Friday, August 29, 2014

Jordan McRae signs in Australia

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The Sixers will already be without two of their picks from the 2014 Draft for most of, if not all of the 2014-15 NBA season. Now it looks like they may be without another one.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Jordan McRae, who was selected 58th overall by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 Draft and then immediately shipped to the Sixers, has signed to play for Melbourne United in Australia for 2014-15. The Sixers will retain his rights.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Michael Carter-Williams not yet ready for 5-on-5 contact

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One of the few things that the Philadelphia faithful has to look forward to this Sixers season is the development, and hopefully improving play of second-year stud Michael Carter-Williams. After his impressive, and somewhat surprising rookie campaign in which he led all of his rookie peers in most major statistical categories, including scoring, rebounds, and assists, people are anxious to see what Carter-Williams can do in his sophomore season.

The reigning Rookie of the Year however, has not yet been cleared for full contact, 5-on-5 basketball following his off-season shoulder surgery.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sam Hinkie amused by Joel Embiid's Twitter antics

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Sixers’ 2014 lottery selection Joel Embiid has drawn a lot of attention for his comical use of Twitter since his selection by the Sixers. The seven-foot center has used the social media platform to court Kim Kardashian, and then Rihanna, and even to rectuit LeBron James to the 76ers, before James announced his intention to return to Cleveland.

While developing a popular presence on the internet isn’t necessarily one of the central steps to his recovery, you can still count Sixers GM Sam Hinkie as one who has been amused by Embiid’s online antics.

Sam Hinkie justifies Thaddeus Young trade, calls it 'challenging' but 'necessary'

Check out the original article from here.
“This is a move we think moves our program forward,” Sam Hinkie stated to a mass of media members on a conference call on Tuesday afternoon, before going on to wholeheartedly praise the player who he had just traded a few days earlier.

“Thad Young has been here seven years for the Sixers, and he has laid it on the line for us, night after night,” Hinkie continued in a calm, deliberate manner.

“He continually brought it every day. I’m aware of the kind of ups and downs he’s been through during his Sixers career, and I’m also aware of the positive attitude he brought every day.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Weekly reminder: Detox isn't dropping

15 years and counting.

It has been 15 (fifteen, 1-5)!! years since Dr. Dre last dropped an album; the insanely classic Chronic 2001. 

Rumors of his follow-up, and final, album, Detox began to surface shortly thereafter. 

After years of delays, scrapped songs, shared beats, and sample singles, Detox still hasn't dropped, and at this point it seems safe to assume that it won't. Dre has remained relevant in music through his iconic production of classic albums and artists (Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game), and his line of high-class headphones, Beats by Dre, which he recently sold to Apple for a billion dollar profit. 

With over a bill to sit on, and plenty of other ways to keep himself busy (like working out), Dr. Dre doesn't need to drop Detox to solidify his standing in the world of music. At this point, the hype of the album would be almost too much to live up to, even for the good Doctor. 

Detox: Hip-hop's great white whale. 


Thaddeus Young featured in Minnesota newspaper ad

Well that didn't take long.

After a seven-season stint with the Sixers, seeing multi-faceted forward Thaddeus Young donning another team's uni seems strange, but such is reality in the NBA.

All the best to Thad, who did everything the organization asked of him throughout his seven seasons. He started, then came off the bench, then started again. He played the 3, he played the 4. He shot three's, then he didn't shoot three's, then he shot threes again. Thad was always great to me as a media member also. He was honest, open, and easy to talk to.

Minnesota got a good one.

Image from The Pioneer Press

At least Young is still sporting his Sixers' gear in the advertisement.

(Side note: Minnesota's combination of 2014-additions Andrew Wiggins & Zach LaVine is jealousy-inducing).

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thaddeus Young trade to the Timberwolves becomes official

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Thaddeus Young is the longest-tenured Sixer no more. After seven seasons with the team, Young was officially traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves early Saturday afternoon.

While some aspects of the deal had been agreed upon in principle weeks ago, with the details crystalizing over the past twenty-four hours, it did not become official until the three teams involved; the Cavaliers, Timberwolves, and Sixers, participated in a conference call with the NBA office on Saturday.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shaq says Julius Erving, not Michael Jordan, is the best player ever

Shaq famously didn't always get along with Kobe Bryant. However, when he was asked recently who was better between Kobe and another former teammate of Shaq's, LeBron James, Shaq said a couple surprising things.

First of all, he didn't use the opportunity to bash his former foe/Lakers teammate, as he has done in the past.
(Anyone remember 'Kobe, tell me how my ass taste.")

Instead, he expressed that he felt that they were different players, each great in their own way. 

Allen Iverson: The most influential player of his era

This post popped up on Instagram the other day, and it was surprisingly well-said. 

The impact that Allen Iverson had goes way beyond basketball. 

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Amar'e Stoudemire being traded to the 76ers remains a possibility

Check out the original article from, here.
The potential Amare Stoudemire to-the-Sixers trade that was mentioned as a rumor earlier this summer isn’t necessarily dead. It may just be stalled; for another six months.

A recent report from suggests that, given the Sixers’ copious cap space, and the Knicks potential desire to unload Stoudemire mid-season due to poor performance and his crazy contract, the two teams may engage in a deadline day swap.

ALS ice bucket challenge acceptance

Earlier in the week I was nominated for the ALS ice bucket challenge, to raise awareness, and in turn, money for the fight against Lou Gehrig's Disease.

It is a good cause, despite those that just used the Challenge as an opportunity to post a video of themselves, so I accepted it.

Along with making a donation to the organization through their website, which I did, and you can do here, I had a large bucket of ice water dumped on my head. It went well, and was actually pretty enjoyable on a warm Philadelphia afternoon.

Check out the video below:


The classic 2001-era Allen Iverson Champion jersey makes an appearance.

Michael Kaskey-Blomain completing the
ALS ice bucket challenge 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Allen Iverson crossword puzzle

Allen Iverson had a killer crossover. Now, he has a killer crossword too.

The below crossword puzzle is a classic internet meme that has been floating around for a little while, and it is always amusing. So, give it a try, see if you can best Iverson's crossword puzzle.

Hint: He's not talking about a game.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Michael Carter-Williams is ready to be a leader for the 76ers

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Michael Carter-Williams is heading into only his second season in the NBA, but the reigning Rookie of the Year is already preparing to be looked to as a leader for the Sixers.  

“Definitely,” Carter-Williams told The Intelligencer’s Tom Moore on Sunday at his basketball camp at Aspiring Champions in King of Prussia, when asked if he was ready to be a team leader in the wake of a potential Thaddeus Young trade.

“I think regardless of who is on the team, I have to be a leader out there, give direction to the new guys and really bring the team together.”

Spoken like a true veteran.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Nerlens Noel credits Rajon Rondo for helping with his recovery

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After a year-long recovery from an ACL tear that cut short his collegiate career, Nerlens Noel is ready to make his NBA debut at the start of the season for the Sixers. Noel’s play was promising throughout the summer, and he showed glimpses of the potential defensive dynamo he could be down the line.

Promising play aside, the road to recovery was a trying time for Noel, especially having to stay sidelined and being unable to play the game he loves for an 18-month period. Luckily for Noel however, his recovery process was mollified by the helping hands of others.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vince Carter, future Hall of Famer, is still extremely effective

At a party in Scranton over the weekend, I got into a debate with a few of my friends about Vince Carter's Hall of Fame credentials. My boy P and I both felt as though VC was hands down a Hall of Fame caliber player, while two of my other buddies didn't think so.
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We went back and forth for a while, trading statistics and situations reinforcing our respective sides. No one really won the argument, as it sort of fizzled out after eventually, probably when everyone else at the party got sick of four dudes yelling about basketball when they were trying to play beer pong and take shots of Fireball.

Anyway, my case is clear: 23,000 (and counting) total points, a career average of over 20 points per- that's ten straight seasons of averages higher than 20- 8 all-star appearances, Rookie of the Year, and top 10 all-time in made three's. Oh yeah, he's also probably THE BEST DUNKER OF ALL TIME.

In my eyes he is in.

A couple days after the debate however, I came across this awesome VC 2013-14 season mixtape, which perfectly illustrates how Vince is still extremely effective at 37 years old, 17 seasons deep. I feel as though his ability to adapt and alter his game to fit in a bench role for the Mavericks further solidifies my case. Regardless though, it is an awesome video and worth checking out.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Michael Carter-Williams positioned for a big sophomore season in the NBA

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Expectations weren’t exceptionally high for Michael Carter-Williams after the Sixers selected him eleventh overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. Yes he had some size, and showed promise and potential, but still, no one was quite sure what to expect from the Syracuse sophomore at the start of last season.

After leading the entire rookie field in most major statistical categories on his way to claiming the crown of Rookie of the Year, that is no longer the case for Carter-Williams.

Expectations come with accolades. Just look at the list of recent Rookie of the Year winners: Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, LeBron James.

Those are superstars, and while Carter-Williams isn’t expected to turn into the next Chris Paul over a single summer, he will be expected to take that next step towards superstardom this season.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Ronald Roberts reportedly signs with Sixers

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The 76ers have signed former St. Joe’s forward Ronald Roberts Jr. to a three-year, partially guaranteed contract, according to Sportsnado.

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Roberts played impressively for the Sixers this summer, averaging 10 points and 7 rebounds in the Orlando Pro Summer League, while showing off toughness, athleticism and some ferocious dunking ability.

The 6’8’’ forward had signed a pre-deal with French club Chalon, but his deal included an NBA opt-out, which he exercised. He will attend training camp with the Sixers in September. 

Considering his athletic prowess and the Sixers’ relative dearth of depth, it seems as though Roberts should have a solid shot at cracking the roster to start the season. His ability to get on the glass, especially offensively, and also to run the break and finish with a flush make him an appealing prospect, and one that the Sixers might be wise in giving an opportunity to.

Roberts, who is currently competing with the Dominican National Team at the FIBA World Cup, was unavailable for comment.

76ers picked to finish last in the East by ESPN

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In news that could be considered the opposite of shocking, ESPN has predicted that the 76ers will finish last in the NBA’s Eastern Conference for the 2014-season.

Every summer, ESPN’s panel of experts run a Summer Forecast series that predicts outcomes of the upcoming season, including the best and worst teams in each conference, Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Champions.  

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After ESPN’s first, and extremely early, mock draft saw the Sixers selecting in the top spot of the 2015 NBA Draft, it is no surprise to see the Sixers sink to the bottom of their conference rankings. If the reported Thaddeus Young trade goes through, the Sixers will have little actual on-court experience outside of reigning Rookie of the Year, Michael Carter-Williams, and will be in for another struggle of a season.

On the opposite end of the Sixers are the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers, who find themselves atop ESPN’s forecast of the Eastern Conference, followed by the Chicago Bulls and then the Toronto Raptors.

Based on their roster, a struggle is ensured for the Sixers for the upcoming season. The only real questions are just how bad they will be, and if they can improve upon their 19-63 mark from last season. 

Listen to Wiz Khalifa's new album Blacc Hollywood a week early

Thanks to MTV, you can listen to Wiz Khalifa's new album 'Blacc Hollywood' a week earlier than it is released. 

Wiz has been touring the country on his 'Under the Influence of Music' tour, of which I caught the first show in Scranton. As always, since I first heard Khalifa opening up for Nas at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006 and bought his first album Show & Prove off of him personally for $10, I thoroughly appreciate the energy and positivity of his music, and the motivation I am able to draw from it. 

Take a listen to the album below, and if you're feeling it, be sure to show support on August 19th. 



Monday, August 11, 2014

Nerlens Noel and Shaq make Cam'ron look really small

Ironically enough, I was listening to Killa Cam when I saw the picture pop up on my Tweetdeck timeline.

It is great, for multiple reasons. Noel's outfit, Noel's hair, the fact that Nerlens looks to have added a little bit of weight to his stick-figure frame. But mainly, the picture is great because of how small Noel and Shaq make Cam'ron, who at 6'1'' isn't a tiny dude, look.

Oh boy.
Image courtesy of SLAM's Twitter account

1996 USA Men's basketball team boasted the best frontcourt of all time

While gazing at my Starting Lineup box set of the 1996 USA Men's Basketball team I realized something; that team may have boasted the fiercest frontcourt in the history of basketball.

The 1992 Dream Team is often credited as the greatest basketball team, or team in general, ever assembled, and rightfully so. That 1992 team was such a unique, crazy collection of talent and timing that it could never be duplicated.

The 1996 squad lacked a bit of that superstar power, as Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird were all noticeably not on the team. But, what the team lacked in international superstar lore and perimeter production, they more than made up for with their frontcourt.

Between Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquielle O'Neal, and David Robinson, the team boasted 3 of the 10 best centers to ever hit the hardwood, and 2 of the 5 best power forwards ever in Charles Barkley and Karl Malone.

So the team, which consisted of 12 total players, included 5 of the best front court players of all time.

No team since, or before for that matter, has complied a better rotation of dominant, back-to-the-basket bigs, and multi-faceted forwards. With the way the game is headed, with less emphasis on the traditional center spot and increasing import placed on floor-spacing ability, it seems safe to say that such a deep, fierce front court, likely won't be assembled again.

Raptors fined $25k for Drake's Durant comments

The Raptors thought that partnering with Drake would help make them cool, or relevant, or at least liked by the ladies, or something. Recently however, Drake cost his hometown team a pretty penny in a tampering fine.

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According to ESPN's Marc Sterin, the Raptors are being fined $25,000 by the League for comments Drake made at a recent concert about Kevin Durant continuing his career with the Raptors.

Durant was in the audience as Drake asked the crowd to show Durant what it would be like if he came to play in Toronto.

The League didn't like this, and apparently viewed it as tampering. Thus, the Raptors will have to shell out $25k to pay for the rapper's recent remarks.

Drake should probably cover the fine for the team, since it was his blunder, plus makes more than that each show.

Drizzy + Raptors = A match made in Canada.

Michael Carter-Williams hits a home run off of Magic Johnson in charity game

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At the Jeffery Osbourne Celebrity Softball Classic over the weekend, Sixers’ reigning Rookie of the Year, Michael Carter-Williams showed off some skills at another sport.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Skip Bayless says Andrew Wiggins will never be a big star

Not trying to give Skip any more shine, just wanted to have this up there for if/when he is proven wrong, again. 

4 players that Hollis Thompson would benefit learning from

This is a cool concept develop by my colleague Carey Smith at Philadunkia, where four players are picked that current Sixers would benefit learning from.

We've done a few Sixers so far, so be sure to go over there and check them out. This time, HT is up. Check out the original article here.

If Hollis Thompson were to take this approach, these are the four players I would like to see him work with and learn from:

76ers were interested in Anthony Bennett prior to 2013 Draft

Anthony Bennett is reportedly heading to Minnesota, along with Andrew Wiggins, in the Kevin Love deal that will take place towards the end of the month. That doesn't necessarily mean that the Sixers involvement in a deal is dead. They liked Bennett before last year's draft, and they likely like him still.

Check out the original article from here.
In Sam Hinkie’s first major move as GM, the Sixers traded All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel at the 2013 NBA Draft.

As Noel finally prepares to hit the hardwood for the Sixers this season, the move seems like old news. However, considering some recent rumors, it remains relevant.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


The increasing dependence on technology concerns me for multiple reasons. I don't want to be around when the insertion of microchips into humans for 'tracking' purposes is commonplace and accepted. 

The below cartoon is cool on multiple levels, the most basic one being that humans need to re-charge, much in the same manner that an iPhone does, and that our re-charge comes through sound sleep. 

Joel Embiid has gotten a bit bigger over the past few years

Joel Embiid has certainly gotten a bit bigger over the past few years.

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Whether it was puberty, a collegiate workout regimen, or a lot of milk, it worked. Joel no longer looks like a skinny stick, and he looks more the part of an NBA center. This is good, as Embiid will need that added size and strength for the perpetual paint play awaiting him in the league.

With Embiid it is important to remember that he has been playing basketball for a relatively short time; only about five years, and he still has a lot of growing to do, both physically and with his game. The size increase over the past few years is a solid start.

76ers have the funniest, best defending rookies, according to other rookies relased its Rookie Sruvey, which polls the incoming rookie class about itself.

Check out the survey here. Check out the original article from, here.
The Sixers had a plethora of picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, and as a result they have a deep reserve of rookies looking to land on the roster. Some of these rookies have already made a strong impression on their peers.’s 2014-15 Rookie Survey, which takes into account the opinions of a majority of this year’s draft class, see some Sixers landing in top spots of the survey.

Last weekend, at the annual Rookie Photo Shoot Day at the Knicks’ practice facility, 38 rookies answered eight separated questions about their draft class. Questions asked included most likely to win Rookie of the Year, best playmaker, and favorite player to watch in the league, among others. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Are fundamentals gone from the game?

I had an interesting e-mail in my inbox when I arrived at the office Monday morning. I hadn't been in all weekend, so I needed to dedicate a few moments to catching up on missed messages. Sandwiched in-between e-mail advertisements, and forwards that did not pertain to me was a message from a reader bemoaning the lack of fundamentals in today's basketball. 

Unlike a lot of messages that end up in my inbox, the author of the e-mail made some good points, and was extremely articulate about his angle. 

Without including the author's information for privacy purposes, I have copied the original e-mail, and my response, below. 

The loss of fundamentals in today's game is certainly an interesting topic, and makes for good conversation, regardless of personal opinion on the matter. It is a topic that could be dissected and debated from several angles. 

Joel Embiid: "At Kansas, there was so many hoes"

Joel Embiid's off-court antics just get better and better.

Embiid was making his media rounds over the weekend for NBA Rookie Photo Shoot Day, and his appearances included of course several stops for interviews.

In an immediately classic clip with an unknown interviewer, Embiid is asked about his off-court personality compared to on-court, and also about the women in his life, which is a favorite Twitter topic of Embiids'.

"When I get on the court I'm another man. I don't laugh, I don't play. I would say off of the court I'm goofy," he stated.

Then the conversation turned to dating.

"At Kansas, I would say I kind of dated..But at Kansas, there were so many hoes."

(Insert 'lol' here). 

'So many hoes' at Kansa; an astute, honest observation from Embiid. 

Before even suiting up for the Sixers, Embiid has demonstrated that he will be extremely entertaining. 

Check out the interview with Embiid below:

Upon further observation, it seems as though Embiid might actually have said 'so many rules,' but it is hard to tell, and 'so many hoes' would just be infinitely funnier, so we can just continue to assume that's what was said. 

Anthony Bennett possibly headed to 76ers?

Another day, another report or rumor surrounding the Sixers. Such is the price of having a crafty GM and tons of unused cap space.

Check out the original article from, here.
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a deal that will send Kevin Love to Cleveland and land 2014 first overall pick Andrew Wiggins in Minnesota, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Windhorst said on air Monday that a ‘handshake’ deal is in place between the teams, but that the two can’t come out and say it publicly yet, as Wiggins can’t be traded until August 23rd.

In the meantime, another team could potentially blow Minnesota away with an offer for Love, but in the absence of other enticing offers, Love will be joining LeBron James in Cleveland once Wiggins can be moved.

Monday, August 4, 2014

76ers land top pick in first 2015 mock draft, select Jahlil Okafor

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Less than two months removed from the highly-hyped 2014 NBA draft, ESPN has already released their first 2015 Mock Draft.

It’s way too early for a mock,” you may say to yourself, but as Chad Ford points out, interest in the 2015 Draft is already high among NBA executives, scouts, and front offices.

It is beyond safe to assume that Sam Hinkie is already familiar with some of the ’15 prospects, and considering the reports of the Sixers’ opposition to proposed lottery changes, it seems that the 2015 Draft is at the forefront of the franchise’s agenda.

To come up with their order for their too-early mock draft, ESPN’s panel of writers and editors predicted the odds of each team taking home the title, and then reversed those odds.

Projecting the Sixers' starters for 2014-15

It is beyond early for a starters projection, but hey, someone's got to be first. Without much other Sixer-related news to discuss, it seemed like a good time to take a stab at projecting the Sixers' starters.

Check out the original article from here.
Sixers projected starting five:

Point guard: Michael Carter-Williams: It is safe to assume that the NBA’s reigning Rookie of the Year will be back starting at the point guard position this season for the Sixers. Despite some expected struggles, Carter-Williams’ play was promising last season, as he demonstrated an ability to operate an offense, create opportunities for others, push the pace, and even secure some steals.

Improvements need to be made to his game if he is going to hold down the point guard position for the franchise going forward, especially to his shooting and on-ball defense. But, Carter-Williams will be given every opportunity to improve this season, as he projects to get ample playing time with the ball in his hands, just as he did last season.

Friday, August 1, 2014

76ers' approach inspiring change

Check out the original article from in all its long glory, here.
They’re far from the first team to do it.

There were the 1996 Spurs, and the Nuggets and the Cavaliers in ’03. Then there were the Celtics and Sonics in 2006-07.

No, the Sixers are far from the first team to set themselves up to struggle for a season, they just may have been the most blatant and transparent about their intentions to ‘tank.’

After a decade of being stuck in the NBA’s equivalent of no-mans-land, the Sixers, led by a new, analytically-inclined brain trust, developed a plan that would allow them to utilize the league’s lottery system to their advantage in rebuilding the roster. The plan may require a couple seasons of struggle, but in the NBA if you’re not contending, you should be building, and for a decade plus the team from Philadelphia wasn’t doing either. They were merely existing, trapped in some annual basketball purgatory, where the team was never bad enough to land high enough in the lottery to draft a difference-maker (Evan Turner aside), but never good enough to truly contend.

Being entombed in such a maddening state of mediocrity for so long is one reason that the Philadelphia faithful have been so receptive to Sam Hinkie’s wrecking ball rebuilding plan, even though it has required a couple seasons of sacrifice. Hinkie doesn’t have a long track record of NBA success, but he does have direction.

In the NBA, there are two ways to improve a roster: Through the draft, and through free agency. In the absence of superstars eager to suit up for the struggling Sixers, the organization’s best opportunity to improve is through the draft. More specifically, by landing in the lottery for a few consecutive seasons in order to acquire assets, form a foundation, and establish a deep talent pool.

In a little over a year, the Sixers have begun to do that. Two years in a row they selected potentially the top player in their respective draft classes in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. They have Dario Saric, an ultra-talented, multi-faceted forward, stashed overseas, improving his game in Turkey until he is ready to come and contribute to a contender. They have been able to find talent deep in the draft, and in other team’s castaways. K.J. McDaniels, Jerami Grant, and Jordan McRae are popping with potential. Hollis Thompson and Tony Wroten could be nice rotational players. The team has over $30 million in salary cap space for when the time does come to add some formidable free agents. Pieces are in place, and for the first time in a long time, the team appears to be driving in the right direction.

But just as the Sixers begin to figure out an answer, the NBA is looking to reform the question.

4 players Nerlens Noel would benefit learning from

This is a cool concept develop by my colleague Carey Smith at Philadunkia, where four players are picked that current Sixers would benefit learning from. 

Carey posted four players that Tony Wroten would benefit learning from earlier in the week, followed by my ideas for Nerlens Noel. Check out the original article here
In this era of AAU teams, power agents and social media, many of today's young stars know each other well before they ever hit the NBA hardwood. They are also often exposed, and have access to, some of the game’s greatest former players. Most players today have no problem working out together and learning from each other in the off-season. The approach was a little different in Michael Jordan’s day.

If Nerlens Noel were to take this approach, these are the four players I would like to see him work with and learn from: