|Exposés, horrid basketball, soaring franchise valuations and infinite pitchers of Shirley Temples. What's not to love about the state of our (once) beloved Philadelphia 76ers?|
|Sam Hinkie will take center stage tonight for his third draft at the helm of what he has single-handedly turned into the laughingstock of the NBA. He'll most likely have the opportunity to take a guy who could elevate the team a bit in the near term and provide a building block for the long term...or he could kick the can even further down the road and ensure yet another top pick for next summer...and the summer after that...and the summer after that. Rinse and repeat.|
|With the trade-deadline departures, Nerlens Noel was basically the last man standing on this roster of offcasts, retreads and misfits. In his elevated role (elevated equals a usage rate of about 19%), Noel has upped his offensive game to the point where he might not be a huge detriment on that end of the floor.|
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|Here's a fun game to pass the time (and clear the number of comments on the top post). Let's take a look at the Sixers roster and finish the following statement for each guy: "He'd be a legitimate NBA starter if..."|
|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.|
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|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.|