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Summer School: Tony Wroten

Posted by: C. Smith
07/28/14 4:33 pm EST

wroten-tony_600editedThere is no denying that the relationships between NBA players on and off-the-court has changed over the last 15 years.  In this era of AAU basketball, powerhouse sports agents, mega sneaker contracts and social media, the majority of today’s NBA stars are well connected to each other and former players.  Thus, they have no problem texting an on-the-court rival for advice or working out with a division foe in the off-season or reaching out to a retired hoops legend in order to learn a new move.

Magic, Larry and Mike would never have dreamed of doing such things.

Again, times have changed and so today we are launching a new series here at Philadunkia.com that works off the above premise regarding current NBA players and applies it to the members of the 76ers roster.  Which current and/or former players should key members of the Sixers pursuit gym time with in order to develop and improve their game outside of Brett Brown’s watch?

First up, is arguably the most polarizing youngster on Brett Brown’s team — Tony Wroten.


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Legends of Summer…76ers Style

Posted by: C. Smith
07/23/14 10:46 am EST

drjruckerLong before the NBA’s marketing juggernaut placed it’s time, money and television network fully behind the Orlando Pro Summer League and the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the only time a hoop head like me got to watch his favorite pro ballers in the off-season was on the rare occasion where one of them would drop in for a run at the local summer Pro Am.  

Back in the day, tales of appearances by NBA players at the Drew League, Rucker Park, the Goodman League (a.k.a. Barry Farms), Seattle Pro Am, North Carolina Pro Am, etc., were passed on by word of mouth.  In the 90′s and early 2000′s grainy mixtapes preserved the efforts of guys from the League at “playground” games against eager local cats.  In the era of the iPhone and Go Pros, Youtube is now filled with crisp, clean HD video of these summer basketball sightings.

After the jump I pulled together a few of my favorite legends of summer basketball that involve former or current players from Philadunkia’s home team.


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What’s My Name?

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
07/21/14 10:05 am EST

Emmanuel-MudiayeditedWho is Emmanuel Mudiay?

With Sam Hinkie executing the double tank for 2014-15 in hopes of securing yet another high lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, it’s time you learned his name and his game.

Arguably one of the best high school point guards in the Class of 2015, Emmanuel won’t be seen by the casual basketball fan this upcoming fall.  Instead of playing for Sixers’ legend, Larry Brown, at SMU this season, Mudiay will be headed to China to play professional basketball.  The 6-5 guard would’ve been plenty fun to watch at the collegiate level this upcoming season.  Some have compared the electric guard to both John Wall and Russell Westbrook.


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The OPSL in Review

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/12/14 12:53 pm EST

2014summerleague2edited“Tyler, you always get to the airport 2 hours before your flight…ALWAYS.” That’s the wise words of my old man for you. With the Orlando Pro Summer league ending and my journey back home beginning I have a lot of time to think about each Sixer individually and how they preformed this past week.

Nothing is certain in professional sports, especially the guys that are playing their hearts out just to be invited to training camp. That being said the 76ers Orlando summer squad played surprisingly well and it will be interesting to witness how they perform in Las Vegas.  But before we movbe on to Sin City, let’s wrap up the action in O-Town.  Without further delay here is my assessment of the individual players and how they faired down here in Florida.


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OPSL GM5: We Are the Champions

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/11/14 6:39 pm EST

opslgm5editedThe 76ers have brought a championship back to the City of Brotherly Love!

While it might only be the Orlando Pro Summer League championship the Sixers have continued to showcase their young talent and win all week long.

The Sixers played in the OPSL championship game this afternoon against another strong contender down here, the Memphis Grizzlies. Coming into this game the Sixers had won three straight games, only losing too the Orlando Magic the first game they played this week.


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OPSL GM4: 3 Game Winning Streak

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/09/14 9:29 pm EST

opslgm4editedThere’s no hiding that the 76ers are playing some of the best basketball down here at the Orlando Pro Summer League.  The team won its third game in a row tonight against a big and physical Brooklyn Nets team.  The final count had the Sixers on top 92-86 in a game that went down to the wire.

The Sixers offensively have been on a tear lately and the main culprit has been Sixers guard Casper Ware.  He looked like a NBA caliber player tonight against Brooklyn scoring an astonishing 24 points.  He commanded the offense all night and looked like a leader on the court.  Ware shot 52% from the field tonight, knocking down 9-17 field goals.  He also made a couple clutch pull up threes when the Sixers needed them.


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OPSL GM3: Two Wins in a Row

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/09/14 12:11 pm EST

opslgm3With Nerlens Noel back in the line-up last night for the 76er’s the boys from Philadelphia were able to get another win against a struggling Houston team.  The Sixers beat down on the Rockets for the majority of the game winning 92-71.

Noel played again last night after getting a rest for Game 2 on Sunday.  Noel played an average game at best only scoring 8 points. At times he struggled grabbing rebounds and looked a little sloppy on transition defense.  He did however show signs of the great player Philadunkia nation hopes he will turn out to be.  Noel had three big blocks and a play in which he striped his defender and took it back the length of the court and threw it down with a two handed flush.

However there was some concern about Noel’s health as he seemed to tweak his ankle during the game.


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The Impact of Nerlens Noel

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
07/08/14 8:54 am EST

noelopsleditedFor Philadunkia nation, the Orlando Pro Summer League is worth watching for many reasons.  We get the chance to see our 2014 high 2nd round draft picks take the floor.  We get to see Travis Bader, the 3-point specialist, fight for a spot on the team.  Fans also get to see the emergence of high-flying, St. Joe’s product Ronald Roberts, Jr. making highlight reel plays.

All of these players are reasons why fans are tuning in to watch the 76ers in Orlando, but these rookies aren’t the main attraction.  What keeps fans glued to the television is the mystery that is Nerlens Noel.

The defensive center finally took the floor on Saturday afternoon for the 76ers after a year of rehabbing a torn ACL.  The debut of Noel was a sight for sore eyes, especially for Sixers fans, who struggled through the team’s 19 win season in 2013-14.

Not known for his offensive touch, Nerlens did a great job in his first action of the summer, finishing with 19 points and 4 steals.  .  Noel’s summer league debut was great, but what can we expect from him during the regular season?


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OPSL GM2: Sweet, Sweet Victory

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/07/14 10:03 am EST

opslgm2Tough physical basketball was the name of the game being played Sunday as the Sixers defeated the Thunder 84-73.

Even better for Philadunkia nation was that the Sixers won big without even having to bring out their star center Nerlens Noel.  Don’t worry; Noel’s knee is fine after putting up 19 points Saturday in his debut game against the Orlando Magic.  The Sixers staff is just sitting him as a precautionary strategy and letting the big man get some rest to finish out this week, then preparing to take off to Las Vegas for another summer league appearance.

There’s no doubt that the 7-6 showed up to play today as they blew past the Thunder.  I looked up at one point to see that the Sixers had taken a 16-point lead, which ended up being their biggest lead of the night.  Ware, Bader, Roberts, and McDaniels all put on a clinic offensively and most importantly looked like each one of them was confident playing their own game.


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OPSL GM1: Close But No Cigar

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/06/14 9:46 am EST

opslgm1A promising and competitive showing was seen from the 76ers yesterday as they played their first game against the home team, the Orlando Magic in the opening day of the Orlando Pro Summer League.  The Sixers were defeated by the Magic 83-77 but a lot can be taken away from the first game down here in sunny Florida.

First, Nerlens Noel had his NBA debut and it didn’t take long at all for him to make a strong impact. Noel had the first field goal of the game with a tremendous dunk that shook Amway Center only 30 seconds after tipoff.  Every Philly fan can breathe a sigh of relief because Noel looked confident and comfortable for not playing a competitive game of basketball in over a year.  Noel finished with 19 points against the Magic.  The big man also knocked down an outstanding 7-7 free throws proving that he has been working very hard on that part of his game.


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