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Sixers Around the Web - Jan. 2

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Throughout the week, basketball writers from the major sites have a number of chats and run rumor columns. Every once in a while, they actually talk about the Sixers. In this column, GoSixers has aggregated the relevant stuff from the chats. You'll see stuff in here that will make you scratch your head, but keep in mind, these guys are experts.

ESPN.Com Chats

jason (philadelphia) do you see iguodala getting traded?
David Thorpe Not now. Maybe in Feb if the team starts dropping more games.

Jack (NYC) Is it too early to call Evan Turner a bust? Why is he playing so poorly?
Chad Ford Too early. Needs the ball in his hands more. Bad fit for the Philly team. Fit matters in the draft. Some players get great opportunities, others struggle based on minutes, system, etc. Turner was always a questionable fit there ... but neither the Sixers nor his agent understood it. They do now.

Dan (Philadelphia) Why wouldn't the Sixers trade Iggy now? His value is the highest it is gonna get with the team winning and they are fooling themselves if they think they can go somewhere in the playoffs.
Ric Bucher I'm with you. For whatever reason, a lot of teams -- Philly, Phoenix, to name two -- are looking to make the playoffs even if a quick exit is likely than starting to rebuild now. My sense is owners are counting on the labor pact to level the playing field somehow, so they figure "let's go get a little piece of the playoff pie now and worry about what state that leaves us in" later.

HOOPSWORLD.com Chats

larry bird in :
how about dunleavy, posey, thansbrough for brand and evan turner?
Bill Ingram: I don't see the Pacers making a move that brings in Brand's contract and sends out hansbrough, who they really like. The Pacers are taking the OKC approach, building around their young players and draft picks, no major roster-shaking moves.

Pat in : In the "time to trade" you wrote 6ers fans would love to get rid of Brand. Just wanted to let you know most 6ers fans I talk to,including myself,would much rather get rid of Iggy. Much rather have an overpaid big.
Joel Brigham: Point taken.  The problem with Brand is that he's really, REALLY overpaid, and they'd like to be out from under that albatross if they could.  Iguodala is hot enough and young enough that they could move him whenever they wanted, but finding a taking for Brand at his age at that money with that injury history is going to be impossible.  He's going to be very frustrating over the next few years.

Adrian in NY: Are you suprised that meeks & holiday are balling??
Lang Greene: Not at all. Those guys can play ... but can they be the type of players that turn that production into wins for their team. Most guys in the NBA will put up numbers if given consistent minutes.

RANKINGS

ESPN.com - Marc Stein
17th (16th previously) An eight-game road trip actually starts to sound pretty good when you go to Orlando right after it trades away half the team ... and when you go to Denver and Melo doesn't play ... and when a blizzard strikes back home.

CBSSports.com - Dave del Grande
20th(18th previously), silly notes connected to contracting some teams
Contraction Dispersal Selection: Derrick Favors. The 76ers get the guy some thought they should have taken in June. Let the bidding on a somewhat rejuvenated Elton Brand commence.

Hoopsworld.com - Eric Pincus
16th (17th previously) The Sixers are inching closer and closer to the top eight in the East. In the middle of a brutal road trip, they're 2-2 including wins over the Magic and Nuggets.

NBA.com - John Schuhmann
17th (17th previously) The Sixers' lineup change has been critical to their move up the standings, but their second best plus-minus mark belongs to Thaddeus Young, who's started just one game. Young has improved this season more than he regressed a year ago. He's scoring less per game, but has been much more efficient.

Sports Illustrated -  Britt Robson
20tth (16th previously) Thaddeus Young continues to be a matchup nightmare for opponents; he's too big for small forwards and too quick for power forwards. On Sunday in Denver, the 6-8 Young sent Denver's Shelden Williams to the bench for good with a second-quarter explosion that put the Sixers back in the game after a slow start. Then coach Doug Collins paired Young with Elton Brand in a small-ball frontcourt that fueled a decisive fourth-quarter comeback, forcing Denver coach George Karl to try four different players on Young. He finished 6-of-9 at the rim and 4-of-6 on two-pointers from 16-23 feet. His 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists weren't enough to prevent Monday's loss to Golden State. But Philadelphia is still a respectable 2-3 more than halfway through its eight-game, 17-day road trip.

Fanhouse.com - Brett Pllakoff
17th (17th previously) Philadelphia didn't have Andre Iguodala available for its game against Phoenix, but you wouldn't know it based on the final result, one in which the Sixers got the win and put up 123 points against the defenseless Suns.

ARTICLES

G Cobb - Is Evan Turner a Bust

Hoopshype.com - Turner Can't Find His Game

New York Times - Shooting Lab Helps Make Swishes Come True

Hoopsworld.com - Time To Trade (Eastern Conference)

BusinessInsider.com - Andre Iguodala Shows Why the Biggest Salaries Should Go To The Biggest Scorers

NYTimes.com - Tribute to the Trillions

Courier Post - Improved Defense a Credit To Collins

Yahoo.com - Marc Spears - Stardom Doesn't Arrive Quickly for Turner

Philly.com - 'Promoter Bill' threatened to kill alt-music scene (Iguodala even inspired bill?)

BDL - Beyond the Box Score - Where the Sixers Put it all Together

ESPN.Com - Peter May - Article on Turner Struggles

NBA.com - Fran Blinebury - Resolutions (or two) for every NBA Team


HOOPSHYPE.com Rumors Page

But Turner, continuing a trend of rookie flops this season, has been relegated to a spot deep on the bench. He did not play Wednesday against the Celtics, his second DNP-CD in three games. What's more, Turner has registered six scoreless games and is shooting 35 percent in December. He was replaced in the starting lineup by former Kentucky sharpshooter Jodie Meeks, and his performance has been the biggest disappointment this season in Philadelphia. "This is rock bottom," he said. "It can't get any worse, in my mind-set. I just have to work at adapting, trying to pick up the things the team's doing and try to fit in somewhere and try to find a niche. The only way to go is up, and that's pretty much it. Every day has been a learning experience." Boston Globe

by GoSixers on Jan 2 2011
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