These are based on performance vs. expectation. C is average.
Joel Embiid – A
The only reason it’s not an A+ is because of him being injury prone. On the court he’s exceeded even the highest expectations anyone had.
TJ McConnell – A-
Compared to what people thought he’d be, he’s playing great. He’s not a starting point guard on a real contender, but he’s proven he belongs in the league 100%. TWO game winners!
Nerlens Noel – B+
Had limited minutes early on. Still very solid on defense and offense was improving. If he can hit the 14-footer consistently, he’ll be a good starting center.
Dario Saric – B+
You’ve got to love the guy’s heart / attitude. All around solid player who’s improved significantly already this year. Looking forward to having him long term.
Ersan Ilyasova – B+
A good shooter, tried hard, took charges, and was a professional for the young guys. Shot just a little too much, but someone had to I guess.
Nik Stauskas – B
More than just the shooter I initially thought he’d be. Can make plays towards the rim and isn’t as bad on defense as people say. AND he IS a good shooter.
Gerald Henderson – B-
A solid all around player who can create his own shot which is rare on this team. Probably won’t be here long term.
Robert Covington – C+
He’s been good on defense but hasn’t shot the 3 like we hoped. I applaud him for playing hard all the time though, doesn’t deserved to get boo’d.
Richaun Holmes – C+
High energy and good defensively. Needs work offensively and should get the opportunity with Noel being gone. Has potential and could be the long-term Embiid back up.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot – C
A rookie playing rookie minutes. Hasn’t wow-ed anyone but has shown flashes and I’d prefer to keep him.
Sergio Rodriguez – C-
Started off okay but has faded a bit since. I never believe something good will happen when he has the ball. TJ earned the starting job over him.
Jahlil Okafor – D
A defensive liability. Although he can be effective on offense, this team doesn’t fit his style. We’re up-tempo and share the ball and he’s half-court and the offense needs to run through him.
Chasson Randle – D
The Front Office – D-
The Sixers front office as a whole, and specifically GM Bryan Colangelo, have disappointed this year.
- The two trades today were bad. Colangelo was backed into a corner after turning down offers for Noel / Okafor in the past year. In fact, the best move he’s made so far was getting Ilyasova in the first place. It seems these moves were made with no plan in place. Just trades for the sake of trades. The OPPOSITE of Hinkie. RIP Nerlens.
- WTF is going on with Ben Simmons. He’s getting a scan today. First he’ll be back by Christmas. Then January. Now March. When the FUCK should I expect this guy to play?
- The Embiid meniscus tear was handled horribly. Why didn’t they come out with it right away? Transparency, Bryan!
- Leaving Okafor home because he’s going to get traded, then not trading him at all… are you kidding me? I feel bad for Okafor at this point.
We replaced Hinkie for this?
Not my GM
The whole reason for canning Hinkie was so we could be MORE transparent and media accessible. That hasn’t happened.
Fans bought tickets in January for March games thinking they’d see Embiid AND Simmons and they may see neither due to the stupidity / lack of transparency from the front office.
Bryan Colangelo has done nothing to instill hope in the fanbase, and has only made the city of Philadelphia miss Hinkie more. I hope the anti-Hink-ites are happy.
Brett Brown – A
This guy deserves a goddamn medal of honor for what he’s had to deal with. Not only did he tough it out when the team was one of the worst in league history, but he’s working through an incompetent front office who constantly hangs him out to dry.
He has these guys playing hard and having fun, and they’re finally winning games since the talent level is above 0! I’m a firm believer that Brett has earned the right to see this thing through until the end.
Through it all… Trust the Process
There’s enough in place to be a REAL contender moving forward. I don’t have a lot of faith in Colangelo, but he’s been gift-wrapped Embiid, Simmons, Dario, Kings’ pick swap, Lakers’ pick, Kings’ 2019 pick, etc., which is enough to contend.
Thank you Sam Hinkie.