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Sixers Notes: Marshall, Smith, Embiid, Brown

Nobody in Kendall Marshall‘s camp thought he would be ready for opening night, as Sixers GM Sam Hinkie predicted he would be, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, speaking in his latest “The Vertical” podcast (audio link, scroll to six-minute mark). Another team that considered signing Marshall this past summer told the point guard that it didn’t envision him returning to play from his torn ACL before January 1st, so Wojnarowski expressed surprise when Sixers coach and podcast guest Brett Brown said he, like Hinkie, thought Marshall would be ready for the start of the regular season. Marshall made his season debut December 11th after signing a four-year, $8MM contract that represents Philly’s largest free agent contract since Hinkie joined the team. See more on the Sixers from Brown’s conversation with Wojnarowski:

  • Brown believes the arrival via trade of point guard Ish Smith, who’s taken the starting job from Marshall, is directly related to the relative success the club has had since, adding that the unsettled point guard situation prior to that made it tougher to fuse Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel into an effective on-court duo. “I think it caught everybody off-guard to have to figure out that position with some of the young guys and sort of journeymen that we did,” Brown said to Wojnarowski (scroll to five-minute mark). “I think it no doubt hurt us.”
  • Hinkie and Brown were in agreement that it was worth it to draft an already-injured Joel Embiid at No. 3 overall in 2014, Brown told Wojnarowski in remarks that made it clear the coach hasn’t lost faith in the center’s potential. “I feel there is something uniquely special in him,” Brown said (scroll to 55-minute mark). “… I look at him, and I see his size, and I see how he carries himself, and I see [an] amazing competitor in all of it. So we get excited for Joel Embiid, no doubt.”
  • The coach admitted to Wojnarowski that the team’s rebuilding project has persisted longer than he imagined when he first took the job in 2013 (scroll to 12-minute mark) and explained how he ended negotiations with the Sixers for a brief time at that point when the team was hesitant to give him a four-year deal (scroll to 49-minute mark). Brown signed an extension in December that tacks two additional years onto the contract.
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6 thoughts on “Sixers Notes: Marshall, Smith, Embiid, Brown

  1. smittybanton

    Because of the uncertainty surrounding Embiid’s injury history (foot and back), Hinkie intentionally punted on point guard to ensure a chance at Ben Simmons. Simple as that. He lied about thinking Marshall would be ready, because the media was on his ass about being 1-29, and Silver-Colangelo-Harris won’t allow him to publicly admit to tanking anymore.

    • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

      I don’t like what I have seen so far of Ben Simmons.
      To me of the 2 or 3 games that I have watched him, he is a lot of hype and very little substance. For my money and pick, I like Kris Dunn, but I need to see him a bit more, but I like him. Since the Sixers need a PG, I see no shame in drafting him as high as 1,2,or 3. I think he is going to be very good. At least that is how I feel about it.

      • smittybanton

        Can’t pass on Simmons or Ingram b/c we “need” a point guard.

        If Lakers pick vests, Sixers can use that on Kris Dunn. Dunn fits very nicely with Ingram.

        On top of the Lakers pick, the Sixers have OKC and Miami’s pick this year. This draft is weak in big men, but loaded in combo guards–Levert, Valentine, Murray, Hield, Baldwin, Beasley…

        Sixers also have a 12tons of cap space.

        No need to reach. If the Sixers pick comes in at #4, then you consider Dunn.

      • The reason Simmons has looked bad at times is because he is literally the only good player on LSU. While they haven’t said he is the next LeBron, they have compared his overall abilities (decent scorer, although not a great shooter from what I’ve heard, rebounding and passing abilities) to him. I don’t think any team would pass on a guy being compared to LeBron. Put Simmons on a top team like Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, etc, and Simmons would probably be putting up even better numbers.

      • Biggest mistake would be passing on Simmons to reach for any other player. Most of the PGs in the league that rank in the top 30 in PER were found in the middle of the 1st round. (only 2 went #1 overall)

        5 of the top 10 SF and PF in PER went No. 1 or No. 2 overall.

        Don’t want another Anthony Bennett moment.

        • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

          Don’t want another Anthony Bennett moment.
          Funny you say that, I think Simmons might be the next Bennett. I don’t see him helping the 76ers at all.
          I could be wrong, but they desperately need a PG.
          This I know. Ish is nice, but I want someone fresh out of college and that has good amount of experience and Dunn fits the bill. Yes, it’s not the exciting thing to do, but I think he will be worth it.

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