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What's Your Starting Lineup?

Turner and Holiday, plus whichever three players would lose us the most games. Hawes, Brackins, and... Meeks, I guess.

Number three. I would eventually like to rotate in Thad (for Speights) and then a minute or two later Battie comes in (for Brand). I really only like 8 guys on the team, so I guess the Mullet should get spot minutes to make sure they don't wear out. The backcourt really should just be a 4-man unit (JTI and Lou rotating one guy out at a time) with Mullet maybe stealing 10 minutes a game there.

So 96 minutes at the 4/5 between Brand, Battie, Speights and Thad? Or are you saying work Nocioni into the PF rotation too?

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Rich reply to Brian on Nov 4 at 15:10
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A little bit of both. Ah, probably 15 is probably more realistic for The Mullet if we're cutting Hawes completely out: 10 at SF and 5 at PF.

35 for Brand, 25 for Thad, 25 for Speights, then 6 and 5 for Battie/Nocioni. Something like that. Not sure you can count on Speights for that many minutes, but you could obviously play around w/ the ratios.

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Rich reply to Brian on Nov 4 at 15:32
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I'd personally like Battie to play more than 6 minutes. 12-15 would be preferable with him and you can take most of those minutes from Speights to get him around 20.

Plus, I think Nocioni should have Iguodala and Turner with him when he plays the 4.

Hollinger w/ a good point here. Luckily, it's just Sixers' fans who do this here, not management. Though management is inept in so many other ways:

Kerry (Dallas) - If you could give the T-wolves organization three pieces of advice, what would they be?
John Hollinger (2:45 PM) - How about one piece for now -- bad franchises tend to focus on their best players's weaknesses. All you heard Minnesota talk about last year was how Al Jefferson couldn't move, and now you hear the same thing about how Kevin Love can't defend. Kind of like the things we heard about Pau Gasol in Memphis. The problem isn't Love or Jefferson, it's that they're stuck on a bad team ...
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CM reply to Brian on Nov 4 at 16:23
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The Sixers' roster is not without talent. It's pieces don't compliment each other very well and they having areas of redundancy and glaring weakness - this makes them a bad TEAM.

The big problem is that they are a bad ORGANIZATION. They have no consistency in orgnization philosophy, they change plan and leadership on a regular basis and are treated as the red-headed step child of Comcast Spectacor.

Changing players in and out won't make a difference if there isn't a larger scale change in the way that this organization does things.

Hire leaders, empower them to makes real changes amd give them the financial resources to compete. Oh, and build a goddamn practice facility

I love the random practice facility chirp at the end. No way do they move away from PCOM unless they can find another location with a Chili's nearby.

They could build a Chili's-to-Go in the new facility. Maybe a Chick-Fil-a while they're at it. You just have to think out the box and push the right buttons.

You know an Argentinian Steakhouse would be the answer to this team's problems.

Four games into his NBA career, and Favors leads all rookies in PER (24.86) and all of the league in rebound rate (26.3), as noted by TrueHoop's Henry Abbott.

Seems like we will be seeing Turner in the starting line-up pretty soon.

I guess we'll larn to what extent 3 fantastic rebounders at PG/SG/SF can make up for weakness up front.

Interesting note an Brand. His DRR% is up from last year, but still lower than his career average.

2009/10: 14
2010/11: 17
Career: 19

Sam 2010/11: 30

Overall, Brand's per 36min numbers this year are almost identical to his career numbers Like I joked the other day, Brand is back to his Clipper days of being the best and most productive big on a lottery team.

Yup. Does he have trade value if he's still playing like this in January?

Nope. Too much salary right before the CBA.

But it would be great if he plays like a productive 8M player. The first 2 years he was not even an asset to the team.

You might be able to find a contending team willing to take on just one extra year of Brand's deal, though.

I keep thinking Orlando, for some reason.

Yeah, maybe a team sends back a lousy 2 yr deal in place of Brand's 3 yrs... but I tend to doubt it.

Gortat + Reddick for Brand? We'll throw in Hawes for free.

I actually wonder if the Sixers will try and do what the Kings did with CWebb. Trade him for 3 samall and longer deals to a team that thinks he can help. That way the team is not taking on any net salary, while the Sixers can more easily dispose of the small pieces of garbage.

Christ, if they take back longer deals I'm moving to Canada.

Canada's not so bad...

I can stomach an extra year for small contracts like QRich or Duhon, who make 3-4M for 4 more years.

Hey, lots of us folk might be moving to canada after november 2012

But anyway, let me just say something

"Keeping Nocioni Happy" or keeping a promise to him should not have one shred of relevance in determining the rotation of players and minutes on this team

That doesn't save years, does it?

I was thinking Iguodala + Brand for Carter, Gortat and Pietrus or Redick. Gets us to serious cap space after next season w/ VC, Pietrus and Nociono coming off the books. Also gets us a top lottery pick the next couple years, I think. Redick and Gortat could be pieces of the puzzle, maybe.

Jrue
VC
Turner
????
Gortat

as your starters. That's a bottom 5 team, no?

btw, I don't think I'd make this deal, just one that sort of made sense on some level.

If you are that bad, cap space only gets you so far. You'd need really good management in place.

This team is a LONG way away. I'd focus on getting a quality big for Iguodala, and let Brand eventually become an expiring. I would not dilute Iguodala's value by chaining Brand on. It's not last summer, where a bunch of quality FA's are hitting the market.

I'd like to start selling Dwight Howard on actually having a couple guys on his team who are capable of making life easier for him on the offensive end when he hits free agency. Put him on the floor with Jrue and Turner with a couple years under their belts and we could be talking about a title contender.

Man, I need some sleep. This day is killing me.

Dwight will be on Chris Paul's team in 3 years.

Probably.

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bebopdeluxe reply to tk76 on Nov 4 at 23:26
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I agree that this team goes nowhere without a young big...and short of getting lucky in the lottery (again), the deal that makes the most sense is seeing if Iguodala brings you one.

Before Brian and jem bury me, I recognize that Iggy is a fine player (and I probably got a bit carried away with that last-possession-in-regulation defense rant)...but I am concerned about whether he is truly willing to step back and be the ultimate "glue guy" as Jrue and Turner eventually take over the team. For now, they are both deferring to Iguodala - as they should - but for the two of them to grow and become the players that they can potentially be, I think that Iggy will either have to take a step back and let them both take a step up...or we should move him to get the young big that this team will need if they are going to be a 50+ win contender in 2-3 seasons.

I don't disagree that they should explore moving Iguodala for a young, inexpensive big who can be a long term fit here. I think you're wrong about the rest, though. Iguodala is taking fewer shots now than he has since Iverson left the team. He's already taking more of a back seat to the young guys.

Yep, he was never a great defensive rebound, just decent. He was a great offensive rebounder, though. That number is better than it's been since he was 23 at 13%.

Through 5 games:

Sixers:... 490 pts
Opponents: 491 pts

Record 1W- 4L

Funny, right? Differential says they should be 2-3 :)

And they probably should.

Sixers stats are interesting (because its only 5 games.)

http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/PHI/2011.html

WS/48:
Brand...: 0.282
Lou.....: 0.245
Iguodala.:0.079
Jrue....: 0.038

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Jason reply to tk76 on Nov 4 at 17:06
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"I'm not quite sure why he's sticking to his guns"


I was thinking about this last night and the only theory i came up with is that I think he wants to have Spencer hawes+Noc out there in the start of each half is to prevent any abuse of mismatches due to size at the start of games. I think he wants to keep anyone from getting into a rythm (ie Hibbert vs Brand at the 5, Hibbert gets comfortable with the size advantage for the majority of game)

Basically the first 6 minutes of the half he just wants to stay as close as he can and then he puts in his fresh subs of ET and Thad and tries to win the final 18 mins of the half. That's my best guess lol.


Anyway my starting lineup. would be

Jrue
Turner
Iggy
Brand
Battie


I don't have any faith in Thad/Speights/starting due to their defensive liabilities.

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Jason reply to Jason on Nov 4 at 17:06
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WTF.

There was no "replying to comment xxx" selected I even checked this time.

Sorry again for replying when i meant to comment.

Just looking for a show of hands. I'm thinking December 12th, against the Hornets, might be a good day for our first field trip of the season. It's a Sunday game, starts at noon. The Eagles play the Cowboys that night at 8:30, so no conflict there. Who would be in for that game?

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Rich reply to Brian on Nov 4 at 17:18
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We'd get to see Willie too! I'd probably be in for that one.

Hah, I'm actually in town for my Grandmother's 90th (the day before.) But I worry about a noon game. I'll probably need a drink or two to handle the Sixers live (and the intense social pressure.) And noon is a bit early to hit the till.

In terms of entertainment value:

Grandma's 90th Birthday party v. Sixers game.

Only the exciting return of WG and T-Rex pushes the Sixers over the top.

My Current vote:

PG: Holiday
SG: Turner
SF: Iguodala
PF: Thad
C: Brand

After AI9 trade

PG: Holiday
SG: Turner
SF: Thad
PF: Brand
C: NEW BIG MAN

^^^ That would be a great rebounding team..

I love Iggy, but it's time to ship him off for a big man to round this team out.. One can hope...

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Jason reply to Jrue's Clues on Nov 4 at 18:20
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Your name is awesome. Amazing.

lol thx man.. It's my fantasy basketball team name and logo. Figured I'd use it here too..

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bebopdeluxe reply to Jrue's Clues on Nov 4 at 23:42
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Word.

(nice name/avatar, BTW...I'm probably seeing Steve and his striped shirt 2/3 times a week...)

If Thorn could get Ibaka or even DeAndre Jordan for Iguodala, I would be open to it. While I like Love, I don't know if he can roll with EB...but I might be open to that as well.

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