Why 76ers Fans Should Keep Their Hands off the Panic Button

by Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

We are currently 12 games into this NBA season and the Philadelphia 76ers are sitting with a 7-5 record. Although this is not the ideal start that everyone was hoping for, there is still no reason to be running to hit the panic button this early in the regular season.

The NBA regular season is a marathon, not a sprint, which is why having a nail-biter against the Cavaliers and a road loss to the Magic in mid-November is not a cause for concern for the new-look Sixers. Getting ready for the playoffs is the main focus of this team, even if it means sacrificing regular-season games they should probably be able to win.

Another reason why it is way too early to panic is this team went through a drastic makeover, which meant that the opening stretch of this season was going to be an experiment trying to figure out how to mesh all of this talent together. Rome was not built in a day, and neither will the Sixers’ potential empire.

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Depth Seems to No Longer be an Issue for 76ers This Season

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The headline for the Philadelphia 76ers heading into the 2019-20 season was their starting lineup and how it could be one of the best in the NBA. With all of the hype that came with adding guys like Josh Richardson and Al Horford over the summer, some of the team's moves went under the radar. Due to the multiple moves that general manager Elton Brand made over the summer, not only do the 76ers have one of the best starting lineups in the league, they have also become one of the deeper teams. 

Lack of depth on the bench was always something which hurt the 76ers in years past. Having a weaker bench was something which cost Philadelphia at times throughout the playoffs, when the team faced the Brooklyn Nets and the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors. So far this season it seems that the problem of depth has been solved as the 76ers' second unit has shown a lot of promise early this season. 

The front office did a great job over the summer of bringing in the right group of veterans to pair with the stars in the starting lineup. Guys like Kyle O’Quinn, Raul Neto, and Trey Burke have all been around the league and know how to fall in line with their role. Each of those players also bring a veteran presence to an otherwise younger bench unit. Finding upgrades at both the backup point guard and center positions was an important task for Brand this past offseason, and those three players have shown to be serviceable when needed.

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Are the 76ers Finally Receiving the Version of Furkan Korkmaz They Have Been Waiting For?

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Through the opening eight games this season, there are a good amount of takeaways for this new look Philadelphia 76ers team. One takeaway nobody expected was the play of Furkan Korkmaz, who looks like he is ready to be a part of an NBA rotation on a nightly basis. 

After an impressive run this summer for the Turkish national team in the World Cup, Korkmaz looks like he has come into this season with newfound confidence. In his third season, he is posting career highs in both scoring and shooting. Three-point shooting has been looked at as a weak point for this team, but Korkmaz has been playing like he can be the floor spacer that the Sixers will need moving forward. 

So far this season, Korkmaz is averaging 8.9 points per game on 46.0% shooting from the floor and 47.1% from deep. He has scored in double figures in four of the team’s first eight games. He scored a career-high 20 points in Philadelphia's 114-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

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76ers Stand Tall in Battle of Undefeated Teams, Defeat Atlanta Hawks 105-103

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Monday night featured a battle between the only two undefeated teams in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks. The 76ers traveled to Atlanta and came out on top in a gritty contest, 105-103, to move to 3-0 on the season. 

It was all Atlanta to start off the game as the home team came out on fire from three-point range. The Hawks would put go on to outscore the Sixers 40-31 in the first quarter. However, the Hawks' offense would cool off and the Sixers jumped on the opportunity to get back in the game. They were down 65-63 heading into halftime.

The second half went back and forth, with Philadelphia pulling out the victory in the final minute of the game. Here are our observations from the Sixers' victory in Atlanta.

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Sec247Pod 58: Debacle in Dallas & Sixers Roundtable

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On the Show

  • Lipinski & Watkins talk Flyers fans off the ledge
  • Kevin & Ryan join the #2Mikes to discuss the new Phillies manager
  • It's going to be Joe Girardi unless its not
  • What went wrong for the Eagles in Dallas
  • Sixers Roundtable
  • Big year for Ben
  • Shutdown defense
  • Who needs to step up
  • Predictions

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76ers Fall Flat to End Preseason, Lose to Wizards 112-93

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

76ers fans all across the nation had their hopes and dreams of an undefeated preseason dashed on Friday night when they lost their preseason finale, 112-93, to the Washington Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center. 

The Philadelphia 76ers found themselves without the services of All-Star point guard Ben Simmons (lower back tightness) for the second straight game. The team exercised caution with Simmons, who, as multiple reports indicated, would have been on the court if it were a regular season game. Philadelphia went through multiple cold spells and committed 21 turnovers, both of which could have been avoided if Simmons were on the court. 

Philadelphia had a good preseason overall, finishing with a 4-1 record. Now the focus shifts to the regular season, where they look to be one of the teams in the mix to contend for a NBA championship this season. 

76ers' lack of outside shooting comes back to haunt them

The 3-point shot told the story in the loss to the Wizards. Washington was able to use good outside shooting to open up a sizable lead through the second and third quarters. Due mainly to their hot shooting, Washington outscored the Sixers 67-35 through both the second and third quarters. The Wizards shot 16-of-37 (43.2%) from beyond the arc, led by Jordan McRae's 17 points and perfect 3-point shooting. Meanwhile, the 76ers continued their preseason-long trend of poor shooting from beyond the arc. Philadelphia shot a lackluster 25.9% from 3-point range against Washington. Lack of outside shooting was looked at as a potential weakness of this team, and it was in full effect tonight. 

76ers can find success this season using a bully ball mentality

One of the lone bright spots for the 76ers on Friday night was their ability to put their size advantage to good use. From the opening tip to the final whistle, Philadelphia would control the boards on both ends of the court. Offensive rebounding was a focal point for the Sixers tonight, leading to 14 offensive rebounds. Attacking the offensive glass and creating extra possessions is something the 76ers will attempt to capitalize on every night. 

The 76ers' size advantage (their smallest starter is the 6-foot-5 Josh Richardson) is something they will have to take advantage of throughout this season, especially if they are not shooting a high percentage from 3-point range. 

Shake Milton leaves the door open for earning a spot in the 76ers' rotation

Shake Milton was one of only three players who scored in double figures against Washington. He finished with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting in 22 minutes off the bench. At the beginning of the preseason, it did not look like there was a spot in the rotation for Milton. However, he has showcased his scoring abilities and as a result has potentially earned himself a role to start the season. 

Joel Embiid's efficient shooting 

Joel Embiid played only 23 minutes in the preseason finale, but he was very efficient on the offensive end en route to having one of his best games of this preseason. He finished with 17 points on an efficient 6-of-8 shooting from the field. 

Important stats and extra things 

    • Tobias Harris closed out the preseason with another solid performance, finishing with 13 points and nine rebounds.
    • Furkan Korkmaz failed to take advantage of the golden opportunity which was presented to him against Washington. With Simmons not playing, a spot in the starting lineup opened up and head coach Brett Brown chose to insert Korkmaz in at shooting guard. In 21 minutes, Korkmaz totaled only five points on 2-of-9 shooting from the field and 1-of-3 shooting from 3-point range. 
    • Matisse Thybulle continued to play active defense, picking up a steal and a block in his 18 minutes on the court.
    • According to the Inquirer's Keith Pompey, the 76ers have informed Isaiah Miles, Christ Koumadje and Haywood Highsmith that they will be waived. 

Up next

The 76ers will be back in action when they kick off their regular season with a nationally-televised matchup against the rival Boston Celtics on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center. 


Josh Richardson Proving to be Perfect Fit for 76ers this Season

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Things took a bad turn this summer when the Philadelphia 76ers traded Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat. The lineup last season with Butler was one of the most talented in the NBA, but a lack of continuity doomed them in the playoffs. In the deal that sent Butler to Miami, the 76ers received the perennially underrated swingman Josh Richardson

It did not take long for Richardson to find his role in Philadelphia. His play in both training camp and the preseason has shown that he can be the perfect player to round out Philadelphia's potent starting lineup. Boasting an all-around offensive game (career averages of 12.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists per game with a 42.5/36.8/82.1 percent slash line) to go with his dominant defensive abilities, he is the perfect glue guy for the 76ers.

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Embiid Dominates in Limited Action in 76ers' Preseason Win over the Detroit Pistons

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Staff Writer

The Philadelphia 76ers played in their second to last preseason game on Tuesday night, defeating the Detroit Pistons, 106-86, at the Wells Fargo Center. Although the 76ers were without the services of Ben Simmons, Al Horford, and James Ennis III, they were still able to walk away with a convincing win against Detroit.

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Takeaways from 76ers Training Camp and Blue x White Scrimmage

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By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The Philadelphia 76ers concluded training camp with their annual Blue x White Scrimmage on Saturday afternoon at the 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington, Delaware. The team will kick off its preseason on Tuesday when they host the Guangzhou Loong Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. Now that training camp has officially concluded, it is time to discuss some of the major takeaways from training camp and Saturday’s scrimmage.

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Sixerdelphia Roundtable: Five Questions for the Upcoming 76ers Season

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With only 21 days until the Philadelphia 76ers' regular season begins, Sixerdelphia managing editor Matt Gregan and staff writers Kevin McCormick, Scott Cashin and Bill Gorman take a stab at answering five questions regarding the upcoming season.

 

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