Game Night: Cavaliers @ Sixers
Preseason: Saturday, October 17, 7:00 PM at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
35-31 in 2011-12
21-45 in 2011-12
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Matchup To Watch
G Jrue Holiday vs. G Kyrie Irving
Wednesday night, fans will get to watch two of the NBA's top young guards, Jrue Holiday and Kyrie Irving, square off. The two know each other well, as they played with one another on Team USA's Select Team this summer. Irving, last season's Rookie of the Year, is averaging 13.0 points, 3.2 assists, and 2.0 rebounds per game this preseason, while Holiday is averaging 15.3 points, 6.0 assists, and 4.3 rebounds. Holiday got the better of the most-recent matchup between the two when they met in April. The 6-4 Sixer guard led Philly to victory, shooting 6-of-6 from long range and dropping in a game-high 24 points.
Kwame Brown, C, 6-11, 270, 12 Seasons
The 12-year veteran signed with the Sixers on July 20 after spending the previous season with the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks. The 6-11 center has posted career averages of 6.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per game.
When All-Star center Andrew Bynum returns, Brown, along with Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen, will back him up at the five spot; the Sixers believe the former first-overall pick will be able to provide them stout defense in spot minutes. Philadelphia assistant coach Michael Curry, who coached Brown when the two were with the Detroit Pistons, has said that the former prep-to-pro big man is one of the top-five defensive centers in the NBA.
In two preseason games, the 30-year-old Brown has averaged 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game and has shot 75.0% from the floor.
Spencer Hawes, F-C, 7-0, 245, Six Seasons
Coming off a nice season as the Sixers’ starting center, Spencer Hawes will look to slide over to the power forward position in order to make room for newly acquired All-Star Andrew Bynum. The 24-year-old averaged 9.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game last season.
As Hawes is one of the best passing big men in the league, the Sixers have said they would like to see Hawes play a role with Bynum similar to that of Laker big man Pau Gasol.
Hawes scored 17 points, pulled down eight rebounds, and dished out four assists in just 18 minutes of play in Monday night’s 107-75 win over the Celtics.
Damien Wilkins, G-F, 6-6, 225, Nine Seasons
Damien Wilkins has quietly accumulated eight seasons of NBA experience playing for five different franchises. The 32-year-old swingman spent last season with the Detroit Pistons, appearing in 60 games. Now, the veteran journeyman joins a Sixers squad that averages just less than 26 years of age.
As one of a handful of seasoned veterans on this Philadelphia preseason roster, the nine-year veteran has embraced a role as mentor and leader for some of the younger players on the team. Head coach Doug Collins recently lauded the 6-6 swingman’s presence, likening him to 2011-12 veteran leader Tony Battie.
“He’s very trustworthy,” said Collins. “I think you see why we picked him up. He’s a very good teammate, very smart, a very good leader.”
In Saturday’s loss to Brooklyn, Wilkins logged 27 minutes, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds.