The Sixers Get Their First Look at Anthony Davis Tonight

The Sixers Get Their First Look at Anthony Davis Tonight

The media hype surrounding Anthony Davis has been relatively quiet since the University of Kentucky big man was selected first overall in the 2012 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets. You could probably argue that more people know him better for his unibrow than his actual game.

But that's all beginning to change. The Sixers missed Davis who was out with a concussion when they met the Hornets earlier in the season, but since returning to the lineup he's been quietly turning into an all around talent in the League.

Rob Mahoney, writing for Sports Illustrated, shows how Davis is turning into a star on the court despite the lack of being a go-to scorer (at least currently) on the offensive end. I know a certain contingent of Philly fans who would probably hate him because he isn't putting up 20 points a night. But it's not all about scoring, people.

He works so well off the ball that he's making the entire Hornets offense better, much like Tyson Chandler with the New York Knicks. The article takes a real solid look into what Davis specifically does without the ball in his hands, complete with YouTube examples. It's worth your click.

For many, this notion of a potential superstar without a plainly viable
offensive game creates some basketball dissonance. Davis’ promise as a
defender may be universally accepted and lauded, but the players largely
considered to be the league’s best are far more similar to Lillard than
Davis: smooth with the ball, in charge in crunch time and utterly
unstoppable on offense for particularly dominant stretches. Davis isn’t
and may never be any of those things, and yet it hardly matters. Within
his bizarre offensive game isn’t just the next step in the natural
progression of the big man, but a glimpse at a transcendent specimen
several links ahead in the evolutionary chain. The 6-foot-10 Davis isn’t
merely set to be an all-world defender; he brings a groundbreaking
package of offensive skills and instincts at a time when basketball is
most amenable to his avant-garde game.

With the Sixers defense being one of the most frustrating aspects of this current squad, they could really have their hands full with a team like the Hornets. We'll get to see how they match up with the skillset of Davis this evening.

>>The Fundamentals: Quietly, Anthony Davis exceeding immense expectations [SI]

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Opening week affects MVP odds of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

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Opening week affects MVP odds of Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid

Ben Simmons had himself a historic first week in the NBA and as a result, his MVP odds have changed substantially.

Listed by Bovada on Oct. 10 at 80/1 to win MVP, Simmons is now at 33/1, tied with DeMarcus Cousins and ahead of Marc Gasol, Blake Griffin and Damian Lillard.

Simmons became the first player since Oscar Robertson to produce at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in each of his first three career games.

Teammate Joel Embiid had a less successful start to the year, averaging 14.5 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in two games but shooting just 35.5 percent from the field and missing all 10 three-point attempts.

And yet somehow, Embiid's MVP odds have changed from 40/1 to 25/1. He has the same MVP odds as Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis.

Griffin, at 50/1, is a sneaky good bet for MVP. The Clippers are his team now with Chris Paul in Houston, and Griffin has added long-distance shooting to his game, making three triples in each game. Two games in, he's averaging 29.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists. 

If he can stay healthy (a huge if) and lead the Clippers to 52-plus wins in a loaded Western Conference, you'd have to think Griffin would be looked at more favorably in terms of MVP odds than someone on a star-studded team like any of the Warriors or Rockets, if Paul returns from his knee injury within a month and affects James Harden's stats even slightly. 

Giannis Antetokounpo and LeBron James look like the two players most likely to win MVP, but 50/1 for Griffin is good value if you think this is the year he stays healthy. If he didn't have a history of injuries, his odds right now would be closer to those of John Wall (28/1) or Towns (25/1).