Monday, July 18, 2016

Ben Simmons shows early signs of superstardom

 “It was only Summer League.”

“Look who he played against!”

“He still can’t shoot.”

Such qualifiers are technically true, albeit na├»ve, because it only took watching Ben Simmons control the Summer League court with a smooth fluidity for a matter of minutes to see that there’s something special there – signs of superstardom.

Simmons plays the game with a poise, maturity, and wisdom well beyond his age, and he doesn’t need to be competing in the NBA Finals for his skillset to jump through the screen and command the observer’s attention. He has natural instincts for the game that can’t be taught or traditionally improved upon, in the way that his jump-shoot can. He’s the rare player that you don’t want to take your eyes off of for fear of missing something spectacular. That’s something that the Sixers haven’t had since the days of Allen Iverson.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Ben Simmons doesn't pass like a rookie

Ben Simmons is - for all intents and purposes - a rookie, but he sure doesn't pass like one. Simmons has turned the Las Vegas Summer League into his own passing exhibition, firing off one impressive pass after another, often to recipients ill-equipped to convert.

Watch Simmons control the Summer League court with a smooth fluidity for five minutes and it is easy to see why Sixers fans are excited. The origin of the Magic Johnson comparisons also becomes evident.

Monday, July 11, 2016

3 teams to look out for in the upcoming NBA season

By: Joe Messineo (@joemess17)

The Spurs have been dominant for more than a decade. There is little reason to see that changing anytime soon. With Kevin Durant joining the Warriors next season, those 107 points per game we saw them putting up last year will likely soar even higher. Certain teams in the NBA are expected to succeed next season. They will be there come next April and be definite contenders to raise the trophy in June. But there are also some teams that few people are talking about that could potentially upset the balance of the power in the NBA this upcoming season.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Ben Simmons is a basketball wizard

Ben Simmons wasted little time in showcasing his court vision and passing ability on the professional level. Simmons had Sixers fans hitting rewind on the remote in the first quarter of his first Summer League game.

His vision, combined with his ability to turn a defensive rebound into a transition opportunity is reminiscent of Magic Johnson, or LeBron James, or some weird Australian hybrid of the two. Though it was only Summer League, he played with an obvious poise and confidence, and his basketball IQ was evident almost immediately.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sixers interested in UFA Courtney Lee

With free agency rapidly approaching, the upstart Sixers have reported interest in several perimeter players, and another one can be added to the list.

According to an informed source, the Sixers are interested in unrestricted shooting guard Courtney Lee, who played for the Grizzlies and then the Hornets last season. Lee is not the team’s top target at shooting guard– that may be Portland’s Allen Crabbe – but more of a backup plan, according to the source.

Although Lee, 30, is substantially older (in NBA terms) than the young members of the Sixers nucleus, he checks boxes in three key areas that the organization is interested in: he’s a veteran with NBA Finals experience, he can space the floor with his shooting, and he is a proven perimeter defender.

Skillset-wise, Lee is exactly the type of player that the Sixers should target, but his age and desire for a final [large] payday may minimize the likelihood of him signing with the Sixers.

The Sixers desire to add perimeter talent is evident. In a stark contrast from the past few summers, the Sixers are poised for an extremely busy free agency period.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Ben Simmons is the favorite to win Rookie of the Year

Ben Simmons has the potential to win many awards throughout his NBA career, starting with the Rookie of the Year award, which he is favored to win.

The odds for the NBA's 2016-17 ROY were recently released, via Bovada, and Simmons tops the list with 13/4 odds. Behind him is Buddy Hield at 11/2, and then Brandon Ingram at 13/2.

View the complete list of odds below:

Simmons projects as extremely NBA-ready, and he should have every opportunity to produce in Philadelphia, so he certainly seems to be a safe bet to win the award.

Fellow Sixer Joel Embiid, who is technically still a rookie despite being drafted back in 2014 has the seventh best odds of the class at 14/1.

Monday, June 27, 2016

76ers Report: Ben Simmons is a Sixer

The 2016 NBA Draft is in the books, and Ben Simmons is officially a Sixer. Michael Kaskey-Blomain was in Brooklyn at the Draft, while Jeff McMenamin was at the Sixers Draft Party at Eakins Oval.

In a new episode of the 76ers Report, Jeff and Michael react to the Draft, share their experiences from Draft night and discuss the Sixers selections.

Listen to the new episode below, via blogtalkradio;

Check out past episodes of the 76ers Report here.