Monday, May 23, 2016

The Stats Say Simmons

To say that the Sixers have an extremely important decision to make on draft day would be an understatement. The choice that they make on that evening may very well go on to shape and define the franchise for the foreseeable future. 

In Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, the Sixers have two very promising prospects to choose from, but who should they pick? 

The stats say Simmons. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

76ers Fans Would Prefer Ben Simmons Over Brandon Ingram

This article appears in its entirety on The Sixer Sense.

The Philadelphia 76ers finally received some lottery luck when they were awarded the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The pick represents the team's first top overall selection in twenty years, and third ever. The other two top selections in franchise history were first-ballot Hall-of-Famer (that is cool to type) Allen Iverson, and ironically enough, the man responsible for the implementation of "the process," Doug Collins. You may remember him from betting the farm on Andrew Bynum. 

Now, after three straight seasons of struggle, the Sixers are positioned for an immediate reversal of fortunes with the opportunity to add a potential superstar with the primer pick. Universal consensus points to '16 being a two-player draft, and the Sixers have a difficult decision ahead of them. With the excitement and promise of a top pick comes a lot of pressure, especially considering the Sixers' situation. In short, they can't afford to miss.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The 76ers Future Looks Pretty Bright

Somewhere, Sam Hinkie is grinning ever so slightly. Lady Luck finally looked favorably upon the Sixers at the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday evening in New York City, and suddenly the organization’s immediate outlook looks a whole lot brighter.

The Sixers, represented by beleaguered Head Coach Brett Brown, were awarded the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, and thus they will finally get their pick of the litter. The pick represents the team's first top overall selection since 1996 - when it used the first pick in the deep draft to select first-ballot Hall-of-Famer Allen Iverson - and third ever. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

76ers Report: The 76ers Win! NBA Draft Lottery Reaction

Finally, some good luck for the Philadelphia 76ers.

After an especially difficult season, the Sixers were rewarded with the top selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, and they will have the opportunity to draft a potential superstar in either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram.

On a new episode of the 76ers Report, long-time 76ers reporters Jeff McMenamin and Michael Kaskey-Blomain react to the Sixers winning the Draft Lottery, and discuss the top pick in the '16 Draft, among other things.

As always, you can listen to the new episode below via blogtalkradio, and be sure to check out past episodes of the 76ers Report here.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

2016 NBA Draft Lottery Team Participants

Below is a list of the individual team participants for the 2016 NBA Draft lottery. Each team has an in-stage and a lottery room participant.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Draft Day Will Be Busy for 76ers

June 23rd will be a busy day for the Philadelphia 76ers and new GM Bryan Colangelo. The team will have three – or four, depending on how the ping pong balls bounce – first round picks in the hyped 2016 NBA Draft, as well as an arsenal of cap space and attractive young assets with which to leverage in the name of imminent improvement. What transpires on draft night will go a long way toward shaping the immediate future of the franchise.

During Sam Hinkie's tumultuous tenure with the team, the Sixers stacked picks and young players laden with potential in order to develop a wide talent base with which to build. Without pressure to contend immediately, asset acquisition was the main objective, and Hinkie proved deft at the task. Now with a new regime in tow with a mandated emphasis on improvement, it seems as though the Sixers may be ready to act on some of those acquired assets by flipping them for tangible talent that could contribute to a rapid about-face.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

76ers Due for Some Lottery Luck

Luck is a central aspect of success in the NBA. Talent, coaching, and chemistry are all extremely important, but luck is equally integral. No title team gets there without catching a few breaks somewhere along the way. Securing a superstar via the bouncing of ping-pong balls, avoiding injury, favorable matchups; all predicated on luck. 

The Sixers are heading into a monumental summer in terms of the franchise's future, and after whiffing on a top two pick in each of the past two drafts - despite the obvious and best efforts of much maligned former General Manager Sam Hinkie - the Sixers are due for some of that ever important luck in the upcoming draft lottery.