Give and Go: Sixers' best, worst moves of 2013


Give and Go: Sixers' best, worst moves of 2013

Each week, we'll ask questions about the Sixers to our resident basketball analysts and see what they have to say.

Running the Give and Go this week are columnist John Gonzalez, producer/reporter Matt Haughton and CSN anchor/reporter Marshall Harris.

What was the Sixers' best move and worst move of 2013?

Best move: Draft night. They landed Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, acquired more picks, and cleared cap space. Yes, they had to unload a terrific young player in Jrue Holiday to make it happen, but it was a big win on the whole for the organization.

Worst move: Everything that came before that.

The best move would be hiring Sam Hinkie. With their front office in transition from the Doug Collins/Rod Thorn/Tony DiLeo command, the Sixers needed to hit a home run with the next hire. They appear to have done just that by getting a supremely intelligent and well-respected president/general manager in Hinkie.

The worst move was Kwame Brown's departure. Brown had to come back after picking up the player option on his contract, but the Sixers didn't have to keep him around as long as they did.

The Sixers’ best move of 2013 was taking Carter-Williams with the 11th overall pick in this year’s draft. He’s made us forget about Jrue Holiday rather quickly, which is pretty impressive considering the now-New Orleans Pelican was an All-Star last season. Carter-Williams is the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year and has tremendous potential because of his frame and length at the point guard position. He’s easily been the biggest bright spot on a team that hasn't done much winning before the new year.

The worst move may just be not going ahead and declaring Noel out for the season. Just let the first-round pick get fully healed and also decrease the odds of winning, which of course increases the odds of winning ... the draft lottery.

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds