Ex Sixer Evan Turner Involved In ‘Fist Fight’ With Lance Stephenson

Originally posted on Philly Hoops Talk:

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‘I know you ate the Oreo’s in my locker….’

As with any breaking news in the NBA these days, this story was broken with a ‘WOJBOMB!’. Our dear Friend (not) Evan Turner has taken chemistry issues to levels even us Sixer’s fans wouldn’t expect by getting into a heated argument with fellow teammate Lance Stephenson. During practice on the eve of the playoffs, Turner and Stephenson got into a disagreement which culminated in teammates having to separate the two after they came to blows.

Reports were that Turner left practice sporting a cut to his face. Turner, who along with Lavoy Allen was traded at the February deadline to the pacers in exchange for Danny Granger, has struggled to find a niche for the eastern conference contenders.

Evan was never viewed as a great ‘chemistry guy’ during his stint in Philadelphia, constantly displaying poor body language during games and publicly making…

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First “Inning” Report Card

Utley leads the NL with a .406 batting average

Utley leads the NL with a .406 batting average

Baseball is a unique game with the number nine being featured prominently. There are nine positions on the diamond. A game lasts for nine innings. A significant difference between baseball and the other three major sports – basketball, football and hockey, is that baseball is played without a clock. A team is given 27 outs (or more if a game is tied after nine innings) and the two teams play until they’ve exhausted all their outs and one of the teams has outscored it’s opponent. Because the number nine figures so prominently in baseball we’ve decided to break the season into nine 18-game “innings”, which equates to a 162-game season. Continue reading

Flyers overcome two-goal deficit to finally win at MSG

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Originally posted on ProHockeyTalk:

It seems only appropriate that Philadelphia ended its nine-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden in dramatic fashion. The New York Rangers were dominate early, but the Flyers battled back to earn a 3-2 victory that tied this series at 1-1.

Flyers goaltender Ray Emery was a microcosm of the Flyers’ journey as he struggled out of the gate, conceding similar-looking goals to Martin St. Louis and Benoit Pouliot in the first 8:22 minutes of the contest.

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Emery settled in after that though and gave his team a chance to battle back into this one. The Flyers’ top unit started to turn the tide with Jakub Voracek scoring 14:14 minutes into the game. The Flyers’ first line of Voracek, Scott Hartnell, and Claude Giroux combined for just two shots on goal in the first game and had been routinely neutralized by the…

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Chances Top Free Agents Sign with 76ers

The Sixers have a ton of cap-room coming into the 2014 offseason, and it is unclear whether they will use it. Here are the top free agents at every position.

PG:

1 Eric Bledsoe(PHX) RFA 15%-Sixers likely to make an offer, but Suns will match

2 Kyle Lowry(TOR) UFA 0%-No way with MCW at point.

3 Isaiah Thomas(SAC) RFA 0%-See above.

4 Rodney Stuckey(DET) UFA 25%-Can play SG well, reason he would be signed.

5 Mario Chalmers(MIA) UFA 1%-Possible backup option.

6 Shaun Livingston(BKN) UFA 1%-Possible backup option

SG:

1 Dwyane Wade(MIA) Early Termination Option 10%-Unlikely Hinkie would sign veteran with knee problems for a rebuilding team.

2 Lance Stephenson(IND) UFA 70%-All-Star season and only 23 years old. Sixers can offer max, which Pacers can’t afford.

3 Avery Bradley(BOS) RFA 40%-If Stephenson is not signed, would not be surprising to make a run at Bradley, but Celtics would match anything up to a close to or max contract, which Sixers won’t offer.

4 Evan Turner(IND) RFA 0%-Hinkie will not want to bring back Turner.

5 Nick Young(LAL) Player Option 2%-Young says he loves LA and wants to stay there(not sure why he publicly says he is opting out), and could be brought on as a bench player. But Swaggy P thinks he is the best SG in the league.

6 Jodie Meeks(LAL) UFA 10%-Unlikely, but could be a bench player.

SF

1 LeBron James(MIA) ETA 1%-The Sixers, like every other team in the league, will call LeBron, but won’t become anything serious unless Heat fall apart in playoffs and Sixers also sign another star.

2 Carmelo Anthony(NY) ETA 0%-Carmelo Anthony can’t be the best player on a championship team. Unless that team is the Bulls, who could make up for his defense. Sam Hinkie will not want to touch Carmelo.

3 Luol Deng(CLE) UFA 20%-Veteran presence that could thrive on a 76ers team. If he would take a one or two year deal, this could happen. The Sixers could add Deng if they want to make a playoff run.

4 Gordon Hayward(UTAH) RFA 50%- Hayward could get max money, and the Jazz won’t match that. Sixers could be the team to give it to him if they like what they see. 

5 Rudy Gay(SAC) ETA 0%-Gay isn’t turning down 19 million next year.

6 Paul Pierce(BKN) UFA 10%-Sixers would sign him for same reason they would Deng.

PF(Didn’t include Dirk and Duncan for obvious reasons)

1 Chris Bosh(MIA) ETA 35%-Bosh is a sleeper signing the Sixers could make. He might not even need a max contract. Add Bosh to a Sixers team along with two top-ten picks, and that’s a playoff team in the weak East that could get even weaker with Miami losing Bosh in this scenario. 

2 Zach Randolph(MEM) Player 0%-Randolph wants to win. Sixers are rebuilding. No chance.

3 Pau Gasol(LAL) UFA 25%-Sixers could get him on a one year deal, could do it to get veteran leadership. Gasol will likely go to a contending team, but Sixers could be interested if he is.

4 Andray Blatche(BKN) Player 30%-If he opts out, he certainly could talk with the Sixers. He will likely opt out, but would expect him to resign with Brooklyn. Sixers would be interested to have him off the bench.

5 DeJuan Blair(DAL) UFA 45%-Sixers would be interested in Blair off the bench. Blair would likely strongly consider it as he would play a lot more on Philly than Dallas or most other teams next season.

C

1 Greg Monroe(DET) RFA 80%-I think Monroe is a Sixer next year. I think a sign-and-trade sends Thad Young to Detroit and Monroe to Philly. He would be a great fit with Nerlens Noel. 

2 Marcin Gortat(WSH) UFA 0%-Gortat is a horrible fit with Noel.

3 Spencer Hawes(CLE) UFA 10%-A Hawes reunion is very unlikely, but not out of the question like an Evan Turner reunion. Hawes fits well with Noel, and could be a good backup.

4 Channing Frye(PHX) Player 45%-Fits great with Noel, makes sense but likely to be overpaid.

5 Jordan Hill(LAL) UFA 20%-If Thad Young is traded, this becomes likely. If he’s not, these odds decrease by 19%.

 

 

Sixers Options in Draft

The Philadelphia 76ers enter the draft lottery with the second best odds for the first pick. Draft lottery night is May 20, at halftime of an NBA playoff game. The Bucks have the first best odds, the Magic the third, and the Jazz the fourth. In case you don’t know how the draft lottery works let’s review. Only the first three picks are chosen. Each team gets a combination. For example the Sixers ping-pong ball could read: 3, 5, 7, 2 on each side of the ball. So, if that ping-pong ball is chosen first, then they get the first pick. Let’s see who the Sixers should take with each possible pick they could receive. Let’s start with the worst possible scenario, the Sixers fall all the way to the 5th pick. Here is my big board for the draft:

1 Wiggins

2 Embiid

3 Exum

4 Parker

5 Randle

So, if the Sixers get the fifth pick, who should they take? Well, that depends. Let’s say the Celtics get 1, Magic 2, Lakers get 3, Bucks 4,  Sixers 5. The Celtics are taking Wiggins. The Magic have an interesting situation. They have a very good center in Nikola Vucevic. But can you pass on Embiid for Vucevic? The answer is yes. The Magic take Exum with a need at point guard. The Lakers have a tough decision at 3. Parker is likely the flashier prospect. But they take Embiid. The Bucks have an easy decision at 4, Parker. That leaves Randle at 5 for the Sixers. But Sam Hinkie likes analytics, and Noah Vonleh from Indiana is the better “analytic” prospect. The Sixers take Vonleh. 

If they receive the 4th pick, let’s assume the last draft order is used, but swap the Celtics for the Bucks. At 1, the Bucks take Wiggins. At 2, the Magic take Exum. At 3, the Lakers take Embiid. That leaves Jabari Parker, a likely first pick in any other draft, for the 76ers. Sixers take Parker.

If they receive the 3rd pick, let’s assume they swap spots with the Lakers. At 1, the Bucks take Wiggins. Exum at 2 to Orlando. At 3, once again, the Sixers take Parker.

With the 2nd pick, lets go with the original draft order. The Bucks take Wiggins at 1. Tough choice for the Sixers at 2. Exum is an overall better player than Parker. Hinkie probably likes Exum better. The Sixers select Exum, Philadelphia goes nuts because all they watched was Parker tear it up at Duke, and demand Hinkie fired. In my opinion, this would be the best decision. Exum could be Dwyane Wade. `

If they get the first pick, they get Wiggins. No questions asked.

So, bottom-line, the best-case is Wiggins. Next best is, the Sixers get the 2nd pick, the Cavaliers get the first and take Doug McDermott or Julius Randle.