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2014-15 Season Preview for the Philadelphia 76ers

October 15th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Nate Derosena

The Phialdelphia 76ers are hoping to move forward from the troubling season that the team just had. After a franchise worst, and NBA record-tying, 26 consecutive losses, the team garnered the third pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, with which it used to draft Kansas University big man Joel Embiid. The Sixers plan on rebuilding a solid foundation with the new and youthful talent on the roster.

As the Sixers are in a rebuilding process, the team is still many pieces away from being a championship contender. The Sixers also will not be able to form an immediate chemistry with their main pieces. Although this season will see former Kentucky University star Nerlens Noel’s NBA debut, two of his fellow teammates will not be ready to play the first couple games of the season along with him. Embiid is still sidelined, having had surgery in June to repair a broken navicular bone in his foot, which requires four-to-six months of recovery time. Michael Carter-Williams, the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year, underwent surgery back in May to repair the labrum in his right shoulder. No exact date has been set for Carter-Williams’ return, but he is still not cleared to practice fully with the team.

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Philadelphia 76ers Champs in Orlando Summer League, Start Strong in Las Vegas League

July 15th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Nate Derosena

This past Friday, the Sixers' young talent took the court in the Orlando Summer League championship. They faced the Memphis Grizzlies, and won the game in what seemed to be an effortless fashion. They defeated the Grizzlies 91-75, and did so with two of their biggest prospects in Nerlens Noel (rest) and K.J. McDaniels (sprained ankle) sidelined, while the Grizzlies had a fully loaded squad.

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    The Sixers’ defense just seemed to be too much for the Grizzlies to handle, as well as their offensive assault, as the Sixers seemed to be no stranger to the rim with multiple dunks. Hollis Thompson led the way with his best game of the summer league, pouring in 21 points (on 8-15 shooting) to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Ronald Roberts Jr. and JaKarr Sampson combined for 25 points and 15 boards. Jerami Grant, the rookie out of Syracuse, had a great defensive game, and added eight of his own points as well as a pair of blocks. The Sixers cruised to the win and are the 2014 Orlando Summer League Champions. The moment would be short live however, as they played their first game in the Las Vegas summer league the following day.

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What the Future Holds for the Philadelphia 76ers

July 2nd, 2014 at 5:17 PM
By Nate Derosena

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Last week, the Philadelphia 76ers took a major step towards the rebuilding of the franchise in the NBA’s annual player draft. The Sixers had two of the top ten picks, as well as five additional second round selections. The team made major selections, as well as a few major draft day trades.

    The Sixers started the night by being the team that took a chance that nobody expected them to. With Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker being selected first and second respectively, the Sixers were on the clock and had a decision to make: who was the team going to select with the third pick to help with the rebuilding of the franchise? The draft was filled with many great talents, but who would be the one who would fit perfectly in Philadelphia? The team took a chance, and despite his injury, selected Joel Embiid with the third pick. Many expected Embiid to drop below the top three, due to having off-season foot surgery which will have him sidelined during the rest of the off season, as well as the early part of the season (recovery is expected to take five-to-eight months). In his one year at Kansas University, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.6 blocks in 23.1 minutes per game.

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Why the Philadelphia 76ers are Good with the Third Pick

May 30th, 2014 at 6:49 PM
By Nate Derosena

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This year’s NBA draft is expected to hold incredible talent, the likes of which has not been seen in quite some time. This is quite beneficial to the Philadelphia 76ers, who were awarded the third pick in the draft this year. In most cases, if not awarded the coveted first pick in the draft, it is as though any other pick aside from that is irrelevant. In past drafts, however, the third pick is not always that bad of a selection. In some cases, the third pick actually works out better than the first.

The Philadelphia 76ers should consider themselves lucky with the third pick. With such a surplus of talent, ranging from the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle and many other prospects, the Sixers are in a great position to add on some talent during their rebuilding process. Besides, the third pick has worked out amazingly for teams in drafts before. Dating back to as far back as 1950, the third pick has been superstar potential, as Bob Cousy was taken in that year’s draft. Fast forward 20 years later to 1970, when the late great “Pistol” Pete Maravich was selected as that draft’s third overall pick. Hall of Famer and three time NBA champion Kevin McHale was picked up by the Boston Celtics in the 1980 NBA draft. Probably the most notable selection ever taken with the third pick in a draft was the pick the Chicago Bulls made in 1984, when they chose Michael Jordan, who is considered to be the best man to ever play the game of basketball. Many other all-stars and NBA champions were selected with the third pick, such as Penny Hardaway, Grant Hill, Chauncey Billups, Pau Gasol, Carmelo Anthony and James Harden.

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Philadelphia 76ers Win Big in Draft Lottery

May 25th, 2014 at 11:31 AM
By Nate Derosena

The Philadelphia 76ers, after the horrific season they had which included an NBA worst 26 game losing streak, have much to look forward to during their rebuilding process during this off season. During the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery, the 76ers were awarded the third and tenth picks in this year’s NBA Draft. On top of that, the 76ers have an additional five picks in the draft this year. The team has been presented with the perfect opportunity to add more to its roster and build on this young team.

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The 76ers first earned the tenth pick in the draft. This pick is a result of the trade that sent Jrue Holiday to New Orleans; the pick would go to Philadelphia so long that it was a pick that was lower than the fifth pick. It was then revealed that the team would be receiving one of the top three picks in the draft, with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Cleveland Cavaliers being the other two teams receiving a top three pick. After a suspenseful wait, it was revealed that the 76ers would be receiving the third pick as well in this year’s upcoming draft. Milwaukee was awarded the second pick, and for the third time in four years, Cleveland was awarded the first pick of the draft.

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