No one expected the 76ers to come out in the season opener against the Heat and basically punch the two-time reigning champs in the face. Before the game, Allen Iverson, the greatest Sixer of the last 30 years, officially retired, marking a new era of the franchise. The Sixers, a team that was supposedly the worst in the league, certainly did not come out looking like a franchise in a rebuilding year against the consensus team to beat. This Philadelphia team proved they will not just lie down and lose even if they were built and expected to do just that.
Everyone has accepted that the 2013-2014 season will be a rebuilding season for the Sixers, which means tanking for a high draft pick and giving minutes to younger players. An unfortunate byproduct of this process is gutting the roster of established veterans, aiming to clear cap space and/or pick up other pieces for the future. Thaddeus Young is one of those players who may very likely be traded during the season and he is aware of it. Is he more of an asset on the trading block or as building block?
The 76ers officially signed forward Brandon Davies today as they finalize their roster for the start of the season. Davies is an undrafted rookie out of BYU, best known for his suspension as a Sophomore for having premarital sex with his girlfriend (Gross! Am I right?!), therefore violating BYU’s “honor code”. After being reinstated, Davies was named to the All-WCC team both his Junior and Senior year. He averaged 17.7 points, 8 rebounds, 1.3 steals and .9 blocks during his senior year.
Ladies and gentlemen, the 2013-2014 NBA season is upon us! The first slate of NBA games starts on Tuesday while the 76ers season commences on Wednesday against the formidable Miami Heat. Unless you have been living under a rock all summer, you have come to the realization that the Sixers are not projected to win too many games this upcoming season (#rigginforwiggins). If you have been living under a rock all summer, and one of the first things you do upon rejoining the rest of civilization is visiting our site, then we commend you for your great decision making.
It's not fun being at the bottom of every power rankings ESPN or CBS or Yahoo or Sports Blog XYZ releases every week. Since we at the BSB thrive on optimism and giving the people what they want, we will be releasing our very own Reverse Power Rankings (otherwise known as the race for Wiggins). If you also just got out from under your rock, you're probably wondering what a Wiggins is. Andrew Wiggins happens to be the most highly coveted basketball prospect since LeBron James and whichever team receives the first pick come next June will most likely be using that pick on Mr. Wiggins.
The Sixers announced four roster moves, as they began to pare down their roster in anticipation of the season opener on Wednesday, October 30. The team parted ways with guards Vander Blue and Khalif Wyatt, as well as forwards Royce White and Mac Koshwal.
The preseason went just about exactly as we all expected it to. The Sixers went 2-5 overall and finished out preseason action with a loss at home to the Timberwolves by a score of 125-102. Luckily, the Sixers look to be in mid-season form already for what they plan to do this year, lose, a lot!
The last few seasons have been rough for 76ers fans, to say the least. After a couple of early playoff exits in the first round in 2008, 2009, and 2011, they finally reached the second round in 2012 after defeating a Rose-less Bulls squad. Not only did they exceed expectations in the playoffs, they pushed a powerful Celtics squad to the brink in 7 hard fought games. Even though they failed to reach the conference finals, the Sixers showed that they had a promising roster with a few great pieces in Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday.
He averaged 20.5 points per game as a senior, leading the Temple Owls. He shot 44.5% in his college career. He earned A-10 Player of the Year Honors in 2012-13. He's the local product. But, despite a stellar college career, Khalif Wyatt did not hear his name called on Draft Night.
The Sixers were in Columbus, Ohio tonight as they faced off against the Cavaliers on Ohio State's campus. In a back and forth contest, the Sixers came up on the short end, as they fell by a final score of 104-93 to fall to 2-4 so far through the preseason.
Nerlens Noel, prized draft pick and owner of the most phenomenal flat-top haircut in Philadelphia since Will Smith was roaming those playgrounds he spent most of his days on, may sit for the entire 2013-14 season. First year coach Brett Brown said before the Sixers preseason game against Cleveland on Monday that there is a chance Noel won’t see the court this season.