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Film Study: Landry Shamet

Film Study: Landry Shamet

Deep diving on Landry Shamet and his potential role in Philadelphia With the 26th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers nabbed Landry Shamet, a smooth 6-foot-5 combo guard out of Wichita State. Shamet has wicked range and sound mechanics, shooting 43.7 percent beyond the arc on 5.1 attempts per game in two-plus seasons as a Shocker. Some analysts questioned the pick, while others felt it was accurate value. From my perspective, adding Shamet to the roster seems to prepare for the event that Philadelphia’s starting two-guard last season, J.J. Redick, might be a...
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The Hunters for Spurs Star Kawhi Leonard

The Hunters for Spurs Star Kawhi Leonard

The Sixers acquired more trade ammunition on draft night, but do they have enough? Despite not having a permanent general manager in place, Philadelphia’s 2018 draft did not lack for drama. The post-selection trade of Mikal Bridges to Phoenix for Zhaire Smith and Miami’s 2021 1st-round pick came out of nowhere, rare in a league environment where seemingly every trade rumor has typically been floated out in the twittersphere already. In the subsequent press conference, Brett Brown alluded to how the deal fit into the team’s overall long-term plans, saying the Sixers “are star...
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Sixers capitalize on 2018 draft, adding immediate contributors while deepening their asset pool

Sixers capitalize on 2018 draft, adding immediate contributors while deepening their asset pool

Philadelphia addressed major needs with their selections and acquired a significant future draft asset, setting themselves up for the present and the future. Thursday’s NBA Draft presented the Philadelphia 76ers with a golden opportunity to add contributing prospects to their young core centered around Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz. In lieu of an established general manager, head coach Brett Brown assumed managerial duties. Pressed into action, having to navigate the draft in a foreign role, Brown successfully brought in a haul of talent while executing a bold trade-down to...
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Sixers Draft Grades from around the web

Sixers Draft Grades from around the web

Yahoo! Sports: Overall Grade: B Mikal Bridges would have been ideal, but the trade for Texas Tech swingman Zhaire Smith certainly makes sense. A physical defender and excellent rebounder, Smith’s biggest challenge will be improving as a creator off the bounce to help offset his sub-optimal 6-5 frame as a small forward. The good news? He is an elite NBA athlete as a leaper and with his lateral quickness. The Landry Shamet pick at No. 26 is a good one. Shamet, from Wichita State, is a knockdown shooter who can play some pick-and-roll as well. Second-rounder Shake Milton out of SMU is a good...
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Zhaire Smith Film Study: January 20th, Texas Tech vs. Iowa State

Zhaire Smith Film Study: January 20th, Texas Tech vs. Iowa State

I was attempting to get a film study of Zhaire Smith from Texas Tech’s game against Iowa State on January 20th, 2018. However, my piece-o-sh*t laptop makes this a long, arduous process. Nonetheless, I’d like to get some things up. So this shall serve as a running stream of the film study. Defensive Versatility In the clip below, you can catch Zhaire Smith defending Cameron Lard, #2 on Iowa State. Let me set the stage: Zhaire Smith started the game picking up the point-of-attack on just about every play defensively. Lard plays center and forward for Iowa State, standing at 6’9”. In...
Jun 22, 2018
Sixers Draft Grades

Sixers Draft Grades

The Bridges Trade After selecting Mikal Bridges 10th overall, Brett Brown would go on to rip the hearts out of many Philadelphians and trade Bridges to the Phoenix Suns for Zhaire Smith (selected 16th overall) and the Miami Heat’s 2021 first round pick, which is unprotected. A truly Hinkian move, I must say. I started thinking it to myself a few days ago, and then within our Liberty Ballers slack chat and on Twitter: I was getting a bit worried Mikal Bridges was too safe of a pick. “What if Mikal Bridges isn’t that good? Is he the best talent on the board at 10?” I posited. I’m...
Jun 22, 2018
Brett Brown on decision to trade Mikal Bridges, Final Say, Zhaire Smith

Brett Brown on decision to trade Mikal Bridges, Final Say, Zhaire Smith

Directly from the Sixers: On the decision to trade Mikal Bridges for Zhaire Smith and the 2021 NBA Draft 1st overall pick: It starts out with just tremendous excitement. When this is my 18th year in the NBA and when you sit there and you watch a draft board play out and on our notes, on our big board, we had 1A and 1B and when the 9th pick was selected you realize, we’re going to get one of our two, and we chose Mikal [Bridges]. And to see that play out knowing the history that he has had in this city and at Villanova, it was very much aligned and he was somebody that could come in a fit...
Jun 22, 2018
Sixers Trade Up to Draft Shake Milton

Sixers Trade Up to Draft Shake Milton

The 76ers dealt two of their 2018 second round picks to move up to 54th pick on Thursday night. The 76ers drafted Shake Milton after acquiring the 54th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night. Philadelphia traded the 56th and 60th overall picks to the Dallas Mavericks to jump up two spots. Sources: The 76ers, via Mavericks, will select Shake Milton with the No. 54 pick in NBA draft.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 22, 2018 Milton, a 6’5” wing from SMU, was expected to be an early second round pick but had to sweat it out before seeing his name on the board late in the...
Jun 21, 2018
Sixers Trade Another Draft Pick

Sixers Trade Another Draft Pick

If you were selected by the 76ers on Thursday, I would not be unpacking just yet. For the second time on Thursday night, the Philadelphia 76ers traded away the rights to a player that they drafted. According to Shams Charamia of Yahoo! Sports, the Sixers are trading Khyri Thomas, the 38th overall pick, to the Detroit Pistons. Philadelphia’s No. 38 overall pick Khyri Thomas will be traded to Detroit, league sources say.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 22, 2018 It appears that the Sixers will get two more future second round picks from the Pistons. That means that Brett Brown...
Jun 21, 2018
Zhaire Smith’s comments after Sixers trade for him

Zhaire Smith’s comments after Sixers trade for him

The Sixers have sent out Zhaire Smith’s comments after he learned that the Sixers had traded for him. Below are some of his notable comments in the block quotes. It’s a blessing to end up with the Sixers. I worked out twice, so I knew they were really interested and I knew (coach Brett Brown) liked me. Q. You said you worked out twice. When you look at that roster, what excites you about being a part of it, like the things how you can fit in? They run in transition. I feel I can be a part of that. Ben Simmons, he can bring it up and make good passes. I’m a good cutter, so he’ll make...
Jun 21, 2018
Sixers select Landry Shamet with 26th overall pick

Sixers select Landry Shamet with 26th overall pick

The selection of the Shocker comes as a shocker. Barring another unexpected, after-the-fact trade, the Philadelphia 76ers and their multi-headed executive team have selected Landry Shamet with the 26th overall pick. The 6’5” guard from Wichita State is somewhat of a surprise pick, not having been a consensus first-round pick across different outlets. Woj wasn’t even prepared to spell Shamet’s name correctly. Source: The Sixers are enamored with Landry Shamut at the 26th pick.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 22, 2018 Many people felt the Sixers would use this pick for a...
Jun 21, 2018
Shams: Sixers Trade Draft Picks, Acquire Zhaire Smith

Shams: Sixers Trade Draft Picks, Acquire Zhaire Smith

Mikal Bridges was not a Sixer for very long. The 76ers will be acquiring Zhaire Smith and a 2021 first round pick via Miami from the Phoenix Suns according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports. Philadelphia will be sending Mikal Bridges, who was selected 10th on Thursday night, to Phoenix. Smith played one season at Texas Tech. You can find our full prospect profile on the guard here.
Jun 21, 2018
Sixers Select Mikal Bridges with Tenth Pick

Sixers Select Mikal Bridges with Tenth Pick

The Sixers Acquire the Former Villanova Wildcat! With the 10th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select: (dramatic pause) Mikal Bridges from Villanova University. The Sixers took the three-year player (two-year starter) from Villanova by way of Great Valley High School in Malvern, PA. (Shout out to a team called the Patriots that I can enjoy.) Here are the basics about Bridges: 6’7” (7’1” wingspan), 209 lbs.17.7 PPG5.3 RPG1.9 APG1.5 SPG43.5% 3pt (6.0 3PA per game).623 EFG%+13.2 BPM For those that are more visual, here is the Draft Express scouting report for the...
Jun 21, 2018
2018 NBA Draft: Live Blog with Pick-by-pick Results

2018 NBA Draft: Live Blog with Pick-by-pick Results

The Hawks and Mavericks are still talking, according to league sources, but Dallas is unwilling to trade No. 5 and Wes Matthews for No. 3 and Kent Bazemore. Such a move is essentially paying $19.3 million to move up two spots in tonight's draft— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 21, 2018 ome one, come all. The NBA Draft coverage on ESPN begins in 19 minutes as of typing this. For the entire way (well, probably just the first round), I’ll be with you. 6:44 pm: Why do all the prospects at the draft have pants that don’t extend to their shoes, revealing their ankles? Is this a new...
Jun 21, 2018
Draft Day Musings: How Far We’ve come

Draft Day Musings: How Far We’ve come

Five years ago, on a humid June evening, I stared at my phone in shock and excitement as I read a Bleacher Report update that scrolled across my screen. The Philadelphia 76ers had traded All-Star Jrue Holiday and a 2nd round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 1st round pick that was top 5 protected. That night, we witnessed the birth of The Process. Y! Sources: Sixers deal Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for Nerlens Noel and a first-round pick. http://t.co/XzICcc8t1P— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 28, 2013 Five seasons of carefully studying the...