The 76ers Would Be The Worst Expansion Team In Modern NBA History

Garry St. Jean1998Golden State1406-11038 Michael Jordan2001Washington1436-150146 Bernie Bickerstaff1991Denver1479-2335 Ernie Grunfeld2004Washington1444-119114 Rob Hennigan2013Orlando1478-22980 EXPANSION TEAM1ST YEARONETWOTHREE (1ST 27G) Mike Dunleavy1993Milwaukee1412-54-37 EXECUTIVE1ST YEARTEAMINITIAL ELOYEAR 1YEAR 2 TO YEAR 3 Check out our 2015-16 NBA Predictions. What if the Sixers were an expansion team? Jerry Colangelo1969Phoenix1300-133243 GMs inheriting rebuilding teams Sam Hinkie2014Philadelphia1460-206-84 Magic1990-92+137+34 Billy King2011New Jersey1352-5197 Pat Williams1990Orlando1300-9252 Jack McCloskey1993Minnesota1325-60-59 Elo change for season three is through the first 27 gamesSource: Basketball-REFERENCE.com Raptors1996-37+125+25 Edwin Coil1966Detroit1428-11075 Nick Mileti1971Cleveland1300-10354 David Kahn2010Minnesota1371-129137 Rich Cho2012Charlotte1422-271168 Carl Bennett1949Fort Wayne1495-11388 Walter Brown1947Boston1300-82100 Again, the Sixers are way behind schedule. Not only would their Elo change since “expansion” rank last among modern expansion franchises, they’re also the only team to be in worse shape after 27 games of Year Three than they were when the franchise “began.” Being a team with no past at all is better than being these Sixers.Now, the standard procession of Hinkie Stan counter-arguments. Argument the first: Expansion teams are generally trying to make incremental progress in their first few seasons, which is not necessarily what Hinkie’s Sixers are pursuing. Argument the second: The draft is an imperfect science with bad luck lurking behind every lottery pick, and the lottery itself is based on probabilities as well. When your entire team-building concept relies heavily on risk tolerance, it’s no surprise that busts are likely when the boom doesn’t come. Argument the third: The Only Goal Is Winning A Championship (And Building A Dynasty), and the Sixers remain well-positioned to draft or develop a superstar.We’ll leave those arguments to be settled another day. What this research suggests is that the Sixers have made significantly less progress than their historical analogs (to the extent those exist), and NBA fans looking to watch a decent game of basketball in Philadelphia these last three years would have been better served if the league had dissolved the 76ers and held tryouts. Eddie Donovan1971Buffalo1300-89-35 ELO CHANGE Pepper Wilson1959Cincinnati1481-174-16 Sixers2014-137-68-88 Chris Wallace2008Memphis1416-9296 Sam Presti2008Seattle1440-137119 Now that Jerry Colangelo is Skyping in to the Wells Fargo Center for what The New York Times calls a “father figure” role in the 76ers front office — which, suuure — it seems like an opportune time to take inventory of just how big a mess Sam Hinkie and his Process have made.We know, we know: The Sixers want to be this bad; these are planned grotesqueries; the trades have been fine and the picks are still coming and never you mind the reported dozen-odd team owners banging down Adam Silver’s door demanding a good waterboarding for ol’ Sam. Silver, of course, denies intervening (which you can hear for yourself on a special episode of Hot Takedown), and that’s practically a co-sign from the man in charge, isn’t it now? A full-on prosecution of Hinkie’s process is justified and overdue. For now, however, we’ll confine ourselves to discussing the shape of Philadelphia’s evolution in the broadest possible sense, comparing its progress during Hinkie’s reign with that of other teams also undergoing such radical, um, rebirths.We looked at this a few ways. First, we used our Elo ratings to find all GMs who took over a below-average team that got worse in the GM’s first year in control — specifically, overseeing an Elo decline of at least 50 points,1The equivalent of a 2-point drop in point spread each game. enough of a drop to pick up teams that needed more than one offseason’s worth of work. We then looked for the Elo gains or losses each made between the start of his second season and the 27-game mark of his third — i.e., where Hinkie is with the Sixers right now.We’re trying to isolate full-on rebuilding jobs: teams that were already bad and were still in demolition mode during Year One but were presumably trying (or at least should have been trying) to lay down some semblance of a foundation after that. We can then judge Philadelphia’s progress against this historical standard. Turns out, Hinkie has ruled over the biggest Elo decline of any GM under those circumstances, ever: Harry Weltman1988New Jersey1412-80-49 Elgin Baylor1987L.A. Clippers1424-21749 Source: basketball-reference.com John Nash1991Washington1416-63-31 Kiki Vandeweghe2002Denver1469-9065 Stu Jackson1996Vancouver1300-7540 The average GM in that situation saw a 62-point Elo improvement from the beginning of Year Two through 27 games of his third season, and 24 of 32 GMs oversaw some kind of improvement. Hinkie, by contrast, saw a loss of 84 Elo points over the same span — by far the steepest drop on a list littered with some of the most glaring managerial failures in league history. Adding insult to embarrassment: yes, that’s Colangelo up at the top, albeit navigating a very different NBA in 1969.You’ll notice that a few of the GMs on the above list took the reins of an expansion club. Certainly, the 2013-14 76ers featured a roster that could pass for a brand-new NBA franchise. This raises the question: How might the Sixers fare if we arbitrarily (but, let’s be honest, justifiably) assigned them an expansion-level Elo of 1300 before the 2013-14 season and compared their progress to those of the NBA’s other modern expansion teams, going back to the 1976 ABA-NBA merger? John Paxson2004Chicago1420-109112 Timberwolves1990+41+108+33 Bobcats2005-5+80+65 Rod Thorn2001New Jersey1446-109234 Grizzlies1996-75-62+35 Glen Grunwald1998Toronto1445-202185 Hornets1989-24+5+41 Mavericks1981-31+78+134 Heat1989-72-55+3 Jim Paxson2000Cleveland1468-57-30 ELO CHANGE FROM 1300 THROUGH SEASON Danny Ainge2004Boston1481-6834 Lewis Schaffel1989Miami1300-726 read more

Giroud Higuains arrival darkens my Chelsea future

first_imgChelsea striker Olivier Giroud revealed that Gonzalo Higuain’s arrival certainly darkens his future and opened the door towards a potential return to France.The French World Cup winner left his homeland in 2012 for Arsenal after helping Montpellier beat Paris Saint-Germain to the Ligue 1 title.Last year then saw Giroud make a controversial switch to Arsenal’s London rivals Chelsea after a lack of game time at the Emirates Stadium.However, under coach Maurizio Sarri, Giroud has fared little better with just six starts in the Premier League this season.This has led to reports linking Giroud with a return to France with both Marseille and Lyon.Speaking to CANAL Foot Club, prior to Higuain’s arrival last week, Giroud indicated a return to Ligue 1 could happen even if his priority is to remain in England.“I will never make people unanimously satisfied with me,” admitted Giroud.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“There is a little part of regret and frustration. The public expects a goalscorer to score goals. I’m the fourth best goalscorer of French football and nobody can take that away from me.“The coach makes [Eden] Hazard play nine which is detrimental to strikers. But he is the best player I’ve ever played with.“If the club decides to get another striker, like Higuain, it will certainly darken my future at Chelsea.“I’ve never said no to a return to France. Lyon and Marseille are two great clubs. My priority is to stay in the Premier League though.”Higuain made his Chelsea debut on Sunday in their 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge and was replaced by Giroud in the 82nd-minute of the fourth-round clash.The Blues will next take a trip to the Vitality Stadium where they will face Bournemouth in a Premier League match on Wednesday with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).last_img read more

Wilmington School Lunch Menus Week of May 20 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the Wilmington Public Schools lunch menus for the week of May 20, 2018.Wilmington High School & Wilmington Middle SchoolMonday, May 21Chicken Patty or Spicy Chicken Patty on a Wholegrain Roll; Corn Nibblets; PeachesTuesday, May 22Cheese or Seasoned Meat & Cheese Quesadilla with Lettuce, Tomato, Black Bean Salsa, & Brown Rice; PineappleWednesday, May 23Breakfast For Lunch: Wholegrain Waffle Sticks with Syrup; Sausage Links; Hashbrowns; 100% JuiceThursday, May 24Popcorn Chicken; Wholegrain Pasta & Brocoli in a Garlic Sauce; Wholewheat Roll; WatermelonFriday, May 25Wholegrain Stuffed Pizza or Fishwich on a Wholewheat Roll; Baby Carrots with Low-Fat Dip; Apple; CookieLunch ($2.65-$2.85) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and 8 oz. Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at High School: Salad Bar, Pizza, Soup & Choice of SandwichAlternate Daily Lunch Choices at Middle School: Pre-made SaladAlso Available Daily: Variety of Fresh Fruit, Side Caesar salad or Baby Carrots, WG Bagel with Cheese StickMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramWest Intermediate, North Intermediate, Shawsheen Elementary, Woburn Street ElementaryMonday, May 21Chicken Patty on a Wholegrain Roll; Corn Nibblets; PeachesTuesday, May 22Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce; Wholegrain Garlic Breadstick; Sweet Peas; PineappleWednesday, May 23Breakfast For Lunch: Wholegrain Waffle Sticks with Syrup; Sausage Links; Hashbrowns; 100% JuiceThursday, May 24Popcorn Chicken; Wholegrain Pasta & Brocoli in a Garlic Sauce; Wholewheat Roll; WatermelonFriday, May 25Wholegrain Stuffed Pizza; Baby Carrots with Low-Fat Dip; Apple; CookieLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (Main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Justice and MilkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: Ham & Cheese, Turkey & Cheese, Tuna, Salad Bar (Woburn St. only), Premade Salads (North, West & Shawsheen only), Pizza (Mon & Wed only), Bagels (Tues & Thurs only)Also Available Daily: Assorted Lowfat Milk or Skim Milk; Assorted Fresh Fruit; Assorted Juice; DessertMenus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School ProgramBoutwell Early Childhood Center & Wildwood Early Childhood CenterMonday, May 21Chicken Patty on a Wholegrain Roll; Corn Nibblets; PeachesTuesday, May 22Low Fat Mozzarella Sticks with Marinara Sauce; Wholegrain Garlic Breadstick; Sweet Peas; PineappleWednesday, May 23Breakfast For Lunch: Wholegrain Waffle Sticks with Syrup; Sausage Links; Hashbrowns; 100% JuiceThursday, May 24Popcorn Chicken; Wholegrain Pasta & Brocoli in a Garlic Sauce; Wholewheat Roll; WatermelonFriday, May 25Wholegrain Stuffed Pizza; Baby Carrots with Low-Fat Dip; Apple; CookieLunch ($2.40) includes: Entree (main or alternative); Vegetable, Fruit or Juice and assorted lowfat or skim milkAlternate Daily Lunch Choices: WG Pizza (Mon. & Wed. only); Whole Wheat Bagel & Cheese Stick (Tues. & Thurs. only); Turkey & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Mon., Wed., Fri. only); Ham & Cheese sandwich on WG bread (Tues. & Thurs. only)Also Available Daily: Assorted snacks and baked goods ($0.50-$0.60)Menus Subject To Occasional ChangeParticipates in The Farm-To-School Program(NOTE: View these menus, plus the Gluten Free menus, online HERE.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 2, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of September 9, 2019)In “Education”Wilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”last_img read more

This Zambian nurse swapped 5000 babies in 12 years just for fun

first_imgElizabeth Bwalya MwewatwitterA nurse’s shocking confession has revealed that she had swapped nearly 5,000 babies just for fun while working at University Teaching Hospital in Zambia.Elizabeth Bwalya Mwewa, a former nurse at the UTH, had this odious revelation that she had swapped over 5,000 babies between 1983 and 1995. She disclosed this as she is suffering from terminal cancer and doesn’t want to rot in hell in the afterlife. The news has created quite an uproar in social media after it went viral.”I have terminal cancer and I know I will be dying soon. I wish to confess my sins before God and before all the affected people especially those who were giving birth at UTH during my service. I have found God. I’m now born again. I have nothing to hide, in the 12 years I worked in the maternity ward at UTH, I swapped close to 5,000 babies,” Elizabeth said.Elizabeth added that if anyone’s born between 1983 and 1995, the chances are that their parents might not be their true biological parents as she had developed a habit of swapping babies just for fun.”So, take a good look at your siblings, if for example everyone is light and you are darkie… you are that child and I am really sorry for that”, she said.She further said that she has sinned against God and was the reason behind the divorce of many faithful couples after going for DNA tests. She said that she was being used by a demon for doing such heinous crime.”I have caused many mothers to breastfeed children who are not theirs biologically. I don’t want to go to Hell for that, I’m really sorry I have sinned a lot. Please forgive me,” she added.However, the initial investigation revealed that there is no midwife by her name under the General Nursing Council of Zambia and no nurse by that name had ever existed or worked at UTH.last_img read more