Monthly Archive  August 2012

 
 

INTERVIEW: NICK YOUNG

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
08/07/12 9:33 am EST

Nick Young, exactly zero games into his 76ers career, has already become something of a lightening rod.  Even in Philadelphia, that’s pretty impressive. 

The story goes something like this: the Sixers sacked a productive, if overpaid, player in Elton Brand, then gave his money to Kwame Brown, Spencer Hawes, and our interview subject.  Brown is a mediocre player coming of a significant injury.  Hawes, well, is Hawes.  We all know what kind of player he is and what we will get from him.  And then there is Young, a streaky sharp shooter with no lack of confidence who was basically brought here to replace the very popular and very productive Louis Williams. 

But let’s put all of those polarizing details aside for a second.  After talking with him on the phone, Young seems like a nice guy and we all know he’s a hell of a fun player to watch.  Plus Doug Collins has a pretty impressive recent track record of shepherding toolsy but decent players into the land of pretty good-dom (see Hawes, Spencer and Young, Thaddeus).  So let’s have some faith that Collins can help Young reach his full potential here in Philly.  Young picked up his cell and talked to us last night from his home town of LA, where he’s been thinking about housing, working on his agility, and watching his college girlfriend run in the Olympics.

Q and A, as always, after the J.

 
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SUMMER FORECAST

Posted by: Steve Toll
08/03/12 10:21 am EST

To say that it has been a busy summer in the Atlantic Division from a trades, signings and transactions stand point is an understatement.  Boston, Brooklyn and New York pulled off several headline making moves.  The Sixers made numerous changes to their 2011-12 squad, and the Raptors, well the Raps executed some nice tweaks as well.

Now that the 2012-2013 NBA squads are pretty much set, it’s time to take a look at each Atlantic Division team’s roster to get an idea of how they fit together and how the teams could end up in the standings.

As best as possible, I’ll use the top players on each team at their respective positions.  The order of players was determined by how they are projected to produce during the 2012-2013 season.

After the jump an early and unique Atlantic Division preview…

 
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WAYNS WORLD

Posted by: C. Smith
08/01/12 12:14 pm EST

Yesterday the 7-6 confirmed a roster move rumor that had been flying around the internet for two days – they had in fact signed former Villanova guard and Philadelphia native Maalik Wayns to a one-year contract.  This move along with the signing of veteran journeyman Royal Ivey appears to be Doug Collins unique solution to the back up point guard problem that was plaguing the Sixers roster.

A former McDonald’s All-American out of Roman Catholic, Wayns played three seasons for Jay Wright at Villanova.  He appeared in 95 games, averaging 12.5 points and 3.4 assists for his career.  After splitting time with Corey Fisher in 2010-11, last year Wayns became Nova’s primary ball handler and put up career best numbers of 17.6 points, 3.8 boards and 4.6 assists per night.  According to draftexpress.com, Wayns was the 74th ranked prospect among the 2012 Draft class and as we all know he did not hear his name called on Draft night this past June.

So why did the Sixers decide to ink Wayns? 

Well, according to Philadunkia’s  Stephen McNutly it was his efforts at the Orlando Pros Summer League in July that grabbed the attention of Doug Collins and Co.  Stephen was down in Orlando covering the OPSL for us and has some thoughts on Wayns after the jump…


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