2008–09 Philadelphia 76ers season
|2008–09 Philadelphia 76ers season|
|Head coach||Maurice Cheeks
(until December 13, 2008)
|Place||Division: 2nd (Atlantic)
Conference: 6th (Eastern)
|Playoff finish||First Round
|Television||CSN Philadelphia, WPSG|
The 2008–09 Philadelphia 76ers season was the 70th season of the franchise, 60th in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team finished with a .500 record. The only two things memorable about the season is that the team went back to the classic uniform style the team wore in the 1980s, and the Sixers defeated the Chicago Bulls in a game played at The Spectrum, the teams home from 1967–1996.
The team signed Elton Brand to a 5-year $79 million dollar contract.
- 1 Key dates
- 2 Summary
- 3 Draft picks
- 4 Roster
- 5 Regular season
- 6 Playoffs
- 7 Player statistics
- 8 Awards and records
- 9 Injuries and surgeries
- 10 Transactions
- 11 References
- June 26: The 2008 NBA draft took place in New York City.
- July 1: The free agency period started.
- July 9: Signed 2-time All-Star PF Elton Brand.
- October 8: The Sixers' preseason started with a game against the Boston Celtics.
- October 29: The Sixers' regular season started with a game against the Toronto Raptors.
- December 13: The Sixers fired head coach Maurice Cheeks after a 9–14 start and appoint Assistant general manager Tony DiLeo as interim head coach.
- March 13: The Sixers played their last game at the Wachovia Spectrum against the Chicago Bulls.
- April 4: The Sixers clinched a playoff berth to the 2009 NBA Playoffs.
- April 30: The Sixers were eliminated from the 2009 NBA Playoffs with their game 6 loss to Orlando Magic finishing the series 4–2.
2008 NBA draft
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.
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.
On July 9 after denouncing their rights to their unrestricted free agents, and trading Rodney Carney and Calvin Booth, 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.
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.
On August 12, ESPN announced that the 76ers had come to terms with restricted free agent Andre Iguodala on a reported 6-year 80 million dollar deal. 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.
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
|1||16||Marreese Speights||Power Forward||United States||Florida (So.)|
|2008–09 Philadelphia 76ers roster|
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Samuel Dalembert||Marreese Speights||Theo Ratliff|
|PF||Thaddeus Young||Elton Brand||Reggie Evans||Donyell Marshall|
|SG||Willie Green||Lou Williams||Royal Ivey||Kareem Rush|
|New Jersey Nets||34||48||.415||28||19–22||15–26||8–8|
|New York Knicks||32||50||.390||30||20–21||12–29||5–11|
|11||New Jersey Nets||34||48||.415||32|
|14||New York Knicks||32||50||.390||34|
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 in a best-of-seven series. 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 to eliminate the Sixers.
|2009 playoff game log|
First Round: 2–4 (Home: 1–2; Road: 1–2)
|2016 playoff schedule|
|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|
Awards and records
- Thaddeus Young was selected as a member of the sophomore team in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge on All-Star Weekend.
Injuries and surgeries
- August 7: Jason Smith tore his ACL at an offseason Las Vegas NBA Camp.
- 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.
|July 9, 2008
||To Philadelphia 76ers
Future conditional 2nd round pick
|To Minnesota Timberwolves
Rodney Carney, Calvin Booth, future 1st round pick & cash considerations
- CBSSports.com wire, Sixers spend day wooing Hawks' Smith, CBSSports.com, July 2, 2008.
- http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5gxkE9qbHuElAU6Gv4H4qL8hFR0eQD91QID504[dead link]
- Sixers.com, 76ers Sign Two-time NBA All-star Elton Brand, Sixers.com, July 9, 2008.
- Philly.com, 76ers come to terms with Kareem Rush, Philly.com, July 28, 2008.
- Phillyburbs.com, Rush signs, Williams rumors simmer, Phillyburbs.com, July 30, 2008.
- Philly.com, Sixers, Williams agree on 5-year deal, Philly.com, July 31, 2008.
- ESPN.com, Sources: Iguodala agrees to six-year, $80 million deal with Sixers, www.ESPN.com, August 12, 2008.
- Philly.com, Source says Ratliff, Sixers agree to 1-year deal, , August 19, 2008.
- Kate Fagan, Sixers’ Jason Smith tears ACL, could miss most of season, , August 8, 2008.
- Brand out for rest of season, will have shoulder surgery, , February 5, 2009.