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Archive for June, 2018

Top 10 at No. 10

Posted by Eric Fisher On June - 17 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

With the 76ers, barring a trade, slated to pick 10th overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft,  PhillyPhanatics.com presents its Top 10 list of the best players selected at No. 10 during the past 50 years. It was a lot easier to assemble a Top 10 than a bottom 10 because there were a lot fewer legitimate choices, which indicates that the 10th pick doesn’t usually provide a top-level player.

10. Jason Terry, G, Arizona, (drafted by Hawks in 1999) Averaged in double digits in 13 of his 19 NBA seasons. Career may not be over yet.

9. Jeff Malone, G, Mississippi State, (drafted by Bullets in 1983) Averaged at least 20 points during 5 straight seasons with Washington. Played 2 short stints with Sixers.

8. Caron Butler, G/F, Connecticut  (drafted by Heat in 2002) A 2-time all-star, Butler averaged in double digits in 11 seasons, including 2 seasons when he averaged at least 20 points.

7. Horace Grant, F, Clemson (drafted by Bulls in 1987) Averaged in double digits in 11 seasons. A good rebounder and defender on Bulls’ championship teams.

6. Eddie Jones, G, Temple (drafted by Lakers in 1994) A 3-time all-star and terrific defender, Jones also averaged in double digits during 12 seasons.

5. C.J. McCollum, G, Lehigh (drafted by Trail Blazers in 2013) After being hindered by injuries during his first two seasons, McCollum has averaged at least 20 points during his past 3 seasons. His accomplishments don’t warrant a No. 5 ranking, but we’ll put him here based partially on potential.

4. Joe Johnson, G, Arkansas (drafted by Celtics in 2001) A 7-time all-star during his 16-year (and still going) career, Johnson has averaged in double digits in scoring 13 times, including 5 straight seasons with an average of at least 20 points while with Hawks.

3. Paul George, G/F, Fresno State (drafted by Pacers in 2010) A 5-time all-star, George has been named to All-NBA 3rd team 4 times, All-NBA Defensive 1st team once and All-NBA Defensive 2nd team twice. Sixers selected Evan Turner 2nd overall in 2010 draft.

2. Paul Westphal, G, USC (drafted by Celtics in 1972) After a slow start with Celtics, Westphal flourished with Suns, averaging at least 20 points for 5 straight seasons. Although his career his shorter than others on this least, he was named to All-NBA first team 3 times, and the All-NBA 2nd team once. A 5-time all-star.

1. Paul Pierce, G/F, Kansas (drafted by Celtics in 1998) An easy choice for the top of this list. A 10-time all-star. After his rookie season with Celtics (16.5 points), averaged at least 18 points during the rest of his 15 seasons with Boston. Averaged 19.7 points for career. Sixers selected Larry Hughes with 8th overall pick.

First-and-10

Posted by Eric Fisher On June - 16 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

A quick look at 10 sports stories in the news… 

1. Phillies post ‘walk off’ win over Brewers Phillies walk 10 times en route to 4-1 victory over host Brewers. Rhys Hoskins, Andrew Knapp crush solo home runs. J.P. Crawford walks with bases loaded in 6th inning to add another run after manager Gabe Kapler sent Maikel Franco to pinch hit for starter Zach Eflin. Bullpen combines for 4 scoreless innings, including Hector Neris’ 1st save since May 21. Phillies leave 15 men on base. Hoskins had 3 of Phillies’s 9 hits. Aaron Nola starts today (2:10 p.m.) as Phillies try to win 2nd straight series.

2. Sixers working out potential draft picks Sixers continue to work out potential picks in NBA Draft, which takes place next Thursday. Villanova’s Mikal Bridges among players brought in for workouts. Sixers have 10th, 26th picks in first round and have 4 second-round picks. Sixers pick up options on contracts of T.J. McConnell, Richaun Holmes for $1.6 million apiece next season.

3. Eagles receive rings Eagles finish mandatory 3-day mini-camp Thursday, get Super Bowl rings in ceremony later that night.  Carson Wentz, recovering from surgery to repair torn ACL, participates in 7-on-7 drills, but not full team drills. CB Sidney Jones sits out all 3 days with “lower body” soreness. DT Haloti Ngata also sits out all 3 days. DT Tim Jernigan, DE Brandon Graham sidelined after offseason surgeries. Speaking of injuries, Eagles hire Jerome Reid as head athletic trainer, replacing Chris Peduzzi, who resigned few weeks after Super Bowl. Eagles also replacing doctors with Rothman Institute, according to philly.com’s Les Bowen.

4. Flyers announce preseason schedule Flyers to open preseason with 3 straight games against Islanders, starting on Sun., Sept. 16 at Nassau Coliseum. Flyers host Islanders the next night at Wells Fargo Center, then visit Islanders at Barclays Center the following night. Flyers also host Islanders at PPL Center on Fri., Sept. 21. Flyers also play Rangers, Bruins 2 times apiece during preseason. Flyers have 14th, 19th selections in NHL Draft, which begins next Friday.

5. 4-way tie at U.S. Open Dustin Johnson shoots 7-over-par 77, falls back into 4-way tie at 3-over-par entering final round of U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. Defending champion Brooks Koepka shoots 2-over par to tie for lead, along with Daniel Berger and Tony Finau, both of whom shoot 66.  Justin Rose 1 shot behind, Henrik Stenson 2 shots behind on crowded leaderboard.

6. N.J. welcomes sports betting Thursday was first day of legalized sports betting in New Jersey. Recent Supreme Court ruling clears way for legalized sports betting in states other than Nevada.

7. Philllies sign top pick Phillies sign Alec Bohm, the Wichita State third baseman who was 3rd overall pick in draft. Signing reportedly included $5.85 million signing bonus. Bohm heading to Clearwater, Fla., for workouts, then is expected to join one of Phillies’ Class A affiliates.

8. Union tame Red Bulls Haris Medunjanin scores goal, assists on another as Union defeat visiting New York Red Bulls, 2-1, in 2nd round of U.S. Open Cup. Alejandro Bedoya assists on both Union goals. Medunjanin scores in 52nd minute. Cory Burke scores 9 minutes later to extend lead to 2-0.

9. Iceland ties Argentina Iceland forges draw with Argentina in World Cup, which is taking place in Russia. In Saturday’s other matches, France edges Australia, 2-1; Denmark defeats Peru, 1-0; and Croatia beats Nigeria, 2-0. In Friday’s games, Spain, Portugal battle to 3-3 tie; Uruguay edges Egypt, 1-0; and Iran tops Morocco, 1-0. U.S. did not qualify for tournament. FIFA, soccer’s governing body, votes to have 2026 World Cup in U.S., Canada, Mexico. Lincoln Financial Field one of potential sites for games.

10. Soul win in final seconds Shane Austin connects with Darius Prince for 10-yard TD pass with 0.4 seconds remaining to boost Soul past host Albany, 75-74. Austin completes 26 of 40 passes for 337 yards, 10 TDs. Austin’s favorite target was rookie receiver Aaron Wascha, who catches 12 passes for 208 yards, 7 TDs. Soul (5-4), losers of 4 of previous 5 games, will visit Washington on Friday (7 p.m.).

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WEEKEND RESULTS

Friday
Milwaukee 13, Phillies 2

Saturday
Phillies 4, Milwaukee 1
Soul 75, Albany 74
Union 2, N.Y. Red Bulls 1
(U.S. Open Cup)

Sunday
Phillies at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.

LOCAL SCHEDULE

Monday
Cardinals at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Tuesday
Cardinals at Phillies, 7 p.m.

Wednesday
Cardinals at Phillies, 1 p.m.

Thursday
NBA Draft, 7 p.m.

Friday
Phillies at Washington, 7 p.m.
NHL Draft, 7:30 p.m.
Soul at Washington, 7 p.m.

Saturday
NHL Draft. 11 a.m.
Phillies at Washington, 4 p.m.
Vancouver at Union, 5 p.m.

Sunday
Phillies at Washington, 1:30p.m.

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