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GMs Cite Steep Learning Curve On Defense For Duke Players Coming To NBA

Nov 23, 2015 1:20 PM

Duke players who come to the NBA often have a big adjustment to make in terms of defense due to how Mike Krzyzewski teaches that side of the floor.

Jahlil Okafor came to the NBA with questions about his defense and he has predictably struggled.

"I have had several GMs who have drafted young Duke players tell me that the learning curve between the sort of defense Coach K teaches at Duke and what they're required to play at the NBA level is pretty steep," wrote Chad Ford.

Chad FordESPN

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Joel Embiid Showing 'New Level Of Maturity'

Nov 23, 2015 12:33 PM

Joel Embiid has been working more diligently on his conditioning as he rehabs from another foot operation this season.

"He just seems like (there's) a new level of maturity, a new level of seriousness in him," a source said. "The gravity of the situation is on him; it's on everyone."

The multi-season injury to Embiid has delayed the 76ers' timetable for their rebuild.


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Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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76ers Considering Swap Of Positions For Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor

Nov 20, 2015 7:17 PM

Brett Brown and the Philadelphia 76ers are considering having Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel switch positions.

Moving Okafor to power forward would take advantage of his shooting touch from the elbow, while sliding Noel to center allows him to be more of a rim protector.

“It’s not even borne out losing,” said Brown. “It’s borne out of just having an opportunity to watch these guys play more and more.”

Okafor is more of a back-to-the-basket big man.

“It’s not even borne out losing,” said Brown. “It’s borne out of just having an opportunity to watch these guys play more and more.”

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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76ers Exposing Joel Embiid To Ilgauskas' Success Story

Nov 18, 2015 11:54 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have again asked Zydrunas Ilgauskas to meet with Joel Embiid.

Ilgauskas was able to overcome the foot injury that has forced Embiid to miss the first two seasons of his NBA career.

"His story is real," Brett Brown said. "And it really resonates with Joel on the pitfalls of it all and the mental side of it all and the discipline to take of your body to get back onto the court."

Ilgauskas missed 202 games and had three fractured navicular bone surgeries from 1998-2001. His final surgery included a bone graph and the reshaping of the first metatarsal and heel bone to relieve stress in his foot.

Brown said Embiid is progressing "great" and is "doing fantastic in his mind."

"He is so determined to do everything that he has to," Brown said, "everything that people are telling him that he has to do to get it right.

"There was a real progression in his maturity and seriousness to understanding truly what needs to be done for him to give him every chance to get back on the court."

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Undrafted Players Getting 38 Percent Of 76ers' Minutes

Nov 16, 2015 4:39 PM

Undrafted players have combined to log 38 percent of the minutes this season for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Six of the 12 players to register minutes so far this season for the 76ers were undrafted.

Among the 29 other NBA teams, undrafted players have accounted for just eight percent of total minutes.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Gregg Popovich: I'd Last About One Month Coaching 76ers

Nov 15, 2015 12:06 PM

Gregg Popovich said Brett Brown is the most positive person he knows, which is a great attribute to have in his third season coaching the rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers.

"I'd last about a month," Popovich said. "And he, honest to God, loves coaching that team."

Brown spent 12 seasons in San Antonio and was a part of four championship teams before taking the Sixers job in August 2013.

"You get a little bit jealous," Brown said. "You want what they have. What they have has taken time. The culture that they have built is amazing."

Brown has no regrets leaving the Spurs for the 76ers.

"I have not one regret in taking the Philadelphia job," he said. "I see daylight all the time, and it's hard lately. I can see that in Year 3, it's most definitely hard."

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Philadelphia Sixers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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Dion Waiters Would Like To Play For Hometown 76ers

Nov 15, 2015 11:52 AM

Dion Waiters would like to sign with the Philadelphia 76ers in the offseason, according to a source close to him.

“He wants to come home,” said the source, noting that Waiters is from South Philly. “Plus, he knows that he could be the missing shooting guard they need.  And he could possibility get a [very lucrative] contract with the Sixers.”

Philadelphia will have ample cap space to sign Waiters.

Waiters will be a restricted free agent, however, meaning the Thunder can match any offer sheet he signs.

The Thunder are under the impression Waiters would like to remain with the franchise.

“Dion has made it clear that he feels he has found a basketball home in Oklahoma City and is committed to being a part of the culture that exists,” Sam Presti said in a statement published by The Oklahoman earlier this month. “The team sees him as someone who has his best basketball in front of him as has the potential to be a contributor for years to come with more to develop in our program.”

“He really would like that to come home,” the source said. “He talked about getting a place downtown not too far from the arena so playing at home would be less of a distraction.”

Keith Pompey/ Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Dion Waiters, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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76ers To Sign Phil Pressey

Nov 4, 2015 4:41 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers will sign Phil Pressey with their NBA-granted roster exemption.

Pressey has played 125 games in the league over the past two seasons, both with the Boston Celtics.

The Sixers get the extra roster spot due to the season-ending injury to Joel Embiid. 

Brett Brown was asked which position he'd like to bolster with the extra roster spot.

“Point guard,” he said without hesitation. “Point guard, no doubt. Because I think Isaiah Canaan has shown he can play a little bit of one, he can go over to two, he’s physical enough to play one, two or two, one. Whatever the order is, the order is. And we’ve unearthed something in T.J. (McConnell) who is just a real push it point guard and a pass-first point guard. I feel what this team needs to protect ourselves, as much as anything.”

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Tags: Phil Pressey, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dario Saric To Join 76ers For 16-17 Season

Nov 4, 2015 11:24 AM

Dario Saric will join the Philadelphia 76ers for the 16-17 season, according to Croatian newspaper Večernji list.

"In the summer, I will still go because I have a way out in the contract," Saric said.

Saric was the 12th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

Saric signed a three-year contract with Anadolu Efes of Turkish Basketball League during the week leading up to the draft.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Dario Saric, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International

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76ers Trade Rights To J.P. Tokoto To Thunder, Will Join D-League's Blue

Oct 31, 2015 6:23 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have traded their rights to J.P. Tokoto to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Tokoto will play in the D-League for the Oklahoma City Blue.

Tokoto didn't make the 76ers' regular season roster.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: J.P. Tokoto, Philadelphia Sixers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma City Blue, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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76ers Exercise 16-17 Options On Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel, Nik Stauskas
Joel Embiid is out for the season with another foot surgery.

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76ers Waive Pierre Jackson, J.P. Tokoto, Scottie Wilbekin, Jordan McRae, Furkan Aldemir
The 76ers have waived Pierre Jackson, J.P. Tokoto, Scottie Wilbekin and Jordan McRae and Furkan Aldemir.

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential
The Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

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Okafor-Noel Pairing Possible Due To Their Passing Ability
Brett Brown had Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel practice against each other throughout training camp and the preseason.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Dunc'd On Pod: Philadelphia 76ers Season Preview With Derek Bodner
Who on this team can be a part of the next good edition of the 76ers; the progression of Nerlens Noel, how Jahlil Okafor will translate this year, the Sixers' upgraded shooting, a season prediction, and Sam Hinkie's overall strategy.

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Jahlil Okafor, Brett Brown Figuring Out How To 'Quarterback The Gym'
Jahlil Okafor has struggled on offense during the preseason.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Josh Harris: Drafting Joel Embiid Was 'Reasoned, Smart Risk'
The 76ers don't regret drafting Joel Embiid in 2014 as he continues to be plagued by foot issues.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inqurier

76ers' Owner Wishes Rebuild Was Faster But Happy With Progress
Josh Harris remains optimistic that the 76ers are on their way to becoming title contenders as they begin Year 3 of their rebuild with Sam Hinkie in charge.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

76ers Waive Gerald Wallace
If Gerald Wallace clears waivers, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Jordan McRae Signs One-Year Tender With 76ers
Jordan McRae will go to training camp with the 76ers.

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Brett Brown Intends To Finish Four-Year Contract With 76ers
If Brett Brown doesn't get an extension, he would enter 16-17 with lame-duck status.

Tom Moore/The Intelligencer

76ers Pursued Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard In Restricted Free Agency
The 76ers almost entirely sat out free agency, not even pursuing younger players on cheap contracts.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

J.P. Tokoto Agrees To One-Year Deal With 76ers
J.P. Tokoto agreed to a non-guaranteed $525,000 tender offer.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

76ers Sign Christian Wood
Christian Wood spent two seasons at UNLV, averaging 15.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 49.7% from the field.

Jake Pavorsky/Liberty Ballers

Kendall Marshall Signs Multiyear Deal With 76ers
Kendall Marshall's deal includes a fully guaranteed salary for the 15-16 season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kendall Marshall Working Out With 76ers
Kendall Marshall played for the Bucks last season until he tore his ACL.

Jake Fischer/Liberty Ballers

Darryl Dawkins Passes Away At 58
Darryl Dawkins was the first player ever drafted directly from high school to the NBA.


76ers Set Goal Of October 2016 For Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid underwent surgery last week on his foot and the public timetable is five to eight months.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer (via Dan Feldman/ProBasketballTalk)

Dario Saric Expects To Join 76ers For 16-17 Season
Dario Saric conducted an interview in Croatia about his future in the NBA.

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Joel Embiid Undergoes Successful Surgery On Foot
Joel Embiid underwent a bone graft procedure of the navicular bone at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City on Tuesday.

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