YOUR Philadelphia 76ers picked up the third-year options on the contracts of PF Jason Smith and swingman Thad Young on Monday.
Young who was the 12th overall pick in the 2007 draft, averaged 8.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 74 games last season in a breakout year for the young fella.
Smith averaged 4.5 points in 76 games last season, but is expected to miss all of this season with a torn ACL. He was a real bright spot off the bench for the Sixers and played solid D and always brought high energy. We wish you a quick recovery and rehab Jason.
Jason Smith tore the ACL in his left knee during an NBA camp in Las Vegas.
Smith, a second-year player out of Colorado State, averaged 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds as a rook. He averaged 18.6 points and 8.0 rebounds in five games in the Las Vegas summer league.
At the moment it doesnt look good but it is still unclear when he’ll be able to return to the court.
PS: I’M BACK from Avalon people. Some pics to come from the vacay soon.
Mareese once again dazzled the crowd adding another double double to his short NBA career (well summer league). The young core of the 76ers was led to victory over Atlantic Division foe, the Toronto Raptors by Thaddeus Young’s 21 points. Mareese Speights and Jason Smith once again led the charge on the glass for the Sixers. Speights ended the game with 15 points and 12 boards, while Smith added 12 and 12 respectively.
Speights has proven to be perhaps the most consistent pick of the NBA Draft so far. I know its early and I’m most likely getting my hopes up, but this kid can really rebound well and always seems to be in the right position. One skill that is very hard to teach and one that will never be taken for granted in this league. I know the argument, “it’s only summer league, please see: Marco Bellinelli, Nate Robertson, Marcus Banks”, but I think this is a different situation, different position, and will ultimately produce different results then those losers. Guess we will find out soon enough.
The young inside duo of Jason Smith and Mareese Speights dominated once again in Vegas on Wednesday night. Matching each other again point for point and almost board for board. Speights once again impressed the crowd, dropping 24 and grabbing 13 boards. Second year man Jason Smith also had a double double with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win of the Wiz.
One friend of mine mentioned how he would have rather have grabbed Darrell Arthur at 16 rather then Mareese Speights. At the moment I would have to disagree. Speights is a very LARGE body and looks to be the main man for the backup role behind newly acquired PF Elton Brand.
The Sixers trio of young bigs dominated the Lakers and the glass as the Sixers summer league squad cruised to an easy victory Tuesday night in Vegas.
Rookie PF Mareese Speights played as advertised bruising the Lakers inside and finished with 16 points and 9 boards. Second year guys Jason Smith and Thaddeus Young also added 16 each in the win. Local guy Pat Carroll started at the 2 guard for the Sixers. The former Hatboro-Horsham Hatter had 3 points on 1-3 shooting from the field in 15 minutes of action.
The first sellout crowd of the year, over 20,000 fans, came out to see YOUR PHILADELPHIA 76ERS take on the Boston Celtics last night. With the Sixers surging of late, Monday night’s game against the Eastern conference leading Celtics had that playoff musk in the air. The ticket booths were jam packed as tons of fans were scrambling to find last minute tickets to what Mo Cheeks described as “one of the biggest games of the season.”
However it didn’t play out so well during the first few minutes for the Sixers as they spotted the Celtics a 15 point cushion. Jesus Shuttlesworth and Da Truth came out on FIRE, torching the Sixers D from all over the hardwood. The Sixers got back on their horse and mounted a nice comeback eventually tying the game at 44 with five minutes to go in the second quarter. The crowd went nuts and everyone was prepping themselves for an exciting second half.
The second half was a totally different story however. The Sixers could not buy a bucket coming out of the gates and slowly feel into a 10 point hole. Iggy, who was hot all first half was struggling in the second as he air-balled a free throw and starting building a house with all his bricks he was chuckin’ up. It wasn’t pretty to watch and proved the 76ers are a ways away from where they need to be.
Down 16 at one point during the fourth, it was definitely time to leave when Jason Smith started launching three balls. The Celtics went on to win their 50th game of the season, the first time since their 1992 campaign, 100-86.
Slammin’ Sammy – 2 points, 5 fouls – SHUT YOUR MOUTH and PLAY you LOSER!
Young Bucks: Lou Will didn’t look so good, Thad DID
Nice to see Sam Cassell return to NBA action in a Celtics jersey last night. He played AWFUL and received a standing ovation as he exited the game with three fouls after approximately 5 minutes of action, good stuff.
PJ Brown is still in the league, in case any of you were wondering, HA who knew. #93 by the way (Dennis Rodman ‘esque).
KG is a beast.
Oh You Know What Really Grinds my Gears:
Parking at the Sports Complex. WTF is with these morons that run that shit. For the love of God, why can’t they open more entrances right off Broad and around back between the Linc. They make everyone late because they have 2 or 3 entrances open for 20,000 fans to get their cars into. It’s ridiculous. And $11, are you serious?
At one point during the game last night the Sixers lineup featured rookies Thaddeus Young (F) and Jason Smith (C), second-year man Rodney Carney (G), third-year pro Lou Williams (PG) and fourth-year swingman Andre Iguodala (SF) . It was this lineup that took over the game and went on a 17-0 run that turned a 12-point deficit into a five-point lead and the 76ers never looked back.
After being down 20 early in the game the Sixers rallied and came out with the 101 – 96 victory over the Gilbert-less Wizards at the Wach last night.
Interesting fact: Rod and Lou Will were the only Sixers to play the entire 4th quarter.