David Murphy is a sports columnist for the Daily News and Inquirer. He joined the company in 2008 and spent the next six years on the Phillies beat.

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The Sixers took chances with their draft strategy. Will it pay off? | David Murphy

It all comes down to if Elton Brand and the team brass evaluated talent correctly. The more chances they take, the more likely it'll pay off. But what happens when the team needs to win now?

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Are the Sixers laying the groundwork to replace Jimmy Butler? | David Murphy

A look at a lingering question from NBA draft night.

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In Matisse Thybulle, Sixers hope they have found a rotation fixture through the NBA draft | David Murphy

Thybulle's defense is an elite, NBA-ready skill, one that general manager Elton Brand and head coach Brett Brown can project into their rotation as an off-the-bench wing.

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Four questions that will affect the Sixers’ prospects next season | David Murphy

One of the questions: Might the Nets replace the Celtics as a favorite for one of the East’s top four seeds?

NBA mock draft 2019: Sixers take Ty Jerome in an attempt to replace Landry Shamet | David Murphy

The spot-up shooter who knocked down 40 percent of his threes for the Cavs could become a valuable bench scorer and floor spacer.

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Can the Sixers add a player in the NBA draft who will help them next season? Here’s what history says. | David Murphy

The Sixers are about to enter a years-long stretch in which they will need low-cost young players to contribute in the playoffs, this year's draft will be one of their final golden opportunities to do so.

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The Phillies need a starter. Here’s what the trade market could offer. | David Murphy

The Phillies need to stabilize the back end of their rotation and possibly add a pitcher they trust to take the mound in a key playoff game. Here are five names that could work.

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The Phillies need to fix their starting rotation. What are their options?

As obvious as the decision to demote a scuffling Jerad Eickhoff to the bullpen was, it's not clear which decision the Phillies can make next.

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The Sixers can take a lot of lessons from the Raptors in the NBA Finals, one in particular | David Murphy

Kawhi Leonard is on the verge of demolishing the Warriors. Let's not lose sight that the Sixers were good enough to almost stop him last month.

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In the midst of another odd season, Phillies’ Bryce Harper is raking again. Who knows what comes next? | David Murphy

Bryce Harper's statistics have always had an unpredictable variance to them, but what do his past seasons tell us about what to expect for the rest of the year?