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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

NBA GM's are fond of Dario Saric

Check out the original article from Philly.com, here.
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NBA general managers think highly of Dario Saric.

At the start of every season, the NBA’s GMs respond to a set of questions about the best teams, players, coaches, fans, and offseason moves. The participating general managers are not permitted to vote for their own team or personnel.

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It was no surprise to see LeBron James voted as the league’s best player, or the player most managers would like to build a team around. It was also no surprise that the Sixers didn’t make an appearance in any categories predicting success this season. 

Philadelphia’s franchise does get some representation on the survey however, as one of their own was voted best international player NOT in the NBA.

With 32% of the total vote on that particular question, Saric, who the Sixers secured from Orlando in the 2014 Draft, tied with Rudy Fernandez as the best international player outside of the league’s landscape.

Fernandez played several seasons in the NBA with the Blazers and the Nuggets, while Saric, who Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown thinks is NBA-ready right now, has yet to make his NBA debut. He is currently playing under contract in Turkey and is not expected to join the Sixers this season. However, his arrival provides the franchise with something to look forward to.

Check out the complete survey here

Past and future: Joel Embiid meets Allen Iverson

The below picture, from the Sixers Instagram page, is great for a number of reasons:

1. Despite the somewhat unsatisfying end to his career, it is nice to see Iverson still around and associated with the Sixers. He has made it known time and again that his years as a Sixer were some of the best of his life, and for many Sixers fans, the feeling was mutual. Even though he can't go out and help the current crop on the court, it is still cool to have him around the team he carried for a decade.

2. Love that A.I. hasn't changed. You see a lot of players in retirement start to sport suits and similiar threads. Not A.I. He's still rocking the baggy clothes, Yankee fitted, and corn rows. A street pioneer through-and-through.

3. Damn Allen looks weird without facial hair. It took me a minute to place what was off about the picture and then it hit me. A.I. without facial hair is not a sight we're accustomed to seeing.

4. It had to be cool for Joel Embiid to meet the most important and influential player of the franchise's past 20 years in one of those past-meets-future moments. Hopefully A.I. gave him some advice on how to get buckets.

Image via @Sixers

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hollis Thompson poised for a big 2014-15 season

Check out the original article from Philly.com, here.
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Don't be shocked to hear Hollis Thompson's name mentioned among the most improved players this season.

With a roster ripe with youth and inexperience, and lacking an established offensive option, it seems safe to say that the Sixers will struggle to score at times this season.

As a team, the Sixers ranked 19th in the league last season, scoring an average of 99.5 points per game. Much of that production however was a result of the pace with which the team played. The Sixers attempted 87.2 field goals per game last season, second-most in the league behind only the Minnesota Timberwolves, who attempted 87.5 per game. A slightly slower pace this year, which Brett Brown has hinted at this offseason, would lead to less field goal attempts and in turn, less offensive output.


Derrick Rose falls, entire Bulls bench rushes to make sure he's not broken

After missing what turned out to be basically two full seasons in a row to injury issues, concern surrounding the health of Derrick Rose is warranted. When he hits the desk, everyone invested in the Bulls will hold their collective breath.

Check out the reaction of the Bulls bench after Rose falls to the baseline in an exhibition game against the Bulls' stiffest competition in the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers.



Luckily, Rose bounced back up, and he looked pretty dang good in the contest against Cleveland.

Still though, concern can be expected every time Rose hits the hardwood.

Michael Carter-Williams shows support for 'brother' Joel Embiid

After the surprising death of Joel Embiid' younger brother, his new Sixer teammate and reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams turned to Instagram to share some support for the center. 

Below a picture of himself and Embiid at Sixers Media Day, Carter-Williams wrote: 

"Up thinking about my bro. Although I haven't known you for that long I consider you abrother. You may be my teammate but my brother is our relationship. I feel for you bro and I'm sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine what it must be like. Just know I'm here for you and I'll be your side thru your struggles and help you succeed. I'm praying for you and your family every single day. Stay strong and continue on being great. #family" 

Friday, October 17, 2014

You could win $100,000 at a Sixers game this season

Via press release:

PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 15, 2014 – The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that SugarHouse Casino has joined the team as an Official Partner of the Philadelphia 76ers.

“We are proud to add SugarHouse Casino to our growing roster of partners as we work with them in providing our fans with unique assets and events,” said Sixers Chief Revenue Officer Chris Heck. “We look forward to tipping off our road season with SugarHouse on October 29 and building together valuable parts of our in-game experience here in Philadelphia.”

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“We’re Philly’s only casino, so we’re proud to partner with the Philadelphia 76ers,” said Wendy Hamilton, general manager of SugarHouse Casino. “The Sixers team this season is young and fun—all things we can relate to at SugarHouse—and we can’t wait to cheer them on.” 

When the Sixers take the floor in Indiana for their first regular season game against the Pacers, SugarHouse Casino will host the team’s season “Tip-Off Viewing Party” on Wednesday, October 29 at SugarHouse Casino (1001 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19125) from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.(game tip-off at 7:00 p.m.). Sixers legends Darryl Dawkins and Ambassador of Sixers Basketball World B. Free will attend, along with members of the Sixers Phlight Squad, who will interact with fans and give away prizes. The “Tip-Off Viewing Party” is free to attend and open to fans 21 and over. This event is a part of Sixers Blue Week, presented by Independence Blue Cross.

SugarHouse Casino’s season-long promotions include hosting the $100,000 Buzzer Beater Challenge at 10 Sixers home games (detailed below). During a break in play, one lucky fan will have the chance to participate in a shooting challenge to win the cash prize.

Games during which the $100,000 Buzzer Beater Challenge will take place:

Sat., Nov. 1
Miami HEAT
7:00 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 7
Chicago Bulls
7:00 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 1
San Antonio Spurs
7:00 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 5
Oklahoma City Thunder
7:00 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 15
Boston Celtics
7:00 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 5
Cleveland Cavaliers
7:00 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 21
New York Knicks
7:00 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 9
Golden State Warriors
7:00 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 11
Chicago Bulls
7:00 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 30
Los Angeles Lakers
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

K.J. McDaniels banks on his defensive dedication

Check out the original article from Philly.com here.
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K.J. McDaniels has a lot to prove this season. After signing an unconventional one-year rookie deal with the Sixers, his fate and future in the league is in his own hands. His performance on the court for the Sixers this season will go a long way toward determining his market value next summer. With those stakes established, the former Clemson Tiger is wide-eyed and eager for the opportunity.

“I feel like I have the God-given ability to go out there and compete with the best,” he stated prior to the preseasons start. “I’m just appreciative, and I just take every day as a learning experience. I’m going to go out there and try my hardest, and try to learn as much as possible.”

McDaniels sees himself as a sponge, soaking up all of the knowledge that he can while doing his best to take advantage of the opportunity in front of him.