Wing players take stage in Sixers' latest workout

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Wing players take stage in Sixers' latest workout

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Posted: 7:30 p.m.

By Brian Kotloff
For CSNPhilly.com

In a sight not seen during the Sixers first pair of pre-draft workouts at PCOM, players that operate mainly outside of the low post were on display Wednesday.

Five good, old-fashioned wing players squared off in the second of two group workouts, serving as a reminder that selecting a big man with the 16th pick of the June 23 draft is no guarantee.

I dont know if I agree that were just strictly looking big, director of player personnel Courtney Witte said. Because honestly I dont think we are. Were looking for the best player.

They may find that player in the talented crop of athletes that went head-to-head for over an hour before breaking for 15-minute individual interviews. Most notable among them were potential lottery picks Jordan Hamilton of Texas and Chris Singleton of Florida State, who faced projected first-rounder Josh Selby (Kansas) and second-rounders Scotty Hopson (Tennessee) and Malcolm Lee (UCLA).

If the Sixers stay the course, its unlikely that the team would need to pick a wing in the first round. But needs can change dramatically leading up to the draft, as major trades like the potential deal of Andre Iguodala for Monta Ellis are discussed.

Thats where small forwards like Hamilton and Singleton could come into play. Both blend athletic ability with other elite skills and both, ironically, happen to have great size on the wing at over 6-8.

The 6-foot-9 Singleton may be the best defender in the draft, and his versatility on that end of the floor would certainly be appealing should Iguodala be traded. A freakish athlete with a 7-1 wingspan and 37.5-inch vertical, the Georgia native anchored the top defense in the nation (by defensive efficiency) on a Sweet 16 team last season.

That comes from hating to lose, he said of his defensive mentality. I just take everything to heart. If a person scores on me, thats me losing. Thats personal.

Singleton said he believes his defense set him apart from the other four on Wednesday, but he also proved himself a capable shooter with NBA range.

They didnt know I could shoot as well as I have been, he said. Ive been working on that, just to show everyone that I can be a consistent shooter.

Witte came away impressed.

Hes always been an above-average shooter off the catch-and-shoot," said Witte, who called Singleton extremely hard-nosed and extremely humble. "I think today we commented on it he showed more of an ability to take people off the dribble and to shoot off the dribble, off the move. Because hes been primarily either a transition player to finish or a catch-and-shoot trailer.

Shooting has never been a question for Hamilton, who possesses a silky smooth jumper rarely found in Philly in recent years. The 6-8 swingman sank 90 three-pointers on his way to averaging 18.6 points per game to go along with a stout 7.7 rebounds during his sophomore season at Texas. Wednesday, he was out to showcase his full offensive arsenal.

Most of the teams look at me as a jump shooter. I want to show teams Im explosive and I can dribble the ball on the wing and post up smaller guys, Hamilton said.

While both Hamilton and Singleton are intriguing prospects, the problem for the Sixers is that both could be gone by the time they step to the podium in New York.

Both said theyd been invited to the green room, usually reserved for lottery picks. Wednesday marked the seventh workout for Hamilton, who was headed to yet another in Phoenix (the Suns hold the 13th pick). Singleton reportedly impressed the Warriors, who pick at No. 11, last week.

As for the three less-heralded prospects they went up against, Hopson in particular would fit well in the second round at No. 50. The 6-7 Tennessee product possesses a scoring ability similar to Hamiltons, but lacks polish in the rest of his game.

Though Selbys stock is reportedly on the rise, the Sixers probably wont have much interest in a 6-3, score-first combo guard comparable to Lou Williams and Ellis. Lee while a former teammate of point guard Jrue Holiday at UCLA is projected to fall somewhere between the end of the first round and the beginning of the second.

Of course, as Singleton astutely pointed out, Theres a lot of things that can happen within the next couple weeks.

Theres so many things that teams can do, he said.

The Sixers next workout will be held Wednesday, June 15 at PCOM. Prospects attending have not yet been announced.

E-mail Brian Kotloff at bkotloff22@gmail.com

Report: P.J. Carlesimo won't join Sixers' coaching staff

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Report: P.J. Carlesimo won't join Sixers' coaching staff

It doesn't sound like the Sixers' replacement for Mike D'Antoni will be the most rumored name for the position.

NBA coaching veteran P.J. Carlesimo has decided to not join Brett Brown's staff as associate head coach and instead will remain a television analyst, according to tweets Sunday night by ESPN's Mark Stein.

Stein added that despite "strong mutual interest," Carlesimo made the decision for family reasons.

The 67-year-old Carlesimo has spent parts of nine seasons as a head coach in the league and five more as an assistant. He was last on a NBA bench when he took over as the Brooklyn Nets' interim head coach in 2012-13.

So the Sixers still have a vacancy on their bench after D'Antoni, who joined the Sixers in the middle of last season after Jerry Colangelo joined the organization, signed on to become head coach of the Houston Rockets last week. Who the team's next choice for the role is remains to be seen.

NBA Notes: Grizzlies hire Heat assistant David Fizdale as head coach

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NBA Notes: Grizzlies hire Heat assistant David Fizdale as head coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Grizzlies have hired David Fizdale as their new coach and will introduce him in Memphis at a news conference Tuesday.

Memphis announced the move Sunday. The hiring was first reported Thursday by The Associated Press and others. The Grizzlies did not disclose terms, but Yahoo! Sports reported Fizdale agreed to a four-year contract.

General manager Chris Wallace said in a statement that the Grizzlies are confident Fizdale is the right person to help Memphis build on its success.

Fizdale has spent the past eight years with the Miami Heat, the past two as assistant head coach to Erik Spoelstra.

The new Grizzlies coach says he feels fortunate to have worked with some of the NBA's greatest coaches and players and believes he's ready for the challenge of being a head coach (see full story).

Antetokounmpo brothers combine for 133 points in charity game vs. Porzingis
ATHENS, Greece -- NBA stars Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks battled it out in Athens in a game of streetball Sunday, watched by a crowd of 5,000.

Played in an open court in Greece's largest public high school, the "Antetokounbros Streetball Event" ended 123-123. No overtime was played.

Porzingis scored 21 points but was overshadowed by team member Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis' older brother, who scored 69. The two had played for a few games together last season, when Thanasis was signed by the Knicks on a 10-day contract. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the other team with 64 points. The other players were a mixture of veteran pros and amateurs.

On Saturday, Porzingis and the Antetonkoumpo brothers were given a private tour of the Acropolis Museum (see full story).  

Sixers to host 6 more prospects for pre-draft workouts Monday

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Sixers to host 6 more prospects for pre-draft workouts Monday

After attending private, agency-run pre-draft workouts, the Sixers will host six players Monday at their practice facility for more workouts.

Joel Bolomboy, James Webb III, Tim Quarterman, Brannen Greene, Danuel House and Isaiah Taylor are all members of the third group of prospects to participate in team-run workouts in Philadelphia.

Bolomboy, a power forward, averaged 17.1 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks his senior season at Weber State.

Quarterman entered the draft following his junior year at LSU, where he played with Ben Simmons. The point guard averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game last year in Baton Rouge.

Webb, a forward, left Boise State following his sophomore year. He averaged 15.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals last season.

Greene declared for the draft after his junior year at Kansas. The guard averaged 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 49.2 percent from three last season for the Jayhawks.

House, a guard, transferred from the University of Houston to play his junior and senior seasons at Texas A&M. He posted 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season.

After three seasons at Texas, Taylor, a point guard, declared for the draft. He averaged 15.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists this past season while helping the Longhorns reach the NCAA Tournament.

The Sixers hold the first, 24th and 26th picks in the draft, which takes place on June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.