Give and Go: Who do you want taking final shot?


Give and Go: Who do you want taking final shot?

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, reporter John Finger and CSN anchor/reporter Marshall Harris.

Which Sixer would you want to take a last-second shot?

You saw it the other night: Thad Young. He hit the game-winner against the Bobcats after not making a three-pointer in the game until that moment. He's hitting a career-best percentage from long-range this season, and he still has the ability to put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket or post up in the paint and get a shot from there. Spencer Hawes might be a better shooter, and Evan Turner might be a better driver, but Young has both skill sets and is better overall.

Shoot it? That's a tough one. However, the player I want with the ball is Michael Carter-Williams. Obviously, the point guard can set up guys for a shot, or drive to the hoop, create a shot for himself or get fouled. MCW simply gives the team the best chance to get a bucket. Better yet, in the clutch when the game is within five points in the final three minutes of a quarter, Carter-Williams has committed just two turnovers in nine games. He also is shooting 85.7 percent from the foul line in those situations. So, yes, I'm going with MCW.

It’s not even about which Sixer takes the last shot, but rather which Sixer has the ball in his hands in the waning seconds with the game on the line. Think Michael Jordan giving it up to John Paxson or Steve Kerr for the game-winner. I want Carter-Williams to be that guy. As we saw when they beat the Bobcats, Carter-Williams has the best court vision on the floor and can also get into the lane with ease to get his own shot off in the paint. No, his jumper isn’t scaring anybody, but that should come. I just think, even as a rookie, his approach is more even keel than to think -- as others might -- that he has to do it himself with no help.

Sixers eyeing players waived by other teams before finalizing roster

Sixers eyeing players waived by other teams before finalizing roster

CAMDEN, N.J. — As the Sixers decide who to keep on their roster and who to waive before the regular season, they also are keeping an eye on moves around the league.

Teams have been making cuts as the preseason winds down. In addition to assessing their own group of players, the Sixers are watching who becomes available. 

"There's always stuff that comes in late. You think you know a few days out and sometimes something happens," Brett Brown said after practice Thursday. "There are other teams that are releasing people too, and so the table is very fluid. The marketplace forces you to pay attention and make sure you're doing your job and growing your team. It's hard to say honestly (that) everything's in place and it's set, you know exactly [who] the 15 (players) are going to be. That is not true."

The Sixers' needs have shifted since the start of training camp. Once deep in the frontcourt and at the one spot, the Sixers have been hit by injuries to point-forward Ben Simmons (right Jones fracture), projected starting point guard Jerryd Bayless (sore left wrist), big man Jahlil Okafor (right knee) and center Nerlens Noel (left groin strain). They reportedly expressed interested in Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones, according to The Vertical.

The roster stands at 20. Elton Brand announced he will be retiring, which clears up a spot. Cat Barber, Shawn Long, Brandon Paul and James Webb III, who signed with the Sixers this offseason, are those likely to be waived. Players that don't make the Sixers still could end on their D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.

The Sixers will play their final preseason game on Friday against the Heat in Miami. Brown does not foresee a huge change to happen from the finale. He has been observing many of the Sixers since Summer League, and others returned to Philadelphia to work out ahead of training camp.

"I think it all adds up," Brown said. "We've seen a body of work. We've seen a lot. I think that it will play out more with that in mind than a dramatic performance on the last game of an NBA preseason."

When it comes time for Brown to make the final decision, the conversations don't get easier over the years. 

"It's always hard for me," Brown said. "A lot of these guys were with us over the summertime, so it's not like you just met him. It's never an easy time. But it's also a time, you feel like you've done your best to help them. They'll be better off, I think, for having spent time with us."

The Sixers begin the regular season on Oct. 26 at home against the Thunder.

Report: Sixers have shown interest in Timberwolves PG Tyus Jones

Report: Sixers have shown interest in Timberwolves PG Tyus Jones

With Ben Simmons and Jerryd Bayless hurt, the Sixers are still lacking a distributor, and so it makes sense that they've been in contact with the point guard-rich Timberwolves.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Sixers and New Orleans Pelicans have shown interest in T'wolves backup point guard Tyus Jones. 

With fifth overall pick Kris Dunn and Ricky Rubio, Minnesota is set at PG. Jones, 20, is third on the totem pole a year after being drafted 24th overall. 

According to Wojnarowski, the Timberwolves are more inclined to trade Jones than Rubio. 

Jones has a connection to the Sixers in Jahlil Okafor, a former teammate at Duke. Both were one-and-dones for the 2014-15 National Championship team. Jones averaged 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists for the Blue Devils. 

He played sparingly as a rookie last season with Minnesota (37 games), averaging 4.2 points and 2.9 assists in 15.5 minutes, but stood out this summer, winning Las Vegas Summer League MVP.

T.J. McConnell has started the majority of the preseason at point guard for the Sixers. Sergio Rodriguez got the nod in the last game against the Pistons. Brett Brown is also looking at Nik Stauskas to fill the spot in a non-traditional role.