Fastbreak: Sixers To Hold Camp At St. Joe's
Updated: September 19, 2013
In just nine days (Saturday, September 28), the Sixers will open training camp at St. Joe's University in Philadelphia. The camp will last five days, with two-a-day practices on the first and second days of camp, as well as the fourth. The team then departs for Bilbao, Spain, for the first of two European exhibition games (more on that below).
Media Day Coverage
The Sixers will hold their media day on Friday, September 27. Sixers.com will be there, broadcasting live and catching up with players throughout the day. We'll also have behind-the-scenes coverage of the event on @Sixers and on Instagram.
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An Early Start To Preseason
Philadelphia will compete in seven exhibition contests this fall, beginning on Sunday, October 6 (12PM EST) against ACB League club Bilbao Basket in Bilbao, Spain. The team then flies approximately 700 miles north for a meeting with the Oklahoma City Thunder in Manchester, England two days later, on Tuesday, October 8 (3PM EST). The two games are part of an initiative by the NBA to promote the growth of the game globally. In all, eight NBA teams will play eight games in six different countries (Spain, England, Turkey, Philippines, Taiwan, China, and Brazil) this preseason.
In addition to their two NBA Global games, Philadelphia will play five exhibition matches in the States, beginning with a Friday, October 11 meeting with the Celtics at the home of the Sixers’ new D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers – The Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE.
The team then returns to the Wells Fargo Center for their first true home game of the season (Monday, October 14 vs. Brooklyn) before going on the road to face the Bobcats on Thursday, October 17 and the Cavaliers on Monday, October 21. The latter game will be played at the former home court of Sixers swingman Evan Turner, the Schottenstein Center on the campus of Ohio State University in Columbus. The team closes out the preseason on Wednesday, October 23 with a home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Where The Roster Stands
The team currently has 14 players officially under contract. NBA teams may carry up to 20 players until the start of the regular season, at which point the roster limit is reduced to 15. Expect to see the Sixers fill some remaining vacancies in the days leading up to camp.
As it stands right now, the team’s roster is comprised of perimeter players Michael Carter-Williams, Evan Turner, Jason Richardson, Tony Wroten, Royce White, and James Anderson and frontcourt players Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen, Arnett Moultrie, Kwame Brown, Nerlens Noel, Arsalan Kazemi, and Tim Ohlbrecht.
Williams Named 87ers GM
Throughout the summer, Delaware 87ers President Aaron Moszer and his modest, Wilmington-based staff have laid the groundwork for the Sevens’ inaugural season, securing sponsorship deals, readying the team’s home court at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, and creating a bond between themselves and the Delaware community. Now, the on-court product of the Sixers’ new NBA Development League affiliate is beginning to take shape, too.
Two weeks ago, the Sevens acquired 16 players via the 2013 D-League Expansion Draft. Friday, they took another step in setting their course for the future, hiring longtime NBA League Office executive Brandon D. Williams to serve as the team’s first General Manager. In addition to his work with the 87ers, he will also work within Sam Hinkie's front office in Philadelphia.
Williams worked previously as the NBA’s Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations and also spent time as the league’s Director of Player Development, where he helped promote the professional and personal growth of players around the league. Before that, Williams was a standout at Davidson, where finished ninth all-time in Wildcat history (1505 points) and fifth all-time in three-pointers made (131). After going undrafted in 1996, Williams, a 6-6 guard, played both overseas and in the Continental Basketball Association before appearing in his first NBA game as a member of the Golden State Warriors in 1998. The following season, Williams was signed by the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he won a championship in 1999. During his seven-year playing career, he played internationally in six countries and also experienced the D-League first-hand as an Honorable Mention All D-League player for the now-defunct Huntsville Flight in 2003.
Check out the complete Sevens roster.