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The Toronto Raptors have reached the NBA Finals

The Toronto Raptors have reached the NBA Finals

How do you feel about it? Last night, the Toronto Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks, 100-94, finishing off the Eastern Conference Finals in six games and advancing to the franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals. The Raptors will next take on the dynastic Golden State Warriors starting in Thursday night’s Game 1. As a Sixers fan, how do you feel about it? It’s a topic touched upon on the most recent episode of the Lowe Post podcast earlier this week, when Zach Lowe said the following (around the 44:55 mark): “I think Philly comes out of these playoffs looking better than a lot of...
May 25, 2019
Run It Back, like the (old) Raptors

Run It Back, like the (old) Raptors

The Raptors ran it back and failed. Now they’re a win away from the NBA Finals. Their example should give the Sixers confidence in both their current core and future flexibility. Much of the argument for the Philadelphia 76ers running it back with the same group next season has been about the current roster. The team almost beat the Toronto Raptors, who are one game away from advancing to the NBA Finals. Add some bench upgrades in the offseason and hope the Golden State Warriors split up, and you’re looking at a title contender. But there’s an under-discussed part of the argument in...
May 24, 2019
Prospect Breakdown: Grant Williams

Prospect Breakdown: Grant Williams

In a sport that has become increasingly perimeter oriented, Grant Williams is a throwback. The back-to-the-basket forward will need to rely on his facilitating, off-ball activity and developing jump shot in order to find his way at the next level. Tweener — a phrase that, not long ago, was used regularly in NBA circles to describe a player who was capable of playing two positions, but not an ideal fit at either one — feels increasingly outdated as the modern NBA transitions further away from a rigid positional system to a free-flowing, do-it-all hybridization. The Swiss army knife...
May 24, 2019
Jonah Bolden: Rookie Year in Review

Jonah Bolden: Rookie Year in Review

Recapping Jonah Bolden’s rookie year and how he could be valuable for the Sixers moving forward A year ago today I was ambitiously excited to see if Jonah Bolden would be signed to a contract, and even more enthused to see if he would be able to crack the rotation and provide valuable minutes to a team that desperately needed help off the bench. Bolden did what I expected in his rookie year, which was a little bit of everything... he played defense, shot the 3 even better than I thought he would, showed flashes of his passing ability, and ran the floor (107 pace). While he still has much...
May 24, 2019
Liberty Ballers Mailbag: send us your questions

Liberty Ballers Mailbag: send us your questions

With a critical offseason looming, the Liberty Ballers mailbag is making a triumphant return. So with that said, we need your questions. You can submit questions in a few ways: Using the forum below (community membership required) Emailing your question to libertyballers@sbnation.com Tweeting @Liberty_Ballers us using #LBMailbag
May 24, 2019
Prospect Breakdown: Daniel Gafford

Prospect Breakdown: Daniel Gafford

Could the Razorback be an option for the Sixers at no. 24? Everyone knows the Philadelphia 76ers must make some decisions this offseason. They’re going to #RunItBack with head coach Brett Brown, but the roster must be filled out. The Sixers have decisions to make with Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, but there’s another important item to work out: backup center. During the regular season, the on/off numbers for the Sixers when their All-NBA 2nd Team Defensive Center Joel Embiid weren’t great. During the playoffs, they were downright awful at times without Embiid on the floor. The...
May 23, 2019
The 2018-2019 ALL-NBA Teams have been announced: 2nd team honors for Joel Embiid

The 2018-2019 ALL-NBA Teams have been announced: 2nd team honors for Joel Embiid

The three 2018-2019 All-NBA teams have been released today by the NBA. The two MVP front-runners, Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden were both unanimously selected to the first team. Joel Embiid was the lone Sixer to make one of the lists. The announcement comes a day after Embiid was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team for the second consecutive season. While Embiid may have had a legit claim at the ALL-NBA First Team earlier in the year, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets was able to remain healthier than Embiid as the regular season grind wore on and Jokic earned the nod. ...
May 23, 2019
Sixers’ salary cap scenarios: covering some of the summer’s massive what ifs...

Sixers’ salary cap scenarios: covering some of the summer’s massive what ifs...

Elton Brand and the Sixers’ front office were willing to gamble this season. So will their biggest bets pay off? We’ll learn a lot more over the next 6-7 weeks. When Brand traded Robert Covington and Dario Saric for Jimmy Butler, who was always expected to opt out of his contract and test free-agency, it placed plenty of pressure on the team to retain Butler’s services long-term. Butler at the time, it was reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, preferred to play for the Los Angeles Clippers, the New York Knicks, or the Brooklyn Nets, apparently in that order; all teams who could...
May 23, 2019
Jimmy Butler has proven his max-contract value to the Sixers

Jimmy Butler has proven his max-contract value to the Sixers

Butler has proven he’s worth a max contract to Philly, and he should have plenty of reasons to stay. Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick — the package the Philadelphia 76ers dealt for Jimmy Butler was widely seen as fair. It’s the price you pay to star hunt. The start of the Butler era was electric. He hit two game-winners in his first seven games, both in the form of a step-back 3, the kind of pull-up shot that no one could create before he joined the team. He was producing offensively unlike anyone else on the roster, while providing some...
May 22, 2019
Jonah Bolden joining Ben Simmons on Team Australia training camp roster

Jonah Bolden joining Ben Simmons on Team Australia training camp roster

The Sixers big man earned a place on the 17-man training camp squad One week ago, Ben Simmons announced he will be representing Team Australia in this fall’s FIBA World Cup. Now, Sixers fans may have an additional reason to root for the Boomers, as Jonah Bolden was announced as a member of the 17-man training camp roster. Here is the full list of participants: Here’s the 17-man Australian Boomers squad for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The squad will be cut down to 12 before the warmup games begin in mid-August. pic.twitter.com/noIoIDk7TD— Olgun Uluc (@OlgunUluc) May 23, 2019 Team...
May 22, 2019
Joel Embiid named to NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Joel Embiid named to NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid has been named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team for the second consecutive season Congrats to @JoelEmbiid on being named @NBA All-Defensive Second Team! #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/5RuwqGSbeM— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) May 22, 2019 A well-deserved honor. Embiid is the cornerstone of the Sixers’ defense, and his impact is palpable when he’s off the court just as much as when he is on the court. He finished the season averaging Every single @JoelEmbiid block from the 2018-19 season for your viewing pleasure. #HereTheyCome...
May 22, 2019
Vasilije Micić vs. Real Madrid: Micić flashes in pick-and-roll

Vasilije Micić vs. Real Madrid: Micić flashes in pick-and-roll

In the 2014 NBA Draft, Sam Hinkie and the Sixers used the 52nd overall pick to select Vasilije Micić, a now 25-year-old Serbian guard standing 6’4” and currently playing for Anadolu Efes Istanbul of the EuroLeague. Before he had a breakout season with Anadolu Efes in 2018-2019, Micić bounced around clubs in Europe. But Micić has developed his game to such a degree that he was named to the All-EuroLeague Second team this season. EuroLeague.net writes of Micić: Vasilije Micic turned his first season with Efes into a memorable one by posting career-high numbers while leading the team...
May 22, 2019
Prospect Breakdown: Jordan Poole

Prospect Breakdown: Jordan Poole

The ur-shooting guard with deep range and defensive limitations This is the third of my breakdowns on the trio from the Michigan Wolverines. Charles Matthews and Ignas Brazdeikis were covered previously. Jordan Poole Photo by Harry How/ Jordan Poole is a 6-foot-5, 195-pound true sophomore shooting guard from Milwaukee. According to MGoBlue.com, Poole is an “avid lover of cats [and] volunteers at animal shelters whenever possible.” He is the textbook definition of a mercurial shooting guard. He has legit NBA range from 3 and is a space cadet on defense. You may know...
May 21, 2019
NBA All-Rookie Teams Annouced; Former Sixer Landry Shamet Named to 2nd Team

NBA All-Rookie Teams Annouced; Former Sixer Landry Shamet Named to 2nd Team

When the Philadelphia 76ers selected Landry Shamet 26th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, he was a polarizing prospect. Some felt Landry’s pure shooting ability alone would provide him a spot in the NBA; others felt that Shamet lacked the athleticism and durability to latch on in the league. Whichever side of the argument you fell on, you likely didn’t predict Shamet breaching an All-Rookie team as part of a draft class that was loaded with talent. But today, the NBA has announced that Landry Shamet has done exactly that. After receiving three 1st team votes and 79 2nd team votes for a...
May 21, 2019
Exclusive Interview with ‘76ers Sixth Man’ Alan Horwitz

Exclusive Interview with ‘76ers Sixth Man’ Alan Horwitz

This interview has been condensed for our readership. On Monday, May 13th, I walked in to Campus Apartments, a realty company nestled on Walnut street in downtown Philadelphia. The sky had opened up and was pouring rain, which felt apropos. Just 15 hours prior, the Sixers had seen their title hopes squashed by a game 7, buzzer-beating baseline jumper from Kawhi Leonard that rattled in the net after spending an eternity dancing on the rim. Joel Embiid immediately broke down in tears as he wept in the arms of Marc Gasol, before walking off the court for the final time in this 2018-2019...