Chances Top Free Agents Sign with 76ers

The Sixers have a ton of cap-room coming into the 2014 offseason, and it is unclear whether they will use it. Here are the top free agents at every position.

PG:

1 Eric Bledsoe(PHX) RFA 15%-Sixers likely to make an offer, but Suns will match

2 Kyle Lowry(TOR) UFA 0%-No way with MCW at point.

3 Isaiah Thomas(SAC) RFA 0%-See above.

4 Rodney Stuckey(DET) UFA 25%-Can play SG well, reason he would be signed.

5 Mario Chalmers(MIA) UFA 1%-Possible backup option.

6 Shaun Livingston(BKN) UFA 1%-Possible backup option

SG:

1 Dwyane Wade(MIA) Early Termination Option 10%-Unlikely Hinkie would sign veteran with knee problems for a rebuilding team.

2 Lance Stephenson(IND) UFA 70%-All-Star season and only 23 years old. Sixers can offer max, which Pacers can’t afford.

3 Avery Bradley(BOS) RFA 40%-If Stephenson is not signed, would not be surprising to make a run at Bradley, but Celtics would match anything up to a close to or max contract, which Sixers won’t offer.

4 Evan Turner(IND) RFA 0%-Hinkie will not want to bring back Turner.

5 Nick Young(LAL) Player Option 2%-Young says he loves LA and wants to stay there(not sure why he publicly says he is opting out), and could be brought on as a bench player. But Swaggy P thinks he is the best SG in the league.

6 Jodie Meeks(LAL) UFA 10%-Unlikely, but could be a bench player.

SF

1 LeBron James(MIA) ETA 1%-The Sixers, like every other team in the league, will call LeBron, but won’t become anything serious unless Heat fall apart in playoffs and Sixers also sign another star.

2 Carmelo Anthony(NY) ETA 0%-Carmelo Anthony can’t be the best player on a championship team. Unless that team is the Bulls, who could make up for his defense. Sam Hinkie will not want to touch Carmelo.

3 Luol Deng(CLE) UFA 20%-Veteran presence that could thrive on a 76ers team. If he would take a one or two year deal, this could happen. The Sixers could add Deng if they want to make a playoff run.

4 Gordon Hayward(UTAH) RFA 50%- Hayward could get max money, and the Jazz won’t match that. Sixers could be the team to give it to him if they like what they see. 

5 Rudy Gay(SAC) ETA 0%-Gay isn’t turning down 19 million next year.

6 Paul Pierce(BKN) UFA 10%-Sixers would sign him for same reason they would Deng.

PF(Didn’t include Dirk and Duncan for obvious reasons)

1 Chris Bosh(MIA) ETA 35%-Bosh is a sleeper signing the Sixers could make. He might not even need a max contract. Add Bosh to a Sixers team along with two top-ten picks, and that’s a playoff team in the weak East that could get even weaker with Miami losing Bosh in this scenario. 

2 Zach Randolph(MEM) Player 0%-Randolph wants to win. Sixers are rebuilding. No chance.

3 Pau Gasol(LAL) UFA 25%-Sixers could get him on a one year deal, could do it to get veteran leadership. Gasol will likely go to a contending team, but Sixers could be interested if he is.

4 Andray Blatche(BKN) Player 30%-If he opts out, he certainly could talk with the Sixers. He will likely opt out, but would expect him to resign with Brooklyn. Sixers would be interested to have him off the bench.

5 DeJuan Blair(DAL) UFA 45%-Sixers would be interested in Blair off the bench. Blair would likely strongly consider it as he would play a lot more on Philly than Dallas or most other teams next season.

C

1 Greg Monroe(DET) RFA 80%-I think Monroe is a Sixer next year. I think a sign-and-trade sends Thad Young to Detroit and Monroe to Philly. He would be a great fit with Nerlens Noel. 

2 Marcin Gortat(WSH) UFA 0%-Gortat is a horrible fit with Noel.

3 Spencer Hawes(CLE) UFA 10%-A Hawes reunion is very unlikely, but not out of the question like an Evan Turner reunion. Hawes fits well with Noel, and could be a good backup.

4 Channing Frye(PHX) Player 45%-Fits great with Noel, makes sense but likely to be overpaid.

5 Jordan Hill(LAL) UFA 20%-If Thad Young is traded, this becomes likely. If he’s not, these odds decrease by 19%.

 

 

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Sixers Options in Draft

The Philadelphia 76ers enter the draft lottery with the second best odds for the first pick. Draft lottery night is May 20, at halftime of an NBA playoff game. The Bucks have the first best odds, the Magic the third, and the Jazz the fourth. In case you don’t know how the draft lottery works let’s review. Only the first three picks are chosen. Each team gets a combination. For example the Sixers ping-pong ball could read: 3, 5, 7, 2 on each side of the ball. So, if that ping-pong ball is chosen first, then they get the first pick. Let’s see who the Sixers should take with each possible pick they could receive. Let’s start with the worst possible scenario, the Sixers fall all the way to the 5th pick. Here is my big board for the draft:

1 Wiggins

2 Embiid

3 Exum

4 Parker

5 Randle

So, if the Sixers get the fifth pick, who should they take? Well, that depends. Let’s say the Celtics get 1, Magic 2, Lakers get 3, Bucks 4,  Sixers 5. The Celtics are taking Wiggins. The Magic have an interesting situation. They have a very good center in Nikola Vucevic. But can you pass on Embiid for Vucevic? The answer is yes. The Magic take Exum with a need at point guard. The Lakers have a tough decision at 3. Parker is likely the flashier prospect. But they take Embiid. The Bucks have an easy decision at 4, Parker. That leaves Randle at 5 for the Sixers. But Sam Hinkie likes analytics, and Noah Vonleh from Indiana is the better “analytic” prospect. The Sixers take Vonleh. 

If they receive the 4th pick, let’s assume the last draft order is used, but swap the Celtics for the Bucks. At 1, the Bucks take Wiggins. At 2, the Magic take Exum. At 3, the Lakers take Embiid. That leaves Jabari Parker, a likely first pick in any other draft, for the 76ers. Sixers take Parker.

If they receive the 3rd pick, let’s assume they swap spots with the Lakers. At 1, the Bucks take Wiggins. Exum at 2 to Orlando. At 3, once again, the Sixers take Parker.

With the 2nd pick, lets go with the original draft order. The Bucks take Wiggins at 1. Tough choice for the Sixers at 2. Exum is an overall better player than Parker. Hinkie probably likes Exum better. The Sixers select Exum, Philadelphia goes nuts because all they watched was Parker tear it up at Duke, and demand Hinkie fired. In my opinion, this would be the best decision. Exum could be Dwyane Wade. `

If they get the first pick, they get Wiggins. No questions asked.

So, bottom-line, the best-case is Wiggins. Next best is, the Sixers get the 2nd pick, the Cavaliers get the first and take Doug McDermott or Julius Randle.

Sixers Waive Kwame Brown, Darius Morris, sign two guards.

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The Sixers waived both Kwame Brown and Darius Morris Wednesday. Following the moves, the Sixers signed guards Elliot Williams, and Lorenzo Brown. The waiving of Brown wasn’t very surprising, but cutting Darius Morris was. Morris scored 20 points Saturday in 27 minutes. And considering neither Elliot Williams or Lorenzo Brown are point guards, it was a little surprising. Other than Michael Carter-Williams, Tony Wroten is the only other point guard on the roster, and he is more of a two-guard. Evan Turner can handle the ball well, but isn’t a point guard. This likely means that Wroten will become more of a point than two off the bench, especially considering both Brown and Williams are twos.

Kwame Brown, meanwhile, good riddance. I still have no idea what the heck the Sixers and Doug Collins were thinking giving him a two year deal. Kwame Brown was the worst player on the Sixers. Worse than Hollis Thompson. Worse than Brandon Davies. That’s hard to do. This could mark the end of Kwame Brown’s NBA career. The former number one pick just can’t play basketball. He has actually gotten worse as his career continued. Its still a possibility a team signs him to a short term deal, but don’t expect it. The signings of Williams and Brown also likely mean Hollis Thompson will fall out of the rotation.

 

What Should Sixers Starting Lineup Be?

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Michael Carter-Williams has been injured since the Sixers loss to the Spurs on Monday. Tony Wroten, who has played shooting guard for the most part this season off the bench, has played the point, and played well. On Wednesday, Wroten had a triple-double. He followed it up with 22 on Friday in Atlanta. Then on Saturday, Wroten went for 19 in a blowout loss to the Pelicans. The question is, however, whether Wroten or, current starting shooting guard James Anderson, should start when Carter-Williams returns on Wednesday(likely). Anderson went off for 36 points on Wednesday against Houston, including an epic game-tying three. Anderson followed that up by scoring 13 points combined in the following two games. In fact, if you total up Anderson’s points in the 10 games other than the Houston game, it comes out to 45 points. So Anderson scored almost as many points in that game as he did in the rest of the season combined. So, here are the pros of starting both:

James Anderson Pros:

More Experienced

Better Shooter

Seems more like a starter than Wroten

Has started all season

Less Firepower off the bench than Wroten

Wroten admits he likes coming off the bench

Anderson is more of a pure shooting guard

Can play small forward

Wroten’s Pros:

Wroten can do everything

Shooting has been much improved

Has played much better this year

Better rebounder

Better Defender

Anderson is unlikely to be part of Sixers future, Wroten could be

Has played significant minutes in every game this year

Fan Favorite Already

Has been consistent other than one game

With Wroten, you have three guys who can bring the ball up the court(MCW, Wroten, Turner)

Better stats than Anderson despite coming off the bench

Wroten’s Pros: 11 

Anderson’s: 7

Final Verdict: Wroten should start, but Anderson is still a good option

 

Sixers Embarrassed by Pelicans, Fall Under .500

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The reason I used this photo is because, whether its Winless For Wiggins, Putrid for Parker, or Retreat for Randle, its time to order your t-shirts. The Sixers lost by 37 points to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans were 3-7 and in last place coming in tonight. They had 50 points with around seven minutes left in the first half. They scored more than 30 points in every quarter, including the 4th when they had their scrubs in. None of the Pelicans starters played over 30 minutes. And the Sixers scored 98 points. They still lost by 37 points.

Jrue Holiday didn’t play the last quarter. He still had a double-double. Jrue had 14 points and 12 assists. Jrue also lied through his teeth in an interview with Molly Sullivan of CSN Philly. “There a good team,” he told Sullivan when asked about the Sixers. Then there was Anthony Davis. Davis had 13 points and 9 rebounds, but the eye-popping stat is the 8 blocks. Five came in the first quarter. Eric Gordon hit 3 three’s and led Pelican starters with 19 points. The real dagger, however, came off the New Orleans bench. Tyreke Evans scored 15 points off the bench, and had a few great moves in the 2nd quarter. Then there was Ryan Anderson. Anderson, playing his first game of the year, came off the bench and hit six three’s. He had almost as many points as minutes(27 minutes, 26 points), and was the main spark when the Pelicans pulled away in the second. And just to sum it all up, Brian Roberts scored 14 points and had 6 assists, and Austin Rivers played just 7 minutes in the fourth quarter but wound up with 12 points(which outscored 3 Sixer starters). Yep, it was that bad.

What a season Evan Turner has been having. He had scored 20 or more points in 9 of the 10 games the Sixers have played this year. Well, he had four tonight. Four. He air balled three shots. He didn’t shoot a free throw. Tough night for Turner, who’s basically auditioning for other teams. Tony Wroten did continue his hot streak with 19 points. Darius Morris had 20 points off the bench. Thad Young and James Anderson each had 11. Hollis Thompson and Brandon Davies played significant minutes. That should give you a picture right there. If there is one positive, it is that we hopefully got a glimpse of Nerlens Noel in a few years. Also, Michael Carter-Williams could return Wednesday. You thought I was going to go a whole post without mentioning Michael Carter-Williams, didn’t you?