Tag Archives: #basketball

Michael Carter-Williams Named Rookie of Month

images-1

MCW was voted the Eastern Conference’s Rookie of the Month for November today. He led all rookies in scoring with 17.6 ppg, assists with 7.3 and steals at 2.9. He is the first Sixer since Allen Iverson in 1996 to win Rookie of the Month Honors (I know, what about Willie Green or Alvin Jones you ask!). Iverson went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year Award after the season and so far Carter-Williams seems destined to follow in his footsteps.

The King’s Ben McLemore won the Western Conference’s ROM award.

We’re Back, and so are the Magic

images

Ok, so its been a while, but tonight the Sixers, mired in a four game losing streak take on the Orlando Magic, who are pretty evenly matched with our Sixers.

In the past two weeks things have happened. Spencer Hawes has been hurt. Kendall Marshall, who was once a lottery pick is now with the 87ers.  Andrew Wiggins has played poorly, Jabari Parker has been a beast and the Sixers have started traveling down the most common-sense path for the organization. Happy trails Sixers, who are now the seventh-worst team in the NBA. 

The Starters:
The Magic (6-11)
PG Jameer Nelson
SG Victor Oladipo
SF Aaron Affalo
PF Glen Davis
C Nikola Vucevic

The Sixers (6-11)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C   Spencer Hawes

 

Sixers-Raptors

DownloadedFile

Tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, the Toronto Raptors attempt to take first place from the Sixers (read that again). Though the Raptors have lost two straight, the Sixers have lost three straight, so they are in worse shape I guess. Both teams are no good, and the Atlantic Division is pretty bad right now as a whole. As of right now, it looks like Michael Carter-Williams will play tonight, which is a plus for the Sixers, as it puts Tony Wroten back in the sixth man slot he is much better suited for.

The Starters:

The Raptors (4-7)
PG Kyle Lowery
SG DeMar DeRozen
SF Rudy Gay
PF Amir Johnson
C Jonas Valanciunas

The Sixers (5-7)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

The Raptors are favored by three in the game, and the over/under on the number of Jonas Brothers references Malik Rose makes during the game referring to the Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas is four.

Dwight Howard Brings His Dimension To Town

DownloadedFile

The Houston Rockets are in town, and they are huge. They start three players over 6’9, including the NBA’s favorite funny man Dwight Howard. The Rockets are currently leading the league in rebounding, and Howard, happy to be free of bigger stars on his team is thriving so far this season. He’s annoying, and pretty one dimensional, but the Rockets are a better team than the Sixers. By the way, did anyone see Andrew Wiggins last night?

The Starters:
Rockets (5-3)
PG Patrick Beverley
SG James Harden Jeremy Lin
SF Chandler Parsons
PF Dwight Howard
C Omer Asik

Sixers (4-4)
PG Michael Carter-Williams Tony Wroten, Jr.
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

Its the Spurs! (minus Tim Duncan)

062713_brett-brown_600

Tonight, the San Antonio Spurs make their first and only appearance of the season at the Wells Fargo Center. The defending Western Conference Champions are 6-1 and looking to take down former assistant Brett Brown’s Sixers.

The Sixers are coming off a double overtime loss to the Cavs. Tonight’s marquee matchup involves Sixers rookie PG Michael Carter-Williams vs. the Spurs Tony Parker, who until his injury last season looked like the league MVP.

I really can’t envision a scenario that doesn’t involve the Spurs surgically dismantling this team tonight, but who knows. The Sixers weren’t supposed to beat the Heat, Wizards or Bulls.

The Lineups:

Spurs (6-1)
PG Tony Parker
SG Danny Green
SF Kawhi Leonard
PF Boris Diaw
C Tiago Splitter

Sixers (4-3)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

Update: Tim Duncan will not play tonight.

More Cavs

image

The Sixers, who notched an impressive victory over the Cavs last night, head to Cleveland to try and sweep the home and home.

The starters:

The Sixers (4-2)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

The Cavs (2-4)
PG Kyrie Irving
SG Dion Waiters
SF Earl Clark
PF Tristan Thompson
C Anderson Varejao

Tonight: The Cavs

images

The Sixers are on a two game losing streak and there is seemingly no end in sight. Ok, maybe there is, who knows. Kyrie Irving and his Cavs come into town tonight, dragging Andrew Bynum with them.

It looks like Andrew Bynum, who was listed as a game time decision, will be playing tonight, so that should be fun. Also, the Cavs surprise first overall pick Anthony Bennett has scored one basket through five games. (One!)

The starters:

The Cavs (2-3)
PG Kyrie Irving
SG Dion Waiters
SF Earl Clark
PF Tristan Thompson
C Anderson Varejao

The Sixers (3-2)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

The Sixers Are Going Patriotic Tonight

Who’s This Guy?: Brandon Davies

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.

DownloadedFile

Name: Brandon Davies

Position: PF

Number: 20

Age: 22

Height: 6’10

College: BYU

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  

I Don’t Know How I Missed This One

Oh Spencer, I bet you went dressed as the most clever of all devils too.