December 3rd, 2013 at 4:07 PM
By Ryan White
The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to snap a record-losing streak as they face the Orlando Magic tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, bringing a second meeting for these two teams in the past week.
The Magic dominated the first matchup, 105-94, with their third-year center and former 76er Nikola Vucevic playing a big role in the win, with 21 points and 16 rebounds. However he is questionable for tomorrow’s game because of an ankle injury suffered Monday and Philadelphia could catch a break.
Both teams seem to be struggling. The Orlando Magic has won just three times in their last 12 games
The 76ers also have not done well lately, loosing eight of their last 10 games, and holding a record of 6-12. They have also given up a disappointing 110.1 points per game and rank last in the league and yielded a league-worst 192 3-pointers.
It’s not that the 76ers can’t score as demonstrated by their 103.0 points per game and Michael Carter Williams leads the rookies in scoring average 17 assist 7.1 and steals 3.1.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 26th, 2013 at 4:53 PM
By Ryan White
Injuries seemed to plague the Philadelphia 76ers as they lost 106-98 to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday.
They struggled without three of their most valuable players, center Spencer Hawes (left knee soreness) forward Thaddeus Young (personal reasons) and guard Tony Wroten (lower back strain).
At the end of the first quarter the Pacers led 25-22 with the 76ers shooting only 32 percent from the field. Late in the second quarter the score was tied, but with West mid-range jumper and Stephenson score on a drive, Indiana took a 56-52 lead at halftime.
Starting the second half, the Pacers quickly took an eight-point lead with baskets by Hibbert and West. They continued to dominate the game with the 76ers attempting to whittle their lead down.
In the fourth quarter with 7:35 left, Carter-Williams hit a 3-pointer to give the 76ers a short lived lead of 82-80, but the Pacers responded and led 102-98 in the final minute of the game. George Hill made two free throws with 13.9 seconds left clinch the win.
Point guard Michael Carter-Williams scored a season best of 29 points for the 76ers, with seven steals and six rebounds.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 22nd, 2013 at 2:57 PM
By Ryan White
Center Kwame Brown ended his two-year stint with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
The former No. 1 overall draft pick by the Washington Wizards in 2001 never really developed, despite his skipping high school to join the NBA. He averaged only 6.6 points and 5.5 rebounds over a 13-year career.
For the 76ers, he played only 22 games with 11 starts last season but did not play in the final 30 games. This season a hamstring injury has kept him out and despite not playing a single game; his player option guarantees him almost $3 million.
Point guard Darius Morris was also waived. He signed a four-year deal this summer with the 76ers who were free to waive him at any time with only a $200,000 guarantee of his $4.2 million salary.
Morris played in all 12 games this season, averaging 6.9 points and 2.6 assists per game with a 12.6 PER.
This opens up roster spots to potential D-league players whose growth could add to the team’s rebuilding.
So far, free agent guards Elliott Williams and Lorenzo Brown were signed as their replacements but unknown how much playing time they will get.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 19th, 2013 at 6:05 PM
By Ryan White
The Philadelphia 76ers were predicted to be the worst team in the NBA during the preseason, not even expected to be a competitor. Now after the first 11 games, they lead the Atlantic division with a 5-6 record, even though they lost six of their last eight games.
So what does the number one team look like? On the 15-man roster, only four players have over three years of NBA experience. Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes have contracts that are expiring.
Former Kentucky star and prized rookie Nerlens Noel may be out for the entire season, as he rehabs from his surgically repaired ACL in the left knee.
As a team, the 76ers rank 21st in the league in opponent shooting percentage, tied for 26th in turnovers per game and given up the most point per game, 111.1.
Also, 76ers coach Brett Brown is just in his first year with the team, he is desperately trying to rebuild.
So again, why are the 76ers first in the Atlantic Division? That’s easy. This is the worst division in the NBA. Here’s how the others rank.
Boston (4-7) and the Toronto Raptors (4-7) are tied for second.Read more... Join the Conversation...
November 11th, 2013 at 11:08 AM
By Ryan White
Photo by: www.asmsports.com
Rookie Nerlens Noel was on the Philadelphia 76ers “wish list” for talent as the team set out to rebuild this summer under the direction of newly acquired head coach Brett Brown. He had size, athletic ability and could be a real game-changer.
Also the 6'11" 206 pounds from New Orleans came at the expense of the 76ers trading all-Star point guard Jrue Holiday.
However, a torn ACL in February might keep him out the whole season but is in no hurry.
If Philly plays his rehab right, the young man could have a brighter future than any of his draft-day peers:
I think we have the perfect environment to do it because we have a whole year," Brown said. I want him to work on a face-up game with that quick first step so he can get to the rim, but he needs some semblance of a jumper to keep defenders honest
In fairness, the 9-year-old has just 24 games of college hoops under his belt. Known ability to protect the rim own for his defense
Less offense break down his shot, really work on his free throws and start a little bit from ground zero.Read more... Join the Conversation...