Posted by: Philadunkia
04/23/13 10:41 am EST

Here at Philadunkia it seems to be a consensus that the first item on the “Honey Do List” for Josh Harris and Adam Aron this off-season should be to find a new General Manager for this franchise.

It’s not that Tony DiLeo has done anything wrong, but it’s apparent that he was hand picked for the job by Doug Collins  last year and it’s time to wipe the slate clean from the DC era.  Removing DiLeo is especially important  if DC is going to have an active “consulting” role in the Sixers front office going forward as we will need a strong willed and independent thinker who can sift through Doug’s input and only use the sensible thoughts.

If the Sixers decide to look for a new general manager, the Philadunkia scribes have some suggestions for Harris and Aron as to who should receive job interviews.

After the jump are a few suggestions for a new 76ers General Manager.


Jake Fischer

As I wrote yesterday, Tony DiLeo is not the man to be the General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers organization. Here’s a short list of guys that DiLeo learned under while working in Sixers management over the past 15 years: Bill King, Ed Stefanski and Rod Thorn.  Billy King drafted well and did make some great moves (see Webber, Chris), but he ultimately failed to max out the prime of Allen Iverson’s career.  Ed Stefanski killed the Sixers cap with the gargantuan contracts of Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand in the summer of 2008.  Rod Thorn help construct the 2012-2013 catastrophe.  We also were exposed to plenty of DiLeo during pressers when he coached the team after Mo Cheeks was fired.  He’s not a fiery guy.  He’s not someone that truly commands the respect of the room.  That’s the kind of GM that  builds perennial championship contenders.  To me, finding a gem within the front office of a proven juggernaut like San Antonio, LA, or Oklahoma City.  Find the next Sam Presti, Adam Aron. 

Michael Kaskey-Blomain

GM options: Bryan Colangelo or Steve Kerr

This summer the Sixers could follow in the Phoenix footsteps and make one of the Suns’ former GM’s their own.  Rumors are circulating that Bryan Colangelo, the man who built the mid-2000’s Suns, may be out of the Raptors front office this summer.  Aside from his success with the Suns, Colangelo was named 2007 NBA Executive of the Year with Toronto, and was able to make moves to improve the franchise going forward, including trading for Rudy Gay this past season. Colangelo’s basketball IQ and ability to pair players together would be extremely beneficial to the 76ers, as the organizations owners are not known for their basketball knowledge.  If Colangelo is unavailable then his successor with the Suns, Steve Kerr, would be an alternative option.  Kerr, who continued Colangelo’s run of success with the Suns, showed during his brief stint as GM that he was unafraid to make the big, albeit questionable, moves.  He, like Colangelo, has a high level of basketball intelligence and may be able to help fortify the franchise.

C. Smith

The problem the 76ers will have in their search for a new general manager is that the job (as it currently stands) is not that attractive.  This ownership group has little to zero basketball experience and Doug Collins apparently will still have a role (of some sort) in the front office.  Additionally, the team on the court is a mess.  So, I am not sure who would want this job.  But ignoring those thoughts for a few minutes,  my dream is that the “Gordon Gekko” ownership group that is running the Sixers will back up the Brinks truck and pry Kevin Pritchard away from the Pacers.  However that seems like a long, long shot for the 7-6. 

So if Pritchard isn’t an option, I would turn my attention to  Pete D’Alessandro of the Nuggets.  In Denver D’Alessandro has been working under Massai Ujiri, one of the most respected basketball minds in the League,  for the last three years.  From what i have been told and read, he was a key role in building the Nuggs into the 57 win team they were this year in the brutally tough West.  He was just promoted to vice president of basketball operations this past year and is an up and comer.  D’Alessandro has a wealth of experience at the Association level — trade and free agent strategies and negotiations, salary cap management as well as collective bargaining agreement rules.  So, he may need to hire someone to handle college scouting and advise him on the NBA Draft, but I’m okay with that idea.  He should also retain the services of Aaron Barzilai.  

If that doesn’t work I would go after Sam Hinkie one of Daryl Morey’s right hand guys in Houston.

Steve Toll

While some people disagree, there in no better way to judge analytical ability in regards to basketball than by beating the spread.  So for all intensive purposes, the most obvious (and out of the box) pick for GM is Haralabos Voulgaris or “Bob”.  He is widely acknowledged as one of successful NBA bettors in the world.  He has poured millions of dollars into his analytical models which is more than be said than nearly every NBA team.  If you’re not already following him on Twitter, you should be now.

To put his success into perspective, he bought into a $1,000,000 buy-in poker tournament this summer after admitting only play a few poker tournaments the last couple years because he thought it was a +EV spot and would do it again.  Of the 40 something guys who played, he was the only non-pro poker player or über (9 figure net worth) rich businessman to enter the field.  Here are some links about “Bob” for anyone interested

Haralabos’ Blog Business insider ProfileGrantland PodcastsSloan Sports Analytics VideoESPN Profile


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  1. freezer
    23. April 2013 at 12:05

    I’m on board with what C. Smith is selling, def steal an up and comer from an impeccably run organization, dont know much about the guys mentioned but I do think those organizations know how to build.

    Steve, Ive heard you argue this before and your arguement never made sense to me.
    Beating the spread has nothing todo with knowing about basketball, the spread is an equalizer, meant to make betting on either side plausible. A true way to judge basketball knowledge would be to guess what the spread is going to be before vegas comes out with it and see how close you were. And btw what the hell is “analytical ability in regards to basketball.” you sound like an idiot who doesnt watch basketball. Just say basketball knowledge, analytics is an asinine term to begin with, people have been analyzing basketball forever theres no analtyics movement, there is however a metrics movement which sounds dorky so people that like metrics dont say it. Please cease your monopoly on the term analytics, when you clearly mean to say metrics.

  2. Alex Hootan
    23. April 2013 at 12:58

    Bring back Billy Cunningham as GM!!!!

  3. Steve Toll
    23. April 2013 at 13:09


    Tell me a better way to judge analytical ability by beating the spread.

    Beating the spread is essentially picking the spread yourself, what bath salts are you on?

    Vegas steals their lines? I can tell you the line to every NBA playoff game DAYS before you can bet on it in Vegas.

    You come at the King, you best not miss

  4. freezer
    23. April 2013 at 14:36

    I already did; guessing the spread. Any ordinary joe can beat the spread thats the whole idea. Guessing the spread means you have to pick a winner and a margin of victory. Trying to beat the spread is for everybody, anybody can do it, and everyone has the same exact odds of winning, its pure luck. Guessing the spread takes skill and expertise, thats why professionals in vegas come up with it.

    Id also love to see you try and predict the spread days in advance because that would actually show you know something about basketball lol.

    And to out Omar quote you “boy you got me confused wit somebody that repeats himself”

  5. Steve Toll
    23. April 2013 at 15:49

    Actually an ordinary Joe can’t beat a game where the house has a 4.5% edge on each bet, that is why they are building more and more houses AKA casinos

    Sportsbooks in Vegas come up with 0% of the NBA spreads that are offered but feel free to think what you want

    If you have been reading my stuff for the last ~10 months, you would already know that my basketball knowledge is strong, to quite strong

    How many people called for the firing of DC this past offseason because he was a terrible coach and generally blasted the entire offseason, most notably calling the Bynum trade a mistake, one that would set the franchise back 5 years? That’s just 1 of mannnyyyyyyy

    Must have been pure luck.

    “This is my corner, I ain’t going nowhere”

  6. Jon in LA
    23. April 2013 at 16:00


    You do realize that building an actual team is different than analyzing two already built teams, right? That’s the difference between someone writing a book and editing a book.

  7. Ransom
    23. April 2013 at 16:43

    Steve, being able to beat OR set the spread effectively/accurately has less to do with being a good GM than you think apparently. Knowing and understanding numbers is obviously important, but not the only essential skill here. For example, based a piece I remember from you a ways back (at least I’m pretty sure it was you on this site), the Knicks, following the numbers, should have traded for Andre Iguodala, not Carmelo Anthony. If they had they’d be…oh wait…they’d be way shittier than they are now.

    Being a GM, and more importantly, a GM that we the public regard as “good” takes so much. First is a direction, which in the case of most bad teams should be to tank. Doing that requires backing of ownership which isn’t always there, etc. Even after that, no matter how well a GM or his underlings scouts talent, luck is very much involved. Case and point about this disparity: Sam Presti.

    He is widely regarded as one of the best, if not the best, GMs in the NBA. Really? The team he’s build is good, to be sure. But let’s really look at this: 2007, after Oden is off the board, a deaf and dumb pig would have picked Durant, so he gets no special points for that.

    2008 and 2009: He picked Westbrook and Harden. Not bad at all. He won’t loose points for either. But he often is lauded as a genius for both. Why? Their skill-redundancy meant that an all-NBA level talent could never reach his potential on his team. And are we sure that Westbrook, Durant and Harden left him with a team better than say, Durant, Curry, Love? So he gets no special points there.

    And he loses MEGA points for this past summer. He traded Harden, one of the 10-12 best players in the league, INSTEAD of amnestying Kendrick Perkins…he chose Perkins over Harden…oh and when he did make the trade, he traded, again, one of the top young NBA stars, for the 5th best 6th man, a D-leaguer and the 11th pick in a shitty draft….good job.

    Point being, retroactive success has a ton to do with how we rate these GMs. Sure, Presti scouted talent well in the draft, so would 20 other people picking in those spots. I’ll never know if R.C. Buford is a good gambler or not, but lets not over simplify this.

  8. Steve Toll
    23. April 2013 at 21:02

    Jon in LA,

    Haaaaaaa you can not be serious. Analyzing players is analyzing players. Good ones are good, bad ones are bad and identifying them is the name of the game.

    Most GMs are not good at their job, that is a fact. Luck is important but most only succeed to a point even when getting absurdly lucky.

    The editing and writing books points is quite possibly the dumbest thing you have ever written, if you disagree, please explain more in depth

  9. Matt
    23. April 2013 at 21:14

    I’m with Steve on this one. His basketball knowledge and analytical skills are better than most. That’s why he’s the guy running the analytical department of an nba team like John hollinger. He’s so good at analytics that he’s made millions and millions with it. We should’ve kept iggy, brand, and Lou will so we could be 0.500 again like he said and locked them up long term. If we had done that, we’d be set for the next 5-10 years and would’ve been the 8th seed in the east each and every year rather than having to rebuild. It’s not about taking risks to win championships, it’s about having low salary players that are decent, not great, and continuing to get bounced in the first or maybe second round. That’s much better to a fan base than winning it all.

  10. Steve Toll
    23. April 2013 at 21:37


    “being able to beat OR set the spread effectively/accurately has less to do with being a good GM than you think”

    Expand on this, everything else you babbled about is insignificant.

    If you think Melo is worth $4.75 million more than Iggy, That’s on you

  11. Jeff McMenamin
    23. April 2013 at 23:51


    GSW>DEN w/o David Lee.

    Your “greatest team ever assembled” is about to lose in 6.

  12. Steve Toll
    24. April 2013 at 00:35


    The 76ers were a top 6 team last year. DC screwed them in the regular season and playoffs by playing Evan Turner, who is abysmal. In the Boston series, ET took 100 possessions that ended with a shot to free throw, he scored 75 points in those possessions and had more Turnovers than Assists in the series.

    There was 1 guy who said the Bynum trade was a mistake that set the franchise back 5 years and it was Steve Toll.

    Lou is better than Jrue and is paid 1/2, why was it smart letting him leave?

    If I ran the 76ers, here would have been the 12/13 roster and I said this during the offseason and it was 100% possible:

    Lou, Jrue, Meeks, ET, Dorell, Harkless, Matt Barnes, Iggy, Thad, RAnderson, Lavoy, Hawes, Birdman, Vucevic

    Imagine how many more wins that “Lou+Meeks+Barnes+Harkless+RAnderson+Birdman+Vucevic” would have added compared to “SwaggyP, J-Rich, Wilkins, Bynum and the other 5 bench guys”


    Put your $ where your mouth is

  13. Bruce
    24. April 2013 at 00:48

    I’m imagining like ten more wins, hey enough to put us up there with the Atlanta hawks!!! Awesome!! Ive loved losing in the first round of the playoffs!

  14. Steve Toll
    24. April 2013 at 13:03


    You honestly think that group is only worth 10 wins?

  15. Rob Y
    24. April 2013 at 13:16

    steve, not the king in anyway what so ever,
    you are the only one who predicted the bynum scenerio correctly big deal. sorry no one else believed an organization would trade for a player that didnt play all year. your prediction was based on your butt hurt feelings over trading your future hof player who will never get 1 hof vote and maybe not even 1 more allstar team. u throw ur team of role players out like they are the best team in the league, ur team is just as bad as we have now, get over yourself.

  16. Rodes
    24. April 2013 at 17:13

    It’s tough to argue with one who uses as many hypotheticals as you do. Though people continually play into it and look foolish, so kudos.

    In regards to the gm. I admire your frowardness with how advanced stats should play a significant portion in building a team, anyone who dismisses their credibility is obtuse. However they are far from what it takes to form a championship caliber contender. I’ll rehash the 2 ways: 1) luck box a hall of fame draft pick in conjunction with having a hall of famer ie spurs w/ Duncan and Robinson, lakers w/ kobe and shaq. 2) have an in prime hall of farmer and acquire 2 more at under market value ie Boston w/ kg & Allen, Miami w/ lbj and bosh, Dallas with dirk, kidd, and chandler+Marion+jet. *Be the 04 pistons. The line you draw between advance stat titians ie iggy, and players with hall of fame ceilings ie bynum is blurry at best.

    The perfect test is the current nuggets team. If they loose to the warriors you will have lost a lot of credibility and should issue an apology for your hubris. A 2nd round loss I would consider a push, and anything beyond that I will gravel at your feet.

    My point is you need that super star in either scenario to contend with for a chip. And your metrics leave you too gunshy to be a hypothetical gm…hmmm maybe it’s impossible to argue nba with out hypotheticals!

  17. Klasu
    24. April 2013 at 17:14

    Hey Steve, why do you even respond to these fools?

    @ freezer

    What in the world do you think people have to do in order to beat the spread? Guess what, they have to come up with a line on their own, or as u said “guess the line”. And it doesnt make any difference if the books lines are already released or not. When they see a favorable difference in their lines and the bookies, they´re going to bet the game. If not they don´t.

    Omg dumb people, aren´t they amazing?

  18. Matt
    24. April 2013 at 22:51

    Steve, would that team be better? Yes. Would it be a top 3 team in e east with a legit chance to win it all? No way in hell.

    Also, there’s no way you’d get both Andersons and Matt Barnes to come to Philly at a decent number. Bird an chose the heat bc of a chance to win it all, he ain’t coming to Philly to finish 5th in the east. also, with just Lou will and Barnes as the “go to” scorers, they’d get shut down easily one on one by anyone. They don’t command double teams. No one in that team would. So they’d get bounced in the playoffs and not even get a low lottery pick.

    Do you really think that team could beat the thunder, heat, spurs, etc? If you say yes, you really don’t know basketball.

  19. Wang
    25. April 2013 at 00:11

    I don’t care who he will be. But he needs to be a analytical guy that espouses the fashion of the NBA.

  20. Jon in LA
    25. April 2013 at 01:52


    Here we go again.

    “Analyzing players is analyzing players. Good ones are good, bad ones are bad and identifying them is the name of the game.” True. But the difference is the GM then has to sign the players to your team. The guy beating the spread, not so much. The GM has to convince the player that coming to Philly means that the player will get the minutes he wants, play in the system that he wants, with the coach and surrounding players he wants. He also has to convince him to come here instead of going to a city without income tax. That’s a large chunk of money, especially for all the role players and veteran minimums that you like. It’s real life, not just making up things and posting them on a blog. The Mavs and the Nets both wanted Deron Williams. Only one got him. Why? There’s probably a lot of factors, but I bet one of them wasn’t, “I’m really good at beating the spread bro.” (The quality of player is irrelevant, I’m just using Williams as a high profile example).

    “The editing and writing books points is quite possibly the dumbest thing you have ever written, if you disagree, please explain more in depth.”

    Do I really have to explain this? Or is this one of those Steve Toll, “I know I’m wrong, but I’ll just say it’s stupid so I don’t have to face the fact that I’m wrong,” type of replies? I tried to make that analogy as easy as possible for you. But let me try this way: ME TELLING YOU YOUR ARTICLES ARE STUPID IS DIFFERENT THAN WRITING MY OWN ARTICLE. ONE INVOLVES CRITIQUING SOMETHING THAT ALREADY EXISTS (I’m talking about editing “the book” and “being a GM”), AND THE OTHER ONE INVOLVES STARTING FROM NOTHING AND CREATING SOMETHING THAT THEN GETS CRITIQUED (Now I’m talking about writing “the book” and “beating the spread/analyzing two already built teams.”) Are you retarded? No seriously, please respond to me that you are not mentally handicapped because I know your an internet troll, but I need to know if I’m arguing with a guy from the short bus.

    And trust me, I’ve said dumber things. I believe I once said you were sorta smart.

  21. Steve Toll
    25. April 2013 at 10:45

    As usual, you are wrong. I honestly feel bad that you’re so incapable of growth as it pertains to understanding the NBA

  22. Steve Toll
    25. April 2013 at 10:46


    I’m trying to help them out and will continue to. It’s also hilarious

  23. Steve Toll
    25. April 2013 at 10:59


    Birdman signs with Philly this off season if he was offered $2,000,000 unless you think he preferred sitting on his couch til late January and making 540k this year.

    Spoelstra convinced Riley to sign Birdman, who otherwise was NOT getting signed to a contract.

    Barnes is making $1.2 million this year, he is in Philly for $3 mil a year unless he really values winning 6 playoff games instead of an extra 1.8 million

    RAnderson was signed and traded for far less than he is worth. He happily comes here if the 76ers offered the same deal or a few more million total.

    Please dispute any of the above, I could use a good laugh

  24. Steve Toll
    25. April 2013 at 11:31

    Jon in LA,

    99% of the time, NBA players sign on the line with the most money on it.

    FYI: Players pay city tax where each game is played.

    Your Denton Williams point is so stupid. Cuban didn’t show up to meet him because Dallas had no real intention of signing Deron unless it was at a sizeable discount. You make your stupid tax point which I corrected above and still use Deron who plays in the most highly taxed NBA city.

    Good job, good effort.

    My writing has been more correct than the combined efforts of every 76ers writer since I started. Just gonna have to get by on that FACT

  25. Adam
    25. April 2013 at 11:51

    Toll, how can u give urself crwdit for saying the bynum trade was a mistake?

    First of all, it got us out of a bad contract in iggy, and it got us out of the whole of mediocrity we were stuck in. The biggest lost was nik vuc, and i think we can survive that loss.

    2nd, bynum didnt play, so using any basketball analysis around the trade is senseless… Its not like we made the trade, bynum played, and we were worse…. He didnt play, hes a broken basketball player… Its not a direct coorelation.

  26. Steve Toll
    25. April 2013 at 15:29


    Ughhhhhhhh. The 76ers were not mediocre, they were really good last year BUT had a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE Coach who coast the team AT MINIMUM 6 wins. Seriously, go look at the Boston series last year and look what ET did. If ET doesn’t play, the 76ers play the Heat in the ECF.

    Itwas my opinion WHEN IT HAPPENED that trading Iguodala, 2 guys who I thought would be 10 year NBA starters, and a first rd pick was a TERRIBLE trade that sent the franchise back 5 years. Healthy or not, last year was year 1 of that 5 year prediction.
    It was a mistake regardless of Bynums health. The 76er were in a position of power and screwed up royally.

    Please explain how Iguodala had a bad contract
    Are you one of those people who pretend that Jason Richardson WASN’T part of the Bynum trade?
    Do you also pretend like the team didn’t give up a first round pick too?
    You think the Bynum trade was ok, but do you have ANY understanding of the new CBA?

  27. Jon in LA
    25. April 2013 at 15:42


    FYI: You play half you games in your home city. 40+ games of tax is a lot of money. And any local endorsement deals and such would be taxed in that city, as well as the general cost of living, buying a house, ect. So good job, good effort.

    You seem to ignore the fact that I showed you how being an actual GM and picking the spread is two completely different things. Way to Steve Toll it!

  28. Steve Toll
    25. April 2013 at 16:04

    Jon in LA,

    Name the big name free agents who have signed in Orlando, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio the last decade?

    Miami was an outlier with Lebron+Bosh.


    Is this fun for you? Notice how nobody is coming to defend you?
    Bueller? Bueller?

  29. Klasu
    25. April 2013 at 17:21

    @ Adam

    So you are basically saying, when applieing basketball analysis to judge a trade, you can completely ignore the health status/history of a player? That`s ridiculous.

    It might be one thing, if you get a player like RWB, who hasn´t missed a game since kindergarden and he then gets injured, while playing on your team. Then you can always say, it´s bad luck. But it´s completely different, when you trade for a guy, who isn´t even close to 100% when coming to your team and has been injury prone pretty much his whole career. That´s just taking a pretty high gamble.

  30. Steve Toll
    25. April 2013 at 18:42


    You’re right but as usual, Adam, will have some absurd rebuttal or will ignore what you wrote . Adam is a believer that with a healthy Bynum the 76ers were going to win more than 50 games…….which is funny in a sad kinda way.

    Philly had ALL the leverage in the trade last summer and messed up completely. A healthy Bynum made it a bad trade then and even worse in hindsight.

    I can’t wait for Adam to tell me how the guy played the most minutes and took the toughest assignments on a nightly basis on a team that won the 4th most games in the NBA is overpaid

  31. Matt
    25. April 2013 at 18:53

    Some players value location and good surrounding players more than money.

    Regardless of that, you didn’t answer the MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION:

    Would your makeshift team have an actual shot to win it all against the leagues best?

    The answer is no. So we’d be stuck in mediocrity again and go nowhere which has been the story since AI was traded.

    Now go home and actually watch some basketball Stevie.

  32. Steve Toll
    25. April 2013 at 20:26


    Give an example of a couple of those players who value “location and goo surrounding players” AND PROVE that they took less $ to be there. Otherwise just go away

  33. Steve Toll
    26. April 2013 at 01:16


    Unequivocally, YES

  34. Rodes
    26. April 2013 at 02:13


    Would you agree that your credability is at stake with the nuggets? Why or why not? See my above post above for reference.

    To everyone,

    the two scenarios that I wrote about above that are the only ways to contend for a title, other than tanking, which is more plausible in the coming years considering the ixers cap situation? what current allstar(s) will be part of that team?

    I think its safe to say as long as the heat trio remain and Durant lurking not far behind every team should be a long shot to win it all in the next 5+ years without one of them. Do you agree?

    Please comment

  35. Ransom
    26. April 2013 at 08:45


    “being able to beat OR set the spread effectively/accurately has less to do with being a good GM than you think”

    meaning, assessing players is more than just assessing the value of numbers chosen for the purpose of making money on squares. As far as statistical analysis has come, it doesn’t cover everything.

    FOR EXAMPLE…the idea i brought up of Melo of Iggy. And beyond just the eye-test, Melo is better than iggy in: true shooting, EFF, AWS, and PER (where andre ranks BELLOW LEAGUE AVERAGE and firmly in Evan Turner range). I could also list the non-advanced stats he’s worse than Melo in, but that just wouldn’t be fair…

  36. Matt
    26. April 2013 at 11:12


    Too easy you loser.


    Both took less money to go to better cities with better players.

  37. Steve Toll
    26. April 2013 at 12:48


    NOTICE THIS COMMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Steve Toll
    25. April 2013 at 16:04
    Jon in LA,

    Name the big name free agents who have signed in Orlando, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio the last decade?

    Miami was an outlier with Lebron+Bosh.


  38. Steve Toll
    26. April 2013 at 13:00


    Sorry I ignored your first post, I just missed it going through the comments.

    Winning an NBA title requires at minimum 2 players at an All-Star Level, One of which who is at Hall of Fame Level. You are absolutely right about that.

    LUCK is arguably the most important thing in building a championship caliber team.

    In regards to the Denver-GSW series. Denver will win but between George Karl being terrible and the loss of Gallinari, it will take a miracle to get past the Spurs in round 2.

    GSW had the best shooting night from a FG% and 3pt% in NBA History in Game 2;

    My credibility is in my writing and comments. I’ll line up my stuff next to anyone who writes about the 76ers against the Wall and be the one who walks away.


    Iggy DESTROYS Melo in counterpart data and RAPM, but keep the dream alive

  39. Ransom
    26. April 2013 at 14:06


    those are the obvious two, but lets not forget there have been several high profile names who took less money to stay where they were. Which is kind of the same thing. Tim Duncan and Gilbert Arenas (back when he was still really good) come to mind.

    Also with the Heat, Ray Allen left plenty of potential money on the table to head to MIA. There’s another one. While not a “star” anymore, he’s still the greatest 3-point shooter ever now…so there’s that.

  40. Jon
    26. April 2013 at 14:57

    Ahhh rodes, it’s good to see there’s someone who hasn’t absolutely lost their cool yet! Good pickup on the hypotheticals it’s pretty hard to debate them but with the situation the sixers are in it seems like hypotheticals are all that there is.

    As for the nuggets, I agree this is the ultimate test for Steve. This is his prototypical team and a loss to the David lee-less warriors would be a huge blow to his theories. Especially since it seems that it could take a heroic effort from steph curry for it to happen.

    Steve’s theory vs our theory is unfolding right in front of our eyes in the DEN/GSW series. A team of high efficiency superior metric players vs a team with role players surrounding one superstar.

  41. Steve Toll
    26. April 2013 at 17:26

    It’s as if everyone forgets that Denver….

    Won 2 of 3 against LAC and 3 of 4 against both MEM and OKC this year

    Because of 1 night of greatest of all time level shooting

  42. Jon
    26. April 2013 at 22:26

    I’ll remember Denver when theyre in the finals, Because the playoffs are all that matters

  43. Jeff McMenamin
    27. April 2013 at 02:39

    Hey Steve,

    “Golden State still had to sweat out Andre Iguodala’s missed 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded, setting off a gold-confetti celebration throughout the announced sellout crowd of 19,596.”

    Hmm…I think I’ve said that same exact line about 30 times during Iguodala’s tenure with the Sixers. It’s ashame his initials are AI because they’ll always stand for “Ain’t Iverson”. The guy is never there when his team needs him the most. The only clutch shot I can recall is his buzzer beater over Turkoglu in the ’09 playoffs against the Magic. I don’t count him hitting two free throws against the Bulls last year as clutch, they’re supposed to be automatic.

    Speaking of FT’s…He shot 57.4% from the line this season…Ewwwwwwwwwww. That was fourth worst in the NBA. Only Dwight Howard, Josh Smith and the one and only “I gave the Sixers the series” Omer Asik shot a worse percentage.

    Now the Nuggets AKA your “greatest team ever assembled” are down 2-1 and Steph’s ankle will be much stronger for Game 4, just like the Warriors chances to put the Nuggets down 3-1.

  44. Matt
    27. April 2013 at 10:11

    Steve tolls definition of outlier – things that prove me wrong but I’ll ignore it bc that’s what I just do.

  45. Steve Toll
    27. April 2013 at 13:16


    You continue to not be smart. Did you see how terrible of a coaching job GK did?
    Do I really need to explain that?


    What happened is literally what the word Outlier means;

  46. Jon in LA
    27. April 2013 at 21:13


    Of the teams you mentioned, 20% of them are an outlier. So you have that going for you.

    I’m not the only one saying what I’ve said, so you also have that going for you.

    And you still haven’t defended yourself in thinking that picking the spread equals being a good GM.

    According to that logic, the guy you constantly wins the pool for Oscar picks should write and direct movies because, you know, it’s the same exact thing.


  47. Jon
    27. April 2013 at 21:30

    Steve please stop making excuses and face the facts. Yes in a perfect world your team works. Unfortunately we live in a world of outliers and in the nba those outliers are superstars. And if the warriors go on to win this series steph curry will have proven everything I’ve been trying to argue this year.

  48. Matt
    28. April 2013 at 09:29

    Steve, thanks for proving my point.

    3 : a statistical observation that is markedly different in value from the others of the sample

    So you are always the 1% who thinks the opposite when it comes to the sixers just bc you want I be different. Essentially you wish you were skip bayless, but you’re not even a poor mans skip bayless. Using your example, you are the outlier and are wrong in your assertions.

  49. Steve Toll
    28. April 2013 at 12:54

    Jon in LA,

    What are you babbling about? Don’t you have floors to mop?

    20% an outlier? That is 6 teams, what you mean?

    You want me to defend something when you are far too stupid to understand?


    I’m in the .01% when it comes to understanding basketball. I’ve been more correct about the 76ers than anyone who writes about them in the known universe, must be luckyyyyyyyyyy

  50. Ransom
    29. April 2013 at 08:12

    Since it seems to be relevant to several of Steve Toll’s points: the the Denver Nuggets are now down 3-1 to the GSW, two of those losses were in blowout fashion. Denver’s one win came on a buzzer beater by a 37 year role player (a good one at that, but still). The GSW are +28 in the series to btw…

  51. Jon in LA
    29. April 2013 at 17:32


    “Name the big name free agents who have signed in Orlando, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio the last decade?

    Miami was an outlier with Lebron+Bosh.”

    That’s a total of five teams you mentioned. 1/5 = 20%. But I’m the stupid one? KEEP TRYING KID.

    Oh, and I probably pay more in taxes than you make in a year. You come at the King, you best not Steve Toll it.

  52. Steve Toll
    30. April 2013 at 00:58

    Jon in LA,

    There are 30 NBA teams, I mentioned 4 and excluded 1 as an outlier.

    I’m happy for your financial success, but when it comes to basketball knowledge, you are 3rd world level impoverished.


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  53. Jon in LA
    1. May 2013 at 20:10


    If you stopped feeling entitled and actually were respectful to people, you’d probably be quite successful yourself.

    And as a matter of fact, my family does come from a third world country. So you did get something right there buddy.

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