The 2019-20 Sixers season is perhaps the most anticipated in nearly twenty years.  With training camp just a few weeks away let’s take a walk down memory lane and look at the top-ten “Not Real NBA Processors of All-Time”.

Qualifications

To be considered for this honor, players had to meet the following criteria:

  1. Had to appear in a minimum of 40 games (approximately half a season with the Sixers.  This criteria alone eliminated scores of memorable processors from Adonis Thomas (2 career Process games) to Christian Wood (17 career Process games).
  2. Had to have never been, or evolved into, a competent NBA player.  This criteria was a little subjective and eliminated a solidly mediocre NBA roster of current and former NBA players.So without further adieu here are the Top 10 “Not Real NBA Processors of All-Time”.

10) James Anderson

Anderson was an original processor.  He was signed as a free agent in the summer of 2013.  His process tenure lasted only one season. He appeared in 80 of 82 games during the 2013-14 season, averaging 10.1 points in 29 minutes a game. His process tenure was probably most notable for him being remarkably unremarkable at everything basketball related.  However, he did once score 36 points in an NBA game and nobody can take that away from him.

Post-Process, Anderson played 51 more career NBA games on 2015-16 Kings. He has also made hoops stops in both Russia and Turkey, where he currently plays for the Anadolu Efes, a top Turkish squad.

9) Furkan Aldemir

Truth be told, the criteria for making this list was lowered from 50 to 40 games so that the original Furkan could secure a spot.  Aldemir was acquired in a trade with the Rockets in July of 2013. The Sixers received the rights to Aldemir, Royce “zero frequent flyer miles” White and cash for a 2014 second-round pick (top 55 protected…go ahead and laugh out loud). Aldemir was the first foreign-born piece of the process to appear in a Sixers uniform. In Furkan’s 41 career Sixer games that season he amassed more fouls (96) than points (93). The only part of his body that appeared chiseled from stone were his hands, which could never quite cleanly secure the ball.  The majority of his NBA career is captured in this “Mix” that an actual human being put together.

Post-Process Furkan never appeared in another NBA game and last played professionally in Turkey during the 2016-17 season.

8) Brandon Davies

Davies was acquired as a free agent in October of 2013 after being waived by the Clippers.  He appeared in 71 games over 2 seasons before being traded to the Nets (Fans were actually upset at the time of the deal). Davies was a hustle player with little-to-no offensive skills. He was the pre-Ersan process charge taker, although this attempt did not go so well (Side note: check out $700 sweater Drake being a little too excited with a 40 point lead). Davies flashed some moments of promise, including a career-high 20-point performance against the Magic in early 2014-15.  Alas, it did not last, and 15 games later Davies was on his way to Brooklyn for a package that included two highly Hinkie coveted second-round picks.

Post-Process Davies’ NBA career lasted all of seven games with the Nets.  He then moved on to span the continent of Europe. He has played in France, Italy, Monaco, and Lithuania, where this past season he was named All-EuroLeague First Team.  This earned him a new two-year contract with top Euro club, FC Barcelona, in Spain. 

7) Henry Sims

Sims played 79 career Process games over two seasons between 2013 and 2105.  Sims had logged 22 career games between New Orleans and Cleveland when he was acquired along with Earl Clark and 2 second-round picks (one would become Jerami Grant) for Spencer Hawes in a Sam Hinke second round special trade.  Sims averaged a respectable 12 points and 7 rebounds per game in 26 games after arriving in 2013-14. Unfortunately, his lack of athleticism caught up with him and he was unable to duplicate this production the following season.

Post-Process Sims appeared in 14 uneventful games with the Nets.  He subsequently spent a brief period in the D-League before heading overseas. There, Sims has played for the Shanxi Brave Dragons in China and numerous Italian teams, including Fortitudo Bologna where he currently resides.

6) K.J. McDaniels

McDaniels is the first actual Sixer draft pick to appear on the list.  He was selected out of Clemson in the second round of the 2014 draft. His Process career lasted only 52 games, but they included a lot of high flying blocks and dunks. Unfortunately, jumping was K.J.’s only actual NBA skill.  And when he refused to sign a Hinkie special second round four-year contact, he was shipped off to Houston before finishing his rookie season for Isaiah Canaan (Spoiler Alert) and a second-round pick (turned into Richaun Holmes).

Post-Process K.J., to his great credit, garnered a three-year $10 million dollar deal from the Rockets.  After which, however, he would only appear in 86 additional NBA games (29% shooting from three will do that to you).  Over the past few years, he has played on numerous G-League teams, culminating with being named MVP of the 2018 Summer League Championship game in Las Vegas. In August, he signed with TNT KaTropa (fun fact: this team was formerly known as the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters) in the Philippine Basketball Association.


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