Lou Williams Ready For Breakout Season?

Lou Williams Ready For Breakout Season?

For the record, Louis is now just Lou.  Get it straight.

Back in the summer, Marc Narducci wrote a blog post titled "Lou is Dominating Vegas."  This caught our eye.  We wrote into Henry Abbott over at TrueHoop who was reporting great stuff straight from the summer league to see if he'd seen much of the diminutive Sixer.  Unfortunately, Henry hadn't seen much of Williams' court time and couldn't pass on any juicy info.

Just days into the preseason, sweet Lou has been getting a bit of attention.  We thought we'd troll the nets to see what was being said about Lou Williams.

Michael at TrueHoop: "Louis Williams can dunk the ball like LeBron James. His dunk at the end
of the game brought four people out of their seat. Considering the
attendance, that's pretty good."

Dime at FoxSports: "Like we said after catching
“Real Training Camp” the other day, the Nets are kinda garbage once you
get past J-Kidd, Vince and RJ. All three of them sat out
last night against Philly — who isn’t even good at full strength. So
the less-than-half-full Wachovia Center was treated to Boki Nachbar and Louis Williams doing a re-enactment of Larry Bird vs. Dominique Wilkins. Nachbar dropped 35 points while Williams went for 33 …"

Kevin at Inqy:
"Williams is only three years removed from a spectacular high school
career. He entered the NBA draft in 2005 after his senior year at South
Gwinnett High in Georgia, where he was named the Naismith Award winner
as the nation's top high school player.  "I'm going into my third year,
and I most definitely want to be on the
court," said Williams, who scored 13 points last night. "I'll play
[center] if I have to."  Cheeks is enjoying the competition between
Williams and Ollie.  "We'll let it play out in the next few games and
practices and see
where it goes," said Cheeks, who had played Ollie and Williams together
for several minutes. "Lou will play more [point] than [shooting guard]."

The way the Sixers will be floating around as the bottom feeders of the East this season, Lou Williams could be one of the more exciting stories to watch.  It's no secret how important Andre Miller is to this team so Williams chance to run the point will surely be limited.  At the same time, Lou can learn from one of the best.

In my opinion, when you're picking late in the second round of the NBA draft, Williams is exactly the kind of guy you take a flier on.  Not only can he light up the scoreboard or throw down a good dunk, but he won't be able to legally throw down a few beers for another week and a half.  He was born in 1986!  Damn, I'm old.

A Process Graceland? Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is up for sale

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A Process Graceland? Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is up for sale

Sam Hinkie's Philly area home is now up for sale for a whopping $3.1 million, according to Realtor.com.

This is the perfect opportunity for the Hinkie Apostles to purchase the mansion and make their very own Process Graceland. Surely, there has to be a Kickstarter for this already up and running, no?

Here's how the home is Bryn Mawr mansion is described in the listing:

Located on a private cul-de-sac overlooking 25 acres of the Harriton Farm Preservation and built in the 19th century, the home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms spread over three levels of living space.

A stone wall serves as the home’s axis and accommodates three floor-to-ceiling fireplaces. According to the listing agent, the restoration of the property—which included top-of-the-line masonry, stone work, and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades—won the Lower Merion Preservation Award in 2005 .

And you absolutely know Hinkie is going to make out on the deal. He purchased the home in 2014 for a reported $2.66 million and is looking to make a cool half mil off the sale.

Sixers reach respectable spot in ESPN's latest NBA power rankings

Sixers reach respectable spot in ESPN's latest NBA power rankings

Everything seemed status-quo in ESPN’s Marc Stein’s most updated NBA power rankings. As expected the Warriors, Spurs, and Cavaliers occupied the top spots. But when you venture down to number 15, you may gasp. 
  
Yes, the Sixers (15-27) are gracing the middle of the power rankings at number 15. Stein is starting to "trust the process" after the team’s recent 8-2 stint. It isn’t just Joel Embid making headlines with his record-breaking numbers and internet love life, but the team is now getting its due.  
  
“Philly is doing plenty of interesting things,” Stein wrote. “Ersan Ilyasova and Robert Covington have combined to drain 51 threes over the past 10 games. The Sixers, as a team, have moved into the league's top 10 in defensive efficiency.”

Covington and Ilyasova are part of a new-look starting five along with Embiid, and guards T.J. McConnell and Nik Stauskas. McConnell and Stauskas had spent the majority of the season coming off the bench, but Stauskas has started the last 12 and McConnell 10 of the last 11 (McConnell was sidelined for one game with a wrist injury). The Sixers are 7-3 with that starting guard duo.
 
Despite the most recent loss to the Hawks, the Sixers have won four of their last eight victories by one possession. Giving them plenty of momentum to jump up ten spots from the last power ranking. 
 
The Sixers will be at home to play the Clippers this Tuesday night at 7 p.m. They will be without Joel Embid who continues to rest his injured left knee.