Andy Jasner

Sports Reporter

Sixers nearing title but still must improve

When Brett Brown was hired as the Philadelphia 76ers head coach, he stated that one of his ultimate goals was to bring a championship to the city. It is a lofty goal indeed. Fast-forward to now, the middle of Brown’s sixth season, and the Sixers are closer for sure. But they’re not...

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 1:47 PM

Sixers win in all areas with Jimmy Butler deal

Robert Covington and Dario Saric were above average NBA players. The duo had many great qualities but both had deficiencies as well. When they were traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a package for Jimmy Butler, a portion of Sixers fans were skeptical about giving up too much....

Thursday, November 22, 2018, 11:40 AM

Sixers must prioritize improvement, not NBA Finals

Several Sixers were talking about the NBA Finals before the season began. They should stop talking. The NBA Finals aren’t close for this version of the Sixers. Right now, they need to focus on simply improving. Small victories would be nice such as avoiding games with 28 turnovers, which...

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 2:28 PM

Sixers need to solve Fultz soap opera

The Philadelphia 76ers have played five games and lost three of them. More than wins and losses, head coach Brett Brown has to make sure he doesn’t lose something else – Markelle Fultz’s confidence. Or Fultz for that matter. The former No. 1 overall pick may be the most...

Thursday, October 25, 2018, 3:10 PM

Sixers preview: 11 bold predictions for 2018-19 NBA season

The 2018-19 Sixers will begin the regular season on Tuesday night against the Boston Celtics. Will they eclipse last season’s mark of 52 wins? Will they advance further than the Eastern Conference semifinals? Will Ben Simmons hit at least one 3-pointer this season? Will Joel Embiid be in...

Monday, October 15, 2018, 3:14 PM

Sixers preview: 5 things to watch for when 2018-19 NBA season tips off

Since the 2017-18 season came careening to an end against the upstart Boston Celtics, the Sixers have been searching for answers. They still are. Sound harsh? Well, the “star hunting” Sixers added very little to a 52-win team. There was so much to like about the Sixers. They won 52...

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 1:42 PM

Joel Embiid focused on being Sixers cornerstone player

The Sixers entered the offseason with young, blossoming talent as well as plenty of money and cap space. On the way to training camp, LeBron James opted to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. Paul George re-signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kawhi Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors....

Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 4:40 PM

Sixers missed opportunity to improve roster in free agency

Brett Brown’s famous quote that the Sixers were “star hunting” this offseason was a hit on social media. Well, that was the only place it was a hit. The offseason has been rather calm for the Philadelphia 76ers, a team coming off a 52-win season and a playoff series win over the...

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 5:40 PM

Sixers drop the ball with 2018 draft class

Zhaire Smith, Landry Shamet, and Shake Milton. Not much to get excited about. The Philadelphia 76ers completed their 2018 draft last Thursday by wheeling and dealing and ultimately selecting three players. But when it was over, the roster wasn’t a whole lot better. Out of the three players...

Sunday, June 24, 2018, 2:27 PM

Sixers Draft Preview: Mikal Bridges, Donte DiVincenzo could be strong options in first round

The Philadelphia 76ers could take some major steps forward in reshaping their roster when the NBA Draft is held on Thursday night. The Sixers hold two picks in the first round – Nos. 10 and 26 – along with four second-round choices at Nos. 38, 39, 56 and 60. So much can happen between...

Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 3:43 PM

Sixers NBA Draft: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was arguably not only the most improved player on Kentucky’s team but the entire country. The freshman swingman has also worked his way into the lottery discussion and potentially to the 76ers at No. 10 in the upcoming NBA draft. Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 14.4...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 4:45 PM

Sixers NBA Draft Profile: Wendell Carter Jr.

The 16th one-and-done player from Duke University would be a solid choice when the Philadelphia 76ers choose their player at No. 10 in the upcoming NBA Draft. Wendell Carter Jr. is likely to be gone before the Sixers make their selection. If he’s on the board, well, it would add more...

Sunday, June 17, 2018, 3:24 PM

Sixers GM rumors: David Griffin, Joe Dumars, and more

The NBA Draft and free agency are looming. That’s hardly a secret. But for the Philadelphia 76ers, this is arguably the most important offseason in franchise history. After four tank-a-thon seasons, which produced 75 total wins, the Sixers finally broke through with 52 victories and a first-...

Thursday, June 14, 2018, 3:39 PM

Sixers must now focus on the future

On Allen Iverson’s 43rd birthday, the Philadelphia 76ers were reeling from what had to be one of the most embarrassing off-the-court situations in franchise history. With terms like “forensic consultants” and “burner Twitter accounts,” the Sixers dismissed...

Sunday, June 10, 2018, 2:21 PM

Bryan Colangelo’s future murky with Sixers

Bryan Colangelo recently celebrated another birthday. With his job in peril, any candles on the cake must still be flickering. It has been a harrowing stretch for the 76ers President of Basketball Operations, who is still being investigated as a connection to numerous Twitter burner...

Sunday, June 3, 2018, 5:46 PM

Sixers with yet another chance at landing NBA Draft top pick

The NBA Draft lottery will be held Tuesday night in Chicago with the anticipation of picking players at the annual draft June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.   The Phoenix Suns have the best chance of earning the No. 1 overall pick by finishing 21-61 for a 25 percent chance of seeing the...

Monday, May 14, 2018, 5:15 PM

Will Ben Simmons put in work for Sixers to be great?

Magic Johnson was a point guard wrapped in a power forward’s body. He was a unique player in that he could play all five positions and be just as effective.   In 1980, Johnson started at center for an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game Six of the NBA Finals at the Spectrum and torched...

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 3:33 PM

3 things 76ers must focus on heading into 2018-19

The 76ers battled and scrapped until the final buzzer but ultimately came up short in a 114-112 loss to the Boston Celtics Wednesday night. The Celtics clinched the Eastern Conference semifinals in five games, winning all three times at the TD Garden. Philadelphia had chances to win and extend...

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 11:25 AM

76ers showing they are no match for Celtics

The 76ers are down and likely out. After falling to the Boston Celtics 101-98 in overtime Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers find themselves in a 3-0 hole in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals. In the history of best-of-seven series, a team down 3-0 is 0-129. That...

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3:43 PM

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid must now respond like NBA vets

Rust was so much more evident than rest.   Despite having some important veterans, the 76ers will only go as far as Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will guide them. It’s not just scoring. It’s about defense. It’s about playoff intensity. It’s about growing up quick into...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 12:14 PM