76ers acquire Bogans in trade with Cavaliers (Yahoo Sports)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers acquired guard Keith Bogans and a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday in exchange for their 2015 second-round pick.

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Keith Bogans to 76ers: Latest Trade Details, Comments and Reaction

Hopefully Keith Bogans didn’t put down any money on a house in Cleveland because two days after the Cavaliers acquired him in a deal with the Boston Celtics, he has reportedly been traded again. 

According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, Bogans will move from the Cavaliers to the Philadelphia 76ers for a future second-round draft pick:

Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal adds more:

It’s also possible that Bogans knew another deal was coming due to the parameters of his contract. After he was originally traded to the Cavaliers, Chris Bernucca of Sheridan Hoops noted the veteran’s contract made him one of the most appealing commodities in basketball:

Last summer, Bogans received one of the best “golden envelopes” ever doled out, a three-year, $16 million deal to make the salary cap math work in the huge trade between the Celtics and Brooklyn Nets involving Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce.

Only the first year was guaranteed. That was last season, during which Bogans played just 55 minutes and none after Jan. 7. A week later, GM Danny Ainge asked him to leave the team, which was rebuilding and had no way to meet his request for playing time.

Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders provides some insight into the trade:

In this respect, Bogans is a perfect fit for whatever Philadelphia’s strategy is. 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie has been building a roster filled with future assets, including last year’s first-round pick Nerlens Noel and 2014 first-round pick Joel Embiid, but a lot of uncertainty right now. 

The Cavaliers will take their trade exception, which will be $5.3 million per Stein’s report, and fill out their roster if they choose to do so. They are in an excellent position either way, so Bogans always felt like an expendable piece. 

Bogans’ contract gives the 76ers an opportunity to have salary cap space in the future, but again you wonder what this means for the team’s short-term outlook. At least he gives them a veteran presence has been able to start or come off the bench throughout his career. 

With the 76ers trying to integrate so many young players into their rotation, Bogans can serve as a mentor and teacher to help out head coach Brett Brown. It also gives the 34-year-old an opportunity to play more than he would have on a loaded Cleveland roster. 

 

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76ers G Carter-Williams unsure of return (Yahoo Sports)

ORLANDO, FL - JULY 11: Michael Carter-Williams #1 of the Philadelphia 76ers sits on the sideline during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies during the Samsung NBA Summer League 2014 on July 11, 2014 at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams is unsure when he’ll return to play following offseason shoulder surgery.


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Complete Predictions for Nerlens Noel’s Role, Statistics with Philadelphia 76ers

Now that Nerlens Noel is back at full strength, the Philadelphia 76ers‘ rebuild is officially ready to get underway. 

Although a couple of key pieces won’t be joining the fray this season, Noel will attempt to validate his status as a franchise building block when the 2014-15 season tips off.  

And with 6-1 Rookie of the Year odds, per Odds Shark, there’s no shortage of hype surrounding Noel’s highly anticipated debut. 

However, we need to maintain perspective. Noel is still just 20 years old, and his offensive repertoire is undergoing major reconstruction. 

That said, Noel’s defensive impact alone should keep him active in a Rookie of the Year race that’s expected to be dominated by Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. 

So as training camp approaches, we’re here to provide realistic expectations and a complete slate of projections for Noel’s inaugural campaign. 

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Which Philadelphia 76ers Player Will Make Biggest Leap in 2014-15?

The only way for the Philadelphia 76ers to have any chance of improving on last year’s brutal 19-63 effort is for certain players to improve in ways that many wouldn’t expect them to.

Deciding who will make the biggest leap is difficult.

The first name to come to mind is clearly Nerlens Noel. He didn’t play in one game during the 2013-14 season after recovering from a torn ACL, and he can’t go anywhere but up at this point.

That being the case, it’s unfair to say that Noel would be making a leap by having a really strong year. Sure, he’d literally be leaping for the first time in over a year, but we don’t have any NBA numbers to base his improvement off of.

There’s nothing suggesting that Noel will end up having anything less than a great rookie campaign, but it’s only right to give the preseason’s biggest leap award to someone who logged minutes last year.

A number of Sixers come to mind. Everyone from Tony Wroten to Henry Sims and even Michael Carter-Williams could end up being the right answer.

Still, though, there’s an underdog who’s going to get the nod based off his fit in the system and recent play.

That man is Casper “the Friendly Ghost” Ware.

Let’s take a look at why he’ll be the guy to elevate his career, as well as provide consistent backup play for Philadelphia.

 

Talent and Ability

Ware ended his 2013-14 season with the Sixers as an average role-player, but it’s clear he’s done nothing but improve over the offseason.

Nothing proved it more than Summer League basketball.

If we take away Ware’s two Las Vegas Summer League games—in which he saw sporadic playing time—and only look at what he did in the Orlando Summer League’s six games, then we can really see his effectiveness.

He averaged 18.5 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 29.8 minutes per game while leading the Sixers to the Orlando championship. On top of his hard numbers, Ware also shot 90.9 percent from the charity stripe to go along with 45.5 percent from the three-point line.

Take 9.8 of his minutes away, and it’s easy to see him still putting up double-digit points and a healthy amount of assists and rebounds. Combine those numbers with his defensive ability and everything begins to add up.

He might only stand at 5’10″, but there’s no denying how talented Ware really is. If he’s able to maintain his level of play, then he has the chance to help the second unit in a number of necessary ways.

 

Workload

Ware has a real opportunity to average around 20 minutes if he’s able to win the backup point-guard job over Alexey Shved.

Shved came over to Philly from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Thaddeus Young deal and brings a unique style of play. He’s a high-energy, athletic guard with a knack for scoring. He might not be much of a defender, but his 6’6″ size makes him a matchup nightmare for smaller guards—especially those at the point.

Ware’s key advantage over Shved comes at the defensive end of the floor. Few players can guard the ball for the full length of the court like Ware can—similar to the Houston RocketsPatrick Beverley—and it brings a completely different dynamic to the game. Being able to pick the ball up at the other end of the court drastically slows the opposing team’s offense down and forces them to play at your pace.

It’s a huge advantage in the NBA, in which there’s an eight-second violation and 24-second shot clock. If it takes five-to-seven seconds to cross half-court, then the amount of time to get into the offense is dramatically reduced. Add in the occasional forced and unforced turnover here and there, and you really start to see how big of a difference someone like Ware can make.

Very few teams have a workhorse coming off the bench with the ability to defend the full 94-feet. Shved will get time simply because of his size and offensive game, but it would be surprising to see head coach Brett Brown favor those traits over the defensive ones Ware possesses.

 

Heart and Work Ethic

Watch the Sixers warm-up for a game—something about Ware immediately sticks out.

How little he is.

Ware doesn’t look like he belongs in a game full of giants, yet there he is—getting the job done time and time again.

Sheer determination and effort are the only ways for him to be able to compete at such a high level. CSNPhilly.com’s John Finger interviewed Ware and Summer League head coach Lloyd Pierce about what the young point guard brings to the floor. Here’s what Ware said:

It’s been important just to get some of that NBA experience and to work on my game. Plus, it helps you develop your game and get to know the coaches on a personal level.

I have to show that I can contribute to the team, shoot and be a pest on defense—be the energy guy coming off the bench.

Coach Pierce echoed Ware’s thoughts, and provided some insight as to what his experience means for others around him:

As a coach in summer league, the one thing you want is a point guard who knows your offense. For him to be here for three or four months, he’s helped me out and he’s going to help the rest of the players that are coming into the gym for the first time to get organized. He’s been great. He’s made shots, he’s in great shape and he knows our sets.

He’s going to work and be a better shooter and to give us a spark as a point guard backing up Michael [Carter-Williams]. He’s going to work to be able to guard other point guards in the league, especially second-team point guards.

Ware only played in nine games last year, averaging 5.3 points, 1.1 assists, 1.0 rebounds and 0.9 steals. An inconsistent workload and only 12.9 minutes never truly gave him the chance to shine among a squad full of young talent.

It seems clear that he has done enough over the offseason to distance himself and be looked upon as a reliable player off the bench.

A role like that will do wonders for both Ware and the Sixers moving forward.

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Breaking Down Philadelphia 76ers’ Shooting Guard Position for 2014-15 Season

After a 19-63 season, it’s hard to say the shooting guard position was anything but a complete and utter failure for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Gone are the two men who played the majority of the minutes at the 2 last year—James Anderson and Evan Turner. 

The 25-year-old Anderson—the 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year and former All-American—signed a one-year deal over the summer with Lithuanian League champion Zalgiris Kaunas after being waived by the 76ers in June. He had his best year as a pro in Philly, averaging over 10 points a game in 62 starts.  

Turner, the much maligned 2010 No. 2 pick, never lived up to his lofty draft status. At the trade deadline’s 11th hour back in February, Turner and forward Lavoy Allen were dealt to the Indiana Pacers for Danny Granger and a second-round pick. He signed with the Boston Celtics in July. 

With Turner never fulfilling his promise as a potential franchise cornerstone, the shooting guard position is one in which there is no discernible direction, let alone a future franchise player. Anderson was nothing more than a temporary fill-in, a journeyman holding a spot for someone who’s a more permanent fit. 

For a team whose history boasts the likes of Hal Greer, Andrew Toney and the incomparable Allen Iverson as notable names from backcourt’s past, who will be next in line to stand alongside Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid when the 76ers are ready to take the next step?

 

Influx of New Faces

With all the roster trimming 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie has done in the last 12 months, he focused most of his efforts on improving this once-proud position. 

Philly drafted K.J. McDaniels in the second round of the 2014 NBA draft, and he should be an immediate contributor on the perimeter. 

Alexey Shved was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Luc Mbah a Moute in exchange for Thaddeus Young. 

Second-round pick Jordan McRae would have been in the mix as well had he not signed a deal with Australia’s Melbourne United in August. Veteran Jason Richardson, a reliable three-point shooter who’s had a productive career at the 2, is listed on most depth charts as a small forward—if his balky knees and $6.6 million expiring contract actually see the court this year.

He missed all of last season nursing a knee injury.

The influx of new guards will be a welcome addition to a team lacking any noticeable depth in the backcourt. There are plenty of holes and opportunities for new guys to carve out a place on the team beyond this season. 

 

Looking Ahead

According to both ESPN and Rotoworld, there are four names to keep an eye on as contributors at the 2: Shved, Elliot Williams, McDaniels, and Tony Wroten—the explosive yet inconsistent scorer who logged the most minutes there out of this group last season.

Williams averaged just 17 minutes per game during his 67 appearances last year. He averaged six points and shot just 29 percent from three-point range. 

The remaining three years on Williams’ contract are not guaranteed. He can be waived at any time, but given the team’s thin roster and dearth of talent in the backcourt, he has as good a chance as anyone to make the roster—albeit in a reserve role. 

Out of the top-20 five-man units the 76ers deployed last season, only five had a positive plus-minus during their time on the court. The second-most successful lineup consisted of four players still on the roster (a feat in itself): Carter-Williams, Williams, Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims.

In a minuscule sample size (28.7 minutes) they had a plus-10 rating, per 82games.com. They were also one of only three units to have an effective field-goal percentage over 50. If head coach Brett Brown and Hinkie believe that lineup can improve with increased playing time and continuity, it could bode well for Williams. 

The Russian-born Shved has shown flashes during his nascent NBA career but has lacked the consistency to force his way into significant playing time, even with a franchise like Minnesota which was plagued by injuries. A playmaking 6’6″ guard, he struggled often during his two NBA seasons. He saw a decline in minutes last season, playing just 10 a game, down from 23 the year before.

He shot just 32 percent from the field and 29 percent from beyond the arc. 

Shved is a project for Hinkie and Brown and will have a chance to prove his worth this year before the organization makes a decision on his $4.1 million qualifying offer in 2015. 

This leaves us with the two players who will share the majority of minutes at the 2: Wroten and McDaniels

Wroten started 16 games last season but spent most of the year as the scoring punch off the bench. He’s explosive as a slasher and ball-handler, with per-36 numbers of 19 points, four rebounds and four assists. He lacks a consistent outside shot—just 21 percent from three-point range last year—and is a work in progress on the defensive end, but he has legitimate upside.

He impressed all summer during his run in the Seattle Pro-Am thanks to his ridiculous handle.

Wroten can also log minutes at point guard, which will be needed with Pierre Jackson lost for the season and no reliable depth beyond Carter-Williams and Casper Ware. 

McDaniels is the real intriguing prospect who projects to be a long-term fixture at the position. While at Clemson, he led the entire ACC in blocks and won Defensive Player of the Year. At 6’6″ with a long reach, he looks to be a perfect fit in Brown’s scheme.

He’s a fantastic athlete and should fit in nicely on the defensive end alongside Carter-Williams, Noel and Embiid. The 76ers finished dead last in team defense last year, having given up 109.9 points per game. 

Offensively he runs the floor well and can finish, but his three-point shooting was a pleasant surprise during summer league, shooting over 50 percent from long range. Already a stout defender, if McDaniels can keep his shot consistent, he could step in immediately as an effective 3-and-D player. And since Philly also finished dead last in offensive rating, McDaniels‘ emergence would be huge. 

McDaniels and Wroten, with some seasoning and maturity, could become two key players on this team in the not-so-distant future. In the meantime, they’ll share the backcourt load with Carter-Williams through the growing pains of the upcoming season. 

 

Unless otherwise noted, statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference. Contract information courtesy of Sham Sports. Follow Stephen on Twitter for more hoops discussion. 

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George Karl’s Harsh Words on the 76ers

“What is happening in Philadelphia should not be called ‘tanking’; rather, it should be called ‘destruction.’  The Sixers are at least three to five years away from even being a respectful — respectful — NBA roster.  They are worse than they were at the end of last year.  Three of the five starters barely played last season.  I understand building around talent, but people have to understand that sometimes young players just don’t develop.  You put all your eggs in that basket, but if the kids don’t pan out, you’re sunk.”
Those are the words of former NBA coach and current ESPN basketball analyst/expert George Karl put out to the World Wide Web on Tuesday via the ongoing “Front Office” series in ESPN.com’s Insider section.
While I may not agree with everything the former NBA Coach of the Year had to say on the 7-6, the article did have me asking, “What if Karl is right?”

A little setup information is probably necessary here…
Karl’s quotes came from the latest editi

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Watchability: Will 76ers be worst team ever?

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76ers’ Joel Embiid Does ‘Shmoney Dance’ in Streets of Philadelphia

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Joel Embiid is continuing to enjoy himself in his new city.

While on the streets of Philadelphia, Embiid decided to break into the “Shmoney Dance” and post a video of it on Instagram.

Embiid isn’t the first athlete to do the dance, as Denver Broncos tight end Julius Thomas busted the dance out after one of his touchdowns against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night.

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