Sixers JV Team Smoked By Pistons, Face Chicago in First Round

Sixers JV Team Smoked By Pistons, Face Chicago in First Round

Well, this is about as good as we could have hoped. Actually, maybe it
would have been better if the Sixers had beaten the Pistons tonight
(with the Knicks throttling the awfulness-reeling Bobcats to clinch the
seventh seed anyway), but with the Pistons actually playing their A
squad and the Sixers sitting each of their top five scorers, it probably
wasn't going to happen. Spencer Hawes put up a good fight in the first
half, Evan Turner in the second, but even against a team as crappy as
the Pistons, they were out of their depth, and a historical second
quarter shooting the three for Ben Gordon (7-7 from deep—yes, all in one
quarter) ensured that for the second straight year, the Sixers dropped
their season-closer to Detroit.

And so it is that the 76ers sew up the 8th seed and ensure that they
play the Chicago Bulls, not the Miami Heat, in the first round of the
playoffs, which start for Philly on Saturday. In reality, they probably
don't stand a much better chance against the Bulls than the Heat,
but the Sixers did play the Bulls tough in all three regular-season
matchups this year (even winning one of them!), and with MVP Derrick
Rose's health very much in's enough that we can at least
say "you never know," when in fact with the Heat, we very much would
always know. I'd put their chances of winning this series at around 1 in
15. (Maybe 1 in 20.)

More to come on the team's upcoming playoff chances and what to watch
for and such, but in the meantime, pour one out for Fred Carter, Bill
Bridges, Kevin Lougehry and the rest of the 9-72 '73 Sixers, who have
officially been unseated by the 7-59 Bobcats as the worst team of
all-time. And say what you will about the shortened schedule earning the
Bobcats' record an asterisk—unlike the Nets of two years ago, who lost
their first million games and looked like they might break the '73
Sixers' futility record despite actually having a couple good players on
their team, this team was truly deserving of inheriting Fred, Bill and
Kevin's throne. In the most important game of the team's season, Jamario
Moon and DeSagana Diop played a combined 40-plus minutes. Enough said.

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy announced that the team has added two players to its 2016-17 roster. 

The Owls will announce the two new transfers, junior’s Isaiah Lewis and Steve Leonard, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center at the team’s Cherry and White Night. 

Lewis comes to Temple after playing for Casper College in Wyoming last season, where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Before his stint at Casper College, the 6-4 guard also played at Lee Junior College in Texas, and averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Leonard, a 6-6 guard from Collegeville, Pa., played two seasons at Ursinus College. He averaged 5.6 points over 43 games during his career at Ursinus. 

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

CAMDEN, N.J. — The irony of Nik Stauskas’ reputation as a three-point shooter is that he doesn’t view himself that way.

Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2014 after shooting 44.1 percent from three over two years at Michigan. But that’s not how he envisioned himself being in the pros.

“It’s crazy,” Stauskas said after practice Thursday. “I know I was a great shooter coming out of Michigan, but I don’t consider myself a shooter. I consider myself a gamer. I don’t think I’m an effective NBA player when I just stand and spot up and shoot threes. That’s really not my game.”

Stauskas has struggled to find offensive consistency in the NBA. The third-year two-guard averaged 32.4 percent from long range in his first two seasons. He wasn’t reliable as a knockdown shooter and bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season.

Rather than being a finesse player, Brett Brown encouraged Stauskas to get aggressive. Brown wanted to a see an edge from Stauskas and not hold back at the basket.

Stauskas displayed that side to his game on opening night against the Thunder. In 23 minutes off the bench, he scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a three-point attempt. His 83.3 shooting percentage was a single-game career high.

“He was cocky,” Brown said. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

Stauskas is figuring out his role on the Sixers this season. It is one that can change often given injuries. A key to being successful, whether he is on the perimeter or at the rim, is feeling confident and in a rhythm on the floor.

“I had fun out there,” Stauskas said. “More than anything, I think yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve really enjoyed myself out there and had a smile on my face.”