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Sixers fans and NBA fans alike took a break Monday night from the ever developing offseason trades and signings to witness the debut of the number one overall pick Markelle Fultz.
While he put on a show scoring 16 points in a heartbreaking loss to the Celtics and fellow rookie Jayson Tatum, the team as a whole was less than stellar.
Yes it was the first professional game for many of these young players, but the team only managed to shoot 40.5% from the field and 31.2% from behind the arc, marks that the coaching staff certainly want to improve going into game two against the Jazz.
The good news after the team’s poor shooting performance is that they still had many opportunities to win the game and even put together a 25-3 run in the second half, and it took a game-winner from Tatum to put the sixers away.
The sixers also had 11 blocks, with Jonah Bolden leading the way with four and Fultz displaying his length and athleticism with three.
So going into tonight’s game, what do sixers fans expect from their young talent?
To start, the 2016 26th pick Furkan Korkmaz is ready to make his pro debut tonight after uncertainty over if he would play at all this summer.
Korkmaz is a 6’7″ G/F from Turkey who was touted as one of the best shooters in his draft class, so of course fans want to see him stretch the floor and provide some much needed shooting.
As for Fultz, sixers fans want to see him prove he is a winner.
The biggest questions about Fultz coming into the league have been about his ability to win and make his teammates better.
Fultz’s Washington Huskies finished with an abysmal nine win record last college season and failed to make the NCAA tournament, so the best way Fultz can silence the doubters is to make winning plays this summer and then help win games in the NBA.
Fultz had a great opportunity in his first game to prove himself a winner but got his potential game-winning shot blocked at the rim by Jaelyn Brown.
After failing to will his team to a win, Fultz responded by saying “I know what I have to do now.”
Exciting words to hear for any sixers fan.
Timothe Luwau-Cabborot, better known as TLC, showed great development throughout last season in both his scoring and playmaking ability and continued to impress fans with 16 points, seven boards, five assists and zero turnovers in game one.
Although he only shot 6/17 from the field and 1/9 from three, fans were happy to see him be aggressive and hope to see more efficiency from him tonight.
Sixers fans are pleased and excited by what they saw from their new crop of players, but there is always room for improvement.
The biggest thing sixers fans want to see are wins, so making winning plays against the Jazz will be the key aspect fans and critics will be looking for from not only Fultz, but the sixers organization as well.
With 2014 5th overall pick Dante Exum set to go up against Fultz, he will have a great opportunity to impress against an athletic young player.
Just when you want to stop watching the NBA forever because you’re finally starting to get sick of the inevitable Warriors-Cavs finals showdown, they pull you right back in. The Clippers somehow convinced Chris Paul to opt into the final year of his contract by dangling the possibility of playing with MVP runner-up James Harden on the Rockets. The trade sent Paul to the Rockets in exchange for basically every player on Houston’s roster. Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Wiltjer, a top-three-protected 2018 first-round pick and $661,000 were all shipped to the Clippers.
At first glance the trade doesn’t look all that great on the Clippers end, especially considering they’re trying to keep Blake Griffin from jumping ship and signing a mega-deal outside of LA (as long as it isn’t Boston I really don’t care where Justin Bieber’s biggest fan ends up). Not to mention JJ Redick is another huge flight risk for the Clips along with sneaky-valuable Luc Mbah a Moute and things are looking bleak for the Clippers.
Lou Williams is a great scorer off the bench and he would be a great addition if they didn’t already have basically the same player in Jamal Crawford, not to mention Williams may offer less defense than Isaiah Thomas. Beverly is a solid pickup but I would rather have him back up than get starter’s minutes. Dekker, Harrell and Wiltjer can all develop into solid role players but none of them has the ceiling of a star. Hilliard is a non-factor and Liggins is now on his sixth team in six years. That 2018 pick basically means nothing since the Rockets obviously aren’t collapsing enough that it cracks the top 5 in 2018 especially now that they have Paul for next year. The best part of this trade for the Clips is the fact that they got that $661,000 because you know they’re offering all of that to Griffin right off the bat. They also clear up a ton of cap space by getting out from under Paul’s contract
While the return for the Clips is pretty mediocre for one of the best point guards ever, you also got rid of the biggest selling point for Griffin when it comes time to decide his future. Playing with Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan sounds a lot more appealing than playing with just DeAndre Jordan who brings next to nothing offensively unless you’re giving him the ball within 5 feet of the basket. Griffin may want to be the alpha dog on this team, why I have no idea but that’s the pitch I’m making to him if I’m LA (can we also talk about how messed up it would be for Blake to leave LA after locking Jordan in his home and refusing to leave until he signed a new contract with the Clips, some friend). Blake has transformed himself into one of the best passing big men in the game averaging at least 4.9 assists the last three years and his game has become less predicated on his athleticism as he’s also become a knockdown mid-range shooter while improving at the free throw line too.
On the Rockets’ side, I love it. You already had the MVP runner-up and one of the best offenses in the league, add Chris Paul and his legendary basketball IQ and you can tell the Rockets aren’t just going to roll over and give the West to the Warriors next year. Most people will use the argument, “there’s only one ball, how will Harden and Paul cooexist”, and to that I say shut up. We just watched the Warriors win a championship with Durant and Curry, two ball dominant players, along with Klay who still gets his touches and Draymond Green who is most effective when directing the offense. My biggest concern for the Rockets is in their pace of play, Paul loves to slow things down and methodically work in the half-court while Harden loves to get out and go and toss his alley-oops to Clint Capela, who should only get better now that he has Paul tossing him lobs in the pick-and-roll along with Harden. Paul also happens to be the superior defender when stacked up against Pat Beverly so you aren’t losing anything on the defensive end while gaining massively on the offensive end.
This should also finally give Harden a capable running mate to share some of the scoring load. I don’t care what anybody says about Dwight Howard he brought next to nothing to the table for Harden during his time in Houston. Chris Paul will allow for D’Antoni to rest Harden more than he was able to this season and keep him fresher come playoff time, we all saw how run down and over matched he was against the immortal Spurs. Hopefully it also takes some of the burden off Paul too since he has ended his last five seasons injured to some degree. The Clippers free up a ton of cap space by trading Paul which will help them to be big players in free agency this summer but the appeal isn’t the same without Paul and the uncertainty surrounding Griffin and Redick. This looks and feels like a desperation move for both teams; the Rockets chasing after the Warriors and the Clippers trying their best to advance past the second round of the playoffs.
First off, besides that one project in high school that I pretended to work really hard on, this is my first blog post ever. I’m just going to come out and say I’m really not that funny, in fact I’ve thought I had so many funny stories in the past that turned out to be awful, that I have inspired an adjective to describe an awful story – the “Trevor Story”. It’s all in the delivery really, and apparently my delivery is about as good as Helen Keller trying to throw out the honorary first pitch, so let’s hope my blogging ability is better. Anyway enough of that…
Secondly, I want to say that this Lakers – Nets trade might actually be one of the worst things since sliced bread, and that’s really hard to do, because a lot of bad things have happened since some primitive Albert Einstein decided his bread would be more enjoyable in smaller servings.
Before I talk about the trade itself, I just want to say I honestly feel bad for every party involved, but especially for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov, whose reaction when he found out he was traded can pretty accurately be summed up below.
I just can’t seem to understand how the Lakers or the Nets thought that this trade was a good idea. For Brooklyn, you get D’Angelo Russell as the cornerstone piece, a young kid whose better at scoring video of teammates talking about their body count on camera than he actually is at scoring the basketball.
Now maybe Russell does go on to become the potential superstar some have touted him to be, but frankly Russell didn’t impress me in college and 15.6 points per game isn’t gonna cut it, especially on a dreadful Brooklyn team. Secondly, the Nets get Timofey Mozgov in the deal, and while its great for the Lakers to get rid of the ridiculous contract they gave him, someone in the Brooklyn front office must’ve been smoking something when he agreed to this offer.
Don’t get me wrong, Mozgov is definitely a baller, I mean look at the guy. And he’s probably a great dude to go out and rip straight shots of vodka with until you can barely stand while he tells you stories about how he’s been doing this since he was 12, but unfortunately vodka shots are really the only shots he’s good at taking. The guy is a goof-ball on the court, and I don’t see how he can help this Brooklyn team other than helping them drink away the pain of another dreadful season with no first round pick.
I guess the Lakers are the winners in this deal, getting Lopez and the 27th pick, but there’s no center in the NBA I hate more than Brook Lopez. I mean the guy is 7 ft. tall, but he’s about as soft as a roll of Charmin ultra toilet paper, and for those of you who don’t know, that’s really soft. In fact, I was fortunate enough to attend only one Nets game during their recent stretch of awfulness, and even the Nets fans in front of me were chanting about how the guy’s got a gash as he took fadeaway shots over J.J. Barea. Plus, I don’t think any other center has been dunked on as many times as Lopez. I mean c’mon man.
Now maybe I’m wrong, and this trade works out for both teams. Maybe Russell becomes a stud in New York while he throws alley-oops to Timofey Mozgov soaring above the defense. And maybe Lopez has a great season in LA and is the next great Lakers center, catching dimes from Lonzo while LaVar ball tries to tell Magic Johnson his son will boycott playing unless the Lakers guarantee they’ll draft Liangelo and LaMelo. But that’s all a big maybe. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.