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Before the season season, the general consensus was that the 76ers didn’t care about winning. They traded their biggest star, announced their top draft pick was out for the season, and seemingly only cared about their position in next year’s draft. Everyone knew it, they were “tanking.”
So far they’ve been a Sherman tank, rolling over Eastern Conference contenders with their giant treads, with Michael Carter-Williams steering and the sweet-shooting Spencer Hawes manning the gun turrets. It’s very exciting for Philadelphia fans, but last night’s come-from-behind victory over the Bulls may have been D-Day for General Manager Sam Hinkie’s rebuild plans.

Before the season season, the general consensus was that the 76ers didn’t care about winning. They traded their biggest star, announced their top draft pick was out for the season, and seemingly only cared about their position in next year’s draft. Everyone knew it, they were “tanking.”

So far they’ve been a Sherman tank, rolling over Eastern Conference contenders with their giant treads, with Michael Carter-Williams steering and the sweet-shooting Spencer Hawes manning the gun turrets. It’s very exciting for Philadelphia fans, but last night’s come-from-behind victory over the Bulls may have been D-Day for General Manager Sam Hinkie’s rebuild plans.

The look on Evan Turner’s face is priceless. He knows he’s about to get shook. 
-@Suga_Shane
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The look on Evan Turner’s face is priceless. He knows he’s about to get shook

-@Suga_Shane

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NBA OFF SEASON PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
Fitting isn’t it that 76ers head coach Doug Collins already has a head injury? That’s what happens when you don’t pay attention while Andre Iguodola is shooting threes.
If you want something pretty go watch the Grand Canyon or Selita Ebanks in that Kanye movie.  Philadelphia - or “Illadelphia” if you’re Will Smith probably - is not a  pretty situation heading into the season. A lot of faith in positive  thinking. Like if Iguodola and Elton Brand both have career years, and second overall pick Evan Turner outperforms his subpar summer league and preseason, then maybe Philly can compete for the ninth seed in the playoffs.
What do you mean there’s no ninth seed?

Selita Ebanks in that Kanye movie.
Key Departures
They lose center Samuel Dalembert to Sacramento and replace him with backup center Spencer Hawes.

Aaaand  it just got cold in here. What happened? I mean REALLY cold. Like my  soul is being judged. Is Spencer Hawes one of those ‘eternal names thou  shalt not speak under peril of eternal damnation’ dealies? Because if it  is you guys have GOT to warn me about that stuff. 
Key Additions

Obviously, the big addition is Turner and so far early returns have  not been all together positive. Turner showed up out of shape in summer  league and has played catch up ever since, not cracking the starting  lineup on opening night. The good news is that, as I said, these returns  are super early. Quite a way to go before we know about Evan Turner.
Honestly, the 76er’s best move may have been in the front office. In August Rod Thorn was introduced as new team president, with a proven track record of  rebuilding both with the Nets and when he drafted Michael something for  the Chicago Bulls. Jorban? Michael Jorban.
Conclusion

No  playoffs. This is a team waiting for a new CBA before it makes any  waves, but Elton Brand has a nice bounce back year and the Iguodola  situation gets less cloudy as he switches from “franchise player” to “a  piece.”
Predictions & Fun Facts
Doug Collins will go nowhere even near a TNT game this year.
Jrue Holiday will change his name to Jrueish Holiday.
The Nocioni eyes respect and stares it down each and every time.
Try to keep Jason Kapono out of a 3-point competition. It’s why he plays!
Turner went to St. Joseph’s Academy in Chicago. The same high school as Isiah Thomas and William Gates from the movie Hoop Dreams.
Twitter: @AI9, @thekidet, @SoyElChapu
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NBA OFF SEASON PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Fitting isn’t it that 76ers head coach Doug Collins already has a head injury? That’s what happens when you don’t pay attention while Andre Iguodola is shooting threes.

If you want something pretty go watch the Grand Canyon or Selita Ebanks in that Kanye movie. Philadelphia - or “Illadelphia” if you’re Will Smith probably - is not a pretty situation heading into the season. A lot of faith in positive thinking. Like if Iguodola and Elton Brand both have career years, and second overall pick Evan Turner outperforms his subpar summer league and preseason, then maybe Philly can compete for the ninth seed in the playoffs.

What do you mean there’s no ninth seed?

Selita Ebanks in that Kanye movie.

Key Departures

They lose center Samuel Dalembert to Sacramento and replace him with backup center Spencer Hawes.

Aaaand it just got cold in here. What happened? I mean REALLY cold. Like my soul is being judged. Is Spencer Hawes one of those ‘eternal names thou shalt not speak under peril of eternal damnation’ dealies? Because if it is you guys have GOT to warn me about that stuff. 

Key Additions

Obviously, the big addition is Turner and so far early returns have not been all together positive. Turner showed up out of shape in summer league and has played catch up ever since, not cracking the starting lineup on opening night. The good news is that, as I said, these returns are super early. Quite a way to go before we know about Evan Turner.

Honestly, the 76er’s best move may have been in the front office. In August Rod Thorn was introduced as new team president, with a proven track record of rebuilding both with the Nets and when he drafted Michael something for the Chicago Bulls. Jorban? Michael Jorban.

Conclusion

No playoffs. This is a team waiting for a new CBA before it makes any waves, but Elton Brand has a nice bounce back year and the Iguodola situation gets less cloudy as he switches from “franchise player” to “a piece.”

Predictions & Fun Facts

  • Doug Collins will go nowhere even near a TNT game this year.
  • Jrue Holiday will change his name to Jrueish Holiday.
  • The Nocioni eyes respect and stares it down each and every time.
  • Try to keep Jason Kapono out of a 3-point competition. It’s why he plays!
  • Turner went to St. Joseph’s Academy in Chicago. The same high school as Isiah Thomas and William Gates from the movie Hoop Dreams.

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If you’re a Sixers fan — and if you are, just speaking generally, I’m sorry — you’ve no doubt been giddy with excitement for the past 24 hours, high on the endless possibilities which seem to lie ahead. Anything seems possible: another team taking Brand off your hands; Andre Iguodala no longer having to be the first option; Jrue Holiday becoming Rajon Rondo Mark II. 

Not all of that is likely. But you can be emphatically, unreservedly excited about one thing: you’re probably getting Evan Turner.

Watch the mix above. There aren’t many flashy dunks. No late-clock, lean-back threes. It’s light on massive swats. But you know what it does show? A young man who can do just about everything on a basketball court. He can hit the open man. Drive the lane. Kick it out of the post. He’s persistent on defense. Most of the time, he makes the right play. 

So, Sixers fans, what you’re feeling isn’t false; you’re right to be excited. 

Three Bs.

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