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Keeping Up With the #ForeverSixers

Let’s check in on how the former Process Sixers have been doing... as well as take a look at the two remaining draftees in the Euroleague.

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So here’s the deal, the Euroleague updates are somewhat pointless now that Dario Saric and Jonah Bolden are on the Sixers roster (someone might have to fact check if Dario came over yet or not). The Sixers currently still own the rights to Mathias Lessort, and Anzejs “Not Josh Hart” Pasecniks. Given that the Sixers are actually good now and have a roster expanding in depth, it’s unlikely that either of these two Spanish League big men will play a game wearing a Sixers groufit jersey.

If anyone wants to know, Anzejs Pasecniks is putting up 9 and 3 for Herbalife Gran Canaria in the Euroleague. His biggest attribute is still, that he’s tall, and his biggest weakness is still, that he is not Josh Hart.

Mathias Lessort is no longer on Crvena Zvezda, he now plays for Unicaja Malaga of the Spanish League. Interestingly enough, both Mathias and Anzejs play in the Spanish ACB League together, but Malaga did not qualify for the Euroleague this season. Mathias is posting 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game in the ACB League, and continues to dunk on everyone and anyone in his way.

Anyway, it’d be way more fun to look at how the former Process Sixers (The #ForeverSixers) are doing in the league...

Ish Smith (2014-2015, 2015-2016)

Current Team: Detroit Pistons

Ishmael Larry Smith has also taken advantage of the small sample size, shooting 56% from the floor and 47% from beyond. He also has yet to miss a single free throw through his first five games (he’s 1/1 so far, it came against the Sixers). Ish’s Pistons are off to a hot start, going undefeated in their first four games, but coming up very short against Boston on the 27th. This is a contract year for the 30-year-old journeyman, and so far this season, his best game was enough to down the Sixers. He finished with 21 points and 0 turnovers, and was the driving force in the Pistons wins, no other mentionable stats that night, it was all Ish, no one else. No one.

Nerlens Noel (2014-2017)

Current Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Nerlens, the founder of the Sixers Rookie Injury Foundation, got his first start as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday evening and posted a 20/15/2/4/1 game going +19 in 26 minutes of run. He was a force on the offensive glass, where he snagged 6 of his 15 total rebounds, and he was torching the Suns on the pick and roll with Dennis Schroder. 5 games in to the season, Nerlens is averaging 9/7 in 16 minutes shooting a very sustainable 71% from the floor (could you imagine if he were backing up Embiid?)

Jerami Grant (2014-2017)

Current Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

Those poor, unfortunate rims out in Oklahoma must be quivering when both Russell Westbrook and Jerami Grant are on the floor. He has started the last two games at power forward for the Thunder, averaging 12/5 in those two starts. So if TLC can somehow play his way in to starting at SG over Terrence Furgeson, we can officially call the Thunder #ProcessWest.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (2016-2018)

Current Team: Oklahoma City Thunder

#ProcessWest probably won’t happen for some time, as TLC has registered 1 total minute so far, goning -5 and missing a lone three-point attempt. Keep grinding Timmy.

Isaiah Canaan (2014-2016)

Current Team: Phoenix Suns

After a horrific leg injury in the middle of last season, CanaanBall is now the starting point guard for the Phoenix Suns, Sip has been posting 7.5/3/3 so far this season, bombing 27% from deep. Canaan’s career has never been stable, as he’s bounced around from Houston, to Philly, to Chicago, back to Houston, and now to the Suns in just a five-year career. He is currently playing out of position at the point guard spot, and Sixers fans remember how well the Point Canaan lineups worked out. But hopefully Isaiah’s road back from injury is a prosperous one.

Nik Stauskas (2015-2018)

Current Team: Portland Trailblazers

Sauce Castillo made a splash in the Portland Trailblazers home opener, canning 5/8 from deep and finishing with 24 points in 27 minutes. On the season, CJ McCollum’s backup is putting up 10/3/2 on 47/47/100 shooting splits. But more importantly, LeBron’s first game as a Laker will forever be known as The Nik Stauskas game.

Jahlil Okafor (2015-2017)

Current Team: New Orleans Pelicans

Jahlil (once again) had another offseason of revamping his body/diet, and trying to find a jumpshot… this time, it was in New Orleans. The former Sixers log jammed big man. More intriguing, is the sit down interview Jahlil did with The Athletic’s Shams Charania, opening up about his battle with depression and anxiety. Liberty Ballers’ own Adio Royster broke down the important pieces of Jahlil’s feature piece, and the stigmas surrounding depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders.

Ersan Ilyasova (2016-2017, 2017-2018)

Current Team: Milwaukee Bucks

The two-time Philadelphia 76er, and according to most of NBA twitter, one of the most important pieces of the Sixers team last year, has made his way back to Milwaukee. Now wearing #77, the backup power forward has been enyoing an undefeated start to the 2018-19 season. The Bucks, who are 6-0 so far have been blowing teams out of the water, and Ersan is contributing with 7/6/1 off the bench. Super fun fact, Ersan’s personal regular season win streak has reached 21 games, the longest active streak in the NBA. MOST IMPORTANTLY, he’s taken a total of three charges in five total games so far.

Michael Carter-Williams (2013-2015)

Current Team: Houston Rockets

The ROY has found his way on to the Houston Rockets, where he is coming off the bench and putting up 6/2/2. The Rockets are off to a 1-4 start to the season, and MCW is a total -34 on the year.

Jrue Holiday (2009-2013)

Current Team: New Orleans Pelicans

Jrue has very much found a home in The Big Easy. Coming off the best season of his career (19/5/6/1.5), Jrue looks to help the Pelicans make the leap and retain Anthony Davis, who recently signed with Klutch Sports (aka, he’s gone). Jrue’s best game of the season so far was his 26/5 game where he downed the Nets with 2 seconds left.

Other #ForeverSixers will be included in later updates, but there’s nothing much to report on guys like Richaun Holmes, Justin Anderson, Marco Belinelli, Evan Turner, Christian Wood, James Nunally and others as of right now.

But stay on the look out, Process Sixers are everywhere.

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