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Liberty Ballers Nightcap: Simmons questionable vs. DET, Jontay Porter injury

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The Lede

Jontay Porter has torn his ACL and MCL, and will miss all of the upcoming NCAA season as a result. From ESPN’s Jeff Borzello:

Missouri sophomore Jontay Porter will miss the entire upcoming season after tearing his ACL and MCL on Sunday, the school announced.

Porter suffered the injuries during a closed scrimmage against Southern Illinois.

He is the younger brother of Michael Porter Jr., the former top recruit who missed the majority of his lone season at Missouri last year before being drafted in the first round of the NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets in June.


Knee problems have been an issue for the Porter siblings in recent years. Bri Porter, Jontay and Michael’s sister, retired from basketball before last season at Missouri after suffering her fifth ACL tear. Cierra, another sister who played at Missouri, medically retired in June -- with one year of eligibility left -- because of ongoing knee problems.

Very sad and disappointing news. Jontay may have possibly been a mid-first round selection in the 2018 NBA Draft had he committed (but he returned to college for his sophomore year), and the Stepien ranks him 9th on their big board for the 2019 NBA Draft. Wishing a full recovery for Jontay, who seems to be in good spirits:

Sixers News

  • Ben Simmons has been listed as questionable for tomorrow’s game (10/23) against the Detroit Pistons.
  • The Pistons may also be missing a key player in tomorrow’s game. According to Keith Langlois of, Andre Drummond missed practice today due to a case of the flu, and his status for the game is yet to be determined.

NBA News

Tonight’s Best Picture

From our own Kevin Rice, in honor of National Nut Day:

Video of the Night

Dame Lillard pays homage to the Attitude Era:

Not sure if Dame did this because Halloween is approaching or if he’s starting new trend. Every NBA should have to wear a costume to the arena.

NBA Scores

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Today on Liberty Ballers

Steve Lipman summarizes the best of GQ’s profile of Joel Embiid

Finally, when asked whether or not his moniker would travel with him, should The Process ever relocate, Joel said “I want to be in Philly for the rest of my life.”

How to Talk About Analytics: Intro to Measurement and Sample Size, by our Andrew Patton

The beginning of the season always starts my counter for iterations on the following statements: “two games of the season is a small sample size, but [PLAYER] looks vastly [IMPROVED/WORSE] compared to last season” and ”[PLAYER] is averaging 0.5 more [STAT] and 0.75 more [STAT] per game - it’s obvious that cutting [FOOD] out of their diet made a huge difference”. It is one of my least favorite tropes, because in most (but not all) use cases, the person making the statement is using “sample size” in an entirely colloquial and arbitrary manner or vastly underrating their ability to actually discern difference. My goal with this piece is to explain a dry and sometimes confusing (although important) statistical concept using data we all understand and know.

The community vote for the 4th most valuable player to the Sixers is now active.

What I’m drinking

Founders All Day IPA - All Day is unequivocally my favorite beer, and has been for quite some time. I would recommend it to anyone, even if they’re not a fan of IPAs. It’s got a lightness to it, but still has a ton of flavor. 5/5.

What I’m watching

Well, I’m not watching but I’m considering starting The Haunting of Hill House. Any reviews?

What I’m reading

The Wizard of Odds: How Jack Molinas Almost Destroyed the Game of Basketball. Jack Molinas played college and pro ball in the ‘50s & ‘60s, and was an uncontrollable gambler and game fixer. This book could be a movie. Really fun read, and provides an NBA/basketball history lesson.


Which one of the following players would you pursue in a trade if you were the Sixers? (Consider the package required to make it happen.)

This poll is closed

  • 65%
    Bradley Beal
    (156 votes)
  • 7%
    Terry Rozier
    (18 votes)
  • 27%
    Kemba Walker
    (65 votes)
239 votes total Vote Now

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