|By November 1st, a mere 63 days from now, Rod Thorn will have to make the first in a series of decisions on the young core of his team. The day after Halloween is the deadline for extension of players with three years in the league, still on their first-round rookie contracts. Jason Smith, Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young all meet the criteria.|
|I'll be the first to admit that I have strong feelings about certain members of this team. Mainly, guys who hover on the periphery of the "young core." In the great tradition of Depressed Fan, I hope I'll be proven wrong about one or two. After the jump, let's take a shot at guessing which one(s) will exceed expectations.|
Latest comment: from Charlie HYeah. And all Americans are assholes....
|If you're in the mood for positive vibes regarding our beloved Sixers, this is most definitely not the post for you. After the jump I'm going to share a sinking feeling I've had in the pit of my stomach for the past couple of weeks.|
|I've seen a ton of chatter about the Sixers possibly trading Andre Iguodala if they pick Evan Turner with the number two pick in next month's draft. Let me start by saying that's asinine, at this point. There's absolutely no need to trade anyone right now. Drafting Turner does turn up the heat on one particular Sixers, in my mind, however. The impact on Thad after the jump.|
|Late last night I was thinking about the Sixers and checking out various stats when a thought came to me. I've been in the camp that the Sixers have a core worth building around, or at least the beginning of one. When I was looking at the stats, and ages, of the players on the team, I couldn't help but ask myself a few very tough questions. I'd like to get your thoughts after the jump.|
|Eddie Jordan's new starting lineup only played 11:07 together in tonight's game against Indiana, but in those 11+ minutes they outscored the Pacers 24-15, after the jump we'll take a look at how they dominated, with a few words about the rest of the game as well.|
|Three weeks ago, I chronicled a disturbing trend of Thad Young's decreased contributions in the second half of games. Little did I know that a week later, he'd disappear completely. He still on the floor, sometimes too much, but he's been a complete drain on the team. After the jump, a look at how bad he's been, and maybe why.|
Latest comment: from AlvinFunny how when Thad's scoring, he isn't rebounding....
|Last night, in the comments Noah asked if there was a split available to track Thad's performance throughout the game. It seems to me, and to a number of other people as well, that Thad disappears after the break very frequently. I pulled the data (thanks in large part to data made available by BasketballGeek.com), check out the numbers after the jump.|
|The past couple of days have pushed me pretty close to the edge of sanity as a Sixers blogger, so after taking a much-needed break from the AI/Jordan/Willie Green/Stefanski/Snider suckhole this evening, I figured I could use something positive to sink my teeth into. It took me some time, but then I found what is actually a pleasant trend, enjoy after the jump.|
|Thad Young has been a disappointment through 13 games. The Princeton offense, or the version the Sixers have been running to be fair, has not been kind to Thad or his stat line. After the jump, we'll take a look a closer look at his numbers and try to figure out what about the PO is making offense harder for the kid.|
|Bob Ford's column today is mainly about Elton Brand's newfound position at the end of the bench for the bulk of the second half, and how this must look to the team's owner. Personally, I don't care how much each player is making. In a perfect world, you wouldn't dole out minutes based on salary. Not if your goals are winning and/or developing a roster. If your only goal is saving your job, then yes, coach by dollars. That's not the point of this post, however. I want to talk about the theory behind the moves Jordan is making.|
Latest comment: from TrayYeah. He's a good writer though, I enjoy his stuff....
|In what was little more than a formality, the Sixers exercised their 4th-year options on Thad Young and Jason Smith, and their 3rd-year option on Marreese Speights today. Effectively, locking them down for next season. This news isn't really news, there was never a doubt concerning Thad and Speights, probably not for Smith either. This does raise a question about what happens next summer, though. We'll dive into it after the jump.(Also, info on a fantasy hoops league)|
|It wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a win. The Sixers fourth in a row to open the preseason, in fact. After the jump I'll give you my first-hand notes on the team's performance at the Garden tonight.|
|We're right in the middle of the fun part of the Predicting 2010 series. Today, Thad Young gets his turn. After the jump we'll project some stats and talk about the ever-expanding role of our starting small forward.|