Posted tagged ‘Samuel Dalembert’

We Like Kapono

June 10, 2009
Jason Kapano - 3 Point Contest

Jason Kapano - 3 Point Contest

Reggie Evans for Jason Kapono straight up is a solid deal.  Evans is your standard lunch-pail guy the 76ers have employed consistently over the last 10 years.  He brought a little rebounding, defense and leadership, but lacked that elite quality to put him the normal rotation.  This past year Theo Ratliff (a Philatude favorite) took a lot of his minutes.  Also, Evans had a large contract for a bench guy.  However, that large contract helped the Sixers acquire another “specialist” with a similar and even larger contract.  Kapono brings the best active three-point shooting percentage in the league.  The Sixers finished last in the league in three-point shooting, so anything is an upgrade.  But, Kapono is more than an upgrade – he can consistently drain the three ball.  Even though this trade requires the 76ers to take on an additional 2 million of salary, it’s worth it to have a three-point threat.  Kapono will fit in to the Philadelphia team and area without a problem and I bet he is pumped to leave Toronto.

As I see it now, the 76ers will start the rookie point guard they draft, along with Kapono, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young and Elton Brand.  Dalembert is a waste and needs to be moved or benched.  Lou Williams would be a solid 6th man.

Of course, the team is still being coached by Eddie Jordan, who isn’t taking this team anywhere.  Let’s hope I am wrong.

Eddie Jordan not the Answer

June 4, 2009
Eddie Jordan, new 76ers coach

Eddie Jordan, new 76ers coach

Over the years, I lambasted Billy King for his poor selections of players and signing them to ridiculous contracts.  Kenny Thomas, Brian Skinner, Samuel Dalembert, Willie Green and Greg Buckner are just a few off the top of my head.  So far, the Ed Stefanski era, supposed to be the complete opposite of the Billy King era, is starting to look the same.  Elton Brand deal looked to be great on paper, but after the injury plagued first year, the deal could be questioned, unless Brand bounces back.  Now, with the hiring of Eddie Jordan as the coach and the subsequent ridiculous contract he has, it reminds me of the Billy King days.  At least Jordan’s contract doesn’t affect the salary cap, but it will make it harder for the team to fire him after a losing season.  In fact, it appears that Stefanski didn’t take PhilaTude’s advice from a few weeks back.

Eddie Jordan hasn’t proven anything as a head coach.  He couldn’t win with a talented Wizards team and when he was a successful assistant coach with the Nets, they had talent and a solid head coach.  I just don’t see what Jordan will do for the Sixers.  I am concerned that Jordan will continue to be a “blah” coach, just like the coaches before him and after Larry Brown.  The Sixers would have been better off hiring an experienced assistant, even without head coaching experience, to lead this young team.  Of course, since and Stefanski and Jordan were buddies back in their Nets days, it just makes sense that Stefanski would “hook-up” his friend.  I am aggravated.  As it stands now, I don’t see Jordan lasting for the length of his contract.

Please Exit Samuel Dalembert

May 4, 2009
Samuel Dalembert, nba.com

Samuel Dalembert, nba.com

I think the Dalembert project has to end. He’s never been good. For some reason, the potential of a 7-foot athlete outweighs the potential of a 7-foot basketball player. I don’t think Sammy has ever been a basketball player.

As a center playing in the NBA, especially a center not asked to score, that center needs to rebound, play strong defense and hustle. Dalembert does none of those things well. In fact, I don’t think he does any of them. Ok, he can block some shots. For every block he has in a game, I guarantee that he was out of position defensively just as many times, if not more. He doesn’t box out, he doesn’t try for the hustle play and he looks basically confused. He looked lost trying to play defense on Dwight Howard. He looked baffled trying to contain back-up big man Marcin Gortat. He didn’t know what to do then the ball fell in his hands. It’s just baffling that the guy has been in the league this long and looks this bad.

I guess we can’t put all the blame on Samuel Dalembert. Billy King signed him to an absurd contract, handcuffing the current regime, and almost forcing the Sixers to play him. Sammy didn’t do anything to help his situation, but why should he? He’s making guaranteed money – over 10 million a year.

While there isn’t much good news, I guess Dalembert can’t get much worse.

Sixers = Disappointing, but Predictable

May 1, 2009

Andre Miller, nba.com

Andre Miller, nba.com


I haven’t spent much time digesting and discussing the 76ers, but now that their season is over, here are some of my random thoughts:

  1. I am surprised that Theo Ratliff can still run the court, play mediocre defense and throw down a slam.
  2. The Sixers look like a team with no direction, too many individual players and no big energy/emotion player.
  3. When the season started, I didn’t understand Cheeks’ rotation with Brand, didn’t understand his rotation without Brand and still can’t figure out what DiLeo was doing.
  4. Andre Iguodala is a player, but never gets any league wide recognition.
  5. Lou Williams is a great player off the bench, but you would think he would play with more emotion and energy.
  6. I hate the Willie Green era.
  7. Ed Stefanski should consider bringing back Andre Miller, but also acquire a young point guard to back him up and develop.
  8. Thaddeus Young is too inconsistent and enigmatic.
  9. Samuel Dalembert looks lazy, clueless and lost.  Frustrating from a player who makes over 10 million a season and who is under contract for another two years.  Classic Billy King contract.
  10. The Sixers just don’t have the “buzz.”

Here are some quick thoughts on how to fix the Sixers:

  1. A new coach that can develop young players, provide an up tempo style of game and can utilize his bench accurately.
  2. Get rid of Dalembert anyway you can.
  3. Find a young PG, middle clogging big man (can be a cheap veteran) or give more minutes to Marreese Speights and a legitimate outside scoring threat.
  4. A healthy Elton Brand (obviously).
  5. Play real defense.

More to come on the Sixers as the off-season unfolds.  It’s a shame Andrew Toney isn’t available.

Additional thought: As a big time Sixers fan, it constantly bothers me that former Sixers bench warmers go to other teams and play tremendously. Raja Bell, Tim Thomas, John Salmons, Bruce Bowen and Matt Barnes are a few. Who else? Players always come to the Sixers and play worse. Anybody think of a Sixers player in recent years that came from another team and stepped up their game in Philadelphia? I can’t.