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Phillies expectations

Posted by Eric Fisher On March - 1 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

What are your expectations for the Phillies now that they’ve signed Bryce Harper? Will they win the National League East? Will that be enough or are your expectations even higher? Will anything less than a World Series appearance be considered a disappointment? Share your thoughts in Voice of the Phanatics.

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Worst Sixers draft picks

Posted by Eric Fisher On February - 16 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

Several factors are involved in evaluating how bad a draft pick turned out. The first is that player’s performance while with the Sixers. The second is how high that player was selected and, if applicable, what the Sixers gave up to acquire that pick. An additional factor is what other players were available for the Sixers to select at that time.

Now that the criteria is set, PhillyPhanatics.com presents our top 10 list — or should it be the bottom 10 list? — of the worst Sixers draft picks during the past 50 years.

10. Keith Van Horn, 1997, No. 2 The Sixers immediately traded the Utah forward to the Nets for the 7th overall pick, Villanova forward Tim Thomas, who didn’t make it through 1 1/2 seasons with the Sixers before being traded. Van Horn comes back to the Sixers for the 2002-03 season and averages 15.9 points. Better draft options included Chauncey Billups (No. 3) and Tracy McGrady (No. 9).

9. Freddie Boyd, 1972, No. 5 The scoring averages for this guard from Oregon State declined every season after he averaged 10.5 points as a rookie. Boyd was traded after playing 2 games of his 4th season with the Sixers. Heaveraged 8.5 points in 6 NBA seasons. Guard Paul Westphal was selected 10th overall. Massachusetts forward Julius Erving, who was headed to the ABA, was selected at No. 12.

8. Jahlil Okafor, 2015, No. 3 The Duke forward played just 2 games in his third season with the Sixers before being traded to the Nets. After averaging 17.5 points as a rookie, Okafor’s game declined. He also had trouble off the court and was a poor defender. He’s a bench player for the Pelicans this season. Kristaps Porzingis (No. 4), Devin Booker (No. 13) and Terry Rozier (No. 16) would have been much better selections.

7. Evan Turner, 2010, No. 2 The guard from Ohio State has averaged 10 points per game during an NBA career that is still in progress. Turner’s scoring average increased during each of his 3-plus seasons with the Sixers, but he was traded before completing his 4th season. DeMarcus Cousins was selected three picks later and Gordon Hawyward was selected No. 9, but the best swingman selection would have been Paul George, who was picked 10th overall.

6. Leon Wood, 1984, No. 10 The Sixers got off to a terrific start in this draft by selecting Auburn forward Charles Barkley at No. 5. But they used the second of their three first-round picks on Wood, a guard from Cal State-Fullerton. Wood last just 67 games for the Sixers before being traded to Washington during his 2nd season. He averaged 6.4 points during 6 NBA seasons before becoming an NBA referee. What makes the Wood pick worse is that the Sixers could have selected Gonzaga guard John Stockton, who was selected 16th by the Jazz..

5. Jerry Stackhouse, 1995, No. 3 This guard from North Carolina averaged 16.9 points during an 18-year career, including a career high of 29.8 points one season with the Pistons. But Stackhouse lasted just 22 games into his 3rd season with the Sixers before, unable to mesh with Allen Iverson, he was traded him to the Pistons. What earns Stackhouse a high spot on this list is that the two players selected after him during the 1995 draft were his North Carolina teammate Rasheed Wallace and high school center Kevin Garnett.

4. Shawn Bradley, 1993, No. 2  This 7-foot-6 center from BYU was supposed to be a game-changer. Instead, he averaged 8.1 points during a 12-year career. He lasted a little more than 2 seasons with the Sixers before being traded to the Nets. The next two players selected in the 1993 draft were Anfernee Hardaway and Jamal Mashburn.

3. Larry Hughes, 1998, No. 8 Averaged 14.1 points during a 13-year NBA career, but the guard from St. Louis averaged 9.1 and 10 points with the Sixers before being traded during his season season with the team. What elevates Hughes on this list is that the next two players selected in 1998 were Dirk Nowitzki and Paul Pierce.

2. Marvin Barnes, 1974, No. 2 pick Barnes’ nickname was “Bad News,” and he certainly lived up to that nickname for the Sixers. The talented Providence forward never played a game for the Sixers. He spent 2 seasons in the ABA, averaging 24 points per game, before coming to the NBA for 4 pedestrian seasons. Forwards the Sixers passed on included Bobby Jones (No. 5), Jamaal Wilkes (No. 10) and Maurice Lucas (No. 14).

1. Markelle Fultz, 2017, No. 1 overall The Sixers traded up from No. 3 to No. 1 in order to select this combination guard from Washington even though they probably could have drafted Fultz at No. 3. The Celtics got Jayson Tatum at No. 3 and a first-round pick from the Sixers. Meanwhile, Fultz played 33 games for the Sixers in a little more than 1 1/2 seasons and became a distraction before being traded to the Magic at this year’s trade deadline.

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