Tags: evan turner, lou williams, night shift, nikola vucevic, Sixers, thad young
There’s been a number of reasons for the Sixers hot start. Their continuity (they returned their top 12 scorers and rebounders from last year) is a major plus in this condensed season. Spencer Hawes, aka Wight Howard, is either on steroids or so upset about the mess that is the GOP nomination race that he’s taking it out on liberal centers everywhere. But perhaps the biggest advantage the Sixers have, and the main reason for their 7-3 start, is the play of their bench.
Averaging 43.5 points per game (3rd in the NBA), the bench – Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, Lou Williams, and Nikola Vucevic – has been huge. They’ve been so important that Marc Zumoff, he of the legendary ‘Flight Brothers’ nickname, has dubbed them ‘The Night Shift,’ the group that comes in and cleans up when the regulars leave.* We thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the Night Shift in, you know, actual night shift jobs.
* This is the most direct reference and probably what Zumoff means, but we kind of hope he is way more subtle than anyone gives him credit for. Night Shift was an 80s movie starring Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton with the following plot: A nebbish of a morgue attendant gets shunted back to the night shift where he is shackled with an obnoxious neophyte partner who dreams of the “one great idea” for success. His life takes a bizarre turn when a prostitute neighbour complains about the loss of her pimp. His partner, upon hearing the situation, suggests that they fill that opening themselves using the morgue at night as their brothel. Against his better judgement, he gets talked into the idea, only to find that it’s more than his boss that has objections to this bit of entrepreneurship. This sounds way cooler than Thad Young as a janitor. Ah well, next time.