OPSL GM3: Two Wins in a Row

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/09/14 12:11 pm EST

opslgm3With Nerlens Noel back in the line-up last night for the 76er’s the boys from Philadelphia were able to get another win against a struggling Houston team.  The Sixers beat down on the Rockets for the majority of the game winning 92-71.

Noel played again last night after getting a rest for Game 2 on Sunday.  Noel played an average game at best only scoring 8 points. At times he struggled grabbing rebounds and looked a little sloppy on transition defense.  He did however show signs of the great player Philadunkia nation hopes he will turn out to be.  Noel had three big blocks and a play in which he striped his defender and took it back the length of the court and threw it down with a two handed flush.

However there was some concern about Noel’s health as he seemed to tweak his ankle during the game.


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BE PATIENT

Posted by: Jake Fischer
07/16/13 12:11 pm EST

Along with JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy, Roger Ebert’s Your Movie Sucks, and a random book about LeBron leaving Cleveland, one of the books I’m reading this summer is When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball by Seth Davis.  On page 230, after Davis brilliantly depicts Magic Johnson and Michigan State’s 1979 NCAA Finals victory over Indiana State and Larry Bird, there’s a passage that really struck me.

“He is not superstar material for the NBA,’ Joe Falls wrote in the Detroit News.  “Maybe he can grow into it.  But he isn’t there yet, and some NBA scouts wonder if he will ever get there.”

Falls wrote that about Magic Johnson before the ’79 NBA Draft.  And, as a devout 76ers follower and a writer who spent all of last week sitting courtside in press row at the Orlando Pro Summer League, I couldn’t help but think that quote could easily describe Michael Carter-Williams as a rookie as well.

Now, I’m not saying MCW is the second coming of Magic Johnson.  But, I am saying that it’s far too early to label him anything but a project with a very high ceiling.


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OPSL GM 5: WINNERS…FINALLY

Posted by: Jake Fischer
07/12/13 8:54 pm EST

The Sixers’ week in downtown Orlando was pretty tumultuous for the most part.  Rumors swirled about the team’s head coaching vacancy, sources confirmed and then de-confirmed and then confirmed again that the Jrue-for-Noel trade became official.  On the court, the team failed to win any of their first four games and found themselves matched up with their fellow 0-4 Brooklyn Nets in the final game of the Orlando Pro Summer League.

In a week that featured some impressive performances and very competitive games, the Sixers struggled to hold their own until the second to last day of the entire league.  On Thursday, the Sixers narrowly fell to the Orlando Magic on a long Victor Oladipo step-back two-pointer.  The Sixers again found themselves in a 1-possession game in the final minute on Friday.

This time it was different, though, as the team’s string of perimeter players carried the load offensively and Arnett Moultrie, Micheal Eric and Zeke Marshall protected the basket well down the stretch, too.


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OPSL GM 4: CLOSE, BUT NO

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/11/13 10:05 pm EST

Despite outplaying Orlando for most of the game,  the Sixers dropped their fourth straight in OPSL action as the Magic’s Victor Oladipo hit a step back shot over the out stretched arm of Michael Carter-Williams to give the Orlando Magic the victory over the Sixers, 90-89.

You could argue the 76ers deserved to win this one.  This was by far the best game for the Sixers with a few key positives to look forward to going into the last day of the OPSL.

First, there was an Arnett Moultrie sighting in what looks like a turning point for the forward.  Moultrie dominated almost all aspects of the game today scoring 23 points to go a long with 12 rebounds and three assists.

His jump shot was falling tonight as he shot 10-22 from the field, with most of the misses coming from contested put backs.  Moultrie’s physical condition looked a lot better as well.


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INTERVIEW: MCW1

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/11/13 5:04 pm EST

It’s thirty minutes after the Sixers third straight loss in the OPSL, and lottery pick Michael Carter-Williams emerges from the locker room with ice packs on his knees and a smile on his face.

You would think, and it would be understandable, that the 6’5 point guard would be exhibiting some amount of frustration over his summer team’s record and his personal performance (15-60 shooting).  But on the contrary, Carter-Williams’ body language is upbeat and his mind is focused on the future.  As the interview commenced, the first question I asked was about his struggles shooting at OPSL and if he attributes that to tough defense or shots just not falling.

“It’s a little bit of everything.  I’m getting the shots I want it’s just about me knocking them down,” Carter-Williams opened up.


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OPSL GM 3: ANOTHER L

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/10/13 5:18 pm EST

Despite a fast start by the 76ers on Wednesday, Oklahoma City, behind second year guard Jeremy Lamb’s 32 points, proved to be too much for the Curry & Co. and prevailed 74-62.

Game 3 was like watching two Olympic sprinters start out at an even pace, only to watch the opposing sprinter blow by you and there isn’t much you can do about it.

Most people when given the option choose to hear the good before the bad, so first let’s go over the positives from today’s game.  It was easily the best defensive performance of the week for the Sixers, allowing only 74 points and forcing 23 turnovers.  Philadunkia’s home team also out rebounded Oklahoma 30 to 27 thanks in part to the extended minutes of rookie Arsalan Kazemi.  Kazemi finished the game with 29 minutes, 6 points, 3 assists and 9 rebounds but not all of what he does reflects on the stat sheet.


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OPSL: A LOOK AT THE FOES

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/06/13 9:44 am EST

If the NBA off-season was a beauty pageant, then the month of June would be the swimsuit part of the competition and July would be the talent portion of the event.

It’s time for this year’s beauty pageant to enter the talent part of the competition.

Beginning Sunday at Orlando’s NBA summer league event, it won’t be the wins and losses that matter the most, it will be individual performances.  Talent, hard work and hustle will determine who makes NBA rosters this fall.

For the 76ers summer team roster now is the time to impress GM Sam Hinkie.  It wont be easy however as there is no shortage of big names at this year’s OPSL.  Hopefully the 7-6 gained some momentum from their scrimmage yesterday vs. the Utah Jazz and are ready to showcase their skills.

After the jump, a look at the foes in Orlando as well as the Sixers schedule for the OPSL…

 


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2013 OPSL PREVIEW

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/04/13 11:55 am EST

We all know after the Finals conclude and the NBA Draft is over, that the summer sports schedule is so thin late night USA Ping Pong competitions on Fox Sports are a revelation.  That’s especially true in summer 2013 because the Phillies have been so difficult to watch.

But it’s time to stop complaining as NBA summer league action tips off this coming weekend.

Beginning July 7th, the Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League begins and this year the League has expanded from eight to ten teams.  The Sixers will be joined by Houston, Boston, Orlando, Miami, Utah, Oklahoma City, Indiana, Detroit and Brooklyn from the 7th to the 12th at the Amway center.  The 76ers first game will be Sunday at 9 am vs. Houston.

This year’s 76ers draft registered a seven on the NBA rebuilding Richter scale.  New GM Sam Hinkie made a tremendous splash with his first move by trading away All-Star guard Jrue Holiday for Kentucky center Nerlens Noel.

With a brand new roster that still has that new car smell, there is a lot to evaluate during this year’s OPSL.  Headlining the roster is Holiday’s replacement, Syracuse guard Michael-Carter Williams and the 54th pick, Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi. Given the Sixers thin frontcourt, Kazemi has the potential to be an immediate impact player on this team.  Noel, the new franchise centerpiece will not be able to play because of his knee injury, so there will be plenty of tick for Micheal Eric and Zeke Marshall, the two centers prospects on the Sixers summer league roster.

After the jump, a look at the names and bios of the players on this year’s summer league roster…


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OPSL GM 5: CAN’T SPELL ORLANDO W/OUT THE L

Posted by: Stephen McNulty
07/13/12 4:24 pm EST

It was a tough end to the Orland Pro Summer League for the 76ers, who lost their fourth game of the week to the Detroit Pistons 71-67 this afternoon.

The Sixers were once again led by big man Devin Searcy who recorded his second straight double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

It was a total team effort early on for the 7-6, with seven different players scoring in a first quarter that had the Sixers leading 24-18.  The full effort was epitomized by coach Aaron McKie’s five-man rotation.

“We just wanted to even the minutes out,” McKie said.  “I wasn’t going to sit over there and wreck my brain.  Towards the end of the week guys start to get tired, and they try to tell you they’re good but I can see out on the floor they’re not.”

Lavoy Allen got off to a nice start for the Sixers and finished with six points and four rebounds.  Justin Holiday only had two points in the first half and finished with five for the game on a tough 1-8 shooting performance.  It was clear that some players were losing their legs a bit.

After a wonderful performance yesterday Searcy once again made his best pitch for the 76ers roster.  The former Dayton Flyer not only recorded a double-double but added three blocks while playing good defense against Andre Drummond, the ninth overall pick in this year’s Draft.

 
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OPSL GM 4: 2OT THRILLER

Posted by: Stephen McNulty
07/12/12 8:25 pm EST

We had a summer league thriller, if that’s possible, down in Orlando today.  The Sixers went into two overtimes before finally falling to the Magic 77-75.

Forward Devin Searcy led the way for the 7-6 with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  Clay Tucker also got things going after a tough first half of the week, leading the way with 15 points.

Early in the game it was once again Justin Holiday for the Sixers, with a little help from Lavoy Allen.  Holiday would only play limited minutes however, getting a little rest, and finishing with 10 points.

“He’s been playing heavy minutes and I don’t want to wear those guys out,” coach Aaron McKie said.  “I want them to have their legs and be able to give us their best run.  This is an opportunity for those guys to showcase their talents and we don’t want them out their running on fumes.”

 
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