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Eric Fisher’s weekly column about a variety of topics. This week Eric serves up opinions on the Eagles’ injury situation, the Phillies’ managerial search and what Jason Peters and the Union have in common.

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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.

Top 10 Super Bowls

Posted by Eric Fisher On January - 31 - 2019 ADD COMMENTS

The Eagles’ triumph over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII is an easy choice as our new No. 1 on the PhillyPhanatics.com list of the best Super Bowls in history. Not only did the Eagles win a Super Bowl for the first time, but the game was a thriller that came down to the final play. But that wasn’t the only recent game that found a place on the list. We’ve had a recent stretch of exciting Super Bowls.

Here is our list of top 10 Super Bowls. Let us know what you think.

10. Super Bowl V: Colts 16, Cowboys 13 Rookie kicker Jim O’Brien boots game-winning 32-yard field goal with five seconds remaining in regulation to boost Colts to victory. Cowboys led at halftime, 13-6, but interceptions by Rick Volk and Mike Curtis set up Baltimore’s second-half scores.


9. Super Bowl XXV: Giants 20, Bills 19 The Giants control the ball for 40 minutes, 33 seconds – a Super Bowl record – but still have to hold their breath as Bills kicker Scott Norwood’s 47-yard field goal attempt sails wide right during the game’s final seconds. Matt Bahr’s 21-yard field with 7:40 remaining gives the Giants a 20-19 lead. Jeff Hostetler completes 20 of 32 passes for 222 yards, but running back Ottis Anderson, who rushes 21 times for 102 yards and a TD in Giants’ ball-control offense, was named Super Bowl MVP.

8. Super Bowl XLIII: Steelers 27, Cardinals 23 Ben Roethlisberger connects on 6-yard touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes with 35 seconds remaining to lift Steelers to their sixth Super Bowl title, more than any other franchise. The Cardinals had rallied to take a 23-20 lead with 16 straight points in the fourth quarter. A key play was Steelers linebacker James Harrison’s 100-yard interception return for a touchdown on the final play of the first half. Cardinals QB Kurt Warner finishes 31 of 43 for 377 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT.

7. Super Bowl LI: Patriots 34, Falcons 28 (OT) The Patriots rally from a 25-point, third-quarter deficit to force overtime. This is the only overtime game in Super Bowl history. Patriots score 19 points in 4th quarter. James White scores on 1-yard run with 57 seconds remaining, then Tom Brady connects with Danny Amendola on 2-point conversion to tie score and force overtime. White scores on 2-yard run in overtime. Patriots’ only points during first half come on field goal with 2 seconds remaining.

6. Super Bowl XXXVIII: Patriots 32, Panthers 29 The Panthers and Patriots combine for 37 points during the fourth quarter, with the Patriots finally winning on Adam Vinatieri’s 41-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining. The Panthers take their first lead, 22-21, with two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. But the Patriots regain the lead, 29-22, on a 1-yard pass from Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady (32 of 48, 354 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT) to Mike Vrabel and a two-point conversion run by Kevin Faulk. The Panthers tie the game, 29-29, on a 12-yard pass from Jake Delhomme to Ricky Proehl, with 1:08 remaining, setting up Vinatieri’s heroics.

5. Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24 The Seahawks had the ball on the 1-yard line, but, instead of running the ball with Marshawn Lynch, head coach Pete Carroll calls for a pass, which is picked off by Malcolm Butler with 20 seconds remaining to seal the victory. Patriots rally from 24-14 deficit with fourth-quarter TD passes from Tom Brady to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, with the go-ahead TD to Edelman coming with 2:02 remaining in regulation. Patriots win their first Super Bowl in 10 years.

4. Super Bowl XLII: Giants 17, Patriots 14 Eli Manning leads the Giants on a 12-play, 83-yard drive, culminating in a 13-yard touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining, as the Giants spoil the Patriots’ undefeated season. The Giants convert three third-down plays on the game-winning drive, including a play during which Manning (19 for 34, 255 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT) escapes heavy pressure and connects with receiver David Tyree, who trapped the football against his helmet. Tyree’s catch came just four plays before the winning touchdown.

3. Super Bowl XXXIV: Rams 23, Titans 16 Tennessee rumbles back from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter to tie the game, 16-16, on Al Del Greco’s 43-yard field goal with 2:12 remaining. After the ensuing kickoff, however, Kurt Warner (24 of 45, 414 yards, 2 TDs) connects with Isaac Bruce for a 73-yard touchdown pass with 1:54 left in game. But the game still isn’t over. The Titans move downfield again, reaching the 10-yard line with six seconds remaining. Quarterback Steve McNair hits Kevin Dyson on a slant, but Rams linebacker Mike Jones tackles Dyson at the 1-yard line as time expires, preventing the first Super Bowl overtime. After a record 19 years between appearances, Dick Vermeil finally wins a Super Bowl.

2. Super Bowl XXIII: 49ers 20, Bengals 16 Cincinnati takes a 16-13 lead on Jim Breech’s 40-yard field goal, his third field goal of the day, with 3:20 remaining. But Joe Montana leads the 49ers on an 11-play, 92-yard drive, culminating in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Montana to John Taylor with 34 seconds remaining in regulation. Montana completes 23 of 36 passes for a super Bowl-record (at the time) 357 yards and two TDs. Super Bowl MVP Jerry Rice catches 11 passes for a Super Bowl-record 215 yards and 1 TD. a game-tying 14-yard reception 57 seconds into the fourth quarter.

1. Super Bowl LII: Eagles 41, Patriots 33 Did you expect anything else to be No. 1? The Eagles win a Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. Nick Foles completes a remarkable postseason run by completing 28 of 43 passes for 373 yards and 3 TDs, including the go-ahead touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with 2:20 remaining after the Patriots had taken a 33-32 lead. But the most memorable play of the game was Foles catching a TD pass from tight end Trey Burton — the famous Philly Special — 34 seconds before halftime. The game comes down to the final play, with Tom Brady’s desperation heave falling incomplete amid a crowd of players in the end zone.


Super Bowl XIII: Steelers 35, Cowboys 31 Terry Bradshaw completes 17 of 30 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns, two to John Stallworth, as the Steelers win their third Super Bowl. The Steelers take the lead on a touchdown pass to fullback Rocky Bleier 26 seconds before halftime, then, after Jackie Smith’s infamous drop in the end zone during the third quarter forces Dallas to settle for a field goal, break the game open with two touchdowns 19 seconds apart midway through the fourth quarter. The Cowboys, trailing 35-17 with 6:51 remaining, score two TDs to pull within four points, but Bleier recovers an onside kick with 17 seconds remaining to secure the Steelers’ victory.

Super Bowl XXXVI: Patriots 20, Rams 17 St. Louis storms back from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game, 17-17, with 1:30 remaining in regulation. But Tom Brady, working without any timeouts, leads the Patriots downfield to set up Adam Vinatieri’s 48-yard game-winning field goal as time expires to secure the Patriots’ first Super Bowl title.

Super Bowl XXXII: Broncos 31, Packers 24 Terrell Davis rushes for 157 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winning score with 1:47 remaining, as Denver wins its first Super Bowl, while denying Green Bay’s bid for a second straight Super Bowl title. Brett Favre leads the Packers on one final drive, but the Broncos defense holds at its own 31-yard line to preserve the victory. Just when it appeared that John Elway would never win a Super Bowl, he led the underdog Broncos to the first of back-to-back titles.

Super Bowl X: Steelers 21, Cowboys 17 The Steelers score 14 fourth-quarter points –  on a safety, two field goals and a 64-yard touchdown pass from Terry Bradshaw to Super Bowl MVP Lynn Swann. But the Cowboys rally behind quarterback Roger Staubach who cuts the deficit to four points with a 34-yard TD pass to Percy Howard. Staubach maneuvers the Cowboys into position to steal the game, but Glen Edwards intercepts Staubach’s desperation pass in the end zone as time expires.

Super Bowl XLVI: Giants 21, Patriots 17 Giants again upset the Patriots in the Super Bowl four years after they ruin Patriots’ undefeated season. Bill Belichick provides a Super Bowl first – letting your opponent score a touchdown on purpose while you hold a (2 point) lead, conceding that the Giants could have run out the clock and won the game on a chip shot field goal. New England’s last-ditch drive, which began with 57 seconds left, ended on a Hail Mary attempt which fell about a yard away from Rob Gronkowski’s desperate try for a diving catch.

Super Bowl XLIV: Saints 31, Colts 17 Saints rally from 10-0 deficit to capture first Super Bowl championship. Saints trail entering fourth quarter, 17-16, but take the lead on 2-yard pass from quarterback Drew Brees to tight end Jeremy Shockey. Colts drive downfield, but Tracy Porter intercepts Peyton Manning and returns ball 74 yards for touchdown with 3:24 remamining to put the game away. Brees (32 of 39, 288 yards, 2 TDs) earns MVP honors.

Super Bowl VII: Dolphins 14, Redskins 7 Miami completes its perfect season with 14-7 triumph. Safety Jake Scott had two interceptions and was voted MVP. Linebacker Nick Buoniconti’s interception late in the first half ends Redskins’ drive and leads to Dolphins TD 18 seconds before halftime.

Super Bowl III: Jets 16, Colts 7 Joe Namath guarantees victory on Thursday, then leads the Jets past Baltimore, which had only lost once all season. Namath completes 17 of 28 passes for 206 yards. The Jets’ Matt Snell rushes for 121 yards. Johnny Unitas, who had missed most of the season with an elbow injury, comes off the bench and leads the Colts to a TD late in the fourth quarter. Starter Earl Morrall was intercepted three times during the first half.

Super Bowl XLVII: Ravens 34, 49ers 31 The Ravens looked like the only team on the field in the first half, racing out to a 28-6 lead early in the third quarter. But someone turned the lights out on the first post-Katrina Superdome Super Bowl, and the 22-minute delay seemed to allow San Francisco a change to regroup. The Niners’ furious rally behind QB Colin Kaepernick fell short, when a 2-point conversion that would have tied the game at 31-31 with 9:57 left failed. Ironically, Baltimore was all to happy to give San Francisco the 2 points later, on a 4th down safety in the gamne’s waning moments – marking the second consecutive Super Bowl where a team elected to give the other team points late in the game. This Super Bowl was also memorable as the first time brothers (Ravens’ John Harbaugh and 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh) squared off as opposing head coaches, and Jim’s snub of John after the game also made some waves.

Super Bowl XXX: Cowboys 27, Steelers 17 Larry Brown’s two second-half interceptions, including one as the Steelers started a potential game-winning drive, lead to 14 points and help the Cowboys hold off the Steelers. Brown returns Neil O’Donnell’s pass 33 yards to the 6-yard line, setting up Emmitt Smith’s touchdown run with 3:43 remaining.

Super Bowl XXXIX: Patriots 24, Eagles 21 Eagles rally to cut deficit to 24-21 with 30-yard touchdown pass from Donovan McNabb to Greg Lewis with 1:48 remaining. Patriots recover onside kick, but defense forces three-and-out, giving Eagles the ball at their own 4-yard line. But Rodney Harrison intercepts McNabb – McNabb’s third INT of the game – three plays later to secure the victory. You didn’t really think we’d put this in our top 10, did you?

Super Bowl XVI: 49ers 26, Bengals 21 San Francisco jumps out to 20-0 halftime lead, but Bengals rally in second half behind quarterback Ken Anderson (25 of 34). The Bengals cut their deficit to 20-14, but Ray Wersching kicks his third and fourth field goals of the game to increase 49ers’ lead to 26-14. Joe Montana (14 of 22, 157 yards) was named Super Bowl MVP as 49ers win their first Super Bowl. 

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