary Harris came in, respectively, at: 23.59; 17.46; 14.69, and 23.54, to put the findings for Embiid, Anderson and Wright in to perspective.

          Not good for my method that Turner graded so impressively in college and then tanked at the NBA level. If the Wiggins, Hood, LaVine, Harris crowd, overall, does poorly at the NBA level, that will confirm that what I do has merit, and raise the good question all of us have as to what in the hell happened to Evan Turner in his transition from the college ranks to the pros? On the other hand if Mr. Wiggins makes it to the NBA HOF, I am toast! lolo.

          So, absolutely, I would have been on

          • hk99

            robby,
            Obviously Turner alone makes for the smallest of sample sizes, but maybe with more research, you might find that your metrics when used on college players are not particularly predictive of how they’ll perform at the next level. It would be interesting to see how others from that draft fared. John Wall, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins are three players from that draft who come to mind.

          • robbybonfire23

            I will look up Wall, for starters. In so far as predictability, I am just a as interested in how players who grade poorly, on a regression basis in college, perform at the NBA level. Seems to me it should be even harder to make the grade in the NBA if you struggled in college. Zach LaVine is my pet project in that regard, for this draft.

            When a player has nothing to recommend in college, can he nevertheless, mature and establish himself in the NBA? I really doubt it, but this wil become an educational experience, if the LaVine’s of the world successfully make the leap.

          • robbybonfire23

            Wall scores 2.61 PPX, for his one season at Kentucky. His floor game grades 15.70. The product of these two numbers is 40.98, better than all guards in this year’s draft, but inferior to the best of them all who is not in this year’s draft, D.W.

            So that Turner, on a regression basis, graded higher than did Wall. So why was Wall taken at #1, over Turner? And doubly impressive is the fact that, unlike Turner, Wall actually has a viable NBA career ongoing. So whoever tabbed Wall at #1 was one sharp G.M.