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The Divison is for the Taking!!

Posted in 76ers with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2011 by derrickmslayton

Since the “Big 3″ formed in 2008, the Boston Celtics have dominated the Atlantic Division. However last season the New York Knicks and the 76ers made significant strides and made the playoffs.

The Boston Celtics are not getting any younger while Rondo continues to improve the Big 3′s talent and health continues to diminish. Last season was a perfect example of that. Kevin Garnett only averaged 14.9 points per game almost five points less than his 19.5 career points per game average. Also he averaged 8.9 rebounds last season which is about two rebounds short of his 10.7 rebounds he has averaged per game throughout his hall of fame career. Furthermore Paul Pierce scored 18.9 points per game which is three points below his career average. Finally Ray Allen (aka Jesus Shuttlesworth) who is still in excellent NBA shape scored only 16.5 points per game last season which is four points below his career average. While it is crucial to note that each player performed better than the last regular season, than they did two seasons ago they failed to make it back to the Finals (unlike in 2009 when they faced the L.A Lakers). Also it is becoming increasingly apparent that they are not only past their prime but also at the end of their careers.

Last off-season the New York Knicks made a huge addition to their lineup by signing Amare Stoudemire one of the league’s best scorers. At first people were skeptical about how well Amare would perform without Steve Nash dropping “dimes” to the big man. However Amare silenced those doubters very quickly by dominating opposing teams’ big men and being the number one scoring option in the world’s most famous arena (Madison Square Garden). In addition to that, just before the trade deadline the Knicks acquired superstar Carmelo Anthony, Thus creating one of the most prominent one-two punch in the entire NBA. The Knicks will definitely be contending for the Atlantic title, having Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire together for an entire season (assuming that there will be an entire season of basketball) will be a nightmare for defenses who are trying to guard these two stars. The only reason why they won’t win the Atlantic Division is if the team’s defense lets them down like it did during the playoffs last year.

The city of brotherly love obviously have young talented players that love the game of basketball. Last season the 76ers made significant strides with new head coach and former 76er guard Doug Collins. The Sixers vastly improved defense and fast break scoring, was the key to the 76ers success last season. Their eventual demise came from youth, inability to close out games, and lack of a number one scoring option. Unlike the Knicks the 76ers have built their team primarily from the draft: Jrue Holiday, Louis Williams, Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, Jodie Meeks and more, as a result creating a good young core of talented players and good chemistry. If those young players can continue to improve and if either Jrue Holiday or Andre Iguodala becomes the much needed number one player; the 76ers will have a very good shot at winning the division.

Hopefully for our sake (76ers fans) the team will work hard during the prolonged off-season, maybe play overseas and then comeback with a good mix of youth and experience. If that happens then the Sixers might win something more valuable than the Atlantic Divsion title.

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Welcome to the Old School:New Background picture

Posted in 76ers with tags , , , , , , on April 2, 2011 by derrickmslayton

After an extremely talented 76ers team failed to win the NBA Finals…again, The 76ers decided to make a huge signing during the offseason of 1982.They traded for Moses Malone, a dominating center that had a career high 31.1 points per game and league leading 14.7 rebounds per game, the year before with the Houston Rockets. He proved to be the missing piece and the 82/83 Sixers will go down as one of the best teams of all time because of that. They had an inside-outside presence with Julius Erving and Moses Malone (who combined for 45.9 ppg). They also had Maurice Cheeks (who is a nominee for the hall of fame), Andrew Toney an excellent jump shooter (19.7ppg) Bobby Jones (All-Defensive-First Team) also Clint Richardson, Clemon Johnson, and Marc Iavaroni who played vital roles off the bench. With this very talented and deep team the 76ers finished with a 65-17 record in the regular season, best in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers owned the playoffs that year they swept the Milwaukee Bucks, defeated the New York Knicks in five games and got their revenge on the Los Angeles Lakers who beat them in the 1980 and 82 NBA Finals. The Sixers swept the Lakers and brought home the NBA Championship to Philly for the second time in team history. The 82/83 team is one of the best teams of all time and is now the new background of my blog site.