|The little "d" in dallas is intentional. Looking at their roster, it amazes me they aren't ranked worse than 21st in DFR. Jose Calderon, Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis are three of the worst defenders at their positions. Those three play a combined 101 minutes/game, the team's DFR must be a testament to the efforts of Marion and Dalembert on that end of the floor.|
|The Pelicans and Sixers will have their fates intertwined for years to come as we watch Nerlens Noel and Jrue Holiday play out their careers, but this season carries special weight. Every Pelicans loss is an extra chance at a ping pong ball, but too many losses could mean delayed gratification on the second half of the Jrue Holiday trade. The pro-tanking contingent will be kissing their sisters no matter what happens, everyone else...go Sixers!|
|5-4 with wins over the Heat, Bulls and Rockets. This team of leftovers, rejects and wannabes has now topped LeBron James, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard and Kyrie Irving, to name a few. Tonight, they'll take a team also lacking a superstar, and a journeyman shooter is the guy who scares me the most.|
|The Sixers had no chance against the Spurs. Zero. San Antonio is a well-oiled machine, completely disciplined up and down the roster. If the Sixers played them 100 times, they'd lose 99, or more. Houston is a different animal. An unformed juggernaut with more than one Achilles heel. Can the Sixers take advantage? Probably not.|
|The charade of a 4-3 start will most likely be shattered tonight when Brett Brown's old team comes to town. The Spurs won't be surprised by anything the Sixers try to do, they wrote the book. Expect light minutes for Duncan, Ginobili and Parker, and a lopsided score when all is said and done.|
|After thoroughly outclassing the hapless Cavs in Philly last night, the Sixers hitched a ride to Cleveland to do it all over. The conclusion of this back-to-back, home-and-home is going to tell us something about both of these teams. The Cavs have a mandate to make the playoffs from ownership. The Sixers have a mandate to win the lottery from their GM. Another Sixers win will put both destinies in doubt.|
|I suppose this intro writes itself...Andrew Bynum will finally suit up in Philadelphia, only he won't be wearing Sixers duds. Cleveland has already gotten more for their money than Philly did in their dealings with Bynum, but that's far from their money's worth. Tonight, it'll be Kyrie vs. MCW with plenty of boos cascading down on Bynum (and probably the hometown team if they don't start defending).|
|Make no mistake about it, this roster was built to lose. Sam Hinkie and Brett Brown spent extensive time this summer talking about how the rebuild was going to be a slow process. The team didn't make a single move in the offseason designed to move the needle in a positive direction for the 2013-2014 season. This is a team full of cast-offs and immovable pieces and their second choice at #11 in last summer's draft is, to steal a phrase from Zumoff, turning garbage into gold.|
Latest comment: from bukeYikes! I guess that means Lavoy and Davies are the backup frontliners . Let's see what they can do....
|Well, it had to happen eventually. The moment I hadn't given a second's thought to all summer is finally upon us. The Philadelphia 76ers will take the floor against a legitimate professional basketball team tonight, the first of 82 contests in which they will be decided, and deserved underdogs.|
|After an interminable journey through the ranks of disinterested assistant NBA coaches, the Sixers finally tagged their man (then had to pay a king's ransom to get him to take the job) in Brett Brown. Brown's bonafides are fine. Unfortunately, it's probably going to take him longer than the 4 guaranteed years the Sixers gave him to get his coaching record above .500.|
|No pun intended. In a move that appears to be spinning wheels and helping out an old friend, Sam Hinkie has traded for Royce White - an average D-Leaguer with anxiety problems (and a Twitter obsession) - and Furkan Aldemir, a stashed European big man.|
Latest comment: from TrayI still say pled, for what it's worth. And I'm a 20-something....
|I get it, I really do. You traded your best asset for essentially the #1 pick in this year's draft and a probable lottery pick in next year's draft. You've made the team bad...Bobcats bad. They're going to be bad for (at least) a year when it could pay huge dividends to be bad. Get worse to get better...the middle is the worst...accumulate assets. It all makes sense, I just have a favor to ask.|
|When David Stern strides to the podium tonight to announce the Sixers selection in the 2013 draft we might get our first glimpse into Sam Hinkie's team-building strategy. Or maybe we'll just get to see how he handles a late lottery pick in a terrible draft. Either way, at least something will happen, and the stakes aren't particularly high.|
|In shocking news, the Sixers are reportedly, maybe, possibly interested in Will Bynum (no relation).|
Latest comment: from GoSixersHe wouldn't have drafted Evan Turner in the top 10...
|To brighten up your holiday weekend (and provide a fresh post for draft arguments), commenter Sander has provided us with his perspective on the right path forward. I believe it involves losing a bunch of games, and possibly having Thad fake an injury, but I'm not sure. Enjoy.|