Tony Battie Comes Full Circle with Sixers: A Lesson in Draft Logic

July 22nd, 2010 by Bradley Chandler Leave a reply »
This summer was a big offseason for the Philadelphia 76ers; laugh if you may, but the team will look drastically different than last season, although they stayed completely inactive.

Despite being non existent in the free-agent fiasco, the Sixers made major changes with the acquisition of new head coach Doug Collins and the trade of long-time Sixer Samuel Dalembert.

The Sixers also saw an upside in their 27-55 record last season, with the pick of Evan Turner, second overall, in the NBA Draft. With all of these moves, the Sixers most likely capped off their summer with the signing of veteran center Tony Battie to a minimum contract.

Although Battie is new to the Sixers and the organization, he was a key player the last time the Sixers were in this situation.

Most Sixers fans know that the last time the team held the second overall pick in the draft, they selected Keith Van Horn, a University of Utah PF, then sent him to New Jersey for Tim Thomas, a standout forward from Villanova, in a draft-night trade.

Thomas had a short lived season-and-a-half career in Philadelphia, playing 94 games for the Sixers, while ...

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