Archive: June, 2013
I really didn’t know what to expect from the Sixers heading into Thursday night’s NBA Draft. I headed to Brooklyn sort of sensing a trade - Sam Hinkie had just been too dang quiet to not have something up his sleeve. I thought maybe Evan Turner would (finally) be shipped out of town, or maybe even super-Sixer Thaddeus Young. Or maybe Hinkie would just trade the entire team for the current Houston Rockets roster; I didn’t know, anything seemed possible.
Anyway, I didn’t want to think about it too deeply on the car ride there, fearing that honing in too deeply on Hinkie would impair my driving ability, so I just listened to some old Notorious B.I.G. albums instead; I was going to Brooklyn, it seemed fitting.
After fighting through unnecessary Brooklyn traffic, or as my GPS system called it, an “optimized route,” I arrived at the Barclays Center, eager to get the scoop on what the Sixers could be cooking up.
Although Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said Friday during an interview on 97.5 The Fanatic that his former point guard, and recent Sixer selection, Michael Carter-Williams can’t really be compared to any current player due to his rare combination of size and speed, we are going to try anyway.
While his game may not cleanly compare to one other individual, you can see traits of others reflected throughout his game, some good, and some not as promising.
The sheer size he brings to the point guard spots reminds me of one of the premier players to ever play the position; Magic Johnson.
The Sixers completed a cataclysmic deal with the Pelicans, the results of which will be measured for years to come as the young players involved develop. It indicated new Sixers GM Sam Hinkie's mentality in approaching the team's current state - he's thinking long term.
Thusly, trying to fully evaluate the move is impossible, as it based heavily on the future.
But let's not let that stop us from evaluating the move!
I chatted with Cinesport's Justin Shackil for a few minutes about the 76ers landing Kentucky big man Nerlens Noel and Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams on a busy night at the NBA draft.
Follow along below for live updates as the 76ers introduce first-round draft pick Michael Carter-Williams at a press conference Friday afternoon.
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Relive the past year with Sixers draft pick Michael Carter-Williams, who you had no idea was about to become your favorite person.
This was the year in which MCW had eight double-doubles for Syracuse, leading the entire country in assists per game.
So let's celebrate him now, before he's over saturated with high expectations and jokes about cheesestea--
The NBA Draft brought out some feistiness in former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers and ESPN analyst Bill Simmons.
Simmons, a Boston sports fan, has long claimed that Rivers quit on the Celtics; an accusation that Rivers would naturally find offensive. During an interview last evening, Rivers got the chance to respond to the allegation and did so.
Nice to see Rivers take the high road on th - hey, wait a minute! He said he didn't want to call him an idiot, but then basically did!
Keith Pompey, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Admit it. You’re still in shock.
No one outside of the 76ers’ NBA draft war room, anticipated the moves new general manager Sam Hinkie and his staff made Thursday night during the draft.