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Towns, Okafor, Russell, Mudiay Go 1-4 In First Post-Lottery Mocks

May 20, 2015 6:17 PM

With the lottery complete, we can now begin to have a realistic idea of which players will end up with which teams. The following three mocks are the first projections from ESPN's Chad Ford, Jonathan Givony of Draft Express and Aran Smith of NBADraft.

ESPN
1. MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Kristaps Porzingis
6. SAC: Willie Cauley-Stein
7. DEN: Justise Winslow
8. DET: Mario Hezonja
9. CHA: Devin Booker 
10. MIA: Stanley Johnson
11. IND: Myles Turner
12. UTA: Trey Lyles
13. PHX: Frank Kaminsky
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

Draft Express
1. MIN: Karl Anthony-Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Mario Hezonja
6. SAC: Willie Cauley-Stein
7. DEN: Justise Winslow
8. DET: Kristaps Porzingis
9. CHA: Stanley Johnson
10. MIA: Kelly Oubre
11. IND: Myles Turner
12. UTA: Frank Kaminsky 
13. PHX: Devin Booker
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

NBADraft.net
1. MIN: Karl-Anthony Towns
2. LAL: Jahlil Okafor
3. PHI: D'Angelo Russell
4. NYK: Emmanuel Mudiay
5. ORL: Kristaps Porzingis
6. SAC: Justise Winslow
7. DEN: Mario Hezonja
8. DET: Stanley Johnson
9. CHA: Trey Lyles
10. MIA: Myles Turner
11. IND: Willie Cauley-Stein
12. UTA: Sam Dekker
13. PHX: Devin Booker
14. OKC: Cameron Payne

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Wolves Win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery

May 19, 2015 5:31 PM

The Minnesota Timberwolves will pick first in the 2015 NBA Draft, joining the list of previous lottery winners. The Wolves are expected to decide between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor.

The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks swapped pre-lottery standings at No. 4 and No. 2, while the Philadelphia 76ers stayed put at No. 3. 

The 76ers have their own lottery pick, while they could have also received the Lakers' pick if it had fallen out of the top-5 and/or Miami's if it fell out of the top-10.

You can view the lottery history of each team, including the players selected with their picks, by clicking on the below links.

Draft Lottery Results

1. Minnesota Timberwolves (25%) 

2. Los Angeles Lakers (11.9%)

3. Philadelphia 76ers (15.6%)

4. New York Knicks (19.9%)

5. Orlando Magic (8.8%)

6. Sacramento Kings (6.3%)

7. Denver Nuggets (4.3%)

8. Detroit Pistons (2.8%)

9. Charlotte Hornets (1.7%)

10. Miami Heat (1.1%)

11. Indiana Pacers (0.8%)

12. Utah Jazz (0.7%)

13. Phoenix Suns (0.6%)

14. Oklahoma City Thunder (0.5%)

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Wiggins, Noel, Mirotic, Clarkson, Payton On All-Rookie Team

May 18, 2015 2:43 PM

Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic and Elfrid Payton have been named to the 14-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

On the second team are Marcus Smart, Zach LaVine, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jusuf Nurkic and Langston Galloway.

From Gary Neal and Landry Fields in 2011 to Marc Jackson in 2001, the All-Rookie First Team has had a surprising number of one-hit wonders.

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Joel Embiid Sits In On 76ers' Meetings With Prospects At Combine

May 14, 2015 11:55 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers included Joel Embiid in their meetings at the NBA Draft Combine in what is an unprecedented move.

Embiid sat in on about seven interviews with prospective future teammates; he also was at the gym watching workouts and also sat in on some more interviews.

"I think it was a great idea to have him come here," said Brown, who noted the idea was both his and Embiid's. "He gets a chance to talk to the guys who may be his future teammates. He gets to listen to the answers to the questions that we ask, whether it be about their character, work ethic, whatever it may be.

"He is the cornerstone of the program right now, and to have him here is a real treat for both him and us. We want him being involved in our decisions moving forward. We're all in this together, and Joe knows that he is a very big piece for all of us moving forward. The more we can get him involved in everything is just better for everyone. I think this is the first time anyone has done anything like this."

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

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Divac, Noel, Bird Among On-Stage Participants For Lottery

May 14, 2015 1:21 PM

The NBA has released the list of on-stage participants for next week's draft lottery.

Hornets: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

Nuggets: Josh Kroenke

Pistons: Jeff Bower

Pacers: Larry Bird

Lakers: Byron Scott

Heat: Alonzo Mourning

Wolves: Glen Taylor

Knicks: Steve Mills

Thunder: Russell Westbrook

Magic: Alex Martins

76ers: Nerlens Noel

Suns: Alex Len

Kings: Vlade Divac

Jazz: Dennis Lindsey

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76ers Release New Brand Identity (Photo)

May 12, 2015 12:20 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers released a new brand identity on Tuesday.

The new primary logo is not a complete departure from previous versions, as it is a modern interpretation of the classic Sixers insignia, stylistically redeveloped to include a patriotic blue border with six white stars and “PHILADELPHIA” adorned across the heading. 

The 76ers also now have a secondary logo featuring Benjamin Franklin dribbling a basketball, which was leaked several months ago.

The 76ers will also release new uniforms next month.

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76ers Passed On Paul Pierce In 1998 Due To Larry Hughes' Promise

May 6, 2015 11:00 AM

During a Philadelphia radio interview with 97.5 The Fanatic on Wednesday, Larry Brown remembered that the Philadelphia 76ers actually ranked Paul Pierce the No. 2 prospect in 1998.

But the 76ers passed on Pierce and instead selected Larry Hughes.

Pierce and Allen Iverson could have formed a remarkable scoring tandem.

"We took Larry Hughes because (with the eighth pick) because we thought we had a need," he said. "But the reason we took Larry is I promised him when we interviewed him -- we knew we were getting the eighth pick -- I promised him if he was there at (No.) 8 we would take him."

 

The ill-advised promise changed Brown's draft strategy.

"I always think you should take the very best player," he said. "Whatever we wrote on the board, we used to write by position during the draft the best players, then we would write needs, and then we would write the best players period. And I always used to tell our staff, we've gotta go for the best player period and not even think about our needs, unless they were very, very close."

 

Jay King/MassLive

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Andrew Wiggins Wins NBA ROY; Mirotic Finishes 2nd Ahead Of Noel

Apr 30, 2015 4:01 PM

Andrew Wiggins has been named NBA Rookie of the Year, beating out Nikola Mirotic and Nerlens Noel.

Elfrid Payton finished fourth and received three first place votes.

Marcus Smart, Jusuf Nurkic and Jordan Clarkson also received votes.

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76ers Confirm Joel Embiid Will Play In Summer League

Apr 23, 2015 12:25 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have confirmed that Joel Embiid will play in Summer League.

"He will. Yes, he will," CEO Scott O'Neil responded when asked.

On April 8, Brett Brown would not commit to Embiid playing in the summer leagues.

Embiid missed the entire season following right foot surgery.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Tim Frazier Named D-League's MVP, Rookie Of The Year

Apr 21, 2015 2:14 PM

Maine Red Claws guard Tim Frazier, currently a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, has been selected as both the 2015 NBA Development League’s Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, as voted on by the league’s 18 head coaches.

Frazier (6-1, 170, Penn State) played in 41 games for the Red Claws, 40 as a starter, averaging 16.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 9.5 assists, good for second-best in the NBA D-League. Frazier led the NBA D-League with four triple-doubles while also recording 14 double-doubles for Maine. He scored a career-high 34 against the Delaware 87ers on Jan. 3, and led the team in scoring nine times and assists 37 times.

“There’s no question about it, Tim had an MVP-caliber season in Maine this year,” said Malcolm Turner, NBA D-League President. “It takes a special young man to be as consistently dominant as he was this season, and to do it as a rookie is even more impressive. It’s fitting that our coaches recognized his hard work and his talent by selecting him as both the MVP and the Rookie of the Year. We look forward to watching his game continue to mature as his NBA career unfolds.”

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Joel Embiid Received Fine From 76ers For Missing Rehab Sessions
Joel Embiid received a fine from the Philadelphia 76ers for being late and missing multiple rehab sessions this season.

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Nerlens Noel Unlikely To Play In Summer League
Nerlens Noel is unlikely to play in the Summer League this offseason, which means he won't have an opportunity to play with Joel Embiid until the preseason.

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Nerlens Noel Enjoying Playing With 'First True PG' Ish Smith
In the 20 games since Ish Smith's arrival, Nerlens Noel has averaged 11.1 shots per game, up from 7.8.

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Joel Embiid's Needle Going In Right Direction, Will Play Summer League
Joel Embiid had reportedly gained weight earlier in the season, but he's looking fit, toned and explosive.

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Joel Embiid Receives Good News On Foot
Joel Embiid can continue his rehab normally.

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Joel Embiid In Walking Boot After Setback With Foot
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76ers Plan On Using Noel At PF On Defense, Embiid At PF On Offense
The 76ers will need to figure out the roles of Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel when they play together to maximize their skill-sets.

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76ers Claim Glenn Robinson III
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Thomas Robinson: I'm Tired Of Getting Treated Like A Rag Doll In NBA
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76ers Waive JaVale McGee, Allowed To Sign With Playoff Team
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JaVale McGee Discussing Buyout With 76ers
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Joel Embiid Has Improved Conditioning Since Report Of Weighing Nearly 300 Pounds
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76ers Claim Thomas Robinson On Waivers
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Report: 76ers Were Willing To Discuss Trade Of Joel Embiid For 2015 Pick
The 76ers were trying to trade up for a top pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and indicated a willingness to discuss Joel Embiid or any player on their team.

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Andrei Kirilenko Signs With CSKA
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JaVale McGee Wants To Remain With 76ers
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76ers Claim Ish Smith, Waive Malcolm Thomas
The 76ers have signed guard Ish Smith after claiming off his waivers.

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Andrei Kirilenko To Sign With CSKA
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Andrei Kirilenko Waived By 76ers
Andrei Kirilenko has been waived by the Philadelphia 76ers.

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