2010-11 Season starts tonight! Some notes.
1st game vs the Miami Heat
PG: Jrue Holiday
SG: Andre Iguodala
SF: Jason Kapono
PF: Elton Brand
C: Spencer Hawes
Turner isn't starting for this game. Take that as Collins wanting a shooter on the starting lineup, or Turner simply sucking in the offseason. Probably a bit of both. But if not Turner, I would've started Nocioni ahead of Kapono. Guess he isn't in his rhythm yet after that injury.
I'm thinking it will take some time for Turner to come along, which wasn't the plan -IMO-.
No injuries are reported towards the season opener.
Some notes (taken from the official site):
Oct. 29 vs. Atlanta
Oct. 30 at Indiana
Nov. 2 at Washington
Nov. 3 vs. Indiana
Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland
5/21 – Named Doug Collins head coach.
6/17 – Acquired Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni from Sacramento in exchange for Samuel Dalembert.
6/24 – Drafted Evan Turner with the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.
7/21 – Signed free agent Tony Battie.
8/1 – Named Rod Thorn President.
9/23 – Acquired Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins from New Orleans in exchange for Willie Green and Jason Smith.
9/27 – Signed free agents James Florence, Trent Plaisted and Chris Quinn.
10/8 – Waived James Florence.
10/21 - Waived Chris Quinn and Trent Plaisted.
10/21 - Excercized 3rd and 4th year options on Jrue Holiday and Marresse Speights respectively.
Notes on the roster:
Trent Plaisted and Chris Quinn were out in the final roster cut. Also, Sixers exercised 3rd year option on Jrue Holiday and its 4th year option on Marreese Speights.
Heading into tonight’s season opener vs. Miami, the Sixers will have eight players who will be 24 or younger: Jrue Holiday (20), Evan Turner (22), Spencer Hawes (22), Thaddeus Young (22), Craig Brackins (23), Marreese Speights (23), Jodie Meeks (23) and Lou Williams (24). For the second straight season, Holiday is the youngest Sixer. Of the 14 players with a guaranteed contract, the average age of the Sixers is 25.8. Four Sixers will be 30 or older heading into the season: Andres Nocioni (30), Elton Brand (31), Darius Songaila (32), and Tony Battie (34). At the start of last season, Brand was the only Sixers with more than seven years experience. Heading into this season, Philly has four players with 7+ years experience.
Kapono, who got the starting role (for now), averaged over the final four preseason games 12.3 points on 52.8% shooting after having just 3 points on 1-of-11 shooting the first three games combined. He averaged 10.6 ppg over the final 16 games in 2009-10 after scoring a total of 7 points his previous 14 games played from 12/26/09-3/12/10.
Notes on the preseason:
Elton Brand recorded a double-double in the final preseason game against the Knicks on 10/20. It marked his second game with 10+ boards this preseason. Brand grabbed 10+ rebounds nine times in 2009-10.
Over the final four games, Philly averaged 108.0 points after averaging 83.3 ppg the first three games of the preseason... the Sixers were 18-16 when scoring 100+ points last season and 9-39 when failing to do so... the Sixers had just 65 points vs. Boston on 10/6, the lowest recorded preseason point total in franchise history... overall, Philly averaged 97.4 ppg this preseason.
The Sixers forced 18.4 turnovers per game this preseason... Philly was 11th in the league in forcing turnovers last season (14.5 tpg) after ranking third in 2008-09 (15.6 tpg)... the Sixers averaged 8.71 steals this preseason... Philly has ranked top-five in the league in steals in each of the past two seasons.
Philly had just 18 blocks this preseason (2.57 bpg)... the Sixers ranked ninth in the league with 5.35 bpg in 2009-10, its highest average since 1997-98 (5.98).
Last edited by artificial : 10-27-2010 at 12:03 PM.