(VIDEO) Ben Simmons’ jump shot is looking really good

When the season ended, Sixers fans were hoping and praying that Ben Simmons would find a jump shot in the offseason. Well, based on this latest video, their wishes may have come true.

Simmons, who recently signed a max-deal with the 76ers, looks like he has been working hard on his jump shot.  You need proof?

Watch below:

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76ers scheduled to appear on national television 24 times next season

After making a big splash in the offseason, the Philadelphia 76ers are must-see TV. The NBA announced the schedule for the 2019-20 regular season today, and the Sixers will have 24 regular-season games that are slated to be on national TV across ABC, ESPN and TNT, including a season-opening matchup at home against Boston on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.  Philadelphia will also play 12 times on NBA TV.

The 76ers open the road schedule at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. against the Pistons, before concluding the team’s first trip on Monday, Oct. 28 against the Hawks at 7:30 p.m. at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

Philadelphia is set to host 2018-19 Kia NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks at The Center on Christmas Day. The game is set for Wednesday, Dec. 25 and will be televised on ABC, starting at 2:30 p.m. The 76ers’ last Christmas Day home game was played on Dec. 25, 1988, when Philadelphia topped Washington 125-110, as Hall of Famer Charles Barkley tallied 25 points and 12 rebounds. Having played the last two Christmases (Boston, 2018; New York, 2017), this marks the 76ers’ third straight appearance on Christmas Day. The last time Philadelphia played on three consecutive Christmas Days was from 1986-88.

The Bucks, who reached the Eastern Conference Finals last season, and 76ers are set to face off three more times in 2019-20, with each game being played on national television. The two teams will meet twice in the month of February at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee: Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 at 8 p.m. on TNT and Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Philadelphia and Milwaukee will close out the four-game season series at The Center on Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. on TNT.

Other notable highlights include:

  • To tip off an early season four-game Western Conference road trip, the 76ers will visit All-Star Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, Nov. 2 (10 p.m.).
  • On Nov. 6 (9 p.m.), Philadelphia will take on 2018-19 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley and the new-look Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena.
  • The 76ers will visit the defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors on Monday, Nov. 25 (7:30 p.m.) in the first of four matchups between the division rivals. Last postseason, the two teams played a seven-game Eastern Conference Semifinals series.
  • 2019 No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans will make their lone appearance at The Center on Friday, Dec. 13 (7 p.m.).
  • In the two teams’ second matchup of the 2019-20 season, Philadelphia will visit Boston and All-Star Kemba Walker on Thursday, Dec. 12 (8 p.m.) on TNT.
  • Philadelphia will take on Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, Dec. 15 (6 p.m.) at Barclays Center in the first of four matchups between the two teams. Also included in the four-game series, the Nets and 76ers will face off in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee on Monday, Jan. 20 (3 p.m.) at Barclays Center.
  • The Dallas Mavericks, led by 2018-19 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Luka Dončić and All-Star Kristaps Porzingis, will travel to Philadelphia for a Friday, Dec. 20 (8 p.m.) matchup on ESPN.
  • On Saturday, Jan. 25 (8:30 p.m.) on ABC, The Center will play host to All-Stars Anthony Davis, LeBron James and the L.A. Lakers.
  • Three days later, on Tuesday, Jan. 28 (7:30 p.m.), the Golden State Warriors, led by All-Stars Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell will make their lone visit to Philadelphia.
  • The 76ers will play host to 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, All-Star running mate Paul George and the L.A. Clippers on Tuesday, Feb. 11 (7 p.m.) on TNT.
  • Philadelphia’s March 1-7 road trip will feature games at the L.A. Clippers (Sunday, March 1, 3:30 p.m., ABC), the L.A. Lakers (Tuesday, March 3, 10 p.m., TNT), Sacramento (Thursday, March 5, 10 p.m.) and Golden State (Saturday, March 7, 8:30 p.m., ABC). Three of the four games will be nationally televised.
  • On Tuesday, March 31 (7:30 p.m.) on TNT, the 76ers will take on Houston Rockets’ All-Stars James Harden and Russell Westbrook in the only game between the two teams in Philadelphia.
  • The 76ers will have 18 weekend games (six Fridays, seven Saturdays, five Sundays) at The Center.
  • Philadelphia will play six games on ABC this season, tied for the most in the NBA (L.A. Lakers).

Philadelphia’s final regular season game is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15 at The Center against the Hornets.

 BREAKDOWN BY MONTH:

OCTOBER: 4 games (2 home, 2 road)

NOVEMBER: 16 games (7 home, 9 road)

DECEMBER: 16 games (9 home, 7 road)

JANUARY: 13 games (6 home, 7 road)

FEBRUARY: 11 games (6 home, 5 road)

MARCH: 15 games (8 home, 7 road)

APRIL: 7 games (3 home, 4 road)

76ers sign Isaiah Miles

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed Isaiah Miles, the team announced today. No terms of the deal were not disclosed.

 Miles appeared in four games last month for Orlando in MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2019 and previously played for Philadelphia in summer league competition in both 2017 and 2018. 

Last season, Miles played for Limoges CSP, a French team competing in Pro A, the top professional league in the country. In 50 games (33 starts), Miles tallied 9.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 22.9 minutes per game. Known as a threat from three-point range, Miles shot .414 from beyond the arc on 3.7 attempts per game. He has also played professionally for Uşak Sportif (Turkey) and JDA Dijon Basket (France).

 A four-year standout at Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia, Miles was the Hawks’ leading scorer and rebounder as a senior, notching 18.1 points and 8.1 boards per contest. The Baltimore native helped lead the team to a 28-8 record and a No. 8 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament where they reached the second round.

76ers announce preseason schedule

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today the team’s preseason schedule in advance of the 2019-20 NBA season. The 76ers will tip off the preseason on Tuesday, Oct. 8 with a tilt against a Chinese professional team, the Guangzhou Loong-Lions (CBA), at 7 p.m. ET at The Center.
This marks the third consecutive preseason in which the Loong Lions will take on an NBA team, having faced off with Washington in both 2017 and 2018. Three days after the Guangzhou contest, the 76ers will visit the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET. The game will be played at a neutral site: Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Philadelphia will then take on Orlando in its final road contest of the preseason on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. at Amway Center.
Detroit and Washington will be the 76ers’ final two opponents of the 2019 preseason, and both games will be played at The Center at 7 p.m. First, Philadelphia will host the Pistons on Tuesday, Oct. 15, before closing out the exhibition schedule against the Wizards on Friday, Oct. 18.
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See below for the 76ers full preseason schedule.
 

76ers’ Brand on Trey Burke: ‘good fit for our roster’

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed G Trey Burke, the team announced today.  According to reports, it’s a one-year deal.

Last season, In 58 games with the Knicks and Mavericks, Burke, 26, averaged 10.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 19.4 minutes per game.

“Trey’s experience as a ball handler matched with his scoring ability makes him a good fit for our roster,” Brand said. “We’re excited to welcome him to the 76ers and look forward to the positive impact he can have on our team.”

The former University of Michigan star, had a few breakout performances in his career, which included a career-high 42 points and 12 assists against the Hornets in March of 2018.

Burke was originally drafted by Minnesota with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft before his draft rights were traded to Utah. Following his debut season, Burke was selected to the 2013-14 All-Rookie First Team.

With the move, Burke, Raul Neto, and Shake Milton will probably be competing for the backup point guard spot. It’s a solid acquisition for the 76ers. You get a young guy in Burke who has shown flashes in his career. Also, if Burke can play well for the 76ers, he could possibly put himself in position to get a bigger deal with 76ers or elsewhere, the following season.

While fans loved T.J. McConnell, who signed with the Pacers this offseason, the additions of Burke and Neto should be an upgrade for the 76ers at the point guard spot.

Some believe that Burke resembles former 76ers great Allen Iverson. Hopefully, for 76ers fans, Burke’s game resembles Iverson next season.

JJ Redick on losing to Toronto: ‘The rest of the playoffs were tough to watch’

In the NBA, when you play in a Game 7, anything can happen, which was the case when the Philadelphia 76ers went toe-to-toe with the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

As we all know, this series came down to the final seconds, and it all ended when Kawhi Leonard made an improbable buzzer-beater to eliminate Philadelphia from the playoffs. Ultimately, the Raptors would win an NBA title, and 76ers could only think about what could have been.

On Tuesday, the New Orleans Pelicans had a conference call to introduce former 76ers G JJ Redick to the media. Redick signed a reported two-year deal at $26.5 million with New Orleans.

During the call, Redick, who spent two seasons in Philadelphia, discussed how he viewed the Raptors winning it all.

“In a way, you’re more mad about the sort of outcome of the Raptors winning because of how you lost, and at the same time, you are in some way, sort of validated because they were the team that won and you were that close,” Redick said.

“The rest of the playoffs were tough to watch. I’m such a fan of the game. I watch every playoff game. In some years when you realize you didn’t necessarily have a chance to win it all, it can be sort of enjoyable. When you feel like you’re in the running and you’re close, when you lose in that manner, it’s tough to watch. Yeah, it was tough to watch.”

While the 35-year-old Redick will not be apart of the 76ers moving forward, he did acknowledge that Philadelphia made him an offer, and he discussed how much of a great time had with the team.

“Yes, there was an offer made,” Redick said. “My time in Philly was two of the best years of my career. I love everyone in that organization. I have nothing but respect for (owners) Josh(Harris), Blitz(David Blitzer) and Elton(Brand) and Brett (Brown). I love all those guys.”

With Jimmy Butler and Redick out the door, the 76ers will look much different next season, but many believe by re-signing Tobias Harris, adding Al Horford and Josh Richardson, that the 76ers will be a better team next season. They will miss Redick’s shooting and Butler’s playmaking ability, but they will gain something on the defensive end. Whether that will equal better, will be something we will find out next season.

Listen to the audio below:

Brand on Simmons: ‘He is one of the NBA’s most dynamic and talented young players’

The Philadelphia 76ers officially announced the extension for Ben Simmons on Tuesday, and according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a five-year, $170M contract with no option in final year and a 15 percent trade kicker. Simmons’ contract extends through the 2024-25 campaign.

With the move, the 76ers have the following core players under contract until at least 2023:

Joel Embiid: 2023
Tobias Harris: 2024
Al Horford: 2023

This is the core that GM Elton Brand and the 76ers’ organization will go with in their quest for an NBA title, which will be led by Embiid and Simmons.

“Ben Simmons is an important piece of our core, and he is one of the NBA’s most dynamic and talented young players,” 76ers GM Elton Brand said. “It was a priority for our organization that we finalize a contract extension with Ben this summer. He was Rookie of the Year in his first season, an All-Star in his second and we expect him to continue to grow and succeed for seasons to come. Ben positively impacts the game in so many ways, and we look forward to continuing our championship pursuits with him as one of our leaders.”

Last season, Simmons, 22, averaged career highs in points (16.9) and rebounds (8.8) to go along with 7.7 (sixth in the NBA) assists and 1.4 steals per game en route to his first career All-Star Game selection. But he had his struggles in the playoffs, especially against the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Simmons averaged 11.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, and 4.9 apg in that series. Those struggles are mainly because Simmons does not have a consistent jump shot.

If the 76ers want to take that next step, Simmons has to grow his game, which according to Tobias Harris, Simmons is working on this offseason.

“He’s made big improvements on his game; his jump shot is looking really good,” Harris said last week about Simmons. “He has the confidence to shoot it, and I just kept telling him there, ‘like, even in this workout when you are playing, have the confidence to shoot them and don’t get discouraged if you miss. This is where you build that type of confidence.’ So, it was a good sight to see how hard he has been working. He looks really good for a great year.”

If Simmons never develops a consistent jump shot, he will still have a lot of success in the NBA as evidenced by what we have seen thus far in his career.

However, if he grows his game, and develops a reliable perimeter game, he will be tough to guard, and Philadelphia should be able to take that next step as a team, which could be an NBA title.

Pels’ GM: Redick is among the very best shooters in league history

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed free agent guard JJ Redick. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a two-year, $26.5 million deal.

“JJ Redick is among the very best shooters and professionals in league history,” said Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin. “Coming off perhaps the best season of his remarkable career, his on-the-court resumé speaks for itself. However, it was his desire to dive into the role of mentor and veteran leader that spoke most directly to us and has us most excited about our future together. We are thrilled to be able to welcome JJ and his family to New Orleans and our community.”

Redick, 6-4, 200, comes off a 2018-19 campaign where the 13-year veteran averaged a career-best 18.1 points per game for the Philadelphia 76ers while shooting .440 from the field, including .397 from three-point range, to go with 2.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

Selected 11th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2006 NBA Draft out of Duke University, Redick has appeared in 836 career regular season games with Orlando, Milwaukee, the L.A. Clippers and Philadelphia, posting averages on 12.9 points on .448 shooting, including .413 from three-point range, as well as 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per contest. Additionally, Redick has appeared in 110 career postseason games, averaging 10.9 points while shooting .371 from three-point range with Orlando, Milwaukee, the Clippers and Philadelphia.

In conjunction with the move, the Pelicans announced that the team has waived forward/center Christian Wood. Originally claimed off waivers by New Orleans on March 20, 2019, Wood appeared in eight games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 16.9 points and 7.9 rebounds.

76ers’ Ennis on GM 7 against Raps: We would be champions if we win that game(VIDEO)

Basketball is a game inches. A couple bounces here, and a bounces couple there can change everything. Just ask the Philadelphia 76ers. With the game tied at 90, Kawhi Leonard made one of the most improbable shots to send the Raptors past the 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The ball bounced up, down, and into the basket. An inch to the left or an inch to the right could have changed the course history, so says Sixers F James Ennis.

“Lucky shot,” Ennis told Paul Gant on Friday after the introductory press conference to announce his signing with the 76ers. “He’s a good player, though. Kawhi’s one of the best players in the league, but it hit the rim like four times. I felt like if we would have won that game, we would have won the whole thing…

“If we would have won that game, we would have beat Milwaukee, and we would have won a championship because I think we matched up well against Milwaukee. We gave Toronto a run for their money.”

Ennis recently said that the Sixers would “walk to the Finals” now that Kawhi Leonard is out of the Eastern Conference. On Friday, he still sounded very confident in his team.

The East is up for grabs,” he said. “The West is a lot tougher, but I think we have a team that is elite still. We have a good coaching staff here, good coach, good players. I think we are determined to go farther than we did last year, and I know we will.”

The way Milwaukee flamed out against the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals, losing the final four games of the series after being up 2-0, Ennis might have a point. Also, after how the Warriors broke down physically(Durant, Thompson injuries), all the top teams in the East should be kicking themselves right now, and with the West getting even stronger, the top teams in the East might be kicking themselves for a long time!

Listen to complete interview with Ennis below as he discusses why he came back to Philly, how much money he left on the table, the playoffs, and more:

 

 

 

Tobias Harris on Simmons’ jump shot: ‘He has the confidence to shoot it'(VIDEO)

Philadelphia 76ers G Ben Simmons can do a lot of things on the basketball court. He is an adept passer and has great vision; he can get to the lane and finish around the basket, and he is a solid defender. However, the one thing that is missing from his game is shooting.

In two NBA seasons, Simmons has not hit one three-point shot in his career(0-17), and he rarely takes jump shots. Last season, Simmons was 2-21 from shots between 15-19 feet, and he was 18-71 from 10-14 feet. Most of Simmons’ points have come on drives, putbacks, or in the post.  While he was an All-Star last season, he did have issues against the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals, but maybe that will change next season.

According to Tobias Harris, who inked a five-year, $180 million deal to return to the 76ers, Simmons’ jump shot has looked good this summer.

“I was out in L.A, and I had linked up with Ben to workout,” Harris said today at his introductory press conference. “We played a lot of one-on-one. He’s in the gym religiously every day, grinding and getting better. He’s in great shape. Everybody was trying to figure out why I was guarding him at the three-point line. It was really because he hit two of them. When I dared him to shoot two of them, he hit two in a row, so that’s why I was there.

“He’s made big improvements on his game; his jump shot is looking really good. He has the confidence to shoot it, and I just kept telling him there, ‘like, even in this workout when you are playing, have the confidence to shoot them and don’t get discouraged If you miss. This is where you build that type of confidence.’ So, it was a good sight to see how hard he has been working. He looks really good for a great year.”

The 76ers have reportedly offered Simmons a five-year, $170 million extension, so they believe that he will develop his jump shot. Simmons is a very good player, and if he can make a 15-footer consistently, he will be tough to guard for years to come.