Who are they? A closer look at Sixers' new faces

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Who are they? A closer look at Sixers' new faces

They’ve scored points, grabbed rebounds, handed out assists and played defense. Well, maybe not that much defense.

The Sixers have gotten off to a surprising 5-4 start, and it hasn’t been all on the backs of the team’s familiar names. While Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and rookie Michael Carter-Williams have certainly played at a high level so far, the Sixers’ lesser-known names have more than done their part.

But exactly who are these guys?

Let’s take a closer look at the Sixers’ unheralded crop of newcomers:

James Anderson
Position: Guard
Age: 24
Height/weight:
6-6/210
College: Oklahoma State
Drafted: First round in 2010 (20th overall pick) by San Antonio
Previous teams: Spurs and Rockets
2013-14 averages:
10.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 33.6 mpg
Fun fact: Anderson has always been a scorer. He notched 29 points in his very first collegiate game and averaged 17.9 a matchup for his collegiate career. He also averaged 38 points a contest during his senior year of high school.

Tony Wroten
Position: Guard
Age: 20
Height/weight:
6-6/205
College: Washington
Drafted: First round in 2012 (25th overall pick) by Memphis
Previous teams: Grizzlies
2013-14 averages: 11.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 23.4 mpg
Fun fact: Wroten comes from an athletic family. His father, Tony Sr., played football at Washington and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Wroten’s mother Shirley ran track at Washington and Arizona State. His aunt, Joyce Walker, was a two-time All-American at LSU and played for the Harlem Globetrotters. Wroten is also the cousin of NBA guard Nate Robinson.

Darius Morris
Position: Guard
Age: 22
Height/weight:
6-4/195
College: Michigan
Drafted: Second round in 2011 (41st overall pick) by Los Angeles Lakers
Previous teams: Lakers
2013-14 averages: 5.7 ppg, 2.8 apg, 1.2 rpg, 15.3 mpg
Fun fact: Morris was Michigan’s single-season assists leader with 235 in 35 games during the 2010-11 season until Trey Burke passed him with 260 in 39 games last season.

Daniel Orton
Position: Center
Age: 23
Height/weight:
6-10/275
College: Kentucky
Drafted: First round in 2010 (29th overall pick) by Orlando
Previous teams: Magic and Thunder
2013-14 averages: 2.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.7 bpg, 11.1 mpg
Fun fact: Orton won state titles in his freshman, sophomore and junior years of high school in Oklahoma before tearing his ACL during his senior season.

Brandon Davies
Position: Forward
Age: 22
Height/weight:
6-10/240
College: BYU
Drafted: Undrafted
Previous teams: None
2013-14 averages: 2.5 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.3 bpg, 9.9 mpg
Fun fact: You’ll likely know Davies for this incident while at BYU.

Hollis Thompson
Position: Forward
Age: 22
Height/weight:
6-8/206
College: Georgetown
Drafted: Undrafted
Previous teams: None
2013-14 averages: 1.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 0.3 bpg, 8.5 mpg
Fun fact: Thompson set a Georgetown record by shooting 44 percent from three-point range in three seasons.

Report: Nerlens Noel upset with Sixers' situation at center

Report: Nerlens Noel upset with Sixers' situation at center

After being in the middle of trade rumors over the last few months, Nerlens Noel appears to frustrated with his situation with the Sixers, according to the Inquirer's Keith Pompey.

The Sixers have three starting-caliber centers — Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, who's now healthy — heading into this season.

"I think it's just silly," Noel told Pompey. "With the departure of [former general manager and president] Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to set something done this summer.

"Don't get me wrong. We all get along great on the court and off the court. But at the end of the day, it's like having three starting quarterbacks. It doesn't make any sense.

"And it's just not going to work to anybody's advantage having that on the same team. That's how I'm looking at it. I'm not opposed to anything, but things need to be situated."

The Sixers flirted with having two big men on the court at the same time last season, with Noel and Okafor but with no real success. 

He has a point, and the team knows it.

During the summer, reports swirled saying the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor for backcourt help.

Noel, who's in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't appear to believe the current situation will work.

"I think something needs to happen," he said.

Bryan Colangelo: 'Never a period of discomfort' with Sixers' bigs

Bryan Colangelo: 'Never a period of discomfort' with Sixers' bigs

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers on Friday unveiled their brand new, state-of-the-art practice facility in Camden, New Jersey (see story).

Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo, while speaking to media members at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, touched on a variety of topics. That included the team's surplus of big men, an issue that has been years in the making.  

One of the major questions surrounding the Sixers this offseason is how the team plans to utilize all three of its talented young big men in Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid. With Embiid finally healthy and on track to play this season, the Sixers have some tough decisions when it comes to balancing playing time as well as maximizing each player's potential.  

There have been rumors throughout the summer that Colangelo has been actively trying to shop either Noel or Okafor because of his discomfort with having three big men on the roster. His comments on Friday cleared up the situation. 

"We're excited for the season. We’re excited to have three, talented young players that can play that position," Colangelo said. "I said something this summer that was somewhat tongue and cheek that was taken so seriously and everybody hung on that one word that I would be uncomfortable going into the season or absolutely uncomfortable, it was literally overstated so many different times. It was never a period of discomfort, in fact, it's actually comfortable knowing we have that much talent there.

"The discomfort comes in trying to manage and maintain the happiness of three talented young players and that’s something that I think will work itself out."

This offseason has been one of transition for the Sixers. The days of "The Process" are long gone, and the Sixers seem poised to finally become a competitive franchise again after years of tanking.

During their summer overhaul, the Sixers brought in nine new players in hopes of forming a roster that features actual NBA-caliber players that could compete on a nightly basis. 

The team now not only features a surplus of bigs, but for the first time in a long time, a healthy balance of talent at each position. 

"The availability of those players is going to be an experiment all season long, not just with the bigs but with this entire team," Colangelo said. "We’ve got a good mix of talent and there's going to be a lot of competition at every position."

Colagelo expressed that under the former regime ran by Sam Hinkie, the Sixers lacked any sort of competitive drive and identity, something that he emphasized greatly when first put in charge. 

"We really have brought some things to this team that I think was sorely lacking," Colangelo said. "One was veteran leadership, whether it's Gerald Henderson, Jerryd Bayless or bringing Elton Brand back. Playmaking ability between Jerryd Bayless, Sergio Rodriquez, Dario Saric coming into the mix, Ben Simmons — these are playmakers as much as they are good basketball players and scorers.

"So we’ve got a good mix of talent, but what we actually have will play itself out on the court in the coming months."