Preseason: Saturday, October 13, 7:00 PM at Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
35-31 in 2011-12
22-44 in 2011-12
This Saturday, the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets take their game from the city to the shore for a preseason game at Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall deemed the Boardwalk Classic. The game will be the third preseason meeting between the Sixers and Nets at Boardwalk Hall, but the first since 1983, when Julius Erving led the Sixers to a 117-113 overtime victory.
Players To Watch
Jason Richardson G, 6-6, 225, 12 Seasons
One of several talented shooters acquired during the offseason, Richardson averaged 11.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while shooting 36.8% from deep playing for the Magic last season.
Dating back to 2004-05, the 12-year veteran has converted the second-most three-point shots in the league (with only Ray Allen above him). He is also a dangerous slasher offensively, still possessing much of the explosive athleticism that made him a two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion a decade ago.
With head coach Doug Collins looking to find a wing player to start on the perimeter next to Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, Richardson will get the first crack at winning the battle. The Michigan State alum started Thursday night's preseason opener at that spot and is expected to do so again against the Nets.
Nick Young, G, 6-6, 200, Six Seasons
Signing with Philadelphia as an unrestricted free agent on July 12 of this year, Young finished last season playing for the Los Angeles Clippers after joining them mid-season as the result of a mid-season trade. The 6-6 guard guard spent his prior four and a half seasons with the Washington Wizards. Known for his scoring prowess, the six-year veteran is a career 37.8% three-point shooter.
Young was a key contributor off the bench for the Clippers during their playoff run last season. In 18.2 minutes per game of action, the former first-round pick shot 51.5% from deep in the Clippers’ 11 playoff games last summer.
With so many shooters vying for minutes, the coaching staff has high expectations for Young. Assistant Coach Brian James said during training camp “I think he’s going to flourish because of the open competition that we have (on the perimeter).”
Dorell Wright, G-F, 6-7, 200, Nine Seasons
The 19th-overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, Wright was acquired by Philadelphia in a three-team deal with the New Orleans Hornets and Golden State Warriors on July 11th of this season.
After leading the NBA in threes made two years ago, he followed that up by shooting 36.0% from downtown last season. For his career, 2006 NBA Champion (with Miami) has shot 36.5% percent from beyond the three-point line.
In his brief time in Philadelphia, Wright has already made an impression with head coach Doug Collins.
“Every time he shoots the ball, I think it’s going in,” he said of Wright.