|The Sixers need Andrew Bynum on the floor to be a serious team in the Eastern Conference. They need him on the floor to have a shot at home court advantage in the first round. They need him just to be a playoff team. They probably don't need him to get off a decent start, however.|
|74 days after the rumor first tantalized us, 7 days before the Sixers tip off their season at home against the Denver Nuggets...today is the day when Andrew Bynum is expected to set foot on the practice floor with his teammates. Three days on, one day off, three days on, then the games count. Will Bynum be ready? More importantly, will he be healthy?|
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|Evan Turner has been a lightning rod since he arrived to Philly. From day 1 there have been strong camps both for and against the Villain - although recently the pro-camp has shown a bit of weakening and defections. But I think people are premature in jumping off the bandwagon. It is too early to throw in the towel - way too early to put ET in the Doug-house and look to make him some other team's problem. And as a bit of disclosure, I was for drafting ET at #2, on the basis that he was the clear cut 2nd best player in his draft, although that was a bit by default as the draft appeared to be weak. And I have also been a vocal critic of his game - and particularly his lack of efficiency - for quite some time. I do not subscribe to the belief that ET is a victim of circumstance, or that he has not gotten ample opportunity to prove himself. So I've never really been on the ET bandwagon, but have been concerned recently over the growing consensus to pull the plug.|
|Last season, over 79 games (including playoffs), Jrue Holiday played exactly 9 minutes and 57 seconds without Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner or Lou Williams on the floor with him. That's not a surprise, considering those three were a huge part of the rotation, but it's significant because this year, he's going to have the opportunity to play the Steve Nash role more often, hopefully, he'll play it exclusively when he's on the floor.|
Latest comment: from Dollar BillJust came across your 2 replies this morning. Good meditation on Jrue. Thanks for the thoughts. ...
|With the season a bit more than a week away, it's time to take a stab at a few predictions. Instead of going with basic stats, for now, instead I want to focus on minute distribution. The Sixers, like every other team in the league, have 96 minutes/game to fill at shooting guard and small forward. This year, 75% of the rotation at those positions will change, but who gets the bulk of the minutes?|
Latest comment: from mymanjrueI spent the summer reworking my quipping form with Herb Mage and Dollar Bill still puts me to shame...
|With Andrew Bynum sitting idly by, the Sixers took the floor against the refurbished Boston Celtics (sans Garnett) last night for our first glimpse of the post-Iguodala era in Philadelphia. The game had a strange kind of feeling at times, at other times it felt eerily similar to the past couple of seasons. Most of the time, I was just letting the differences sink in. There are things to like, definitely, foremost among them is the road kill perched atop Spencer Hawes' dome. Seeing him wear that mullet in public is almost worth the pain of having to watch him play.|
Latest comment: from mymanjrueI LOVE his honesty...guy is living a very strange life, probably can't tell who to trust, etc...I like DMC...
|The past couple of days featured two games which carried very little meaning, and a cautiously worded bit of news concerning the Sixers savior's problematic knee. Let's add some meaning to the meaningless and dissect Bynum's procedures to kick off our week.|
|The idea for this post came from a well-worn and hotly-debated question in post-Iverson 76ers fandom: is it possible to win a championship in the "Superstar Era" of the NBA without a superstar? Full disclosure: my first recollection of the NBA goes back to the 76-77 season, so my first three years following the NBA saw three balanced teams without a true superstar ('77 Blazers, '78 Bullets, '79 Sonics) win championships, while the superstars of the day (Erving, Kareem, Maravich, David Thompson, Gervin) all went ring-less. So I have seen it happen more than younger readers of Depressed Fan, who only have the '04 Pistons as a counterexample. But the NBA became a different game in 1980, or so the argument goes, and the Superstar era has continued unabated since then. So what follows is an analysis of all 33 championship teams from 1980-2012 (teams are referred to by the year in which they won the title, e.g., '83 Sixers). To make this a Sixers-centric post, I then compare the '12 Sixers to the champions, so that we can get a sense of how that team stacked up against the NBA champions and how the '13 Sixers might be better or worse.|
|We've covered what the Sixers lost, and how their perimeter group was reshaped, now it's time to stop skirting the issue. When the Sixers snuck into the Dwight Howard sweepstakes and somehow convinced Orlando to take a package of bad draft picks and middling prospects instead of Andrew Bynum, they fundamentally changed who they are. From unorthodox to tried-and-true, the Sixers have changed their path. Now they just need to fit the pieces together and make it work.|
|While Andrew Bynum was, by far, the most meaningful addition of the summer, the Sixers went to great lengths to reshape their perimeter attack. Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams and Jodie Meeks are all gone, their replacements....shooters.|
Latest comment: from T McLAbsolutely a high quality post Jesse - we are just getting back into the swing of things....
The preseason (3 days) and regular season (23 days) openers are bearing down on us in a pleasant, |
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|The last time a playoff team experienced the type of turnover the Sixers have this summer was in 2010 when Miami gutted their roster to make room for Chris Bosh and LeBron James. Obviously, no one in Miami thought twice before making those moves. It's hardly a risk to jettison guys like Michael Beasley to make room for the best player on the planet and an All Star power forward to join forces with Dwyane Wade. The Sixers, however, had to give up value to get value. The first part of this series will examine exactly what they gave up.|
|The first three years of Jrue Holiday's career have been equal parts tease, promise and growth. Unbiased observers could say he's been a disappointment, an overachiever or a burgeoning star without being totally off base. Year four, however, is when the ambiguity needs to end.|
|With a couple of new contracts for leftover players, the departure of most of last season's roster, and the new additions headlined by Andrew Bynum, it's time to take a look at the Sixers' salary cap situation for this season, and going forward.|
|According to more reports than you can shake a stick at, the Philadelphia 76ers will acquire Andrew Bynum (pictured above destroying the Sixers) in a four-team trade. Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic are the players reportedly on the move, and Jason Richardson will join Bynum in Philadelphia.|
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