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08-26-2008, 04:59 PM
Philadelphia 76ers
What went right:

Brand appeal.
In the league's biggest offseason free agent signing, Brand bolted the Clippers for a five-year, $82 million deal with the Sixers. If he's recovered from the Achilles injury that kept him out most of last year, the 6-9 power forward should fill a gaping hole for Philadelphia. Brand's ability to score in the low-post makes the Sixers a much more well-rounded club.

They re-signed Iggy and Lou.
The Sixers also opened up the checkbook to keep two of their own key players in Andre Iguodala and Louis Williams. Iguodala (six years, $80 million) will join with Brand and Andre Miller to form Philly's own Big Three to challenge the one in Boston. Williams (five years, $25 million) will try to reprise his role as the top scoring guard off the bench.

They shored up their bench.
Philadelphia bolstered its depth by signing veterans Kareem Rush, Royal Ivey and Theo Ratliff. Rush (Pacers) brings outside shooting, while Ivey (Hawks) provides solid defense in the backcourt. The 6-10 Ratliff (Pistons) returns to Philadelphia to help back up Brand and Samuel Dalembert in the frontcourt.

What went wrong:

Jason Smith got hurt.
The 6-10 reserve center tore his left ACL while working out in Las Vegas, and is out for the season. Last year he averaged 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds as a rookie while playing solid D as Dalembert's backup. Ratliff should help fill Smith's role, but it's a setback nonetheless for the young player.

They spent a ton of money.
By shelling out almost $200 million on a bevy of free agents, GM Ed Stefanski has invested heavily in this roster. With the Sixers now well into the luxury tax, he might not have much in the way of flexibility. Brand and Iguodala, meanwhile, better live up to expectations or they will surely hear about it from those famous Philly fans.

Grade: A

Luring Brand was a major coup. One of the NBA's surprise teams of a year ago, the Sixers should be even better in '08-09.

Oh yea. A!

Rest of the division...


Toronto got A-.

08-26-2008, 05:12 PM
woot! nice job ed

08-26-2008, 05:16 PM


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08-26-2008, 05:46 PM
Can't wait for our games Philly fans.

08-26-2008, 05:54 PM
the only think i wanna say is ED SNYDER

08-26-2008, 06:41 PM
dude i am so impressed by the sixers organization

08-26-2008, 07:20 PM
our best offseason in a long time

Philly Gringo
08-26-2008, 07:29 PM
our best offseason in a long time

Good enough to motivate me to buy two 10-game season tix...and I live in Puerto Rico! Beat that...I dare ya!!

08-26-2008, 07:59 PM
Good enough to motivate me to buy two 10-game season tix...and I live in Puerto Rico! Beat that...I dare ya!!

um......... I killed a man with an xbox360 wireless adaptor

08-26-2008, 08:31 PM
Damn. Stay on topic. You somehow always get a thread off topic for a page...

Philly Gringo
08-26-2008, 08:31 PM
um......... I killed a man with an xbox360 wireless adaptor

Impressive, but how does that show how anxious you are for the Sixers season to begin? Was the dude a Celtics fan? Then maybe I get it.

08-26-2008, 09:10 PM
i dont know what is keeping that A from being an A+, call me greedy but Ed, Tony and crew did an A+ job.

Ph1lly Diehard
08-26-2008, 09:53 PM
I agree. They should have gotten and A+. I mean come on, they did hit the roof in payroll, but were contenders for 4-5 years..