Statement from 76ers on Bobby Jones’ selection to Hall of Fame

Here is a statement from the Philadelphia 76ers on Bobby Jones’ being selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame:

The Philadelphia 76ers organization today congratulates Bobby Jones on his appointment to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. At a press conference held in Minneapolis today, the site of the NCAA Men’s Final Four, the Hall of Fame announced that Jones, Bill Fitch, Sidney Moncrief, Jack Sikma, Paul Westphal, the Tennessee A&I teams of 1957-59, Teresa Weatherspoon, Al Attles, Charles “Chuck” Cooper, Vlade Divac, Carl Braun and the Wayland Baptist University teams of 1948-82 will make up the Class of 2019.

“Bobby Jones is among the all-time greats in the history of 76ers basketball and we are thrilled that he has been selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Bobby’s impact on the game of basketball, the city of Philadelphia and his hometown of Charlotte cannot be overstated. A true gentleman and legendary basketball player, he is the embodiment of a Hall of Famer,” Managing Partner, Philadelphia 76ers and Founder of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment Josh Harris said.

Jones was named to eight straight NBA All-Defensive First Teams from 1976-84, four NBA All-Star Games and won the first-ever NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1983. He led the NBA in field-goal percentage with a .578 mark in 1977-78 with Denver. During his eight seasons with the 76ers, he averaged 10.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game and was an All-Star in both 1981 and 1982. His 694 blocks and .542 field-goal percentage both rank fifth-best in 76ers franchise history, while his 727 steals are seventh. Jones had his No. 24 retired by the 76ers on Nov. 7, 1986, the season after his retirement from the NBA.

“Congratulations to Bobby Jones on his well-deserved appointment to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Bobby is one of the greatest players ever to compete for the Philadelphia 76ers; a four-time NBA All-Star, eight-time All-Defensive First Team selection, Sixth Man of the Year and, of course, an NBA champion. Bobby’s tenacious defense and passion for the game have long endeared him to the city of Philadelphia, and it’s only right that he be forever remembered as a Hall of Famer,” Co-Managing Partner, Philadelphia 76ers and Co-Founder of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment David Blitzer said.

Across 774 NBA games with Denver and Philadelphia, Jones held career averages of 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Jones also played two seasons in the ABA for Denver, earning an All-Star nod in 1976. All told, Jones shot .550 from the field across his 10 NBA seasons and is one of eight non-active players in league history to hold such a shooting percentage in 750-plus games. Among the others to do so are Hall of Famers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Artis Gilmore, Kevin McHale and Shaquille O’Neal.

A defensive stalwart, Jones was a key cog in the 76ers’ 1983 title run, posting 8.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks per contest. He joined fellow Hall of Famers Julius Erving and Moses Malone as the only Philadelphia players with at least 15 steals and 15 blocks in the postseason. Jones played three collegiate seasons as a member of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels before beginning his professional career.

The Class of 2019 will be enshrined during festivities in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, Sept. 5-7, 2019.


76ers waive Justin Patton; Philly expected to sign Greg Monroe

Philadelphia 76ers waived C Justin Patton, the team announced today, and according to reports, the team is expected to sign C Greg Monroe, who just completed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics.
Patton was acquired on Nov. 12, 2018 in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves and appeared in three NBA games for the 76ers this season.
Additionally, Patton spent time with the 76ers’ G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats, where he appeared in 11 games (two starts) and posted 8.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 18.6 minutes per game.
Patton has appeared in four NBA games and 49 G League games over two seasons with Minnesota and Philadelphia. Originally selected by Chicago with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Patton played one collegiate season at Creighton before entering the draft.

76ers’ Milton on relationship with HOF coach Larry Brown: ‘That’s my guy'(VIDEO)

76ers two-way player Shake Milton is tearing up the G League.  In his last 10 games, Milton scored 23 points or more nine times with the Delaware Blue Coats after returning from a hand injury on March 8, and with G League season now over, the second-round pick out of SMU will end the regular season with the 76ers.

One of the biggest reasons for Milton’s success at SMU and in the G League is Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown, who coached Milton at SMU, and was the coach of the 76ers(1997-2003), which included a trip to the NBA Finals in 2001.

Milton and Brown continue to have a solid relationship, and according to Milton, the two talk regularly.

“That’s my guy. I still call him,” Milton recently told Paul Gant. “We talk to each other probably a couple of times every week. He’s always giving me words of encouragement, anything he sees. I know if I ever have trouble, or if I’m ever bothered about anything on the court or off the court, I can always come to him, and he will be a resource for me, so that’s my guy.”

Having a resource like Brown should be valuable for Milton as he continues to navigate the NBA, and at this point, you could argue that the 76ers might be able to use what Milton brings to the table. The 6’6 guard averaged 24.9 ppg(second in G League in scoring), 4.9 apg, and 4.9 rbg in 27 games with the Delaware Blue Coats, and he has shown the ability to score in many different ways, which has been on full display in Delaware.

However, since Milton is a two-way player, he is not eligible for the playoffs, so unless the 76ers sign him to an NBA contract this season, Milton will not be available for the playoffs. However, this is not a concern for Milton.

“That’s something I really don’t even try to concern myself with,” Milton said about the possibility of suiting up for the playoffs. “I just try to do the best with whatever opportunity I’m given, so for me, that just means to keep working, keep putting work in every single day. It will eventually pay off and show itself.”

Don’t expect the 22-year-old Milton to have a huge impact with 76ers this season, but next year, if he continues to “play the right way,” Milton should have an opportunity to have a more significant role with the 76ers.

Listen below to the complete interview with Milton as he talks his development, and he tells us the biggest difference between playing in the NBA and playing in the G League.:


76ers’ Smith scores 19 points for Blue Coats on Friday night

The Delaware Blue Coats (20-29), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Long Island Nets (33-16), 142-133, on Friday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. Seven Blue Coats scored in double figures as the team connected on 20 or more three-point field goals for the fifth time this season.

Rashad Vaughn posted a game-high 27 points (10-16 fg, 6-7 3fg, 1-1 ft) with four rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes off the bench for the Blue Coats. 76ers two-way contract player Shake Milton recorded 26 points (10-19 fg, 3-9 3fg, 3-4 ft), one rebound and four assists in 32 minutes, while Jared Brownridge added 20 points (7-13 fg, 4-9 3fg, 2-2 ft) in 26 minutes as a reserve.

76ers assignment player Zhaire Smith scored a season-high 19 points (7-16 fg, 3-8 3fg, 2-2 ft) to go along with three rebounds and two blocked shots in 28 minutes for the Blue Coats. Jonah Bolden, also on assignment from the 76ers, neared a double-double with nine points (3-11 fg, 1-3 3fg, 2-3 ft) and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes in his seventh NBA G League game of the season.

The Blue Coats, which trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, took a 70-68 lead into the halftime break. Vaughn scored 20 of his 27 points, including a last-second layup to give the home team its first lead, in the second quarter.

Brooklyn Nets assignment player Dzanan Musa paced Long Island with 26 points (11-21 fg, 3-7 3fg, 1-3 ft), six rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes. Brooklyn two-way contract player Alan Williams notched his 30th double-double of the season with 25 points (10-16 fg, 1-3 3fg, 4-5 ft) and 15 rebounds in 32 minutes, while fellow two-way contract player Theo Pinson neared a triple-double with 20 points (6-14 fg, 2-6 3fg, 6-9 ft), nine rebounds and eight assists in 35 minutes. Mitch Creek totaled 22 points (8-15 fg, 2-4 3fg, 4-8 ft), five rebounds and four assists in 37 minutes.



76ers’ Ben Simmons named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

The NBA announced today that Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played between Monday, Feb. 25 and Sunday, March 3. This is the second time in Simmons’ two-year career he has received the honor and first since April 2-8, 2018.  With Joel Embiid named Player of the Week for Dec. 31-Jan.6, Philadelphia becomes the fourth team in the NBA this season to have multiple players receive the honor.

Simmons joins Embiid and Andre Miller as well as Hall of Famers Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley, Julius Erving and Moses Malone as the only Philadelphia players to receive the honor multiple times since its inception in 1979-80.

Simmons led the 76ers to a 2-1 week, including road wins over Western Conference opponents, New Orleans and the Oklahoma City. The week saw Simmons average 16.7 points, 13.3 rebounds, 8.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game, while shooting .550 from the field. He is one of two players in the NBA this season to hold these averages over single a week.

The Australia native opened up the week with a 14-point, 12-rebound performance, good for one of his three double-doubles of the week and one of his 36 on the season. At halftime, Simmons had 12 points and 11 rebounds. This was the third time this season he had posted a double-double in a game’s opening half.

On Thursday, Simmons led Philadelphia to its first-ever win in Oklahoma City as he recorded his ninth triple-double of the season with 11 points, 13 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and two steals. He is the only player in the league this season record a triple-double against the Thunder and he is the first player from the East to do so in Oklahoma City since Dwight Howard on Nov. 12, 2008.

Simmons closed out the week with his second straight triple-double and 10th of the season with 25 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists and three steals against Golden State. He is the only player in the NBA this season to put up such a stat line in a single game and is the first Eastern Conference player to post a triple-double versus the Warriors this season.

Across the three games, Simmons accounted for nearly .300 percent of Philadelphia’s rebounds and assists.

Overall, the Louisiana State product holds season averages of 17.0 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. He joins Denver’s Nikola Jokić and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook as the only players in the league averaging at least 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists per game.


76ers’ Boban Marjanovic out with knee sprain, bone bruise

Boban Marjanovic suffered a right knee injury with 1:13 left in the 4th quarter of last night’s game at New Orleans. Marjanovic underwent imaging, an MRI and a CT scan, that revealed a bone bruise and mild sprain of the right knee.
Marjanovic is out and will be re-evaluated in approximately 5-7 days.
Also, Furkan Korkmaz underwent successful arthroscopic surgery this afternoon to address the meniscal tear suffered in his right knee during the team’s Feb. 12 matchup vs. Boston.
Korkmaz is out and will be re-evaluated in approximately four weeks.

Embiid to miss one week due to knee soreness; Furkan Korkmaz tears meniscus

76ers C Joel Embiid is experiencing left knee soreness and will undergo treatment involving physical therapy and load management. He had an MRI which revealed no structural damage, the team announced on Wednesday.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania,  Embiid’s knee soreness is believed to be precautionary to ensure the All-Star center is best prepared for remainder of season — and playoffs. He could return as early as next week.

As a precaution, he is listed as out and will be re-evaluated in approximately one week.

Embiid recently played in the NBA All-Star game last Sunday night in Charlotte.

Also, according to the 76ers, Furkan Korkmaz sustained an injury to his right knee during the team’s Feb. 12 matchup vs. Boston. He underwent imaging, and an MRI revealed a meniscus tear. Treatment options, including surgery, are currently being assessed and considered.

Korkmaz remains out, and an update will be provided as appropriate.

The 76ers resume their season on Thursday at home against the Miami Heat.

76ers’ Justin Patton: ‘I bring an edge to the game, length, versatility'(VIDEO)

When the 76ers acquired Jimmy Butler from the Timberwolves, many people were unsure about the second player that came over in the deal. That second player was Justin Patton. The second-year center was the 16th pick out of Creighton by Chicago(pick traded to Minnesota in Jimmy Butler trade) in the 2017 NBA Draft.

Patton had a tough first year in the NBA. He broke his left foot and would spend most of the season in the G League playing for the Iowa Wolves. In September 2018, Patton had a another surgery, this time to repair a broken right foot, but now he is back on the court. The 7-foot Patton made his debut last week with the Delaware Blue Coats, who is the 76ers’ G League affiliate, and in five games with Delaware, Patton is averaging 10.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks. While playing most of his first season in Iowa was tough for Patton, he believes it made him a better person.

“It was really difficult. It was just me finding my way,” Patton told about his first season in the NBA. “I didn’t really have a lot of guidance. I had a couple of guys: Jamal Crawford, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson those guys helped me out a little bit, but I was stuck down in Iowa for so long, so I didn’t really have the correct guidance every step of the way. So, it was a little bit of trial and error, and I learned… I’m probably a way better man than I would be if I went through the path of least resistance.”

The 21-year-old Patton does have decent skills, which he feels can help the 76ers.

“I just bring an edge to the game, length, versatility. and just being able to guard different types of ball-screens, and also being long,” Patton said. “That’s what the Sixers like to do. Now, we probably got the most length in the league, and me being on the team is going to add another factor to that, and also just another 7-footer who can launch threes.”

Patton expects to be called up by the 76ers sometime after the All-Star break. However, due to the recent addition of center Boban Marjanovic, who came over from the Clippers in the deal for Tobias Harris, Patton probably won’t get much time this season for the 76ers. Before he was dealt to the 76ers, Minnesota declined Patton’s third-year option, so he will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Listen to our complete interview with Patton as he discussed his return from injury, his game, and how he will help the 76ers when he joins the team:

76ers-Thunder game time changed

The NBA announced today that the Philadelphia 76ers-Oklahoma City Thunder game scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28 at Chesapeake Energy Arena will now be played at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

The game was initially slated to begin at 9:30 p.m. ET/8:30 p.m. CT; the game will be broadcast nationally on TNT.

This will be a battle of two of the top teams in the NBA, and will be a rematch of their game back in January, in which the Thunder won 117-115 in Philadelphia.

76ers’ Milton has surgery on fractured hand

Philadelphia 76ers two-way player Shake Milton underwent successful surgery this morning to address a fracture of the 4th metacarpal in his right hand that was suffered during a Delaware Blue Coats game vs. Austin on Feb. 5.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Asif M. Ilyas, a hand specialist at the Rothman Institute/Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia.

Milton is out and will be re-evaluated in approximately 2-3 weeks.

In 13 games with the 76ers, Milton is averaging 4.2 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assists.