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Sixers-Raptors

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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

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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

Movin’ On

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The Sixers did not extend Evan Turner’s contract today. The move essentially means that Turner, the 2nd pick in the 2010 Draft, and the team are headed in different directions. Turner will become a restricted free agent after the season, if he isn’t traded first.

The Week in Sixers

October 30th is right around the corner, but not much is really happening, other than several prr-season beatdowns. Here’s a rundown of the week that was for the 76ers.

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Who’s This Guy? Daniel Orton, that’s who.

– Lavoy Allen has learned the importance of sleep, and not just when he is on the court. (Zing)

– Is it possible that the Sixers are worse than the Bobcats?

The Sporting News gave an opinion on the Sixers’ upcoming season, and the worst that could happen is that they aren’t the         worst.

-Allen Iverson will actually retire for real now.

-Brett Brown likes Maine because its where he is from.

– Evan Turner doesn’t like when people say the Sixers can’t win, because they really can.

-Royce White went on an airplane, and the team released Tim Ohlbrecht (dammit) and signed Daniel Orton.

Who’s This Guy?: Evan Turner

Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday we met Nerlens Noel and his recovering ACL. Today, we look at Evan Turner

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Name: Evan Turner

Position: PG? SG? SF?

Number: 12

Age: 24

Height: 6’7

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