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Nerlens Noel is beginning to come into his own as an NBA player, potential Rookie of the Year, and defensive power. Much was made about Noel’s longtime friendship and relationship with former Sixer Michael Carter-Williams, but Noel really stepped his game up since MCW became a Buck. And he’s meshing really well with current starting point guard Ish Smith. In fact, 20.3% of Ish Smith’s passes as a Sixer have been to Nerlens Noel, and Noel shoots 71.2% on shots taken after those passes. So it makes sense that Nerlens is excited. But this still has to hurt:
Sorry MCW, Tony Wroten, Isaiah Canaan, Tim Frazier, Larry Drew, and part-time Alexey Shved and JaKarr Sampson.
I imagine it’s been a trying year for the Sixers graphics guy.
H/T to (@natesfox)
The above image was put together by the Sixers, via Tom Moore, to show just how historic Nerlens Noel’s season has been so far. The Rookie of the Year momentum is turning, but it’s still in Andrew Wiggins’ corner (because points). But when you put Nerlens’ numbers up against those in history — and not just rookies — you can actually see his superstar potential on paper. This weekend, he had 38 points and 25 rebounds in two games (most came on Friday night). He’s been incredible to watch. And now, I can’t wait to hear all of the “just wait until they trade him” comments.
When Joel Embiid first tweeted about #TellJoel last week, we assumed he’d be answering fan questions on twitter. As it turns out, it’s for some app, but at least we learned that Joel is the ladies man… just not much of an actor. Odysseus odorifously oflacty emanations.
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For once, some good points are made when discussing the Sixers. More on that later.
The Daily News asked three of their basketball writers one simple question: When will the Sixers make the playoffs? Bob Cooney, Sam Donnellon, and John Smallwood actually gave rational, thought-out answers. Dick Jerardi did not. Here’s Jerardi’s opening graf, read best while ragtime piano and old black and white Wilt Chamberlain clips play in the background:
Never, if the Sam Hinkie/Ponzi scheme-like/play-it-forward mentality continues indefinitely. The investors (the fans who buy tickets and merchandise) have risked their money and loyalty on a future that may never have a payoff. It is quite possible everybody will look around in a few years, see a team that is no closer to the playoffs than this one and ask: What was that all about and how do I get my money back?
Hey Dick, fans risking “their money and loyalty on a future that may never have a payoff,”? That’s called sports. You work in it.
I don’t hate the theory of being in position to get a great player or two by accumulating draft picks and salary cap space. I do hate that it is only a theory with no guarantees that the team will ever get the right pick in the right year or that Hinkie will know the right player to pick or that a franchise-changing free agent will ever want to come here.
Agents talk. So do players. Right now, none of them is talking well of Hinkie or the Sixers. Hinkie can say he never uses the word “asset” to describe a player, but he is treating players exactly that way, disposable as old basketballs. If Hinkie actually does start to get really good players, how loyal will they be?
Ah, here we are again. Writers using exactly zero information to claim that people are shit-talking Sam Hinkie around the league and there is some kind of secret pact among veterans never to sign here. And let’s dispel the quip that Hinkie treats players like “old basketballs.” When he got here, he cleared house to build the team he wanted to build in the style he wanted to build it. Since then, most of his trades have been to acquire draft picks while giving up little or nothing in return. Continue reading
Throughout the season, the Sixers have been accused of fielding a roster that barely qualifies as an NBA team, but the Minnesota Timberwolves had to sign a member of the Delaware 87ers last night because they literally couldn’t field a roster that qualified as an NBA team. According to Deadspin, the Wolves only had 7 available players going into last night’s game at Madison Square Garden, one shy of the NBA’s minimum. So what could they do? Literally find the closest player. Enter the 87ers’ Sean Kilpatrick.
Kilpatrick, who previously worked out for the Wolves, was notified just after his 87ers practice that the
Knicks Wolves were signing him to a 10-day contract and he drove up to New York just in time for tip-off. “We had to fulfill our rules,” Flip Saunders said. “So we had to go find somebody that was within a train ride away.” And Kilpatrick got his NBA call up, all because the Westchester Knicks were on the road to South Dakota.
Yesterday, Joel Embiid posted on Twitter that he would be answering questions/love/hate/whatever from people as long as they tweeted at him with #TellJoel. In true Embiid troll fashion, he’s still yet to actually respond to anyone, but he did post that he’s kinda disappointed with the weakness of the hate he’s been getting. And he’s right, here are three of the absolute worst things he’s been tweeted:
Really, those are the best ones. And usually I wouldn’t endorse sending hateful tweets at people for little-to-no reason, but Embiid is literally asking for it. Or, you could go this guy’s route:
It was worth a shot, guy.
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Earning his paycheck with this picture alone.
The season is hitting the final home stretch and, at this point, our eyes should be on the other teams that the Sixers hold protected picks from as much as they are on the Sixers. More about that, a former Sixer’s progress, Nerlens for ROY, and more, after the jump.