2008–09 Philadelphia 76ers season

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2008–09 Philadelphia season
Head coach Maurice Cheeks
(until December 13, 2008)
Tony DiLeo
Arena Wachovia Center
Results
Record 41–41 (.500)
Place Division: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 6th (Eastern)
Playoff finish First Round
(eliminated 2–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television CSN Philadelphia, WPSG
Radio WIP, WPHT
< 2007–08 2009–10 >

The 2008–09 Philadelphia 76ers season was the 70th season of the franchise, 60th in the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Key dates[edit]

Summary[edit]

2008 NBA Draft[edit]

On June 26, the Sixers selected power forward/center Marreese Speights from Florida with the 16th overall pick. Their second round pick was previously traded to the Utah Jazz on June 7, 2009 for a second round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Free Agency[edit]

The Sixers headed into the off-season with free agents Louis Amundson, Calvin Booth, Herbert Hill, Andre Iguodala, Kevin Ollie, Shavlik Randolph and Louis Williams.

On June 24, the Sixers extended qualifying offers to key restricted free agents Andre Iguodala and Louis Williams. The Sixers brought in Atlanta Hawks restricted free agent Josh Smith on July 3 for a tour of Philadelphia but left the city without signing an offer sheet.[1]

On July 9 after denouncing their rights to their unrestricted free agents,[2] and trading Rodney Carney and Calvin Booth,[3] the Sixers signed 2-time NBA All-Star Power Forward Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers to a 5-year contract reportedly worth 78–82 Million dollars.[4]

After the Brand signing, the first weeks of July were quiet in terms of free agency. Rumors spread that key restricted free agents Andre Iguodala and Louis Williams were being pursued by the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors respectively.

On July 24 it was announced by Philly.com that the Sixers had come to terms with Point Guard Royal Ivey of the Milwaukee Bucks for a 2-year league minimum contract. The deal was finalized and signed on Monday July 28.

Also on July 28, Philly.com released that the Sixers had come to terms with Shooting Guard Kareem Rush of the Indiana Pacers. The deal was finalized and signed on Tuesday July 29.[5]

After news reports stated that Louis Williams rejected a 3.9 Million dollar deal from the Sixers and Louis was talking to the Cleveland Cavaliers,[6] he signed a 5-year deal on July 31.[7]

On August 12 it was announced by ESPN that the Sixers had come to terms with restricted free agent Andre Iguodala on a reported 6-year 80 million dollar deal.[8] After several days, it was officially announced on August 18 that Iguodala had signed the deal.

On August 19 Philly.com announced that veteran backup big man Theo Ratliff had agreed to terms on veterans league minimum 1 year 1.4 million dollar deal with the 76ers. Ratliff had previously played with Philadelphia from 1997–2001. Ratliff was named an All-Star in 2001, but was unable to play because of an injury.[9]

On September 1, 2008 following his placement on waivers Donyell Marshall agreed to terms with the Philadelphia 76ers for a one-year contract for the league minimum $1,262,275 (for veterans with at least 10 years of experience). The story was first reported by The Philadelphia Daily News[10]

Draft picks[edit]

Main article: 2008 NBA Draft
Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 16 Marreese Speights Power Forward  United States Florida (So.)

Roster[edit]

2008-09 Philadelphia 76ers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY–MM–DD) From
F/C 42 United States Brand, Elton 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 254 lb (115 kg) Duke
C 1 Canada Dalembert, Samuel 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Seton Hall
F/C 30 United States Evans, Reggie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Iowa
SG 33 United States Green, Willie 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 201 lb (91 kg) Detroit
G/F 9 United States Iguodala, Andre (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Arizona
G/F 12 United States Ivey, Royal 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Texas
F 8 United States Marshall, Donyell 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Connecticut
G 7 United States Miller, Andre (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Utah
C 50 United States Ratliff, Theo (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Wyoming
G 4 United States Rush, Kareem 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Missouri
F/C 14 United States Smith, Jason 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Colorado State
F/C 16 United States Speights, Marreese 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Florida
G 23 United States Williams, Louis 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) South Gwinnett High School
F 21 United States Young, Thaddeus 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Georgia Tech
Head coach
  • Vacant
Assistant coach(es)



Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2009-08-03

Regular season[edit]

Standings[edit]

Atlantic Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div
y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 35–6 27–14 15–1
x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 21 24–17 17–24 6–10
New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 28 19–22 15–26 8–8
Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 29 18–23 15–26 6–10
New York Knicks 32 50 .390 30 20–21 12–29 5–11
# Eastern Conference
Team W L PCT GB
1 z-Cleveland Cavaliers 66 16 .805
2 y-Boston Celtics 62 20 .756 4
3 y-Orlando Magic 59 23 .720 7
4 x-Atlanta Hawks 47 35 .573 19
5 x-Miami Heat 43 39 .524 23
6 x-Philadelphia 76ers 41 41 .500 25
7 x-Chicago Bulls 41 41 .500 25
8 x-Detroit Pistons 39 43 .476 27
9 Indiana Pacers 36 46 .439 30
10 Charlotte Bobcats 35 47 .427 31
11 New Jersey Nets 34 48 .415 32
12 Milwaukee Bucks 34 48 .415 32
13 Toronto Raptors 33 49 .402 33
14 New York Knicks 32 50 .390 34
15 Washington Wizards 19 63 .232 47

Game log[edit]

2008–09 game log
2012–13 season schedule

Playoffs[edit]

First Round[edit]

In the first round of the 2009 NBA Playoffs, the sixth seeded Philadelphia 76ers were paired with the third seed Southeast Division champions and eventual Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic. The Sixers managed to split the series with the Magic at two games a piece after four games, but the Magic went on to win what would be the final two games of the series two eliminate the Sixers in the best of seven series four games to two.

Game log[edit]

2009 playoff game log
2013 playoff schedule

Player statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

Season[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Elton Brand 29 23 31.7 .447 .000 .676 8.8 1.3 0.59 1.55 13.8
Samuel Dalembert 82 82 24.8 .498 .000 .734 8.5 0.2 0.40 1.78 6.4
Reggie Evans 79 7 14.4 .444 .000 .594 4.6 0.3 0.52 0.10 3.3
Willie Green 81 60 22.6 .435 .317 .729 1.6 2.0 0.65 0.16 8.5
Andre Iguodala 82 82 39.9 .473 .307 .724 5.7 5.3 1.60 0.44 18.8
Royal Ivey 71 0 12.1 .332 .342 .791 1.1 0.6 0.51 0.10 3.0
Donyell Marshall 25 0 7.6 .452 .455 .500 1.6 0.6 0.16 0.20 3.8
Andre Miller 82 82 36.3 .473 .283 .826 4.5 6.5 1.33 0.17 16.3
Theo Ratliff 46 0 12.6 .531 .000 .600 2.8 0.2 0.37 1.02 1.9
Kareem Rush 25 1 8.0 .345 .303 1.000 0.6 0.6 0.20 0.04 2.2
Marreese Speights 79 2 16.0 .502 .250 .773 3.7 0.4 0.34 0.71 7.7
Louis Williams 81 0 23.7 .398 .286 .790 2.0 3.0 1.05 0.17 12.8
Thaddeus Young 75 71 34.4 .495 .341 .735 5.0 1.1 1.33 0.31 15.3

Playoffs[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Samuel Dalembert 6 6 22.2 .615 .000 .750 7.8 0.5 0.33 1.50 5.8
Reggie Evans 5 0 7.2 .222 .000 .750 2.0 0.0 0.60 0.00 1.4
Willie Green 6 6 24.5 .412 .364 .333 1.0 1.2 0.00 0.17 7.8
Andre Iguodala 6 6 44.8 .449 .393 .652 6.3 6.7 1.83 0.00 21.5
Royal Ivey 6 0 7.5 .273 .286 .750 0.7 0.0 0.50 0.00 1.8
Donyell Marshall 6 0 8.3 .375 .364 .000 1.2 0.0 0.17 0.17 2.7
Andre Miller 6 6 43.0 .475 .300 .824 6.3 5.3 1.17 0.17 21.2
Theo Ratliff 6 0 15.7 .818 .000 .500 3.8 0.0 0.17 0.67 3.3
Marreese Speights 3 0 9.7 .429 .000 .750 2.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 3.0
Louis Williams 6 0 24.8 .412 .375 .667 2.5 2.8 0.50 0.17 9.7
Thaddeus Young 6 6 38.2 .449 .417 .833 4.5 1.3 1.00 0.17 12.0

Awards and records[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • Thaddeus Young was selected as a member of the sophomore team in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge on All-Star Weekend.

Records[edit]

Injuries and surgeries[edit]

  • February 5: Elton Brand tore the labrum of his right shoulder and it was announced that he would undergo season ending surgery on February 9.[12]

Transactions[edit]

Trades[edit]

July 9, 2008
To Philadelphia 76ers
Future conditional 2nd round pick
To Minnesota Timberwolves
Rodney Carney, Calvin Booth, future 1st round pick & cash considerations

Free Agents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]