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Liberty Ballers All-Star Break Roundtable

Liberty Ballers All-Star Break Roundtable

The Liberty Ballers crew sits down to discuss Ben Simmons’ ROY odds, Joel Embiid’s shot at an All-NBA team and Markelle Fultz’s chances at coming back this season. With two-thirds of the season in the books, we figured now was as good a time as any to look back at the first 55 games of the Philadelphia 76ers’ 2017-18 campaign. We’ve seen Joel Embiid play at an All-Star level (and show out in the All-Star Game itself), we’ve seen Jerryd Bayless play at... less than an All-Star level, and we’ve barely seen No. 1 draft pick Markelle Fultz play at all. The Sixers won 16 of their...
Liberty Ballers Feb 19, 2018
All-Star Weekend Roundup

All-Star Weekend Roundup

Things of note regarding the Sixers from the All-Star Weekend festivities Rising Stars Challenge Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric competed as members of Team World in the 2018 Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night. Similar to the All-Star game, the Rising Stars Challenge shouldn’t be taken too seriously. With that said, the Sixers promising young talent was evident. Simmons tallied a stat line of 11 pts, 6 reb, 13 ast, 4 stl. Saric dropped 18 pts and tacked on 5 ast. Embiid only played 9 minutes to score 5 points, but he also did this: L'Unico acuto di @JoelEmbiid stanotte, uno...
Liberty Ballers Feb 19, 2018
Simmons missing the All-Star game may actually be a good thing

Simmons missing the All-Star game may actually be a good thing

Everyone knows Ben Simmons was deserving of a roster spot on the All-Star team, but him missing out on the game may prove to be a good thing. Ben Simmons is really good at what he does and is only getting better. Yes, he probably definitely deserved a spot on the All Star team, especially after the onslaught of injuries by players picked over him, but sometimes things just don’t go your way. If Simmons’ first season so far as a professional has shown anything, it’s that this will not be the only shot he has at making an All Star team in his career. While Sixers fans may be clamoring...
Liberty Ballers Feb 17, 2018
Liberty Ballers All-Star Saturday Night Reaction Thread

Liberty Ballers All-Star Saturday Night Reaction Thread

Fresh off his brief run in the Rising Stars game, Joel Embiid has his sights set on the Skills Challenge. Night One of All-Star Weekend is in the books, and if you tuned in last night... we REALLY hope you skipped that dreadful Celebrity Game. Conversely, the Rising Stars game was pretty darn entertaining. While it quickly devolved into a defense-optional dunkfest (and a 155-124 Team World victory), we saw some amazing performances from Sixers’ representatives Ben Simmons (11 points, 13 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals) and Dario Saric (18 points, including 4-for-7 shooting from deep). Joel...
Liberty Ballers Feb 16, 2018
Liberty Ballers’ All-Star Friday Night Reaction Thread

Liberty Ballers’ All-Star Friday Night Reaction Thread

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric are all set to start for the World Team in the flagship event of All-Star Friday Night For the next three days, the City of Angels is the epicenter of the NBA universe as All-Star Weekend 2018 kicks off tonight in Los Angeles. First up on today’s agenda is the All-Star Celebrity Game (presented by Ruffles!) filled with actors, former players, current WNBA stars, and some folks that I’ve never heard of in my life. (For the record, Win Butler of Arcade Fire tries WAY too hard in these things - he’s like the new Arne Duncan.) The clear highlight...
Liberty Ballers Feb 14, 2018
Ben Simmons’ ROY Bid is Losing Steam

Ben Simmons’ ROY Bid is Losing Steam

With the Utah Jazz streaking, Donovan Mitchell is turning heads. The Utah Jazz’ Donovan Mitchell, the former Louisville guard selected 13th overall in the 2017 NBA draft, is gaining a lot of momentum in the Rookie of the Year race. After starting 19-28 due to battling injuries, the Jazz have ripped off 10 straight wins and now sit just 1.5 games behind the New Orleans Pelicans for the 8 seed in the Western Conference. Mitchell, who leads the Jazz in points (19.5) and minutes (32.0), has been a crucial part of his team’s success. Mitchell’s play is giving Ben Simmons’ Rookie of the...
Liberty Ballers Feb 13, 2018
True Grit: 76ers Beat the Knicks 108-92

True Grit: 76ers Beat the Knicks 108-92

...you lose like the rest. Last night’s game became a movie in its final minutes. While the 76ers were firmly ahead of the Knicks, drama unfolded in another way as a triple-double alert was raised. Yet, it wasn’t Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid or Dario Saric, the three young stars, that were the subject to that alert. They were on the sideline cheering on with anticipation. No, it was the embodiment of grit that was on the verge of the accomplishment. When he finally went up and caught the final rebound for the feat, the bench and crowd erupted. Water and chocolate milk (!) baths were going...
Liberty Ballers Feb 10, 2018
Sixers-Clippers Game Thread

Sixers-Clippers Game Thread

The Sixers try to go 2-0 against J.J. Redick’s former team tonight. Game Time: 7:00 pm EST Watch: NBCSports Philadelphia Listen: 97.5 The Fanatic Projected Starters: LA Clippers F Tobias Harris F Danilo Gallinari C DeAndre Jordan G Avery Bradley G Austin Rivers Philadelphia 76ers F Robert Covington F Dario Saric C Joel Embiid G JJ Redick G Ben Simmons Injury Report: Clippers – Patrick Beverley (knee), Jawun Evans (abdominal) Sixers –Markelle Fultz Referees: Pat Fraher, JB DeRosa, Brian Forte Notes The Clippers are also on the back end of a back-to-back. They beat former teammate...
The Daily Campus Feb 7, 2018
Column: Patience is a virtue

Column: Patience is a virtue

In the era of “one-and-done”, more and more teams have sought to capitalize on short infusions of talent from freshman superstars. As evidenced by LSU with Ben Simmons and Washington with Markelle Fultz, it doesn’t always work out.
The Sixer Sense Feb 7, 2018
It’s time to name Ben Simmons to the All-Star team (again)

It’s time to name Ben Simmons to the All-Star team (again)

With Kristaps Porzingis going down with injury, another spot in the 2018 NBA All-Star game has opened up. The Philadelphia 76ers' rook deserves a shot.
Section 215 Feb 6, 2018
Philadelphia 76ers: Porzingis injury should make Ben Simmons an All-Star

Philadelphia 76ers: Porzingis injury should make Ben Simmons an All-Star

After Kristaps Porzingis tore his ACL on Tuesday, Philadelphia 76ers do-it-all rookie may have one final chance to become an All-Star.
Liberty Ballers Feb 3, 2018
Sixers-Pacers Game Thread

Sixers-Pacers Game Thread

The Sixers hope Embiid’s back-to-back means back-to-back wins. Game Time: 7:00 pm EST Watch: NBCSports Philadelphia Listen: 97.5 The Fanatic Projected Starters: Indiana Pacers F Bojan Bogdanovic F Thaddeus Young C Myles Turner G Victor Oladipo G Darren Collison Philadelphia 76ers F Robert Covington F Dario Saric C Joel Embiid G JJ Redick G Ben Simmons Injury Report: Bulls – Glenn Robinson III (ankle) Sixers –Markelle Fultz, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (illness) Referees: Ken Mauer, Jonathan Sterling, Gary Zielinski Notes After missing last night’s game, Indiana coach Nate McMillan...
Liberty Ballers Feb 2, 2018
Sixers-Heat: Game Thread

Sixers-Heat: Game Thread

Sixers try to start February off right against the Heat Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET How to Watch/Listen: ESPN, 97.5 The Fanatic Location: Philadelphia, PA Projected Starters Philadelphia 76ers PG: Ben Simmons SG: JJ Redick SF: Robert Covington PF: Dario Saric C: Joel Embiid Miami Heat PG: Goran Dragic SG: Tyler Johnson SF: Josh Richardson PF: James Johnson C: Hassan Whiteside Injury Report Philadelphia: Markelle Fultz and Furkan Korkmaz are out once again Miami: Dion Waiters is out for the season
Liberty Ballers Feb 2, 2018
Sixers vs Heat: Start Time and Game Preview

Sixers vs Heat: Start Time and Game Preview

Another primetime game for the Sixers tonight, this time against the All Star (really?) Goran Dragic led Miami Heat. The end of January was none too kind to the Philadelphia 76ers. Dropping 3 straight games, most recently to the Brooklyn Jahlil Okafor’s Nets. A game that the Sixers are sure to try and forget as soon as possible, nothing was going right on the defensive side of the ball and several key players didn’t come up clutch down the stretch. Ben Simmons was once again proved he was snubbed from the all star team, scoring 24 points and dishing out 7 assists. Another big storyline...
Liberty Ballers Feb 1, 2018
Another Day, Another Player Takes Ben Simmons’ Spot in the All-Star Game

Another Day, Another Player Takes Ben Simmons’ Spot in the All-Star Game

Who doesn’t want to see Ben Simmons running the break with LeBron James in the All-Star Game? NBA coaches... that’s who. If you haven’t heard by now, Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic was named to the 2018 NBA All-Star Game as the designated injury replacement for Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center/mid-game defector Kevin Love. There was some thought that Ben Simmons was in line for Love’s slot, but... the game is the game. You want it to be one way, but it’s the other way. This is the second time in three days that Simmons (who was just named Eastern Conference Rookie of the...

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