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Seven Things You’re Missing If You Aren’t Paying Attention to the Sixers: Bad Ish

Jim Adair - February 26, 2015

Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s officially official. It’s been a week since Sam Hinkie sent Michael Carter-Williams to Milwaukee at the trade deadline, but last night was the first time MCW saw the floor for the Bucks. Against his old team, no less. Things did not go well for the Sixers, but let’s talk about some positives. Here’s what you’ve been missing if you haven’t been paying attention to the Sixers.

1) Though whispers came out of the trade deadline saying the Sixers were listening to offers on Joel Embiid, he’s still here. And according to Grantland, he’s got real value. Embiid was ranked the 35th best asset in the league in Bill Simmons’ annual trade value column. In the entire league. Simmons closed out his praise for Embiid with a lazy and tired dig at the Sixers’ plan, but it’s still a positive.

2) Nerlens Noel’s jumper (and foul shooting) are starting to come together. As Max Rappaport says, the Sixers coaching staff rebuilt his shot from the ground up, and they’re finally seeing it pay off. Here is Nerlens’ shot chart from the start of the season until January, via StatMuse:

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And, with an admittedly smaller sample size, here it is in February:

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That’s some real improvement. Additionally, Noel shot 50% from the free throw line from October through December. Since then, he’s shooting 67% from the line (and getting there at a much higher rate). It’s still not incredible, but it’s good to see real offensive growth from a player who came in as strictly a defensive prospect. Continue Reading

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MCW Will Make Bucks Debut Tomorrow Night Against the Sixers

Jim Adair - February 24, 2015

Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a long five days since the trade deadline sent Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels away from the Wells Fargo Center, but MCW has still yet to hit the court for the Milwaukee Bucks. His lingering foot injury has kept him off the floor, but he’s set to make his Bucks debut tomorrow night at home, against the visiting Sixers.

The game is sure to be full of weird moments. Maybe Nerlens will say “I’m sorry. I love you” before swatting an MCW floater into the third row. Maybe MCW will steal the ball from his replacement Isaiah Canaan. Maybe Furkan Aldemir could get some minutes. Maybe someone will watch. Really, anything could happen.

Recapping the Sixers’ Trade Deadline Moves

Jim Adair - February 19, 2015

Bye guys. Photo Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Bye guys.
Photo Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Okay, let’s start with the easy one:

The JaVale McGee Trade

Earlier today, the Sixers traded draft rights to Cenk Akyol to the Denver Nuggets for the hilarious JaVale McGee, the draft rights to the hilariously named Chukwudiebere “Chu Chu” Maduabum, and a 2015 first round pick. That pick comes from the Thunder and is top-18 protected this year, top-15 protected in 2016 and 2017. If all of those protections vest(?), it turns into a second round pick in 2018 and a second round pick in 2019. There will be a lot of laughs about the Sixers trading for McGee, but this is a great deal for Sam Hinkie.

Now, the other ones.

 

The MCW Trade

Michael Carter-Williams goes to the Bucks in a three-team deal which brings the Sixers another protected 2015 first round pick. That pick comes from the Lakers and is top-5 protected this year, top-3 protected in 2016, and fully unprotected in 2017. It’s a first round pick– it’s just a matter of what year.

The K.J. McDaniels Trade

McDaniels heads to Hinkie’s buddy Daryl Morey’s Rockets, and in return the Sixers get Denver or Minnesota’s 2015 second round pick and point guard Isaiah Canaan. Got it? Cool.

So where do we go now? The McDaniels deal stings a bit because in a year where fans really bought in, he was an entertaining, fun and captivating part of the on-court product. But, last summer, he negotiated a one-year deal so he could get out of this hell hole more quickly. Between that, and the Tweets from his mom, he probably wasn’t going to re-sign with the Sixers.

And the MCW deal? It makes total sense. Hinkie and the front-office never seemed to be sold on MCW — as evidenced by his permanent spot on the “available” list — and got what may amount to a top-10 pick in return (top 7 if they’re incredibly fortunate).

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Joel Embiid Sings Miley Cyrus Again

Jim Adair - December 29, 2014

The reason for the season

The reason for the season

The Sixers players were recently asked what their biggest guilty pleasure song was, and of course, Joel Embiid didn’t disappoint. He sang “Wrecking Ball” — not the first time, but it was worth the price of admission alone — and we also learned more about the other Sixers.

For example: Henry Sims loves Adele, MCW will be your crying shoulder, JaKarr Sampson has something in mind but really can’t bring himself to say it, and someone needs to tell Hollis Thompson that most people’s guilty pleasures are upbeat pop songs, not the depressing yarn that Kate Nash spins here.

8 Things You’re Missing if You Aren’t Paying Attention to the Sixers: Two Wins

Jim Adair - December 9, 2014

Photo Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Since the last time we did one of these posts, the Sixers have notched two wins. TWO WINS! Let’s call it a season right now because life is beautiful and this is as good as it gets. Just a short string of luck and these Sixers could be 64-18. We’re on our way.

But in reality, the last few games have shown Sixers fans with an eye towards the future a whole lot. Michael Carter-Williams, in the absence of a healthy backup, is touching the ball way more than anyone should, and Robert “Big Shot Bob” Covington is starting to look like an NBA player (almost). Things are happening. And no, no one can blame you if you aren’t watching, but here’s what you’re missing:

1) That first win was a joy to behold (and more exciting and nerve-wracking than it had any right to be). Liberty Ballers did a pretty great round-up of what it was like.

2) About that MCW thing:

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That is unhealthy and unsustainable. But in those last five games, MCW is averaging 19.6 pts, 12.2 assists and 9 rebounds. Those are ridiculous numbers, but they’ll drop when he’s not the only person ever touching the ball.

3) Before that second win, Will Leitch at Sports on Earth talked a bit about the pile-on of negative media attention the Sixers were getting, and how they deserved better:

Every time I ever read anything about the team, someone’s always typing with a sneer and snarl. The 76ers are the Tanking Tankers of Tanktown, the team supposedly ruining the league with its focus on the long-term rather than the short, the one such an aberration that the league darned-near changed its whole drafting structure, mid-stream, to stop them …

I’m not sure the 76ers are much more cynical than the Lakers, who are letting a lunatic legend amuse the masses with sideshows while they go through what Grantland’s Zach Lowe called “the most stealth tankjob in history.” I’m not sure they’re much more cynical than the Nets spending a millions on an aging roster to faux-legitimize an arena they forced on a populace that wasn’t asking for one. I’m not sure they’re any more cynical than the Marlins’ perpetual pump-and-dump strategy, or literally anything the Washington Football Team does, ever. I frankly don’t quite understand why the 76ers are the bad guys.

4) In highlight land, you can start calling K.J. McDaniels “Young Nasty Man”, because that’s levitation, holmes:

5) Big Shot Bob is coming into his own. In the four games in December, Covington is averaging 18 points while shooting 60% from three-point range and 54.3% from the floor. Look at this shot chart for December:

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That’s a thing of beauty. And late in the game? Covington is 10-12 from three-point range in the fourth quarter this season.

6) With those two wins, the Sixers have vacated the 30th spot on the Power Rankings, but that probably won’t last long.

7) Much of this stretch has been missed by Tony Wroten and Alexey Shved, leaving MCW to play an insane number of minutes. But Wroten is set to return tomorrow and Shved has been practicing.

8) And we heard a lot about Furkan Aldemir and then we heard nothing about Furkan Aldemir. We know he at least had a plane ticket to Philly, but since then, all we’ve heard is this:

We just hope he’s okay.

The Sixers play another (possibly) winnable game against the Hawks in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow.

Let’s Just All Imagine How Stoked MCW Will Be When He Sees Ellen Talk about Him on Her Show

Jim Adair - November 19, 2014

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Michael Carter-Williams, Sixers point guard and arch-nemesis of Stephen A. Smith, had mentioned in his Players’ Tribune essay that he watches “The Ellen Degeneres Show” with his step-father to take his mind off of the rough things in his life. He wrote:

“Every guy in the league deals with losing in his own way. Some come home, turn on the Xbox and try to get revenge on NBA 2K. The vets might watch a movie with the kids or jump in the hyperbaric chamber. The more progressive guys are turning to meditation and yoga.

I’m too impatient for that stuff. For me, it’s all about Ellen. I just think she’s awesome. So every weekday at 4 p.m., my stepfather and I pause the basketball talk, grab some snacks and watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show”. It might sound funny, but this is one of the ways I’m able to get away from the frustration of losing. Last winter, when we went on a near-historic losing streak, I was not a fun guy to be around.”

Well, today’s episode of “Ellen” hasn’t aired in the local market yet, but imagine MCW’s surprise when he sees his own — positively thrilled-looking face — next to Ellen’s. Video of the segment can be seen over here, but in it Ellen says that the entirety of Team Ellen (and she brings them all out) will be on the Sixers’ side against the Celtics tonight. I hope someone on that team can shoot the three. That Viking looks like he can probably post-up down low.

Here’s What You’re Missing if You Aren’t Paying Attention to the Sixers

Jim Adair - November 18, 2014

Photo Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The last six games for the Sixers have been a decidedly sadder stretch for the team than the first four. There was that heartbreaking two-point loss to the Magic, the three-point loss to the Bulls, the one-point loss to the Rockets, and losses to the Mavericks, Raptors, and Spurs by a combined 110 points. So, not great stuff. It’s enough to bum you out. Let’s look at that K.J. McDaniels block again to cheer us up. No one can blame you if you aren’t watching, but here’s what you’re missing:

Michael Carter-Williams is back. Though he’s only played in three games so far (and been on the floor for less than 90-minutes), his per-36 numbers are around what he was doing last year — his 19.9 pts, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assist compare well to John Wall’s 19.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 9.2 assists when you consider how little the Sixers are scoring — and he’s still pretty rusty. Outside of the immediate basket area (and two 3pt zones) he’s throwing up bricks:

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Speaking of K.J. McDaniels, he continues to block the shots of people who he has no business blocking the shots of. Last night? That was Tim Duncan:

The Sixers play the Celtics at home tomorrow in what some think (and most hope) can be their first win of the season. The Boston Globe thinks it’d be unimpressive if the Celtics won, but really bad if they lost:

It’s only Game 10 for the Celtics on Wednesday at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, yet it may be the most important game of the Brad Stevens era.

While beating an 0-10 76ers team that could be historically poor wouldn’t be much of an accomplishment, the Celtics have to find a way to win.

Well that says a lot more about the “Brad Stevens era” than it does about the Sixers.

Although Nerlens Noel’s offensive game is still unpolished (and will be for a while), he leads all rookies in rebounds, steals, and blocks per game. He’s sixth in points per game. K.J. McDaniels is second in blocks, and JaKarr Sampson — actual person, if you haven’t been watching — is third, giving the Sixers the three rookies averaging over 0.64 blocks per game (Nerlens has 1.5, K.J. has 1.4, and JaKarr has 0.67). No other team has one.

With the Sixers starting off 0-10 (the worst start in the NBA since the Wizards started 0-12 only two years ago) the old “could a college team beat an NBA team” narrative has picked back up. John Calipari has already said his Kentucky Wildcats would get buried by “any” NBA team, but the Wall Street Journal isn’t sure that’s true. They used a sports simulator to imagine that the Sixers played 1,001 games (40-minute games with college rules) each against Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State, and Kansas. Here’s what they found:

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We’re getting to the point in the season where even the people who knew what they were in for and bought tickets don’t want to go anymore. That’s good for you if you want to go (if not, it means nothing) because secondary market tickets are sub-$10 for up top and in places sub-$20 for some pretty good seats.

And who knows, if you go down and support the team, maybe you’ll be there when they roll that mascot out.

Stephen A. Smith Responds to MCW in the Most Stephen A. Smith Way

Jim Adair - November 14, 2014

Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

MCW took aim at shouting head Stephen A. Smith in his Players’ Tribune piece about (not) tanking yesterday:

The media creates this narrative and repeats it over and over. That’s how Stephen A. Smith ends up in our locker room with a big smile on his face (on night the Sixers were supposed to set losing streak record). I’m not picking on him. I know he’s playing a character. He knows he’s playing a character. But what happens when we break the streak by going out and beating Detroit that night? Now it’s another story. After the game, a lot of the reporters didn’t even stick around. The ones that did weren’t prepared. They didn’t ask us about the specifics of the game. They made up questions on the spot, like, “Uh, hey, you guys won … so how do you feel?”

We weren’t the story anymore. They were on to the next thing. Stephen A. didn’t really stick around. I guess he had a plane to catch. Believe me, I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure he doesn’t come back for the same reason.

Of course, not letting anyone else have the last word on anything that has ever happened, Mr. A. Smith started tweeting when he read MCW’s comments. It’s classic Stephen A. through and through, and you win the day if you can read this without hearing him screaming in your head [aggregated]:

“I’m sitting here waiting to catch a plane and finally I run across MCW’s comments about me in the “Players Tribune.” For the record: MCW is misinformed. First, never once have I accused any player of throwing games; the finger was pointed at the org. Secondly, that was last year, not this season. Thirdly, it was the absolute truth. Fourth, most folks think it still is — but I haven’t said so. Fifth: if MCW we’re [sic] paying attention, or had spoken to numerous employees who have been friends of mine for years*, he would’ve known I stuck around for 2 hours. I was actually in the back of the locker room with his coach AND GM. As for sticking around, what to you want me to say: Congrats on ending a 26-game losing streak? You’ve got a bright future MCW. I respect you. I root for the 76ers. But be careful who you try and call out. You’ll never have the last word. Ask some folks within the Sixers organization, they’ll tell you. They know first-hand. Wrong-brother!”

Okay, first off, as far as I can tell, MCW never said Stephen A. accused him of throwing games. He also never said it was this season. And quite frankly, Stephen A. correcting two non-mistakes is a bad way to start this all off. His response really does hammer home one thing MCW said, though: “I know [Stephen A. Smith’s] playing a character. He knows he’s playing a character.”

*If you’re playing along with the Stephen A. Smith drinking game, you have to finish your beer.