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Josh Richardson Q&A: Defensive approach, cheesesteaks and Philly fans

Josh Richardson Q&A: Defensive approach, cheesesteaks and Philly fans

We caught up with one of the newest Sixers, Josh Richardson to chat about everything from his approach to defense, cheesesteaks, favorite hip-hop artists and more! Thanks to all the fans who sent in questions!

Do you prefer spot-up 3s or catch and shoot 3s? What’s your favorite type of shot to take/spot on the floor?

Spots-ups. My favorite spot on the floor is the elbows.

How confident are you in defending the best point guards in the league? What’s your overall approach to defense?

I'm very confident in defending anybody, and my approach to defense is, most of it is, will and passion and you can pretty much figure out everything else from there.

Have you had a cheesesteak yet and from where?

I got a Philly cheesesteak from Dalessandro's. It was excellent. Mayo, ketchup, fried onions, lettuce, and tomato.

Who’s been the most welcoming teammate on the Sixers so far?

Everyone has been welcoming, but I’ve been hanging out with Tobias (Harris) the most. Had dinner at his house a couple of times. 

Do you feel you are one of the more underrated/undervalued players in the league?

I think I've been underrated my whole career a little bit, but it doesn't bother me. A little undervalued, but I'm not worried about it. 

What three players (current or all-time) would you pick to build a team around?

Magic, Michael, Shaq

Favorite rap/hip hop artists of all-time?

Kanye West, Jay-Z, Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa

Which of your former teammates would you want to posterize most?

Bam (Adebayo), cause that’s like my best friend.

What will be your main focus this season? Are you willing to lead the second unit once Ben sits?

My main focus this season is trying to keep my mindset aggressive on both ends of the floor and do whatever I need to give us the best chance to win, and yes, I'm fine with leading that second unit and keeping guys organized, keeping that aggression high.

Any current Sixers that frustrated you during the ’18 playoff series?

Ben Simmons definitely frustrated me, because of his size and athleticism. He's very strong, so it was a tough matchup for me, just from a strength standpoint.

Most underrated frustrating guy to defend in the league?

Bojan Bogdanović. He's always aggressive, tall, and he's efficient.

Do you and Tobias plan to visit any Tennessee basketball games on off days this season? (*both are University of Tennessee alums)

Maybe. Tobias got that new contract, so he might get the private jet for us. We'll have to ask him that.

What do you think of the Philly fans?

Philly fans are passionate about any sport I’ve seen so far, and being on the other side of it was very tough to play here because they are always loud. Always rowdy. I think it will be a great homecourt advantage for us this year. 

What made you become an Arsenal F.C. fan?

FIFA 16. I started playing FIFA and that's my favorite team to play with and they became my favorite team to watch. I watch them every week.

Pancakes or waffles?

Pancakes

How conscious are you of doing the “you know I had to do it to ‘em” pose in LITERALLY every picture?”

I'm conscious of it. It's a fresh pose! I'm always doin' it to em, you know what I'm sayin! I'm a fresh dude, so I've got to pose fresh for pictures. 

A fun fact (pointed out to us by our very own Amy Fadool): Did you know that all of the jersey numbers in the starting unit add up to 100?

I did not know that. That's interesting though, I think me being the zero put us over the top!

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Ever wonder why Allen Iverson is called 'The Answer'?

Ever wonder why Allen Iverson is called 'The Answer'?

Some might have called him “Bubba Chuck.” Others simply “A.I.”

But the nickname that stands out above all others when talking about Allen Iverson is “The Answer.”

Ever wonder how Iverson got the nickname? The origins are still a bit unclear.

We all know Iverson for his signature cornrows and tattoos, but when Iverson arrived in Philadelphia, he had one tattoo: A bulldog with “The Answer” written above it. Iverson’s original sneaker with Reebok was called “The Question.” Each subsequent sneaker was called “The Answer.”

In 2003, Iverson was actually sued over the use of the nickname by Jamil Blackmon, a family friend from Virginia. Blackmon claimed that he gave Iverson the nickname in 1994 and the two had reached an agreement on Blackmon’s pay out for any money the nickname netted Iverson.

Putting together the pieces, the answer may be as simple as Iverson being “The Answer” to the Sixers’ and NBA’s problems.

For more on Iverson’s nickname and why play-by-play announcer Marc Zumoff never called him it, check out the video above.

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2020 NBA mock draft: Trading up for Kira Lewis Jr. in this Sixers-only mock draft

2020 NBA mock draft: Trading up for Kira Lewis Jr. in this Sixers-only mock draft

It looks like we’ll be waiting a while for the NBA draft, which was originally scheduled for June 25. The New York Times' Marc Stein reported that some teams now expect the draft to be held in September. For the time being, we’ll continue to consider possibilities for the Sixers, who would have picks No. 22, 34, 36, 49 and 59.

In this Sixers-only mock draft, the team moves up in the first round to take a point guard and selects a combo guard early in the second. 

16. TRADE — Kira Lewis Jr., PG, Alabama 

We have the Sixers trading No. 22 and 34 to the Timberwolves for No. 16. With Lewis, it feels obligatory to list his sophomore averages: 18.5 points, 5.2 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals. Those per game stats are slightly inflated because he played 37.6 minutes a night, but they’re impressive nonetheless.

The Sixers might think about Lewis as a trade-up option primarily because of his ability as a shot creator. While he sometimes played a loose style at Alabama, turning it over 3.5 times per contest last season, he has a natural talent for sizing up a defender and blowing past him. He is extremely fast, which makes him a threat in the open court and also means he doesn’t need to gain a tremendous edge on his man with a dribble move to beat him — a sliver of space is often enough. 

When he gets into the paint, however, Lewis isn’t the most reliable finisher. At 6-foot-3, 165 pounds, his size makes life more difficult for him around the rim. His weight is likely a larger concern defensively, although Lewis is capable of working over ball screens — something he’d be asked to do often in the Sixers’ scheme — and his speed is an asset when he’s trailing the play or jolting into a passing lane.

Lewis’ shooting numbers are positive, too — 36.6 percent from three-point range and 80.2 percent from the foul line — though he has a low release point he might have to tweak for the NBA. He just turned 19 years old in April and will need to add muscle, but with Lewis’ college production, it’s not as if the Sixers would be banking purely on potential.

36. (via New York) — Jared Butler, G, Baylor 

Butler’s game matches the Sixers’ needs well. He’s an advanced ball handler, full of behind-the-back, between-the-legs and spin moves, and confident in the pick-and-roll. While he’d be undersized for an NBA shooting guard at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Butler is dangerous both on and off the ball. He hit 38.1 percent of his three-point attempts this season on 6.7 attempts per game. 

In the NBA, it’ll be interesting to see if Butler is able to guard multiple positions effectively. He has a sturdy build, is a good lateral mover and had 2.2 steals per 40 minutes for a Baylor team that finished 26-4, all of which is encouraging. 

TRADE — No. 49 for Memphis’ 2021-second round pick and cash considerations 

The Sixers have been very willing to sell second-round picks in recent years, and with the team projected to be in the luxury tax, it would not be remotely shocking if they did it again. In this deal, they’re at least getting back a future pick in addition to the cash. 

59. (via Lakers) — Killian Tillie, C, Gonzaga 

Tillie endured a slew of injuries at Gonzaga, which is one reason he might be available this late in the draft. The 6-foot-10 Frenchman has a lot of skill for his size and shot 44.4 percent from three-point range in college. He has real stretch four/stretch five potential in the NBA, especially with his ability as a passer. 

For the Sixers, his diverse skill set would have to be intriguing here. They don’t have any young backup big men on the roster, and Tillie has the tools to be a productive rotation player — if he stays healthy. That caveat would be worth accepting with the 59th pick. 

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