The OPSL in Review

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/12/14 12:53 pm EST

2014summerleague2edited“Tyler, you always get to the airport 2 hours before your flight…ALWAYS.” That’s the wise words of my old man for you. With the Orlando Pro Summer league ending and my journey back home beginning I have a lot of time to think about each Sixer individually and how they preformed this past week.

Nothing is certain in professional sports, especially the guys that are playing their hearts out just to be invited to training camp. That being said the 76ers Orlando summer squad played surprisingly well and it will be interesting to witness how they perform in Las Vegas.  But before we movbe on to Sin City, let’s wrap up the action in O-Town.  Without further delay here is my assessment of the individual players and how they faired down here in Florida.


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OPSL GM5: We Are the Champions

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/11/14 6:39 pm EST

opslgm5editedThe 76ers have brought a championship back to the City of Brotherly Love!

While it might only be the Orlando Pro Summer League championship the Sixers have continued to showcase their young talent and win all week long.

The Sixers played in the OPSL championship game this afternoon against another strong contender down here, the Memphis Grizzlies. Coming into this game the Sixers had won three straight games, only losing too the Orlando Magic the first game they played this week.


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OPSL GM4: 3 Game Winning Streak

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/09/14 9:29 pm EST

opslgm4editedThere’s no hiding that the 76ers are playing some of the best basketball down here at the Orlando Pro Summer League.  The team won its third game in a row tonight against a big and physical Brooklyn Nets team.  The final count had the Sixers on top 92-86 in a game that went down to the wire.

The Sixers offensively have been on a tear lately and the main culprit has been Sixers guard Casper Ware.  He looked like a NBA caliber player tonight against Brooklyn scoring an astonishing 24 points.  He commanded the offense all night and looked like a leader on the court.  Ware shot 52% from the field tonight, knocking down 9-17 field goals.  He also made a couple clutch pull up threes when the Sixers needed them.


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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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The Impact of Nerlens Noel

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
07/08/14 8:54 am EST

noelopsleditedFor Philadunkia nation, the Orlando Pro Summer League is worth watching for many reasons.  We get the chance to see our 2014 high 2nd round draft picks take the floor.  We get to see Travis Bader, the 3-point specialist, fight for a spot on the team.  Fans also get to see the emergence of high-flying, St. Joe’s product Ronald Roberts, Jr. making highlight reel plays.

All of these players are reasons why fans are tuning in to watch the 76ers in Orlando, but these rookies aren’t the main attraction.  What keeps fans glued to the television is the mystery that is Nerlens Noel.

The defensive center finally took the floor on Saturday afternoon for the 76ers after a year of rehabbing a torn ACL.  The debut of Noel was a sight for sore eyes, especially for Sixers fans, who struggled through the team’s 19 win season in 2013-14.

Not known for his offensive touch, Nerlens did a great job in his first action of the summer, finishing with 19 points and 4 steals.  .  Noel’s summer league debut was great, but what can we expect from him during the regular season?


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OPSL GM1: Close But No Cigar

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/06/14 9:46 am EST

opslgm1A promising and competitive showing was seen from the 76ers yesterday as they played their first game against the home team, the Orlando Magic in the opening day of the Orlando Pro Summer League.  The Sixers were defeated by the Magic 83-77 but a lot can be taken away from the first game down here in sunny Florida.

First, Nerlens Noel had his NBA debut and it didn’t take long at all for him to make a strong impact. Noel had the first field goal of the game with a tremendous dunk that shook Amway Center only 30 seconds after tipoff.  Every Philly fan can breathe a sigh of relief because Noel looked confident and comfortable for not playing a competitive game of basketball in over a year.  Noel finished with 19 points against the Magic.  The big man also knocked down an outstanding 7-7 free throws proving that he has been working very hard on that part of his game.


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Filling Mr. Anderson’s Shoes

Posted by: C. Smith
07/03/14 11:54 am EST

Hollis ThompsonOn Monday the 76ers announced that Sam Hinkie had decided to waive shooting guard James Anderson bringing an end to his predictable time in a Sixers uniform.  The Sixers claimed Anderson off of waivers on July 16, 2013 and at the time he was hailed as an undervalued talent who owned a lethal jumper from deep.  Most of that turned out to be false.

Anderson appeared in 80 games last year for the Sixers, starting in 62 of those games,  and averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds and shot a paltry 32.8% from three.  Anderson did show an ability to drive the ball to the cup, but his lackluster performance from behind the arc, the fact that he was a liability on defense and salary cap factors led to his release by Hinkie.

The release of Anderson saves the 76ers about $1million dollars, but more importantly the move now opens up a wing spot in the 76ers’ first five.  So once again this year, the 76ers will head to training camp wondering who will be the starting shooting guard on opening night

After the jump we’ll examine the candidates to fill that spot.


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DRAFT14: Hinkie’s 2nd Round Gems

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
06/30/14 9:14 am EST

2014sixers-pickseditedPhiladunkia nation fan there is very good chance that we won’t see our first round talents from the 2014 NBA Draft suit up for the team this year.  With Embiid nursing his broken foot for the next six to eight months and Saric playing in Turkey for at least the next two years, the only prospects from Draft14 we’ll see on the court next season will be those Sam Hinkie selected in the second round.

When all the wheeling and dealing was done last Thursday night, Hinkie ended up bringing home four 2nd round selections, and with the double tank…I mean…another rebuilding year coming up 2014-15, it’s highly likely that this group of second round picks will make the Sixers’ roster and one or two of them may even play significant minutes for Brett Brown this coming season.


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DRAFT14: Hinkiepalooza II = Mixed Emotions

Posted by: C. Smith
06/27/14 11:20 am EST

samhinkiepressereditedHere’s the way I look at Sam Hinkie and the 76ers 2014 NBA Draft:

You have been dating a woman for a significant period of time — let’s say 9 months.   She has some issues that need work, but overall the gal is cool.  There have been some bumps in the road along the way.  However, as a whole things have gone fairly well and you really like the long term potential of the relationship.

As you approach the relationship’s one year anniversary (June 2013 to June 2014) you plan a special night for the two of you.  It has been communicated to you (although not verbally) that she too is excited about this big happening (Draft night 2014) and that your loyalty and time over the last year will be greatly rewarded.

The night goes perfectly and as you arrive back at your place, she heads into the bedroom to change into something “more comfortable”.  When she returns your gal has on flannel pajamas.  Next she heads to the fridge and grabs a pint of ice cream.  Then she plops on the couch and puts on a chic flick.

 


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DRAFT14: Last Man in the Green Room

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
06/26/14 12:03 pm EST

Shabazz+NapierThe 2014 NBA Draft is finally here.  After a stellar collegiate career and enduring grueling workouts for numerous NBA teams, you’re in the Big Apple on the brink of learning which city your professional basketball career will start in.

Adding to the excitement of draft night is that you are a projected mid to late 1st round pick, so the NBA has decided to invite you to the green room.  That’s right, teams in the Association think highly enough of your draft stock that League office has invited you to share the waiting area with the elite prospects in your class.

From your fresh new haircut, to your fly suit, to your expensive shoes, you’re finally ready to get the night started.

Then the drama starts.


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