The Sixers Get Their First Look at Anthony Davis Tonight

The Sixers Get Their First Look at Anthony Davis Tonight

The media hype surrounding Anthony Davis has been relatively quiet since the University of Kentucky big man was selected first overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets. You could probably argue that more people know him better for his unibrow than his actual game.

But that's all beginning to change. The Sixers missed Davis who was out with a concussion when they met the Hornets earlier in the season, but since returning to the lineup he's been quietly turning into an all around talent in the League.

Rob Mahoney, writing for Sports Illustrated, shows how Davis is turning into a star on the court despite the lack of being a go-to scorer (at least currently) on the offensive end. I know a certain contingent of Philly fans who would probably hate him because he isn't putting up 20 points a night. But it's not all about scoring, people.

He works so well off the ball that he's making the entire Hornets offense better, much like Tyson Chandler with the New York Knicks. The article takes a real solid look into what Davis specifically does without the ball in his hands, complete with YouTube examples. It's worth your click.

For many, this notion of a potential superstar without a plainly viable
offensive game creates some basketball dissonance. Davis’ promise as a
defender may be universally accepted and lauded, but the players largely
considered to be the league’s best are far more similar to Lillard than
Davis: smooth with the ball, in charge in crunch time and utterly
unstoppable on offense for particularly dominant stretches. Davis isn’t
and may never be any of those things, and yet it hardly matters. Within
his bizarre offensive game isn’t just the next step in the natural
progression of the big man, but a glimpse at a transcendent specimen
several links ahead in the evolutionary chain. The 6-foot-10 Davis isn’t
merely set to be an all-world defender; he brings a groundbreaking
package of offensive skills and instincts at a time when basketball is
most amenable to his avant-garde game.

With the Sixers defense being one of the most frustrating aspects of this current squad, they could really have their hands full with a team like the Hornets. We'll get to see how they match up with the skillset of Davis this evening.

>>The Fundamentals: Quietly, Anthony Davis exceeding immense expectations [SI]

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

Carson Wentz named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week

As Carson Wentz rolls out of bed, he wins an award. Brushes his teeth, wins an award. Eats breakfast, award.

This time, the Eagles' rookie quarterback has been named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Steelers in a 34-3 Week 3 win.

Against the Steelers, Wentz completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards, two touchdowns and a 125.9 passer rating. He beat out Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott, Browns CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun and teammate Wendell Smallwood.

This is the second time in three weeks that Wentz has been named the NFL Rookie of the Week.

Here are the awards Wentz has won so far this season:

- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 1
- NFC Offensive Player of Week 3
- NFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for September
- NFL Rookie of the Week for Week 3

Wentz won't have any chances to win more awards this weekend as the Eagles are on their bye. They'll play again on Oct. 9 in Detroit.

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Tonight's lineup: Howard batting 5th with Herrera batting 3rd

Ryan Howard is batting fifth to begin his final series with the Phillies.

The 36-year-old first baseman, who has donned red pinstripes for 13 seasons, did not play in Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Braves, but he is expected to start all three games against the Mets this weekend.

The Phillies have a lot of speed at the top of the lineup, even with Roman Quinn likely done for the season. Cesar Hernandez leads off with Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera right behind him. The trio lead the Phillies in steals with a total of 59 this year. Herrera has 25 while Hernandez and Galvis each have 17.

If you're wondering, Howard has not stolen a base this season, but he was caught stealing once. He hasn't stolen a base since June 26, 2011, before his Achilles injury. He only stole more than one base in a season in 2008, when he swiped eight bases.

Cameron Rupp returns to the lineup at catcher. He'll bat right behind Howard, followed by Jimmy Paredes and Aaron Altherr in the corner outfield.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Jimmy Paredes, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Alec Asher, P

And the Mets lineup:
1. Jose Reyes, 3B
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
4. Curtis Granderson, CF
5. Jay Bruce, RF
6. T.J. Rivera, 2B
7. Lucas Duda, 1B
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Robert Gsellman, RHP