|As we turn the calendar to 2015, unfortunately we can't turn back the clock and add some useful pieces to the Sixers current roster. If you're one of the hundreds still tuning into, or attending games, I applaud your sadistic streak. If you've decided to sit out this mess and maybe check back in if/when current leadership is ruining a different franchise, or they hit the jackpot with a pick, well, then you're probably a well-adjusted individual who's looking forward to 2015. One thing we can all agree on is the importance of a top-three pick in this summer's draft.|
|One man has been exposed as a vile human being for his hateful comments and business practices as a slumlord. Another has been lauded for his forward-thinking management and shrewd business decisions. Donald Sterling is a pariah, and rightfully so. Josh Harris is heading in that direction in some circles, and worshipped in others. One thing the two men have in common is the path on which they took their franchises.|
|In Brian's temporary absence, I'm putting up this article to start a new discussion thread, as things bog down a bit on some browsers after 500+ comments. In the blogs honor, I'll steer away from my typical pro-Hinkie apologetic blather and try and post something a bit more cutting...|
|At the end of June in 2007 I was walking the streets of Dubrovnic looking for an internet cafe so I could find out who the Sixers would take to help the franchise bounce back from the Allen Iverson trade. Thad Young wasn't the name I was expecting to read, but the news certainly didn't ruin my vacation. Over the next seven years in Philly, he'd reach the playoffs four times and keep his chin up as the team was torn down to the studs around him. Nothing but the best in Minny, Thad. The return for their best (remaining) player? Questionable.|
Latest comment: from Dollar Bill"Good luck" this season to 'traveling salesmen' Willie Green (Magic), Jameer Nelson (Mavs) and John Salmons (Pelicans) !!! ...
|Assuming the Sixers are done shaping their roster, the starting lineup on opening night will probably look something like Carter-Williams, McDaniels, Thompson, Young and Noel. Swapping Wroten in for McDaniels is also a possibility, but I'm hoping that's a long shot. Let's take a close look at what we can expect from either of those lineups, and maybe identify some opportunities for players to surprise this season.|
|Orlando is in the books. Up next, Las Vegas. The Sixers are dealing with some injury problems with KJ McDaniels on the shelf. The coaching staff is treating Nerlens Noel very carefully. The free agent dominoes are falling in a big way, will the Sixers sit out the frenzy completely or find a way to get involved?|
|If you've been around at all recently it's painfully clear what I think of the Sixers organization right now. As I drudge through the Hinkie idolatry in the comments every day, my blood boils. I become more reactionary and bitter by the day, so here's my attempt to separate emotion from logic and state my case. My guess is it will fall on deaf ears, but what the hell.|
|According to Marc Spears, of Yahoo fame, the Sixers were among the teams to place an immediate call to Avery Bradley last night when he officially became a free agent. Assuming it wasn't a drunk dial on Hinkie's part, this is the type of move that would have excited me in the past.|
|With the number three pick, the Sixers selected Joel Embiid. Embiid would've gone #1 had he not broken a bone in his foot during (or prior to) limited workouts for the draft. He was clearly the most talented guy left at number three, he's also most likely not going to play at all this season.|
|Everything and anything. You know my stance, just find a way to get Wiggins, that's the only meaningful goal today, Sam. I won't even pay attention to the 20 other trades to shuffle deck chairs in the second round tonight and in future drafts. Just get your guy and realize none of your other assets matter without the lynchpin.|
Latest comment: from anomiemnemonicalso basically you're saying Varnado deserves more minutes?...
|Let the contrarian in you peek out his ugly little head. Sometimes laying waste to the guys you don't want to see in your favorite team's uniform is cathartic. Let's take a quick shot.|
|As long as New Orleans doesn't leapfrog their way into a top three pick and the Sixers don't fall out of the top three, tomorrow night's lottery won't be a disaster.|
|Sam Hinkie's foolhardy decision to hold out for more instead of dumping Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes back in December might cost the Sixers the worst record in the league this season, but a loss tonight will secure a spot in the record books. If Houston shows up even a little bit, Philadelphia will tie the Cavs with their 26th consecutive loss. That's one for the resumé!|
|17 and counting. Tanking in professional sports has always been about the difficult balancing act between wanting to be bad enough to land a top draft pick while giving the appearance to your fans (and possibly the governing body of your league) that you're trying to win. It must be a revelation for Sam Hinkie and Josh Harris to embrace the first while disregarding the second. Two games separate the Sixers from the best odds at the #1 spot.|
|Whenever a team challenges the 9-73 worst record ever in an NBA season there's always a pang of embarrassment. The Sixers set that mark before I was born, in a 17-team league led by the 68-win Celtics. They set that mark in a time when trying to lose never entered the conversation, in a time when wins were a more valuable commodity than second round draft picks and accumulated lottery balls. That team was better than this team, in fact, every team that's ever set foot on an NBA floor was better than the team Sam Hinkie is currently suiting up every night. Whether you think what he's done is good, bad or inconsequential, the Sixers have moved the bar.|
Latest comment: from GoSixersSophmore year is not entirely useless...I think two years is the limit the NBA should engender for a variety of reasons on and off the court Interesting rehash of the ESPN D.R.A.F.T Initiative today http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10594203/nba-making-case-one-done-players...