Emily: How impressed are you with Evan Turner’s improvement?
Spike: Only sort of impressed. He’s made a much better effort to get to the rim, and he’s ended up at the foul line because of it. But a lot of the improved numbers have to do with the pace the Sixers are playing, and the fact that he’s taking more shots. We’ve seen his percentages start to normalize over the last week or two. Though he’s played well, he’s done nothing to make me think I’d want him as anything more than a rotation player moving forward.
Emily: Do you think Michael Carter-Williams will win the Rookie of the Year Award?
Spike: Barring injury, I believe he will. The award is often times won in the first few weeks of the season, and he’s definitely made the biggest impression of any rookie so far this year. As well, the fact that he’ll be able to take as many shots as he wants, and have the ball in his hands so much in a high pace offense will make his counting numbers (PPG, APG, RPG) pretty high in comparison to any other rookie.
Emily: What do you love the most about Brett Brown?
Spike: His accent.
Emily: Do you think the Sixers will start winning some games again, or do you think they are back to reality?
Spike: I think the reality of the Sixers is to be determined. I don’t think they’ll finish 500 or make the playoffs or anything, but depending on who they trade and when the trade them, they could end up with closer to 27 wins than we would have guessed.
Emily: What concerns you the most about this team?
Spike: Nothing really. They probably win too many games, or at least they have so far, but a few of the other tanking teams (Boston, Orlando, Phoenix), have all done the same so far.
Emily: What do the Sixers need to improve on the most?
Spike: Their defense hasn’t been very good. I think part of it is by design, in that they have so little interior defense, they’ve got to pack it in and it ends up allowing too many three point shots. They also attempt to create turnovers, which also allows some open shots. I don’t think it concerns me at all.
Emily: What do you love the most about this Sixers team?
Spike: They’ve all seemed to buy in to what the team is doing, and the system Brown is running. But what I love most is by far, Tony Wroten.