So who is Andrew Wiggins? If you’ve been following basketball, you know that Andrew Wiggins is the savior, the cure to what ails all bad NBA teams with no direction, the next Lebron, “Maple Jordan”, etc. For two years, the basketball world has been gushing about the Canadian cum Kansas small forward who has yet to play one minute of college basketball. Deadspin posted a kind of “who’s who” about Wiggins today, it explains everything. Watch the video and check out the link. [Deadspin]
Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Since we last met on here, two new players have been added to the mix. Today, BYU Honor Code violator Brandon Davies.
Name: Brandon Davies
2013-14 Salary (per basketball-reference.com): $490,180
2012-13 Stats: (BYU) 33.4 MPG, 20.5 PPG, 4.0 APG, 1.7 SPG
How Acquired: Signed by the Sixers as an undrafted free agent.
Pros: Davies is big at 6’10, 240. He has long arms and will play in the post. He doesn’t complain about doing dirty work and won’t drift out to the perimeter like some other big men on the team tend to do. Playing one-on-one with his defender down low he can use his length to get the ball into the basket. He is long enough to change shots in the lane and disrupt passes.
Cons: He isn’t a great passer or ball handler. He isn’t incredibly athletic and doesn’t have great balance, so he gets moved easily by his defender and can be bumped around on defense. He doesn’t shoot free throws well, and can’t really shoot from the perimeter, which goes both ways. If the first three games are any indication, Davies will probably play sparingly.
Davies was born in Philly, then adopted by a woman in Provo, Utah which is where he grew up. He went to BYU, had sex with his girlfriend and was suspended for it. Fun fact: the last BYU athlete who went from an honor code suspension to Philadelphia was Eagles RB/ Chickie & Pete’s Host Reno Mahe.
Tomorrow: Daniel Orton
Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday we met Darius Morris. Today in our final installment (for now), we look at General Manager Sam Hinkie.
Name: Sam Hinkie
Position: General Manager/President of Basketball Operations
Age: 35 (really?)
College: Oklahoma (undergrad), Stanford (grad school)
Prior Front Office Experience: Vice President Houston Rockets (2008-2010), Executive Vice President Houston Rockets (2010-2013)
Pros: Hinkie is a strong proponent of analytics. He has been credited with turning the Rockets’ entire player evaluation system, from the front office to the coaching staff into a model of statistical thinking. He is a master of discovering and acquiring under-valued talent and using it to his team’s advantage. He isn’t afraid to make tough decisions and is able to maintain a separation between success and sentimentality. Finally, he is committed to building a winner. He knows it will take a long time, but based on what he’s expressed to the fans so far, he isn’t just content to build a playoff team.
Cons: He hasn’t exactly endeared himself to the fans so far with his behind closed doors operating procedure. He has been criticized for his handling of the team’s coaching situation as well. He has come off as cold and calculating to some. There are also, of course, those like Larry Brown and Doug Collins who think that analytics are a crock of shit and that the only way to know basketball is to know basketball (whatever the fuck that means).
Hinkie made a splash when he implemented a radical plan to completely turn the team over on draft night. Trading Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans could net the Sixers two top ten draft picks in 2014. The only way to get better in the NBA is to shed big contracts and invest in the future. The Celtics and Heat did it and were able to build themselves a four to five year championship window. If things fall the Sixers’ way, they could be building a team with a bigger window and a period of sustained success that this town hasn’t seen in years. Hinkie has been praised as a revolutionary mind by some. This could be the perfect job for him to show that he has the knowledge and creativity it takes to create a winner.
Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday, we met the next Mardy Collins, Khalif Wyatt. Today we meet Darius Morris, a guy.
Name: Darius Morris
Number: None yet, but he will make the team.
2013-14 Salary (per Basketball-Reference.com): Terms of his deal haven’t been announced.
2012-13 Stats (per Basketball-Reference.com): 14.2 MPG, 4.0 PPG, 1.6 APG, 0.4 STL
How Acquired: Signed by the Sixers as a free agent.
Pros: Morris is a good size for a point guard and he’s strong, which means he’s just like every other guard on the roster. He played for the Lakers over parts of the past two seasons, so he is used to being around dysfunction, though the Sixers’ dysfunction this season won’t involve a man-child and an ownership crisis. Morris can handle the ball well with both hands, and knows how to run an offense. He’s considered a true point guard, which the team will desperately need with so many young guards. He was effective in short spurts for the Lakers last season, and won’t kill you when he’s on the court in some respects.
Cons: He isn’t exceptionally quick or athletic, which means he’s unlike the other guards on the roster in those respects, it also means that he can’t guard his position very well in the league. He isn’t a good three point shooter and doesn’t run the floor well in transition which will slow the team down. Finally, if he doesn’t have the ball in his hands, he’s pretty ineffective offensively. He doesn’t create his own shot and he isn’t much of a spot up shooter.
Eh, I mean, what is there to say? He’s here to fill a roster spot, he’ll do that, the team won’t win many games, so on and so forth.
Tomorrow: Sam Hinkie
Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday, we met coach Brett Brown. Today we start looking at the players who probably won’t make the team out of training camp and some new additions. First up: Khalif Wyatt
Name: Khalf Wyatt
Number: He’ll have one, maybe…
2013-14 Salary : Not available yet, but probably close to the rookie minimum of $490,180
2012-13 Stats: (Temple) 33.4 MPG, 20.5 PPG, 4.0 APG, 1.7 SPG
How Acquired: Signed by the Sixers as an undrafted free agent.
Pros: Wyatt was a big time player when he was at Temple, he led the team in scoring, and really how often do players average 20 ppg in college? So, that’s impressive. He has a solid game and a pretty high basketball IQ. He’s pretty strong and attacks the basket often. He can hit shots from anywhere on the court and shoots free throws very well. On the defensive end, though he isn’t quick his hands are, he can swipe the ball away from even some of the best ball-handlers on the court.
Cons: He isn’t athletic. He’s 6’4 and can barely dunk. He can’t take defenders off the dribble and doesn’t really create his own shot. He lacks focus defensively and gets beaten on a regular basis because he doesn’t have the quickness to move with his man. If he has a hard time guarding players in college, imagine guarding some of the best athletes in the world. Luckily, he won’t spend much time on the court during the season unless some things go really badly. He’ll most likely spend the season with the 87ers or at the very end of the bench in street clothes.
Temple fans, who are no doubt going slightly insane over this signing, remember: Pepe Sanchez, Mark Karcher, Kevin Lyde, Dionte Christmas all went to camp with the Sixers. The team has a tradition of bringing Temple stars to camp only to cut them because they really aren’t NBA players. Sorry to burst your bubble. Commence hating this post.
Tomorrow: Darius Morris
Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday we met Jason Richardson. Today, we look at Head Coach Brett Brown.
Name: Brett Brown
Position: Head Coach
College: Boston University
Prior Coaching Experience: Melbourne Tigers (assistant) 1988-93; North Melbourne Giants (HC) 1993-98; Sydney Kings (HC) 2000-02; Australian National Team (assistant) 1996, 1998, 2000, 2009-2012; San Antonio Spurs (assistant) 2007-2012
Pros: Brown has some great experience from coaching under Gregg Popovich over the past six seasons. He has been given credit for the development of Tony Parker. He works well with young players and does have a winning pedigree. He seems like he is in it for the long haul, and it will be a long haul.
Cons: This is his first head coaching job in the NBA. This team is young and he will need patience in order to succeed and grow with the team. The one question seems to be, do the Sixers consider him a stop-gap or do they want him to be the coach of the future? We’ll see as this season drags on.
Tomorrow: Khalaf Wyatt
Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday, we met possible Sixer Furkan Aldemir. Today we meet a guy who might never play in the NBA again, Jason Richardson.
Name: Jason Richardson
College: Michigan State
2013-14 Salary (per Basketball-Reference.com) : $5.79 Million
2012-13 Stats (per Basketball-Reference.com) (33 games) 28.4 MPG, 10.5 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 1.2 STL, 1.5 APG
How Acquired: Traded by the Magic to the Sixers as part of the trade that sent Andrew Bynum to the Sixers and Dwight Howard to the Lakers.
Pros: Before he got hurt, Richardson showed that he can still play. He’s always been a very perimeter shooter and comes off screens well. He can hit shots from anywhere on the floor. He was still somewhat explosive, but the former slam dunk champ’s legs were showing the wear and tear of twelve NBA seasons. He gets to the free throw line on a regular basis and is a good foul shooter. Defensively he was explosive and did a good job getting into passing lanes. He does a good job rebounding the ball and getting into transition. Finally, he’s a veteran presence on the court and in the locker room who has had past success in the league and could be a good mentor for young players on the team.
Cons: He’s pretty hurt, like really hurt. He could miss this entire season while recovering surgery to fix a hole in his kneecap. He has tried to avoid microfracture surgery, which is well- known to be a career-ending procedure and is looking into alternatives. The team doesn’t see a reason to rush him back, because he could lead to wins and improvement, which they are not looking for at this point. Offensively, he has lost some of his explosiveness which in turn can minimize his effectiveness. Defensively he makes mental mistakes and has never been a really good man-to-man defender. He doesn’t create his own shot because he isn’t a great ball handler (though he doesn’t turn the ball over much, he passes when he can’t make anything happen).
Tomorrow: Coach Brett Brown
Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday, we talked about Thaddeus Young. Today we meet the real reason the Sixers traded for Royce White, Turkish forward Furkan Aldemir.
Name: Furkan Aldemir
Number: None, he isn’t even really on the team.
College: None, played professionally in Turkey
2013-14 Salary : He doesn’t have a contract with the Sixers.
2012-13 Stats (playing for Galatasaray Istanbul) 13.2 MPG, 3.8 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 0.5 BPG
How Acquired: Traded to the Sixers along with Royce White by the Houston Rockets for Future Draft Considerations
Pros: Scouts say he’s tough and he likes to get dirty and rebound. Playing professionally, he has gotten used to a pick and roll game which is always beneficial in the NBA. He’s strong around the rim and puts back offensive rebounds well. Follow the link for more about his strengths. He had a strong showing at last year’s Euro Cup, and is young, so if he joins the team, he could be a long-term project who shows good results (maybe).
Cons: Again, according to scouts, he isn’t very athletic and is not a great offensive player. He doesn’t shoot well, so get those comparisons to Hedo Torkoglu out of your head. Also, probably most importantly, the Sixers only own his rights at this time. He is playing professionally in his native Turkey and has been traded twice, once by the Clippers who drafted him and again by the Rockets. Sam Hinkie is obviously high on him, as he’s traded for him both times. There doesn’t seem to be much known about how much he wants to come to America to play in the NBA.
Watch these clips, that’s all I got.
Tomorrow: Jason Richardson
Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday we met Evan Turner, the king of Instagram. Today, we look at Thaddeus Young.
Name: Thaddeus Young
College: Georgia Tech
2013-14 Salary (per Basketball-Reference.com): $8.85 Million
2012-13 Stats (per Basketball-Reference.com): 34.6 MPG, 14.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.8 STL
How Acquired: Drafted 12th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Pros: Say what you want about Thad, but he is a very solid player. He rebounds, plays defense, dives after loose balls, and has a pretty good mid-range game. He’s quick and athletic and though he isn’t a star by any means he does everything that he’s asked to do. He never complains, never causes problems and can provide the team a lift anytime he is in the game. He isn’t exciting, but he rarely hurts the team, and isn’t that really a plus these days in Philly?
Cons: He’s really too undersized to play power forward, but has been asked to play there quite a bit over the past few seasons. Bigger fours can move him around pretty easily, but he does make up for that with a strong effort on a nightly basis. As a lefty, he sometimes has trouble with his right hand, which also causes problems when he is on offense. Finally, he doesn’t pass the ball very well and pulls teammates out of position when he fires a ball high or wide.
Young is the kind of player who is important to have on a young team. He can provide leadership on the court, and knows how the league works. He is perfect for this Sixers team because he won’t hang his head and get discouraged when things get bad, and they will get baaad. Sure, he might make too much money, and he’s developed kind of slowly, but he really is the kind of player that Philadelphians love, think about him as a more talented George Lynch. Good teams always need a player like Young, and hopefully, if they can turn this around fast enough he can fill the role of the grizzled veteran and help the team grow.
Tomorrow: Furkan Aldemir
Name: Evan Turner
Position: PG? SG? SF?
College: Ohio State
2013-14 Salary (per Basketball-Reference.com): $6.67 Million
2012-13 Stats (per Basketball-Reference.com): 35.3 MPG, 13.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 4.3 APG
How Acquired: Drafted 2nd overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Pros: Turner is a really good player when the offense runs through him, which it will probably have to this season. He can create his own shots, he doesn’t turn the ball over much and he is a pretty decent passer. He can play guard or run as the point forward and does seem to understand the game really well. He’s a great rebounder and gets himself in good position on the defensive end most of the time. He has a good mid-range game and can run the floor well which helps with transition.
Cons: He finally started all 82 games last season and seemed to be out of Coach Doug Collins’ doghouse, which he was in for reasons no one is sure of. He was a productive player when he was playing significant minutes. However, was he worth the number two pick? Does he really figure into the team’s long-term plans? Will he ever improve his three point shooting? Will he stop settling for mid-range shots when he’s strong enough to take the ball to the rim?
At the time he was drafted, he seemed like the best choice. John Wall went first, and the team was building around Jrue Holiday, so they didn’t need another point guard anyway. There were a lot of questions about DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors and Wesley Johnson sucks. Now, three years removed from that draft who knows? New coach, new team, new direction. If it all blows up the team might try and move Turner. Michael Carter-Williams will be the team’s future PG, and hopefully they have a SF coming in the upcoming draft. If Turner is at his most effective with the ball in his hands, where will that leave him?
Tomorrow: Thaddeus Young