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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Sixers Will Wear Special Stance Socks to Honor Darryl Dawkins

The Sixers will honor the late, great Darryl Dawkins on Saturday night, and the honoring will extend all the way to the team's socks.

The Sixers will sport special Stance socks with an image of Chocolate Thunder in action on them. The socks can be seen below, via the Sixers:


Pretty cool.

Michael Carter-Williams on the Trading Block Again? `

Michael Carter-Williams' stay in Milwaukee may not be a long one, according to a report from CBS Sports, which states that the Bucks have placed the third-year point guard on the trading block.

The Bucks have basically regressed since they acquired Carter-Williams from the Sixers in a trade last February that simultaneously shipped Brandon Knight out of town, and they may now be looking to move on from the former Rookie of the Year. If they do, they would be the second team to have done so in as many years.

Ironically enough, the Sixers took a lot of flak for trading the promising young point for a protected lottery pick last year, but it seems they may have been ahead of the curve. The Bucks will not see such a return if they do move Carter-Williams. According to the CBS report, the current market for Carter-Williams is dismal:

"MCW's trade value is at an all-time low. There's no real gain to be had by dealing [him], you're not going to find good deals for [him] at this point with MCW looking like an offensive computer virus."

Ouch.

Carter-Williams is a decent guard with good size, but he has major defencies, and they have not been much improved upon since he entered the league. Milwaukee basically giving up on him after less than a single season would not reflect greatly on him, especially after Coach Jason Kidd was so eager for the partnership.

With a deep talent pool of point guards spread across the league's landscape, Carter-Williams may be destined for a career as a backup.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Brett Brown's Out-of-Timeout Production Needs Improvement

Granted, any statistics regarding Brett Brown's coaching efficiency need to be taken with a teaspoon of salt, considering the talent pool he has had to work with in his first three years at the head of the Sixers' sideline.

Still though, the Sixers are often unsuccessful in scoring directly out of a timeout; something that has been long evident to the consistent observer. Brown currently ranks dead last in the NBA in terms of producing points out of a timeout. Kevin McHale produced less, but he was relieved of his duties earlier in the season.

Image via Twitter
Again, some of this lack of out-of-timeout production certainly has to do with the team's talent, as well as its overall (lack of) experience level in professional play execution. However, as the team continues to add and develop talent, and build back into a contender moving forward, their ability to produce out of a timeout must improve.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Sixers Played the Warriors Better than Anyone Else Recently

The Warriors are still on pace to set the NBA single season record for wins in a season. In other words, they're pretty darn good. But, it's not just that they're beating teams, it's how they're beating teams.

Over the past ten days, the Warriors beat both the Spurs and the Cavaliers, considered by most to be the second and third best teams in the league, respectively, by 30 points. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Nerlens Noel Absolutely Posterizes Andre Drummond

Coming soon to a bedroom wall near you.

No Sixer has benefitted more from the re-addition of Ish Smith than Nerlens Noel. Dude has just been playing with an increased bounce and confidence, all of which was on display on this play when he decided to put Andre Drummond on the wrong side of a poster. 

For your enjoyment: 





We see you, Nerlens.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Ish Smith Has Transformed the Sixers

This article appears in its entirety on The Sixer Sense.

The Urban Dictionary defines 'ish' as something that is really good.   This definition is fitting, because since Philadelphia's own Ish (Smith) returned to the Sixers, that is exactly what he has been. 

Smith's personal play has been phenomenal since his return to Philadelphia. He is averaging a career high 16.5 points per game since re-joining the Sixers this season, while also dishing out 8.5 assists per game, also a career high. That per game assist output is good for fifth in the entire NBA, even with the Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

76ers Report: Ish Smith is Good

Jeff McMenamin and Michael Kaskey-Blomain are back with a new episode of the 76ers Report. The NBA season has passed the midway point, and Jeff and Michael reflect on what they have seen from the Sixers so far. They discuss the recent play of Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor, as well as the overall [major] impact of Ish Smith on virtually every on-court aspect of the Sixers.

Check out the new episode below, via blogtalkradio:



Listen to past episodes of the 76ers Report here.