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Nerlens Noel: “This Year’s Been Great”

Nerlens Noel working with Sixers head coach Brett Brown.

Nerlens Noel working with Sixers head coach Brett Brown.

There has not been a lot for Sixers fans to be thrilled about this season. However, there appears to be quite a bit of promise and optimism for the future. The weight of that optimism sits on the shoulders of the Sixers’ two rookies, Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel.

Carter Williams is giving the faithful reason to look forward to the future. The young point guard has been well worth the 11th overall pick used on him and has been the wire to wire frontrunner for Rookie of the Year.

Noel cost the Sixers a bit more in the form of the 6th overall pick and the team’s All-Star point guard, Jrue Holiday. The big man out of Kentucky has been sidelined for the entire season. Despite the setback, he is not looking at this as a lost one.

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A Peek Into the Sixers Youth Movement

The Sixers finally snapped their historic losing streak. (credit: ESPN.com)

(credit: ESPN.com)

Amidst what has been a truly historic season for the Sixers, the main focus has been directed towards youth. When Brett Brown and his staff were hired it was clear that the focus was player development.

Thanks to a piece from Dan Feldman at ProBasketballTalk, we get a glimpse into how the coaching staff has managed such a young squad. For example, check out this excerpt about Tony Wroten:

Of 76ers who’ve actually played this season, 20-year-old Tony Wroten is youngest.

“You would never realize that I’m the youngest guy playing right now,” Wroten said.

That’s because Wroten spent last season with the Memphis Grizzlies. The guard has played more NBA games than anyone in Philadelphia outside Young, Anderson and Byron Mullens.

That’s a fun fact for you! If you’d like to read the whole piece, which has plenty of interesting nuggets, you can view it here.

 

I personally find Feldman’s piece fascinating because the issue of locker room culture has come up quite a bit recently. Both the Eagles and Sixers are young teams with new leadership and I think any chance to get behind the scenes is beyond beneficial. It means one thing to talk about locker room culture, but to understand aspects of the day-to-day for a team provides a better picture of how the organization operates a whole.

With this information, it’s quite clear that the team is on the right track.

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Quick Peek At Evan Turner

Evan Turner will join Paul George in Indiana. (credit: USAToday.com)

Evan Turner will join Paul George in Indiana. (credit: USAToday.com)

So I’m looking through some basketball news today and saw this gem from ProBasketballTalk:

AsTom Haberstroh of ESPN pointed out on twitter, in the 149 minutes Turner and Hibbert had played together since the trade deadline move to bring Turner to Indiana, he has gotten one assist passing to Hibbert. One.

It makes me smile. Even though the Sixers only managed what amounted to a second round pick in the deal, it’s fairly cathartic to see him screwing up a legitimate title contender in the Pacers who have been 8-10 since March 1st.

Turner has earned a steady decrease in minutes the last few games and continues to put up some god awful stat lines. For example, Turner played all of seven minutes against the Spurs shooting 0-2 from the floor with no assists. Three nights prior to that against the Wizards Turner dominated in 14 minutes, going 0-4 with no assists.

 

It seems like the Villain is more of a sleeper cell.

Sixers Pass Up Chance At History

The Sixers finally snapped their historic losing streak. (credit: ESPN.com)

The Sixers finally snapped their historic losing streak. (credit: ESPN.com)

In today’s sports climate, you really only get a few opportunities to etch your name in the history books. The Sixers has their chance, and they passed it up by winning a game.

Last night, the Sixers not only won, they manhandled the Detroit Pistons, 123-98 in front of a surprising large Wells Fargo Center crowd. We all knew the implications of last night’s game.

Lose, and the Sixers would take over the lone spot as the NBA’s record holder for consecutive losses at 27. In a season where the word on everyone’s mind has been ‘tanking,’ another loss would have been fine. The team will undeniably lose again this season.

The major thing at stake was the team backing up the tanking talk by losing in a manner that no other team has ever loss before. They players avoided that dubious distinction.

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Around the Cooler 3/26/14: Ball Hogs

mark-cuban Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • Mark Cuban sees an implosion for the NFL! Ray and Vince fight it out!

 


 

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Around the Cooler 3/20/14: Locker Room Politics

rollins200517 Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • The curious cases of DeSean Jackson and Jimmy Rollins (0:00)
  • The Flyers are heating up! How does their next week look? (22:00)
  • March Madness, draft prospects, and the importance of winning (29:30)
  • The viability of two sport athletes in today’s game (39:00)


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A Few Ways to Improve the NBA

lottoThe Sixers are on their way to earning(?) the league’s worst losing streak of 26 consecutive games in what has been a truly fabulous tank job. It’s an effort so pure and fantastic that it’s like if Andrew Bynum decided to take a shot from wherever he first touched the ball on the court. Wait, he what?…Then it is the perfect season! For us at least.

The rest of the league has some pretty wet pants over this one, though, and has sparked a discussion of what it would take to avoid a future such mockery of competitive sport.

One model, which is an interesting concept is the draft wheel. The wheel is intended to literally rotate the the draft order one slot at a time. Therefore teams would draft 28, 29, 30, 1, 2, 3 and so on. The problem with this idea is that well, it sucks.

As I said in the podcast, if you’re a bad team from a small market and you’re stuck picking in the middle rounds for the next 20 years you’re screwed. In fact, I think it’s the type of disaster that could cause teams to fold over time as they get stuck in the middle.

So if the wheel concept and the current system need to be improved, what exactly should be done? I have a couple of ideas.

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The Last Sixers Regime: Who’s To Blame?

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Jrue Holiday (top left), Andre Iguodala (top right), Evan Turner (middle), Thaddeus Young (bottom left) and Louis Williams.

Over the last few seasons the Sixers have seen a number of building block players leave the organization. All of them were players drafted by the team and all were players that played a role on the roster in playoff appearances and during dismal times.

Those particular individuals were Andre Iguodala, Louis Williams, Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. The next individual to join this group may very well be Thaddeus Young.

These were the bright spot players. This was the group of names that were supposed to lead the Sixers past the Allen Iverson era and into a bright future.

Each player represents a failed attempt at that task. But, was it the players who failed. or, was it the Sixers organization that failed this group of players?

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Around the Cooler 3/11/14: Can you Smell?!?!?!

the rockHere’s what we’re talking about:

  • FREE AGENCY! Woo!!!!!! (0:00)
  • In a word, the Flyers are _______ (20:00)
  • Nerlens Noel, Tanking, and Inventing the NBA Wheel (28:35)
  • WWE is changing the game in media as we know it! You gotta check this out! (49:20)


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Did Nerlens Noel Tweet His Sixers Debut?

Sixers center Nerlens Noel. (credit: Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Sixers center Nerlens Noel. (credit: Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Nerlens Noel has cracked the Philadelphia Twittersphere this afternoon as he has tweeted out to the world what some are speculating to be the date of his Sixers debut.

It is just as likely that Noel was tweeting out the date of an anniversary or the birthday of a pet, but those things wouldn’t be as fun to go nuts over.

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