Philadelphia 76ers: Grading Elton Brand’s full first year as GM

Philadelphia 76ers, Elton Brand (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Norvel Pelle (Photo by Alex Nahorniak-Svenski/NBAE via Getty Images)
Norvel Pelle (Photo by Alex Nahorniak-Svenski/NBAE via Getty Images) /

October, 2018

Waived Norvel Pelle: Grade B

After he was waived, Pelle had a very good season with the Blue Coats. He averaged 11.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game. Pelle ended up being one of the best defenders in the G-League last year, so haivng him in Delaware was a good choice.

Waived Anthony Brown: Grade B-

Brown had played for four NBA teams prior to joining the Sixers trianing camp. He’s an athletic wing, but has failed to stick anywhere. He wasn’t signed by Elton Brand, but Brand made the right move by waiving him.

Signed and waived DJ Hogg: Grade C+

Hogg was an undrafted rookie that showed potential as a stretch four in college at Texas Tech. He ended up playing on the Blue Coats roster last year after the Sixers waived him. With Delaware he averaged 10.6 points and 3.8 blocks, while converting 36.8 percent of his 3-pointers. The Blue Coats recently traded Hogg’s returning player rights to the Wisconsin Herd.

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Signed and waived Matt Farrell: C+

This was another training camp signing, but Farrell did play pretty good for Delaware last season. He averaged 10.8 points and 5.6 assists, while making 35.1 percent of his 3-pointers with the Blue Coats. He recently joined the Austin Spurs because Delaware traded his returning player rights.

Signed and waived Darin Johnson: D-

Johnson had played with Sixers G-League affilaite the season before. Back when Brand was the club’s GM. Johnson didn’t play well for the then 87ers, as he only averaged 6.3 points on 30.9 percent shooting on 3-pointers. He didn’t play for Delaware last season, so the move really didn’t make much sense.

Signed and waived Corey Jefferson: C-

Jefferson hasn’t been able to find a home in the NBA yet and last season after the Sixers signed and waived him, he didn’t do anything to help himself find one. The power forward only averaged 9.2 points and 5.1 rebounds, while making 39.4 percent of his field goal attempts with the Blue Coats.

Waived Emeka Okafor: C-

Simply there’s wasn’t enough room for Okafor on the roster. Joel Embiid, Amir Johnson, Jonah Bolden and Mike Muscala took up roster spots and all could play the center role. Okafor might have been better defensively then Johnson and Muscala based on the two’s play last season.