Sixers enter All-Star break the world's most intriguing 21-35 team

Sixers enter All-Star break the world's most intriguing 21-35 team

Would've been nice to squeak out that win in Boston last night. As messy as the Philadelphia 76ers have been off the court the past few weeks, they've been veritable poetry in motion on it, and beating the Celtics for the first time in forever would've given 'em four Ws in a row heading into the All-Star break. But the Celtics made big shots (and got some big calls) down the stretch, and that was enough for them to edge out the 116-108 victory. (At least the Kings finally lost again last night, too.)

So the Sixers enter the All-Star break at a confused 21-35, already comfortably the best Sixers team of the Brett Brown era, though almost certainly out of any serious playoff contention. Normally, this would be the time of the year for fans to kick their feet up and see what else is on TV -- but with this Sixers team, even if it was possible to turn away from the Dario and T.J. show, there's still a bevy of critically unresolved issues that need closure before we can even begin to consider checking out. 

Will Jahlil Okafor actually get traded this season? The Sixers have a week, until next Thursday's trade deadline, to figure out just how badly they played themselves in their Jah maneuvering, and whether or not they can still get a half-decent package out of New Orleans (or some other poor saps) in exchange for our supposed blue-chip big. When is Joel Embiid coming back from his bone bruise / meniscus tear / voodoo curse? Brett Brown insisted he was definitely going to come back and play at some point, which is mostly terrifying for the implication that they had at least considered the possibility he wouldn't. Is that Simmons guy coming through? He's got 26 games left to prove the team hasn't been misleading us all along about our No. 1 overall pick. 

Heady times ahead for Sixers fans, and in the meantime we'll get to watch Jah and Dario (but not T.J., because foolishness) at the Rising Stars challenge tomorrow night, with JoJo likely attending but sadly not participating. (Give him a clipboard and a tweed jacket and let him coach the international team, why not?) It's never been both the best of times and worst of times as simultaneously as this for Sixers fans, but the weeks to come may push us even further in the direction of both extremes. In the meantime, definitely remember to look for the blue check on those Twitter accounts.

Trust the … lego? Reddit user reveals Lego version of Joel Embiid

Trust the … lego? Reddit user reveals Lego version of Joel Embiid

He calls himself "The Process."

He is a main piece of The Process.

And now there's a Lego version of The Process' poster child.

Yes -- thanks to Redditor user dweg1999 -- we have a picture of what Joel Embiid would look like if, yes, he was built of Legos.

After sitting out his first two years in the NBA because of injuries, Embiid burst onto the scene and became an instant star for the Sixers. A piece they can build around both on the court and off it. He's charismatic who knows how to use social media.

Embiid is a special blend of greatness on the court and marketable off it. If he can stay healthy -- his season was cut short because of another one and he will be limited again in 2017-18 -- the Sixers have their guy to build around. Add in a Ben Simmons, a more experienced Dario Saric, potentially two more lottery picks -- at least one more -- and next season will be a whole lot of fun.

But for now, as we wait for the May 16 draft lottery, we are stuck checking out Lego versions of Joel Embiid. If only we were that good with Legos ourselves.

Christian McCaffrey reportedly outscores Dalvin Cook on Wonderlic

Christian McCaffrey reportedly outscores Dalvin Cook on Wonderlic

The Wonderlic scores for two running backs who have been linked to the Eagles have surfaced. 

Per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Christian McCaffrey scored a 21 out of 50, and Dalvin Cook scored an 11.

The top score in McGinn’s report was held by Tennessee's Alvin Kamara, who notched a 24. Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon scored a 12 and LSU’s Leonard Fournette shared a score of 11 with Cook.

The average score for a running back, according to renowned football writer Paul Zimmerman, is 16.

The Wonderlic test, a 50-question multiple choice test that measures cognitive ability and problem solving, is given to NFL prospects every year at the combine. Of course, the score doesn't measure how successful a player is on the field. Per Jeff Reynolds of CBS Sports, Jets' QB Ryan Fitzpatrick scored a 48, which is higher than Tom Brady (33), Aaron Rodgers (35) and Hall of Famer Dan Marino (15).

Per Sports Illustrated, Pro Bowler Frank Gore and Adrian Pederson had scores of six and 16, respectively. 

Test scores aside, you’ll have to tune in Thursday at 8 p.m. to see if the Eagles will even draft a running back at 14 overall. Or head down to Philadelphia and see it in person (parking is free).