Is the Sixers’ long search for a new head coach finished?
No, says new general manager Sam Hinkie.
According to a report in the New York Daily News, the Sixers are set to name Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown as the new head man.
“Not true,” Hinkie said.
Brown spent the last seven seasons as an assistant under Gregg Popovich. Before that, Brown was a player development coach for five years with the Spurs. He has also been linked to the head coaching opening with Boston.
As far as Brown’s imminent hiring in Philadelphia, though, Hinkie says it’s not close to happening.
“There was nothing of that substance that happened tonight,” Hinkie said. “There were a lot of things going on and that was not something that happened in the past few hours.”
Instead, after the draft Hinkie was busy putting together the Sixers’ summer league team, which will be coached by Michael Curry, Aaron McKie and Jeff Capel, holdovers from Doug Collins’ staff.
“We’ll turn the page quite soon,” Hinkie said.
Joel Embiid was a big winner in the 2017 NBPA Players Voice Awards.
He earned honors for Comeback Player of the Year and, in what seemed like a lock all season, Best Social Media Follow.
Embiid made a huge impact in only 31 games after missing his first two seasons because of foot injuries. He averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks, all while being capped on a minutes restrictions and held out of back-to-back games. Embiid was on pace to win Rookie of the Year before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He underwent surgery in March.
His influence was just as big on social media. Embiid became a Twitter star before he even played an NBA game. Now with over 857,000 followers, he has kept fans entertained with everything from his admiration of Rihanna, an All-Star campaign to get a date, and his recent beef with LaVar Ball. Embiid frequently posts videos engaging with fans (who usually are chanting "Trust the Process") and puts a creative spin on his Instagram locations.
Embiid wasn't the only Sixer to win an award. T.J. McConnell earned the well respected "Best Teammate" award, presented to one player from each NBA team. McConnell’s hard-nosed approach and relentless hustle earned him the starting point guard role in late December. The underdog has fought to establish his place in the league for the last two seasons and has made an impression on the Sixers' staff, fan base and his peers while doing so.
NBA players voted on these awards at the end of the regular season. The winners were announced on the NBPA's Twitter Friday morning.
The odds are in for the 2017-18 NBA MVP and a pair of Sixers are in the mix.
Joel Embiid’s odds are 50/1 while Ben Simmons’ are 66/1, according to Bovada.
Russell Westbrook is the frontrunner at 7/2. Kevin Durant (9/2), Kawhi Leonard (13/2), LeBron James (15/2) and James Harden (8/1) round out the top five.
At 50/1, Embiid has the same odds as DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard. Embiid always jokes he wants to be a point guard one day, now he’s in the same company as some of the best in the league in this case.
Embiid’s odds are better than Draymond Green (60/1). Simmons follows behind Green at 66/1, ahead of Gordon Hayward (70/1), Carmelo Anthony (75/1), Jimmy Butler (75/1), and Andrew Wiggins (75/1).
Embiid only has played 31 games and Simmons has not played at all, yet they are right up there with All-Stars and proven players. Here’s the complete list:
Russell Westbrook (OKC) 7/2
Kevin Durant (GS) 9/2
Kawhi Leonard (SAN) 13/2
LeBron James (CLE) 15/2
James Harden (HOU) 8/1
Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL) 17/2
Steph Curry (GS) 11/1
Anthony Davis (NOP) 16/1
Paul George (OKC) 25/1
Chris Paul (HOU) 25/1
Isaiah Thomas (BOS) 25/1
DeMarcus Cousins (NOP) 33/1
Karl-Anthony Towns (MIN) 33/1
John Wall (WAS) 33/1
Blake Griffin (LAC) 40/1
Nikola Jokic (DEN) 40/1
DeMar Derozan (TOR) 50/1
Joel Embiid (PHI) 50/1
Kyrie Irving (CLE) 50/1
Damian Lillard (POR) 50/1
Draymond Green (GS) 60/1
Ben Simmons (PHI) 66/1
Gordon Hayward (BOS) 70/1
Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 75/1
Jimmy Butler (MIN) 75/1
Andrew Wiggins (MIN) 75/1
Kevin Love (CLE) 100/1
Kyle Lowry (TOR) 100/1
Kristaps Porzingis (NYK) 100/1
Marc Gasol (MEM) 150/1
Paul Millsap (DEN) 150/1
Kemba Walker (CHA) 150/1
Bradley Beal (WAS) 200/1
Mike Conley (MEM) 200/1
Dirk Nowitzki (DAL) 250/1
Andre Drummond (DET) 250/1
Dwight Howard (CHA) 250/1
Jeff Teague (MIN) 250/1
Hassan Whiteside (MIA) 250/1