Author

Wrote

  • Ben Simmons second year expectations Last month, Ben Simmons won the rookie of the year award over Donovan Mitchell. In his rookie season, Simmons broke numerous records and received comparisons to LeBron James and Magic Johnson. With the NBA season vastly approaching, Simmons second year could set the precedent for years to come in Philadelphia. In the midst of the 2017-18 season, Simmons broke Allen Iverson’s rookie assist record and became the third person in NBA history to reach 1000 points, 500 rebounds and 500 assists. Becoming the third player to record those numbers put the 22-year-old in the same category¬†as Johnson and Oscar Robertson. 2018 Rookie of the Year ūüĒ•#NBAAwards #bensimmons pic.twitter.com/wbHd1mwNu6 — Hoops Market (@hoops_market) June 30, 2018 The LSU product dominated in the 2017-18 regular season. He would also go on to dominate in the playoffs and record a triple-double. Simmons became the first rookie to record a triple-double in the playoffs since Magic in 1980. However, the 6-foot-10 point-forward would struggle against a well-coached Boston Celtics team. Obviously, a second round exit for a young Sixers team is nothing to be upset about. However, the second year player needs to improve in some areas to help his team return to the playoffs. Currently, the 76ers are the second favorite in the east. With James taking his talents to Los Angeles, the east is now up for grabs. Coupled with James going to the west the Toronto Raptors acquired Kawhi Leonard this summer via trade. Not to mention, Boston will only get stronger as they expect to have a healthy Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving back in the lineup this fall. If the 76ers want to make it out of the Eastern Conference they are going to need a big season out of their second year point-forward....
  • 4 Key Free Agents Philadelphia needs to consider On the sixth day of free agency, the Philadelphia 76ers find themselves in unfamiliar¬†territory. The Sixers were unable to lure LeBron James and Paul George to Philadelphia, but there are still key free agents that the team should consider. Currently, the Eastern Conference is wide open after the departure¬†of James. King James signed a four-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. As of now the analyst, critics, and commentators see the Boston Celtics as the clear-cut favorites in the east. However, as long as the Sixers have Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons on the roster there is no guarantee that Boston wins the east.¬†After missing out on James and George, Philadelphia secured Wilson Chandler in a trade with the Denver Nuggets. Yahoo Sports Shams Charania reported the trade three days ago. Recently, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Philadelphia signed JJ Redick, Amir Johnson, and Nemanja Bjelica to one-year deals. Despite multiple signings and two missed opportunities this summer the 76ers still have four key free agents that they should consider. Jamal Crawford (UFA-Player-Option) Jamal Crawford is coming off of a sub-par season, to say the least. Keep in mind the 38-year-old played on a disgruntled Minnesota Timberwolves team. If Philadelphia signs the former Los Angeles Clipper they could potentially acquire their x-factor off the bench. Signing the 6-foot-5 guard would provide the team with more bench depth. One thing that the 76ers struggled with during the postseason was consistency from their bench players. Outside of TJ McConnell, Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli the team lacked depth. Consequently, Philadelphia lost both Belinelli and Ilyasova¬†to free agency. Adding Crawford makes sense because of the need for more bench depth. Also, Philadelphia would be able to sign the 2000 NBA draft pick to a veteran...
  • 76ers acquire Wilson Chandler From Nuggets¬† The Philadelphia 76ers have been relatively¬†quiet in free agency thus far. An hour ago, Yahoo Sport’s NBA Insider Shams Charania reported that the Sixers acquired Wilson¬†Chandler from the Denver Nuggets. Philadelphia acquiring forward Wilson Chandler in trade with Denver. Link: https://t.co/2CHDL9rTZK — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 3, 2018 Chandler is in the final year of his 4-year, $46 million contract that he signed in 2015. This trade may not bring instant joy, but it will benefit Philadelphia in the short and long-term. The Sixers will take on the remainder of Chandler’s contract, but the trade will provide instant depth and improvement. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski recently reported that the 76ers will receive draft considerations which could mean a future second-round pick. Again adding the 6-foot-9 forward doesn’t make up for missing out on both Paul George and LeBron James in free agency. For Denver, this moves Chandler's $12.8M expiring contract, clearing room to sign Will Barton to his extension. Denver likely sending a future second-round pick. https://t.co/OQzAwbUWj6 — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 3, 2018 However, Chandler is a proven veteran when put in the right situation. Last season the small-forward averaged 10 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists while shooting 44.5 percent from the field. Some may question why take on a huge contract for a player who only averaged 10 points per game. Why trade for Chandler? Philadelphia saw this as an opportunity to add a player who can help the team compete right now. The addition of Chandler provides Philly with a player who can create his own offesnse, play solid defense and handle the ball when needed. Needless to say, the 31-year-old’s points per game declined due to the constant change in his role with the team. The 2007 draft pick played...
  • JJ Redick signs,¬†1-year deal to stay in Philadelphia Yesterday ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, reported that JJ Redick signed a 1-year deal to stay in the City of Brotherly Love. After the 2018 NBA draft, Sixers fans were left with a bundle of confusion. Philadelphia started the draft by selecting Mikal Bridges out of Villanova and would shortly trade him for Zhaire Smith and a future 2021 first-round pick. Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown announced today that the team has signed NBA Draft 2018 first-round pick Zhaire Smith — Mike Gill (@MikeGillShow) July 2, 2018 Smith spent his college career playing at Texas Tech. The Sixers would go on to select Landry Shamet with the 26th pick in the draft. With only two picks left Philly would draft Khyri Thomas (at 38) and send him to the Detroit Pistons for two future draft picks. Philadelphia ended the draft by selecting Shake Milton out of SMU with the 54 pick. Recapping free agency ¬† In addition to the draft, Sixers¬†head coach Brett Brown made it clear that the team plans to go after big name free agents this summer. However, the 76ers are 0-2 in the free agency sweepstakes. Free agency opened at 12:01 am Saturday morning. First, Paul George announced that he planned to stay with the Oklahoma City Thunder at Russell Westbrooks private party. Maybe Westbrook is finally understanding the team concept. Sunday LeBron James, the Sixers first choice decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Ultimately, the Sixers only have one more chance to acquire a big name. Prior to James signing with the Lakers, New York Times Reporter Marc Stein reported that the Sixers wanted to acquire Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs in order to sway James to sign with Philadelphia. Redick returns to Philadelphia...
  • LeBron James signs with Los Angeles Lakers Free agents are now allowed to speak with teams. Free agency opened up this morning at 12:01 am and the 76ers already received the news that Paul George is staying in Oklahoma City. Both LeBron James and George opted out of their respective deals well before the June 29th deadline. After a second round elimination to the Boston Celtics, the Sixers made it clear that they want to sign a star free agent this summer. Paul George has agreed to a four-year, $137M max contract with the Thunder, league source tells ESPN. Deal includes a player option. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018 Retracing the Decision 3.0 At the beginning of the day the 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers were the front runners of landing the four-time MVP. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported earlier this morning that LBJ spoke with general manager Koby Altman at 12:01 am. The fact that the three-time Finals MVP spoke with Cleveland first seemed to be a good sign for Sixers fans. Similar to his departure in 2010, King James left because of the tight salary cap. In addition to a tight salary cap, star players struggled with the concept of moving to Ohio. With the 8th pick in the 2018¬†NBA Draft, the Cavs selected Collin Sexton. Sexton averaged 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game last season. The 19-year-old guard is a solid combo guard who is ready to play right away. However, his pitch for the King to stay and his skills alone was not enough to sway the King to stay. As the opening hours of free agency continued to pass ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that James’ agent Rich Paul and Sixers management will meet today in Los Angeles. The Sixers...
  • Recapping tonight’s Draft with the 76ers Trust the process has been the motto for the 76ers the last few years. Prior to tonight’s draft,¬†Bleacher Report’s Adam Well reported that Philadelphia was interested in Michael Porter Jr. Philadelphia would have included Markelle Fultz, the No.10, and 26 pick in the potential trade. However, the rumors may not have been true because the team started off the night by drafting Mikal Bridges out of Villanova. Six picks later the Phoenix Suns selected Zhaire Smith out of Texas Tech. After the Suns selected Smith, Yahoo’s Sports Shams Charania¬†reported that the Suns and 76ers agreed to a trade. The trade sent Bridges to Phoenix and Smith to Philadelphia with a 2021 first-round pick. It’s safe to say that tonight’s draft is already off to a crazy start. Sources: Philadelphia is trading Mikal Bridges to Phoenix for Zhaire Smith. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 22, 2018 Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love: Zhaire Smith A lot of Philadelphia fans were excited and ready to embrace Bridges and what he would bring to the table. But needless to say, Smith is a solid pick as well. Smith averaged 11.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists¬†his freshman year while shooting 55.6 percent from the field. At first, his points per game may not stand out, but the 6-foot-5 guard is efficient from the field. He can shoot from close and mid-range. Despite shooting 45 percent from behind the arc he still needs to work on his consistency from deep. The young guard can come off the bench and contribute right away if given the chance. Smith can also add more grit to a stingy 76ers defense. The former Texas Tech guard is a solid rebounder and is very athletic. With Ben Simmons running the point, Smith...
  • Eagles receive prestigious¬†John Wanamaker Athletic¬†Award¬† Today the Philadelphia Eagles were presented with the John Wanamaker Athletic Award for their historic season that ended with capturing the franchises first Super Bowl win. The preparation for the John Wanamaker Athletic¬†Award ceremony/reception began around 10 am today. Fans, media,¬†and other award recipients¬†waited patiently for the event to begin. Leading up to the event sound technicians constantly played clips of the Eagles trip to Super Bowl 52. As time ticked closer to the tip-off of the awards, fans, guest, team cheerleaders and Swoop himself waited outside the Crystal Tea Room. Swoop the team mascot made sure that everyone felt welcomed before the big event. Swoop is in the house at the #WanamakerAwards!#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/meEZGl9S0y — ProSportsNotes: Philly (@PSN_Philly) June 11, 2018 Eagles President Smolenski speaks Moments before the ceremony began Eagles President Don Smolenski held a mini press conference for the media in attendance. Smolenski spoke about the team’s current stance, the “Philadelphia Special”, how the team can continue their success and the White House. When asked how the Eagles will move on with the core of this team after winning a Super Bowl, Smolenski explained how it will take a total team effort. “We’ve got a really great coaching staff, a great head coach, I think Howie Roseman and Joe Douglass and his team they’re all really focused. Not only about what it took to get us but also recognizing that it’s a new team and we do have the core intact and we have the leadership intact. We can keep the focus to work hard and everyone recognizes¬†how difficult it’s going to be,” said Smolenski. .Eagles President, Don Smolenski answered questions about moving forward with the core of this team after winning a Super Bowl. #FlyEaglesFly #WanamakerAwards pic.twitter.com/MvIeX3kD1U — ProSportsNotes: Philly (@PSN_Philly) June...
  • The 76ers should withdraw from the LeBron James sweepstakes Tonight the LeBron James sweepstakes could be underway as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors in a win or go home Game 4. After being eliminated by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals the 76ers made it clear that they plan to go after a big name free agent this summer. To no one’s surprise, Philadelphia head coach Brett Brown along with Joel Embiid indicated that they are interested in acquiring James. Now James is no doubt the best basketball player on the planet. However, the 76ers may want to reconsider going all in on the Akron native. Tonight the Cavaliers will probably end up being swept by the Warriors. If the four-time MVP loses tonight he will most likely leave Cleveland again. Multiple sources confirmed that the Sixers plan to heavily pursue James and Paul George this summer. Kawhi Leonard’s name has been brought up in possible trades but it is unlikely to happen. All three superstars could help the 76ers take the next step. But the Sixers should withdraw from the James sweepstakes for four key reasons. 76ers reportedly interested in signing LeBron James, trading for Kawhi Leonard this offseason: https://t.co/f3N4RHESk6 pic.twitter.com/cdwOCvZRuU — Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) May 14, 2018 1. Don’t jeopardize Ben Simmons growth Throughout the league, people praise Simmons for his court vision, ball handling, and basketball IQ. One weakness in the 21-year-old point/forwards game is his shooting. In order to be effective, the former LSU Tiger needs the ball in his hands. If James decided to sign with the 76ers it would stunt Simmons growth. Now I know that you believe that the addition of James screams championship. But let’s hold off on the championship banner for a moment because...
  • Bryan Colangelo resigns from the 76ers¬† Bryan Colangelo resigned from the Philadelphia 76ers after the conclusion of a private investigation, where his wife admitted to running multiple burner twitter accounts. Eight days ago, news broke that multiple 76er twitter accounts tied back to Colangelo. The accounts disclosed information on Markelle Fultz’s injury. Some tweets criticized players such as Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Nerlens Noel. Other tweets took shots at former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie and Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri. As soon as the news broke ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, reported that he spoke with Embiid who was assured by Colangelo that he did not say those things. Breaking: Sixers and Bryan Colangelo agree to part ways, @wojespn pic.twitter.com/E29HgaifyH — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 7, 2018 The good and bad from the twitter accounts Throughout this chaos, the Sixers extended head coach Brett Brown’s contract for 3 more years. In addition to Brown’s extension, Philadelphia hired Monty Williams as the lead assistant coach. From May 29 to now the Sixers ownership has been very vocal about getting to the bottom of this issue. Prior to the start of the investigation, Colangelo took the time to reach out to players to let them know that he had nothing to do with the burner accounts. Six days ago ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that the 76ers investigation would focus on Colangelo and his wife Barbara Bottini. The report also pointed out the possibility of a potential firing. Three days ago the Sixers hired Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP to conduct a private investigation into the scandal. ¬†The investigators met with Colangelo and Bottini for multiple hours on Sunday and Monday. Sources would later report that 76ers ownership met Tuesday night to decide the fate of the GM. After the investigation concluded...
  • 76ers and Brett Brown agree to a three-year extension Tuesday night, the Philadelphia 76ers and head coach Brett Brown agreed to a three-year extension. Brown had one year left on his current contract prior to coming to an agreement with the Sixers tonight. This season Brown helped guide the Sixers to the playoffs for the first time since the 2011-12 season. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news late tonight. Brown had one year left on his existing contract, so he‚Äôs signed through the 2021-2022 season. Significant commitment by Sixers reflecting franchise‚Äôs tremendous progress under Brown. https://t.co/9QTJ8dYvF4 — Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 30, 2018 Trusting the process Brown was hired by the 76ers in 2013, where the team finished with a (19-63) record. For the next three seasons, the team would struggle to win 30 games. However, the team would have success in the draft by drafting Joel Embiid in 2014, Ben Simmons in 2016 and Markelle Fultz in 2017. Despite four lopsided seasons the Sixers finally reaped the benefits this year as the team made it to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals. Philadelphia finished this season (52-30) and clinched the third seed in the Eastern Conference under Brown. Extending Brown’s contract is a good move for Philadelphia because of his familiarity with the organization. Although the 76ers were eliminated in the second round it is clear that the team has developed a defensive, physical and gritty style of play. Brown has done a great job of implementing a system by placing Simmons as the primary ball handler. The current roster kind of resembles the Miami Heat superstar team that featured Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, Chirs Bosh and a supporting cast filled with sharpshooters. Brown’s Aftermath As of now, Brown is (127-283) after his fifth season with the team. This signing will...