Next face of the 76ers, 'Melo's good deeds and more
Posted: Thursday December 21, 2006 2:50PM; Updated: Thursday December 21, 2006 3:26PM
Scoping the NBA ... three bullet points at a time.
The Allen Iverson trade circus has finally ended, and while the rest of the media discusses how A.I. will gel with the Nuggets, I'm wondering what will become of the Sixers. In the last seven games without Iverson, Philadelphia hasn't had a 30-point scorer. You'd have to go back to November 2004 to find the last time that Iverson himself went more than six games without reaching 30 points.
But it goes beyond stats. Whether it's Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Dr. J., Charles Barkley or Iverson, Philly has always had a personality who put fans in the seats and gave the city someone to root for. With A.I. gone, here are my choices for the next player to take that mantle:
Who's the coolest cat in Philadelphia? Kyle Korver, of course.
Photo courtesy of kylekorver.com
Age: 25 College: Creighton Nickname: The King of Sling Pros: Son of a minister; each February hosts "Kyle's Coats for Kids Drive," which has donated more than 2,200 winter coats; promised his mother he'd wait until she was dead to get a tattoo; looks like Ashton Kutcher. Cons: Just about the worst bobblehead ever (Korver's description: "I think it's terrible"); has three younger brothers whose names all start with "K"; agreed to pose for the above photo; looks like Ashton Kutcher.
Random fact: His mother, Laine, once scored 74 points in a high school game.
Samuel Dalembert hits the elementary schools to plead his case for being the new face of the Sixers.
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Age: 25 College: Seton Hall Nickname: The Haitian Sensation
Pros: Tough upbringing in Haiti, which makes downtown Philly seem like Bel-Air; friends with Wyclef Jean (both received an award from the Haiti Democracy Project last year); learned basketball from watching old Dr. J dunk highlights.
Cons: Fan site is in French; college teammate and friend of oft-troubledEddie Griffin; for a 7-footer, can't seem to put the ball in the basket (career average: 7.2 points per game).
Random Fact: Dalembert didn't pick up a basketball until his sophomore year of high school.
Women of Philadephia: We present to you, topless Shavlik Randolph (with former Duke teammate Sean Dockery).
Photo courtesy of truthaboutduke.com
Age: 23 College: Duke Nickname: Shav Country
Pros: Undrafted; admits that when he first got to Philly, he did his best Rocky impersonation and climbed the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; his grandfather, Ronnie Shavlik, played for the Knicks in the '50s; owns a fart machine. Cons: Out until at least the All-Star Game with a broken ankle; went to Duke; picture to the right is just embarrassing on a number of levels.
Random Fact: Randolph's family owns an African grey parrot named Clever.