THE 87ERS, the Sixers' NBA Development League affiliate, were going to have two things their parent club doesn't:
Wins and Allen Iverson.
But Iverson, who was scheduled to make an appearance at the 87ers' first home game of the season tonight, fell ill. A spokesperson said the team plans to reschedule the Answer for a later date.
That still leaves those wins, which - for Sixers fans - are more than worth the trip.
The Sevens, as they like to be called, have three victories in four games. Not too shabby for a team that went 12-38 in its debut season last year.
Tonight, they host the Sioux City Skyforce at the Bob Carpenter Center on the campus of the University of Delaware in Newark. Tip off is 7 o'clock.
Former Saint Joseph's star Ronald Roberts is the only Sevens player to start all four games this season. The 6-8 forward is averaging 17 points and 12.5 rebounds a game. Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, a 6-6 forward out of Temple, has started three games and is averaging 7.0 points and 2.3 assists.
Victor Rudd, a 6-9 forward who played for South Florida and made the roster in an open tryout, is averaging a team-leading 18.3 points per game.
The roster also includes guards Malcolm Lee (UCLA) Nolan Smith (Duke) and D.J. Seeley (Cal State-Fullerton).
Lee was selected 43rd overall pick by the Bulls in 2011 and traded to the Timberwolves on draft night. Slowed by injuries, he was traded to the Warriors, the Suns, and the Wizards before being signed and waived by the Sixers 2 months ago.
Smith, a first-round pick of the Trail Blazers in 2011, most recently played in the Turkish Basketball League. His father, Derek, played 10 seasons in the NBA including two with the Sixers (1988-89).