|When the clock strikes midnight tonight some of the best players in the league will officially become homeless. Over the coming weeks, contenders will be made, top seeds decimated and when the dust settles, we could wind up with a more balanced league (East vs. West). The latest big name to enter the fray: Dirk Nowitzki.|
|Word is breaking this morning that Joe Johnson wants to head to NYC to play for his former coach, Mike D'Antoni and the feeling appears to be mutual. The words "max contract" are being thrown around and I have to ask, is he worth it?|
|David Thorpe has released his first rookie ranking column for the recently-drafted rooks. Evan Turner slips a bit lower than I would've expected. Thorpe's reasoning after the jump.|
|The Sixers brass will probably sit down several more times over baby back ribs to discuss the team's needs and direction before the summer is out. Will they make any personnel changes? More importantly, will they be improvements?|
|Yesterday's Pressing Questions thread was dominated by a discussion of the positive vs. negative outlook on the upcoming Sixers season. I was, and remain, in the negative camp, mainly because I don't see how the bigs can compete on the defensive end, nor on the glass. When you look at league-wide results from last season, however, it does seem as though it's possible.|
|Plenty to talk about in today's edition of Pressing Questions. I'll kick it off after the jump, then the time is yours.|
|With the number two pick in the 2010 NBA draft, the Sixers selected Evan Turner earlier tonight. Rumor has it he will wear #12 and terrorize opposing defenses for the next decade. Take a look at what was available at #6 and thank your lucky stars the Sixers had that lottery magic back in May.|
|Don't read too much into my preference for Favors with this pick. If it's a decision between Favors and Evan Turner, I don't believe there is a wrong choice, merely a preference. After the jump I'll talk about why drafting Turner may not be my first choice, but it's one I'll be very, very happy with.|
|If I had a seat at the table in the Sixers' war room later tonight, my vote would be for Derrick Favors with the number two pick. This isn't exactly a surprise to anyone who's been reading the blog for the past month or so. I said it right after the lottery and nothing has changed my mind, after the jump, I'll tell you why.|
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|The rumors have swirled, a Haitian has been exiled, a mullet has been imported...so much has happened since the fateful night when the ping pong balls bounced the Sixers way. In 19 hours and change, we're finally going to meet the newest Sixer. After the jump, I'll tell you what you can look forward to throughout the day here at DF.|
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|Phil Jasner wrote an interesting article today about the Sixers' drafting in recent years. While the concept of the article was good and the back story that he provided for each pick was illuminating, I thought there were problems with his evaluation methodology. To evaluate how good an NBA draft pick is, one has to take into account who was available when the team drafted, how happy the team is (in hindsight) with the pick, and where the player would be picked today if the draft were done over. After the jump, I'll give my thoughts.|
|Turner, Favors, Cousins, maybe a trade? As we all know, the Sixers hold only one pick in tomorrow's NBA draft, albeit a sweet pick. But after the first ten minutes, the biggest question will be answered. After the jump, let's talk a bit about what could happen after that fateful trip to the podium.|
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|When mock drafts everywhere were updated, my e-mail, Twitter account and the comments here were flooded with questions about the number four pick. The Nets seem to be wavering on who they will pick at number three, meaning Derrick Favors may be available at number four. After the jump, I'll talk a bit about what this could mean for the Sixers.|
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|Whether Evan Turner will, in fact, be the Sixers' pick at number two, whether he should be the pick or not, it's very, very refreshing to hear that he not only wants to be the pick, but that he really wants to play in Philadelphia.|
|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.|