|When the Sixers take the floor tonight in Memphis, Marreese Speights will most likely make his 25th start for the Grizzlies. In three-plus seasons in Philly, Speights started a grand total of 4 games. Speights has put up gaudy numbers in a couple of games (20/18, 19/9, 12/15) which has left many Sixers fans asking "Why couldn't he play here." Well, the gaudy numbers are great, but at the end of the day, he's still the same Marreese.|
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|According to Marc Stein, the Sixers are on the verge of trading Marreese Speights in a three-team deal that would land Speights in Memphis, Xavier Henry in New Orleans and two future draft picks in Philadelphia.|
|Being young and deep should give the Sixers a big advantage over most teams during the upcoming insane 66-game schedule. With little turnover, a system in place and fresh legs, they should be able to weather stretches like the 21 games they'll play in the first 36 days of the season better than most, but there's a big problem lurking, and it's one the team did nothing to prepare for. Also, the first SixersBeat of the season, tonight at 9:30pm, Eastern|
|It's rare that you'll find an opinion on a Sixer shared among virtually all the fans. Marreese Speights is pretty much that rarity personified. Even his most ardent supporters have given up the ghost on Speights at this point, and it's not hard to see why. He's up today in the prediction vs. performance series, stats and thoughts to follow.|
|Doug Collins has a roster full of young players with varying levels of maturity, skill and intellect. For the most part, he's done a very good job of using playing time to motivate this young squad, and as we hit the second half of the season, his methods seem to be paying dividends. Collins has used the proverbial carrot or the stick to get these young guys to buy in to the type of basketball he wants them to play. No one has received the stick more than Marreese Speights and it looks like he's finally coming out the other side.|
|Looking back at the game thread, the venom spewed toward Lou Williams and Doug Collins for the late-game play calling and execution was both justified and almost immaterial to the outcome of the game. If the Sixers don't play about 40 minutes of pitiful defense, they win this game without breaking a sweat.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersPettiness never helps ones argument, take it from me - I know :) See lebron travel last night and not get it called?...
|In expected news, the Sixers have exercised their team options on Jrue Holiday (3rd-year option) and Marreese Speights (4th-year option). They also cut ties with both Trent Plaisted and Chris Quinn, trimming the roster to 14. They'll probably go to war with these guys and leave the final roster spot open for flexibility/cheapness, depending on your level of annoyance with the front office.|
|I'll be the first to admit that I have strong feelings about certain members of this team. Mainly, guys who hover on the periphery of the "young core." In the great tradition of Depressed Fan, I hope I'll be proven wrong about one or two. After the jump, let's take a shot at guessing which one(s) will exceed expectations.|
Latest comment: from Charlie HYeah. And all Americans are assholes....
|Marreese Speights is the subject of tonight's Early Predictions series entry. After the jump I'll take a stab at project his stats and share my though process.|
|To me, things were looking up when I left for vacation. The team was far from a finished product, obviously, but we were told as fans that things would be turned around quickly under Doug Collins. A couple weeks later, let's take a look at where the team stands.|
|Up next in the Feelings On series is none other than Marreese Speights. The man who gained 30 pounds over the course of an NBA season.|
|Outside of a handful of games this season, Elton Brand has not been the player we were expecting when he signed his $80M contract to join the 76ers two summers ago. He has not lived up to his contract, he has not been an impact player on either end of the floor, for the most part. He has been a disappointment on any scale. All of that is true. It's also true that they have almost no chance to win games when he isn't playing.|
|Late last night I was thinking about the Sixers and checking out various stats when a thought came to me. I've been in the camp that the Sixers have a core worth building around, or at least the beginning of one. When I was looking at the stats, and ages, of the players on the team, I couldn't help but ask myself a few very tough questions. I'd like to get your thoughts after the jump.|
|There's nothing to do but tip your cap to the Philadelphia 76ers after they game they just played in Boston. Down 15 points, undermanned, facing a red-hot team on the road and they refused to quit. Refused to let up. Refused to lose. Easily their best game of the season. Finally, the Sixers can say they've beaten a good team.|
|Wow. When Speights went down with the MCL sprain on November 14th, word out of the Sixers camp was 6-8 weeks before his return, this morning he was listed as probable for tonight's game. 6-8 weeks has apparently been trimmed to four weeks and change.|
Latest comment: from BrianYou were very close. EB instead of Speights, though....