The Sixers got their season started on the right (wrong?) foot tonight with an impressive win over the Heat in their season opener at the Wells Fargo Center.
Evan Turner scored 25 and Spencer Hawes contributed 24, but the real hero of the night was Michael Carter-Williams. In his NBA debut, the 6’6 rookie finished one steal shy of a triple-double, finishing the night with 22 points, 12 assists and 9 steals. He set a record for the most steals by a player in an NBA debut.
The Heat, who were without Dwayne Wade were led by Lebron James’ 25 points.
Allen Iverson officially announced his retirement today during an emotional press conference today at the Wells Fargo Center.
Has anyone else noticed that AI still dresses like its 2000? Good for him.
In less than twenty-four hours the Sixers will begin a long season by being absolutely throttled by the Heat.
This season will be an incredibly long march towards a new direction. The team hopes to land a top-five pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Jabari Parker, Dante Exum and Marcus Smart are all thought to be franchise-changing players, the kind the Sixers haven’t had since Allen Iverson.
The prize is, of course, Wiggins. The small forward is a freakish athlete and is considered the best prospect available in the draft since Lebron James in 2003. He’s the kind of player you throw a year for.
The future core looks promising. Nerlens Noel could be a defensive stalwart in the middle, and Michael Carter-Williams will have a chance to grow and learn. Add one of the five aforementioned players, you potentially have a starting five unlike any Sixers team of the past twenty-plus years.
The team will also purge itself of dead weight. Spencer Hawes will be gone, as will Kwame Brown and, like it or not, Evan Turner.
Gone too, we hope, are the days of a patchwork veteran presence trying to pull the young players together. Remember when the team brought in guys like Donyell Marshall and brought back guys like Rick Mahorn and Theo Ratliff? Now the young team will grow and leaders will emerge.
It’s a new day in Sixertown. It’ll just take an 82 game beatdown to get to it.
SBNation is reporting that the Sixers have signed 6’9 forward Brandon Davies.
Davies, who played his college ball at BYU, made headlines two years ago when he was kicked off the team for a violation of the school’s honor code, but was later reinstated.
He went undrafted and was signed by the Clippers with whom he spent training camp.
Before the NBA season tips off started Kay Adams and I sat down to preview all 30 teams and all 6 NBA divisions for PBT Extra. We talk about everything from what the loss of Russell Westbrook at the start of the season means for Oklahoma City to what happens to Miami if they don’t win a title this season.
Here are all those previews (if you want more team details, check out the PBT team previews).
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Evan Turner started all 82 games for the Sixers last season, and hasn’t known another franchise during his three years in the NBA.
With Philadelphia in a full-fledged rebuilding mode, Turner was quoted as saying something that wouldn’t come across as being all that flattering if it were to be read in print without context. So, he took to his Instagram page to try and set the story straight.
The initial comments weren’t all that inflammatory, but as transcribed and without the benefit of hearing the entire conversation, it painted Turner in a less than desirable light.
From Turner’s Instagram page (all comments sic):
“The same sword they knight you, they gone good night you wit…” I usually dont care what is written about me or what people think but in this case I do. I know you’ll never win a fight with the media but ill fight any day…
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Evan Turner, the team’s starting tweener until draft night, is confident going into this season…that he will get paid in the off-season.
Turner told reporters that he isn’t worried because he’ll “get money regardless” of whether the team extends his contract or he hits free agency this summer.
Turner has been the subject of trade rumors all off-season and there is a good chance he could be dealt before the trade deadline. The team has until Thursday to offer Turner an extension, though they aren’t expected to.
Though he can be versatile, Turner is a weak player according to those in the metric world, of which GM Sam Hinkie is a flagship member.
Nevertheless, the fourth year guard/forward its realistic about his future with the team and wasn’t really saying that to be cocky. By most accounts, he has embraced a leadership role and is working hard, you know, contract year and all.
So to speak. The team announced four cuts tonight including Royce White, former Temple standout Khalif Wyatt, Vander Blue and Mac Koshwal.
The roster now sits at sixteen players, so expect at least one more cut before the October 30th opener against the two time defending champion Miami Heat.