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Grantland.com makes the case for Nerlens Noel winning Rookie of the Year
If you have watched the Sixers at all the season, especially since the All-Star break (and you can be forgiven if you haven’t) you have no doubt noticed the play of Nerlens Noel. Since the break and the trade of Michael Carter-Williams, Noel has really stepped up his game in every way, but his play on defense has reached a whole new level.
Over the last eight games, The Eraser has recorded five double-doubles, averaged 11.8 points and 12.5 rebounds and has brought down 10 or more rebounds in seven of those eight games. His free throw shooting has even improved and he has taken a clear leadership role on a roster that has been without one since the departure of MCW. And now everyone else is starting to notice.
On Thursday, Ben Detrick wrote an article for Grantland.com called “Nerlens Noel: The Other Rookie of the Year” where he lays out the case for Noel to win the award over favorite Andrew Wiggins. It’s a great piece that reflects what everyone in Philadelphia already knew: Noel can play and opponants should try to score on him at their own peril, as the Chicago Bulls Tony Snell learned the hard way.
Sixers troll George Karl on Snapchat
Back when George Karl was working for ESPN, he had some rather strong words about what the Sixers were doing and the Hinkie Plan. Via Hoop76.com
“I think this roster has such a low level of talent they’ll be hard-pressed to win an NBA game. To put this team through another season of turmoil will be devastating. What is being built in Philadelphia is not the development of young players, but instead a culture of losing.”
Many fans and people within the Sixers organization were none to happy with what Karl said, especially the “culture of losing” comment.
Fast forward to Friday night, when the Sixers played the Sacramento Kings, now coached by none other than George Karl. So when the team overcame an 18-point deficit to beat the Kings 114-107, you can forgive the Sixers’ social media people for having a bit of fun at Karl’s expense on Snapchat.
Culture of losing my ass.
The Crossover 18 years later
Last Thursday was the anniversary of one of a seminal moments in Sixers history: when Allen Iverson crossed over Michael Jordan.
The impact of this event on basketball and Iverson’s legacy cannot be understated. It was huge, plain and simple. It was the moment when Iverson announced to the NBA he had arrived and was not going to be impressed or intimidated by any of the old guard. The fact Iverson was a rookie at the time was just the icing on the cake.
The Crossover was the first event in what would become an incredibly important NBA career that would reach well beyond just the basketball court. And it all started 18 years ago in South Philly.
On that note, I leave you, as always, with the amazing Sixers Dancers.
See you next Sunday.