• December 5, 2023

I Like The Samuel Dalembert Deal, It’s A Good Start

Let me start this off by admitting to the world that I was far from the president of the Samuel Dalembert fan club. However I did see some value in having him on the team, but the flaws he possessed were unbearable.

So when word got to me about a trade involving Dalembert going to the Sacramento Kings and in return the Philadelphia 76ers would receive Andres Nocioni (forward), and Spencer Hawes (center), I cracked a smile.

My expectations for Nocioni are much higher than the one I have for Hawes. The best line I heard about him is he is a poor mans Andrei Kirilenko from the Utah Jazz. He can defend, shoot the 3, and he’s also a hard worker.

He will allow the Sixers to open up the floor and give them a much needed presence on the perimeter. Nocioni has spent time as both a starter and role player, so coming off the bench again shouldn’t be a problem.

This move should also free up some time for Sixers forward/center Marreese Speights and allow him to develop. Although Speights may be better suited to be a forward in the NBA, he could turn into a solid center in the Eastern Conference with the possibility of more playing time.

Speights along with Hawes should give the Sixers an offensive threat at the center position, something they did not have when Dalembert was in the middle. From the few times I watched Hawes I can tell he can shoot and will alter a few shots on the defensive end.  But you shouldn’t expect for him to be the next great Sixers big man.

However Speights is not the only big man the trade will affect. Sixers forward Elton Brand should expect to find himself with more of a role. Brand has yet to live up to his hype or his contract, this move will allow him to play more and have more of an impact on games. Brand may get more time at the center position, especially if Speights is unable to adapt to the position.

All in all I like the move. It makes sense. The change sends a message to the remaining players to let them know that this ball club now has a sense of urgency.

The Sixers still have a lot of room for improvement, but deals like this one will give Sixers fans a reason to be excited. Even though the deal doesn’t make them instant contenders it at least shows that management recognizes the team needs improvement.

John Jervay

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June 19, 2010 10:05 am

It actually would be nice if the Sixers could find a way tp trade Iggy to Toronto to get Reggie Evans backs too.

June 19, 2010 10:14 am

Speights is the defacto center at this point…he’s probably the main reason Dalembert became expendable even with the Sixers dearth of healthy players that can actually play center. Elton Brand is an All-Star Power Forward, it would be idiotic to play him at center under any circumstances.

Paul Mancini
Paul Mancini
June 20, 2010 3:26 pm

Iggy and Sixers #2 pick to the Phoenix Suns for C/F Amare Stoudimare…

Sixers 2010 Line-up could look like this

PG – Holiday (with L Williams off the bench)
SG – Evan Turner (with J Meeks or J Kapano off the bench)
SF – A Nocio (with T Young & off the bench)
PF – M Speights (with E Brand & J Smith off the bench)
C – A Stoudimare (with S Hawes & J Smith off the bench)

Pretty good line-up with some flexibility, I prefere T Young & E Brand coming off the bench to add energy and scoring down low and from the wings

Paul Mancini
Paul Mancini
June 20, 2010 3:29 pm

I do mean the Sixers 2nd Round Pick along w/Iggy to the Phoenix Suns…
(not the # 2 Overall which is used to draft Evan Turner) …

June 20, 2010 6:01 pm

Paul, I’m tempted to call that a supid trade because it would be a steal for the suns but I can’t even go there because its impossible – he’s a free agent.

June 20, 2010 6:33 pm

Sixers don’t have a second rounder and Amare is a free agent. You might be able to do a sign and trade for Amare. I actually think the Dalembert trade sets up more deals because the 2 contracts (Hawes, Nocioni) are more tradeable than the $13mil plus 15% trade kicker that Sammy had.
Shiller, why would this be a steal for the Suns? Amare is a better player than Iggy anyday, but the Suns might do a sign and trade to get something for him. They probably won’t because Iggy is too expensive.

June 20, 2010 6:56 pm

I meant getting iggy and a pick for literally nothing. Seeing as the suns can’t trade a FA.

Paul Mancini
Paul Mancini
June 21, 2010 6:33 am

My bad on Stoudimare contract/free-agency status ..
Mmaybe the Sixers can pursue him or C Bosh as their Center for the future..
They still would have to deal Iggy if they can find a suitor.. I think Phoenix Suns, LA Clippers
would be a good fit for him and send him out west where he is from..

June 21, 2010 7:46 pm

If Stefanski can land Amare for Iggy in a sign-and-trade, he should be named GM of the Year. That would immediately give us hope for our Sixers. A starting lineup of Amare, Thad, Elton, Jrue and Evan Turner is promising. One can only dream….

June 23, 2010 10:14 am

Memo to 76ers fans: If all goes well, the Sacramento Kings’ version of Spencer Hawes will not come to Philadelphia.
hawes only played for kings what version do the sixers management think we r getting lol
Read more: http://www.philly.com/inquirer/sports/20100623_Hawes_readies_fresh_approach_for_76ers.html#ixzz