I approached ESPN's list of the Top 25 Players Under 25
the same way I'll be approaching the roll-out of the All-Star reserves
later this week: Bracing myself for self-righteous outrage. I figured no
way would Jrue Holiday be ranked high enough for my liking, the rest of
the NBA world being continually prejudiced against him for his team's
lack of success and/or his underwhelming peripheral advanced stats. I
just hoped he managed to crack the Top 25.
Turns out, I needn't
have been so concerned. Kevin Pelton and David Thorpe not only found
room for The Damaja on their list, they put him in the dang ol' top
half—#12, to be exact, higher than such NBA blue-chippers as Anthony
Davis and Greg Monroe. "A borderline All-Star already, Holiday's game
truly will explode when
he's surrounded by better talent, as he has the hoops IQ to make
everyone better," predicts Thorpe. "Based on this season's leap forward,
Holiday's upside is immense," agrees Pelton, also pointing out that of
the 11 plays ranked higher than Jrue on the list, only Kyrie Irving is
What's more, he's not the only Liberty Baller on the
list. It didn't even occur to me to check for Thaddeus Young—not only do
I tend to take him for granted, but he's been on the Sixers for so damn
long (this is his sixth season) that I wouldn't have even thought of
him as still being under 25. (Indeed, he won't be able to legally rent a
car until June 21st.) "Young is a dynamic athlete who knows his limits
-- a rare thing in
today's game," writes Thorpe. "Young can have a big impact on an offense
almost always makes the right decision with the ball or his own
movements. Thus, he is a perfect on-court teammate."
really think of the Sixers as a team perceived as being loaded with
young talent, so to see two of our guys on this list—and neither of them
are the guy who we took with the #2 pick in the draft just three
summers ago, or the guy we might be giving $100 million to in the
off-season—it's a nice little pick-me-up about the Sixers' future
prospects. Even though that loss last night was still pretty rough.
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The improvements have been obvious for the 76ers this season. Just months removed from a franchise-worst 10-72 record, the Sixers have begun to see return on their rebuild with rookie Joel Embiid leading the charge.
December will be a big month for the team as it looks to rise in the Eastern Conference. Attending an upcoming game won’t come attached with big ticket prices, either. With several marquee opponents headed to Wells Fargo Center over the next four weeks, including the Lakers, Celtics and Raptors, fans can find relatively inexpensive ticket prices on the resale market all month long.
On TicketIQ, a ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the resale market, the average resale price for 76ers tickets in December is just $58. That makes December among the cheapest months to see the Sixers this season.
With the Lakers in town for a December 16 game, it will be the only 76ers home game this month that commands an average resale price above $100
. On TicketIQ, 76ers vs Lakers tickets own a $112 average and the most inexpensive are listed from $27 each. It will be the Lakers’ sole visit to Philadelphia this season.
The Celtics will be the Sixers’ second most expensive opponent this month, but their December 3 visit is currently averaging nearly half the price the Lakers are seeing when they’re in town two weeks later. As it stands now the average resale price for tickets against the Celtics is $69 with a get-in price of $13.
The Nets, Pelicans and Raptors are all generating similar demand for their respective stops in Philadelphia later this month. With all three teams visiting over a six-day period between December 14 and 20, no game will average over $55 on the secondary market. Tickets start from as low as $7 each to when Anthony Davis and the Pelicans come to town on the 20th.
For those fans with interest in attending the most inexpensive games at Wells Fargo Center this month, the struggling Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets will serve as the most affordable opponents to see in action in December. The Magic play the Sixers on Friday night, where last-minute 76ers vs. Magic tickets are averaging $43. Their next home game against the Nuggets have an average resale price of just $35.