Sixers get much needed sharpshooter

The Philadelphia 76ers didn’t waste anytime this free agency season in getting the biggest need for this young team.

On the first day of free agency the Sixers have inked JJ Redick, formally of the LA Clippers. Redick tweeted this out earlier this afternoon:

https://twitter.com/JJRedick/status/881242874263851008

The news was then confirmed by ESPN’s Adrain Wojnarowski that the deal is one year and 23 million dollars


For his career Redick has been a 41 percent three point shooter, and 44 percent over the last four years with the Clippers. For reference the Sixers were 23rd in the league shooting 34 percent last season.

Even with paying Redick 23 million next year the Sixers still are under be salary cap by 26 million with 14 players on the roster. There is still room for another big move if wanted.

It looks like the Sixers as of this moment will have a starting lineup which looks like this:

PG-Fultz

SG-Redick

SF-Simmons

PF-Saric

C-Embiid

That looks pretty solid any way you look at it. The Sixers will still need to have more depth and veteran leadership on the bench to be considered contenders in the East but this is a great start.

Could Iggy be coming back to Philly?

The NBA free agent market is beginning to heat up, even though it hasn’t officially started. 

The rumor mills were abound saying the Sixers (among at least seven teams) have expressed interest in the 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodola of the Golden State Warriors. 


For the Sixers the homecoming would be eversweet. Iguodola was drafted by the Sixers number nine overall out of Arizona. He spent the first three plus seasons in Philly before being traded in 2012. 

Iguodola would bring the veteran leadership, from a winning team (he’s been in the finals three years in a row). He also still has game left, he can establish himself as a leader and defensive stallworth the Sixers need.

 

If the Sixers to bring him back they would probably still need to add some three-point shooting but veteran leadership should be priority number one. 

Personally I’d love to see Iguodola back, it would be a huge move in the right direction, now it’s wait and see. 

Saric and Embiid finish behind Brogdon

Last night at the first ever NBA awards show the Sixers brass was hoping to take home the Rookie of the Year award; it went to Malcolm Brogdon from the Milwaukee Bucks instead. 

Brogdon was the point guard on the Bucks team which was the six seed in the Eastern Comference and fell to the Toronto Raptors in the first round 4-2. Brogdon was the first player in the common draft era (1966) to win the Rookie of the Year award after being a second round draft pick. 


Brogdon was the ACC Player of the Year in his senior season at the University of Virginia but did slip into the second round of the NBA Draft and was drafted 36 overall by the Bucks. In his rookie season he averaged 10.2 points per game, less than both Saric and Embiid who were both first team all rookie selections along with Buddy Heild of Sacramento and Willy Hermangomez of the New York Knicks. Brogdon and Saric were unanimous first team selections. 

The good news for the Sixers is there very well could be two leading cantidates for this award next year as the last two number one overall selections will being their rookie seasons in Ben Simmons and Markell Fultz. 

The Sixers begin Summer League play on July 1st and we’ll be able to get a better look at some of the players for next years team. 

Fultz Speed Ahead

The Sixers with the first pick last night took who everyone expected in Markelle Fultz from the University of Washington.

Many including Fultz have put high expectations on the Sixers, in one interview last night Fultz said the goal is the playoffs. This is a reasonable goal, especially in the Eastern Conference.

Joel Embiid was active on Twitter last night after the first pick claiming the Sixers are now known as the “FEDS” (Fultz, Embiid, Dario, Simmons)

The Sixers now seem set with the core of what should be the future of the franchise. For the team to really succeed there will need to be a veteran or two added in to help the younger players, Gerald Henderson who is a free agent this season was said to have helped a lot the past season.

Many in the rumor mill have said that JJ Redick would be a good fit, his three-point shooting would definitely be a help. One player who I think might be a fit as well would be Patty Mills from San Antonio. Mills played in San Antonio when Sixers coach Brett Brown was still there so the familiarity would be nice, plus he would probably be less expensive.

The NBA Summer League for the Sixers kicks off July 3rd in Salt Lake City against the Boston Celtics, my guess is Fultz will want to put it to the team that traded the rights to draft him in his first professional appearance.

The Sixers will have lots of roster moves to make before the season starts and it will be interesting to see how some of them work out. The Summer League could help decide some of those decisions.

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NBA Draft… A Look Back

With the 6ers having the first overall pick in tomorrow nights NBA Draft it’s a good time to look back on the past drafts and see how the team has done and where these players are today. Here is a look back on the first picks for the 6ers every year dating back 10 years to 2007.

With the 12th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft the Philadelphia 76ers picked, Thaddeus Young

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Thad was a sold players for the 6ers from 2007-2014, he has bounced around since then playing for Minnesota. Brooklyn and this past season in Indiana. He wasn’t a bust, especially from the 12th pick. He was a second team All_Rookie selection and in his last season in Philadelphia averaged 17.9 points per game.

In 2008 the 6ers had the 16th pick and used that to select Marresse Speights

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Speights spent three years in Philadelphia, his highest point average was his second season where he averaged 8.6 and was a member of the 2015 Golden State Warriors who won the NBA Championship and was on the team the next year when they set the single season wins record. He is currently playing for the LA Clippers.

The 2009 draft leveraged the 6ers to the 17th position where they drafted the PG out of UCLA Jrue Holiday.

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Holiday played four season in Philadelphia, his last season averaging 17.7 points and was an NBA All-Star. He was then traded to New Orleans for Nerlens Noel (now in Dallas) and a first round draft pick which eventually turned into Dario Saric. Holiday is the only 6ers draft pick to be named to an All-Star team since Allen Iverson, hopefully that will be changing soon!

The 2010 draft is one where I’m sure the 6ers wish they could have a re-do. With the second overall pick the 6ers drafted out of Ohio State Evan Turner.

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Turner has had a solid NBA career, he played about 3 and-a-half season for the 6ers and seven years in is still in the NBA, but out of the second overall pick you expect much more. In the 54 games he played in his last season in Philadelphia he was averaging 17.4 points per game before being traded to Indiana. The 6ers in this second position could have drafted now NBA All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins, Gordon Heyward or Paul George.

In 2011 the Sixers were back in the pack a bit and had the 16th overall pick and took Nikola Vucevic.

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Vucevic only played one stroke shortened season in Philadelphia and only saw about 16 minutes a night. Vucevic was then traded to Orlando in the offseason in the whole Andrew Bynum disaster. He has had a solid career so far in Orlando averaging 14.6 ppg.

In 2012 the Sixers were drafting out of the 15th position and took out of St. Johns Maurice Harkless and then traded him and Vucevic to Orlando, he is having an okay NBA career, now in Portland where he had a career high 10 ppg this past season.

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In 2013 the 6ers were drafting from the 11th position and got a PG from Syracuse Michael Carter-Williams. He was the Rookie of the Year in his first season and then very surprisingly traded the next year. Four years in he is now a bench player for the Chicago Bulls.

In 2014 the 6ers were drafting number three overall and took the often injured center from Kansas who is now the face of the “Process” Joel Embiid. He missed the first two years of his career due to injuries and the second half of his third. If the team was in playoff contention my guess is he would have been back. He is a leading candidate to win this years Rookie of the Year and is now the face of the franchise.

In 2015 the 6ers had the third overall pick and decided on Jahlil Okafor from Duke. Okafor has been very solid on offense but has been a liability on the defensive end,. He has been the subject of trade rumors almost daily however; is a really good backup option with Embiid’s injury history.

Last year as we all know the 6ers had the first overall pick and spent in on Ben Simmons from LSU. Now Simmons didn’t play at all in his rookie season, along with Embiid my guess is if the team was in playoff contention he would have been back at the end of the season too.

Going through the last 10 first picks for the 6ers and you see 10 players who are all still active in the league. I don’t have the stats on it but this seems impressive to me. Now, only one of those players has been an All-Star and one hasn’t played yet.

Simmons along with Embiid, Saric and most likely Markell Faulk being taken number one overall this year are the solid core for this team for hopefully the next 10 years. Only time will tell, and who knows how long the city of Brotherly Love will “Trust The Process”

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The Future is Now

With the blockbuster trade to acquire the number one overall pick in this Thursday’s NBA Draft the Philadelphia 76ers may have now officially made significant movement towards the next step in the “Process”

With this trade the 76ers will most likely draft Markelle Fultz out of the University of Washington. This trade will fill the largest need for the 76ers which is the Point Guard position.

It was in the plans to make last years number one overall pick Ben Simmons the PG but who knows how the 6’10” rookie will fare in that position. This trade allows him to move to a more natural SG or SF position. Team that with this years rookie sensation Dario Saric and Joel Embiid both of which are only 23 years old, you could be looking at a young nucleus which will bring the Sixers to superstardom in the coming years.

Now don’t expect the Sixers to be making the NBA Finals anytime in the next year or two but a playoff team next year should be the goal.

The future of the team is now, Embiid has been outspoken on Twitter and isn’t afraid to show it, Magic may have been laughing on draft night but the Sixers now have jumped the Lakers for the first pick.

He was also very Tweet Happy this weekend when Faultz came to work out with the team

This whole “Process” has been long, and sometimes painful but those of us who have stuck it out will hopefully see the rewards now come to fruition.

I look forward to keeping this site up and posting my thoughts as stories and headlines break. I’d appreciate any feedback and thoughts. You can e-mail me at ryan.rosengrant@gmail.com, thanks.