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- nephillymike   The Sixers have a big problem.   Jul 4 2018, 10:40 AM
- - nephillymike   3 PT shooters 1. Ellington UFA 2. Tolliver UFA 3. ...   Jul 4 2018, 03:18 PM
- - nephillymike   Free Agency was below average. Basically, we resi...   Jul 13 2018, 08:37 PM
|- - Joegrane   My impression is that Chandler and Bjelica are bet...   Jul 13 2018, 10:29 PM
|- - nephillymike   QUOTE (Joegrane @ Jul 13 2018, 10:29 PM) ...   Jul 14 2018, 01:22 PM
|- - Joegrane   Don't say that to me at this time about korkma...   Jul 14 2018, 07:59 PM
|- - Joegrane   Korkmaz had another good game last night, includin...   Jul 15 2018, 12:11 PM
|- - nephillymike   QUOTE (Joegrane @ Jul 15 2018, 12:11 PM) ...   Jul 15 2018, 05:48 PM
|- - nephillymike   I Eagle60'd it.   Jul 15 2018, 07:32 PM
- - nephillymike   Bjelica just turned down the Sixers and took his t...   Jul 17 2018, 09:08 PM
|- - Joegrane   and Kawhi is going to Toronto. They had to give ...   Jul 18 2018, 10:32 PM
- - Reality Fan   This has turned into the worst offseason possible....   Jul 19 2018, 04:28 PM
|- - samaroo   QUOTE (Reality Fan @ Jul 20 2018, 06:28 A...   Jul 19 2018, 10:00 PM
- - nephillymike   Well, here we are. No Ily, no Marco. Had Bjelica...   Jul 21 2018, 06:45 PM
|- - Joegrane   Muscala can play some center, correct? That proba...   Jul 22 2018, 07:18 PM
|- - nephillymike   QUOTE (Joegrane @ Jul 22 2018, 07:18 PM) ...   Jul 22 2018, 09:10 PM
|- - Joegrane   If they sign Korver, they'll need a roster spo...   Jul 23 2018, 10:53 AM
- - Joegrane   Adding to their problems is a broken foot by Z Smi...   Aug 7 2018, 09:23 PM
- - nephillymike   How the hell is going on? A bad offseason, just t...   Aug 8 2018, 09:07 PM
- - Joegrane   I'm not as down on the team as you are. Cons...   Aug 8 2018, 10:05 PM
> The Sixers have a big problem., And only a few options and little time to fix it
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post Jul 4 2018, 10:40 AM
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Rewind to last year.

It was February 11th.

The Sixers were 28-25 and in and out of the playoff's 8th seed and last lottery pick 9th seed.

They traded for Marco Bellinelli and proceeded to go 24-5 the rest of the way.

Seven games after that trade, they traded for Ilyasova and went 20-3 from that point.

Marco played 27.3 min per game in the playoffs and Ily played 23.3, 6th and 7th most on the team, just below Roco 28.1.

They were intregal parts of our success. Their speed game, spread the floor, 3 PT capabilities made this the late year team we remember. Sure, some of the improvement was from internal growth, but their skills added a bunch to our success.

Their on court plus minus was 10.8 and 8.9 Pts per 100 possessions. Good enough for 2nd and 4th on the team, better than Simmons, Redick and Saric.

We got Redick back. Great move.

We traded for K. Chandler, a 30 yr old, below average player with similar 3pt % as Ily, 35.8 vs Ily 36.1. But he is not as skilled for his team as Ily. He will play wing D better, but lacks other skills in comparison. At a cost of 12.8M.

And, we still don't have the Marco piece.

I will take a look and see what is left in FA that could help out. Almost all of my short list is gone. With tons of cap room entering FA, plenty of "assets", years of suffering, it is not acceptable to go into next year less talented than the year before.

On another note, A. Johnson got the NBA hustle award the other day for '17-'18. His play dwindled to only a 9th best 11.8 minutes per game in the playoffs. Do you bring him back or roll the dice with Holmes? He made 11M last year, but will likely command about half that this year.

We need to find a 3 PT shooter soon, and either resign Johnson or find an upgrade soon. The process cannot take a step backward!
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post Jul 4 2018, 03:18 PM
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3 PT shooters
1. Ellington UFA
2. Tolliver UFA
3. Hood RFA

Centers
1. Harrell RFA
2. O'Quinn UFA
3. A. Johnson UFA

Current teams get to match offers for RFA.

We have more favorable cap situations than most so we should be able to pry them away if we want.

Give me one from each group and I am Ok. Not Lebron happy great. Just OK.
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post Jul 13 2018, 08:37 PM
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Free Agency was below average.

Basically, we resigned Redick and Johnson.

Then we exchanged Ilyasova and Bellinelli for Chandler and Bjelica. A decrease in talent level at a greater cap cost this year.

With all of the assets and cap space we had, this is all we got.

Ellington just reupped for one year and 6 million with Miami. That 6 million was better served here. He is an excellent 3 PT shooter that would have helped spread the floor.

There is the possible internal improvement by Embiid, Simmons and Fultz. Improvement is likely, although no idea on Embiids injury status next year. However, we needed internal improvement plus improvement thru FA. We came up short.

Six mill for one year for improvement.

I look at the other improvements in the East, and I have us fourth or fifth in the conference:
1. BOS
2. TOR
3. IND
4. PHI/MIL
5. PHI/MIL
6. WAS
7. MIA
8. CLE

Totally unacceptable. We tanked for THIS team? And the WEST is better, so we are about 12th overall.

Really?
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post Jul 13 2018, 10:29 PM
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My impression is that Chandler and Bjelica are better on D, at least in limited minutes.

Saw a rumor that Toronto is a possible landing spot for Kawhi L. That would shift their chances.

Isn't Ellington a below average defender?

QUOTE (nephillymike @ Jul 13 2018, 09:37 PM) *
Free Agency was below average.

Basically, we resigned Redick and Johnson.

Then we exchanged Ilyasova and Bellinelli for Chandler and Bjelica. A decrease in talent level at a greater cap cost this year.

With all of the assets and cap space we had, this is all we got.

Ellington just reupped for one year and 6 million with Miami. That 6 million was better served here. He is an excellent 3 PT shooter that would have helped spread the floor.

There is the possible internal improvement by Embiid, Simmons and Fultz. Improvement is likely, although no idea on Embiids injury status next year. However, we needed internal improvement plus improvement thru FA. We came up short.

Six mill for one year for improvement.

I look at the other improvements in the East, and I have us fourth or fifth in the conference:
1. BOS
2. TOR
3. IND
4. PHI/MIL
5. PHI/MIL
6. WAS
7. MIA
8. CLE

Totally unacceptable. We tanked for THIS team? And the WEST is better, so we are about 12th overall.

Really?

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post Jul 14 2018, 01:22 PM
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QUOTE (Joegrane @ Jul 13 2018, 10:29 PM) *
My impression is that Chandler and Bjelica are better on D, at least in limited minutes.

Saw a rumor that Toronto is a possible landing spot for Kawhi L. That would shift their chances.

Isn't Ellington a below average defender?

Yes.

He is 87th, Redick 88th and Bellinelli 102nd in Real Def +/- for SG.

Overall real plus minus, Redick is 20th, Ellington 27th and Bellinelli was 54th.

Redick type skills for half the price, and better than Marco for the same price but one year less term.

This one will hurt. Should have been a no brainer.

Look at Korkmaz stats from G league. He ain't the answer.

Hopefully we're good enough to not regress. Hoping win the 4-5 matchup and then play better in the second round to either BOS or TOR.
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post Jul 14 2018, 07:59 PM
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Don't say that to me at this time about korkmaz. We need one of those young wings to step up,

I'm hoping that korkmaz got dinged up early In the 2nd game. I'm hoping he fills the Bellenelli role next year and challenges Fultz for backup SG minutes this year. They also need enough talent at backup SG to keep Redick.fresh.

QUOTE (nephillymike @ Jul 14 2018, 02:22 PM) *
Yes.

He is 87th, Redick 88th and Bellinelli 102nd in Real Def +/- for SG.

Overall real plus minus, Redick is 20th, Ellington 27th and Bellinelli was 54th.

Redick type skills for half the price, and better than Marco for the same price but one year less term.

This one will hurt. Should have been a no brainer.

Look at Korkmaz stats from G league. He ain't the answer.

Hopefully we're good enough to not regress. Hoping win the 4-5 matchup and then play better in the second round to either BOS or TOR.

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post Jul 15 2018, 12:11 PM
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Korkmaz had another good game last night, including late heroics.

He was 2-5 from 3 and finished with a +9 rating.

I think he's ready to contribute. Physically he looks more mature.
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QUOTE (Joegrane @ Jul 14 2018, 08:59 PM) *
Don't say that to me at this time about korkmaz. We need one of those young wings to step up,

I'm hoping that korkmaz got dinged up early In the 2nd game. I'm hoping he fills the Bellenelli role next year and challenges Fultz for backup SG minutes this year. They also need enough talent at backup SG to keep Redick.fresh.



QUOTE (nephillymike @ Jul 14 2018, 02:22 PM) *
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Look at Korkmaz stats from G league. He ain't the answer.
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post Jul 15 2018, 05:48 PM
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QUOTE (Joegrane @ Jul 15 2018, 12:11 PM) *
Korkmaz had another good game last night, including late heroics.

He was 2-5 from 3 and finished with a +9 rating.

I think he's ready to contribute. Physically he looks more mature.
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QUOTE (nephillymike @ Jul 14 2018, 02:22 PM) *
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Look at Korkmaz stats from G league. He ain't the answer.


He had an excellent finish in a good come from behind.

Good to see.

I don't know if he has what it takes to be a top nine contributor; that shooter off the bench.
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post Jul 15 2018, 07:32 PM
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I Eagle60'd it.
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post Jul 17 2018, 09:08 PM
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Bjelica just turned down the Sixers and took his talents back to Europe.

So now we have Chandler minus Ilyasova and Bellinelli.

Not good at all.
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post Jul 18 2018, 10:32 PM
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and Kawhi is going to Toronto. They had to give up players to get him but I presume they will be improved.

QUOTE (nephillymike @ Jul 17 2018, 10:08 PM) *
Bjelica just turned down the Sixers and took his talents back to Europe.

So now we have Chandler minus Ilyasova and Bellinelli.

Not good at all.
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This has turned into the worst offseason possible. Bjelica is going to play for the frickin Kings now. I don't think it could be any worse once Leonard was traded to Toronto.


Brutal, brutal offseason. Brett may be a good coach but we needed a GM who had a clue.


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QUOTE (Reality Fan @ Jul 20 2018, 06:28 AM) *
This has turned into the worst offseason possible. Bjelica is going to play for the frickin Kings now. I don't think it could be any worse once Leonard was traded to Toronto.


Brutal, brutal offseason. Brett may be a good coach but we needed a GM who had a clue.


We were never going to get LeBron. And giving up what it would have taken to get a disgruntled, one-year-rental Kawhi would have been foolish, IMO. Bjelica wasn't some crazy godsend of a player, just a dude who was going to sop up some bench minutes. We didn't make any crazy splashes, but I don't see how we could've without seriously hurting our team long term.

We'll see, I guess. I'm hearing rumors now about how Kyrie wants to be in NY next year, and that Jimmy Buckets wants to be with Kyrie. And JB was who I was eyeing next year.

Maybe KAT wants to come home and play with the Sixers! It could happen! biggrin.gif


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post Jul 21 2018, 06:45 PM
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Well, here we are.

No Ily, no Marco.

Had Bjelica, now we don't.

Got Chandler.

Got Muscala.

Got rid of Holmes, TLC, Anderson.

True that at least one of Holmes, TLC and Anderson were likely cuts.

Chandler and Muscala vs Ilyasova and Bellinelli in meaningful minutes.

On this team, with a "star" point guard who can't hit an 8 ft jumper, and with the same PG who is an excellent rebounder, I submit that the two departed players are more valuable than the two we got.

Now, rumor is we are after Korver. As long as we can get him without giving up much, then getting him will result in an improvement over last year. As of now, we are not as good. Internal improvements are expected as they will be in BOS. We need to improve from the outside too. KK will do that.
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post Jul 22 2018, 07:18 PM
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Muscala can play some center, correct? That probably made Holmes expendable.

If Korkmas can contribute somewhat & Fultz has a respectable midrange jumper the loss of Bellinelli wont be so bad.

what does Korver have left in the tank?

QUOTE (nephillymike @ Jul 21 2018, 07:45 PM) *
Well, here we are.

No Ily, no Marco.

Had Bjelica, now we don't.

Got Chandler.

Got Muscala.

Got rid of Holmes, TLC, Anderson.

True that at least one of Holmes, TLC and Anderson were likely cuts.

Chandler and Muscala vs Ilyasova and Bellinelli in meaningful minutes.

On this team, with a "star" point guard who can't hit an 8 ft jumper, and with the same PG who is an excellent rebounder, I submit that the two departed players are more valuable than the two we got.

Now, rumor is we are after Korver. As long as we can get him without giving up much, then getting him will result in an improvement over last year. As of now, we are not as good. Internal improvements are expected as they will be in BOS. We need to improve from the outside too. KK will do that.

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post Jul 22 2018, 09:10 PM
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QUOTE (Joegrane @ Jul 22 2018, 07:18 PM) *
Muscala can play some center, correct? That probably made Holmes expendable.

If Korkmas can contribute somewhat & Fultz has a respectable midrange jumper the loss of Bellinelli wont be so bad.

what does Korver have left in the tank?

All we need him is too have 20 min per game left.

Judging by his advanced stats from last year, he has plenty left.

We need him.

I can't imagine that just Bayless will get it done. Prob at least a second at take back a bad contract.
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If they sign Korver, they'll need a roster spot, no?

I assume Bayless will then be released and his cap hit spread out over a few years. If Bayless' lack of performance last year was due to injury, might they keep him for the preseason so he can show what he can do. Maybe a team that has an injury will come calling and take part of his cap hit.

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All we need him is too have 20 min per game left.

Judging by his advanced stats from last year, he has plenty left.

We need him.

I can't imagine that just Bayless will get it done. Prob at least a second at take back a bad contract.

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Adding to their problems is a broken foot by Z Smith! I suppose it was predictable that he would sit out most or all of his rookie year. Supposedly it is similar to B Simmons' injury.

On a positive note, you have to like the drive, crossover, and step-back by J. Embiid in the Africa tournament.
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post Aug 8 2018, 09:07 PM
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How the hell is going on?

A bad offseason, just turned into a poor offseason.

The same injury as Simmons.

We need some new training regimines around here, or new docs or both.

The odds of all the injuries to 1st round picks has to be over 1000 to 1.

We're looking at 5th or 6th seed in the East.

BOS
TOR
IND
MIL
WAS
PHI

All those "assets", all that cap space and we regressed.

Truly sad.
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I'm not as down on the team as you are. Consider the number of young players who should improve.

I expect Fultz to make a major improvement.

I expect Ben to make substantial improvements. Korkmaz could as well.

Joel and Dario are young enough to make additional improvements.

There are not many old players who could be expected to take a major step back.

The added veteran players seem to be more talented defensively than the late season vet additions last year.

The Sixers overachieved last year. Most people a year ago just expected them to be a low seed in the playoffs. If they had done that, shooting for the 4th seed would be a nice step up this year.

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How the hell is going on?

A bad offseason, just turned into a poor offseason.

The same injury as Simmons.

We need some new training regimines around here, or new docs or both.

The odds of all the injuries to 1st round picks has to be over 1000 to 1.

We're looking at 5th or 6th seed in the East.
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All those "assets", all that cap space and we regressed.

Truly sad.

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