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Fo’ with the Foes: Miami Heat

Posted by: C. Smith
01/17/14 3:16 pm EST

miami-heat-dancers-8This 2013-14 opening day edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Miami Heat who are not playing like two time defending NBA Champions right now and thus are experiencing a 3-game losing skid right.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Heat team the Sixers face tonight from our man Wes Goldberg at AllUCanHeat.com as Wes will answer Fo’ questions on the Heat from us here at Philadunkia.


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Interview: Thaddeus Young

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/16/14 2:26 pm EST

thad3ballDraining the game winning 3-pointer last night for the 76ers (pic at left) was just the latest jaw dropping feat in what has been a stellar year for veteran forward Thaddeus Young.  

In addition to averaging career highs of 17.6 ppg. (19.8 in his last 10) and 6.6 rpg., Thad has become the leader of this Sixers’ roster and a Philadunkia nation favorite during one of the toughest seasons in the history of this franchise.  

The bonus to his heightened play this year is that Thad remains one of the classiest guys in the League.

As he pushes for a spot on the 2014 East All-Star squad, Thad took some time to jump on the phone with Philadunkia’s Jeff McMenamin and answer questions on the standout season he is having; his alleged trade request and the advice he is giving to his young teammates. 

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Fo’ with the Foes: Charlotte Bobcats

Posted by: C. Smith
01/15/14 2:43 pm EST

charlotte-bobcats-lady-cats-cheerleader-kristiThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series, which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Charlotte Bobcats, who have lost eight of their last ten, but got a solid win against New York last night and currently sit inthe 8th and final playoff spot in the East.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Charlotte team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Spencer Percy at queencityhoops.com, as Spencer will answer Fo’ questions on his Bobcats squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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Philadunkia 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/15/14 9:45 am EST

76erscrystalballIt’s time for another edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4 series…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?”

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump four Philadunkia scribes will look at four pressing 76ers topics.

 


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Wiggins Watch: Episode V

Posted by: Alex Gorge
01/14/14 12:43 pm EST

wigginsblackbckdropIn baseball, scouts describe complete prospects as “5 tool” players.  In Ames, Iowa Monday night, Kansas freshmen sensation Andrew Wiggins took a step closer to being a complete player.  The new skill set he displayed — rebounding.

The 14th ranked Jayhawks escaped Ames with a 77-70 win over 7th ranked Iowa State.  The difference in this highly anticipated conference match-up was that the Jayhawks out rebounded Iowa State 53 to 36.

Nineteen of those rebounds came from Wiggins.  The mark was one short of the KU freshman record (20, Eric Chenowith vs. Texas A&M, 1/14/98).  Wiggins grabbed 12 of those boards in 1st half on his way to posting his second double-double of the season.


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Notes, Links & Tweets

Posted by: C. Smith
01/13/14 11:30 am EST

JaneenMasiejczyk_SixersDanceTeamMemphis head coach Josh Pastnor has some deep Philly roots and ohhh yeah…his family may have video tape of Wilt’s 100-point game.

For ESPN.com…David Thorpe of scout.com ranks the rookies in the Association.  Hint: MCW does well in this ranking.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Australian draft lottery prospect Dante Exum has met with agents and may be headed to the NBA.

Speaking of the 2014 Draft, nbadraft.net has the Sixers selecting Julius Randle in the 5th spot and a PG at #12.

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com pulls up hundreds of ticket ads and this ball signed by Barkley and Iverson.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Detroit Pistons

Posted by: C. Smith
01/10/14 12:30 pm EST

pistonschelseyThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series, which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Detroit Pistons, who have lost 6 straight and are in as bad of shape as the 76ers, but feature Andre Drummond one of  the best young bigs in the NBA.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Detroit team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Dan Feldman at pistonpowered.com, as Dan will answer Fo’ questions on his Pistons squad from us here at Philadunkia.

How to Fix the NBA Tanking Situation

Posted by: Steve Toll
01/09/14 9:52 am EST

pingpongballsMuch has been written on the Internet about the plague of NBA tanking.

Most recently, the 76ers poor level of play during their last two games has brought the #WinlessFor Wiggins and #SorryFor Jabari campaigns back to the front burner on this site.

Without being overly harsh, tanking is a joke.

Outside of a few bright spots: the development of Michael Carter-Williams; Spence’s trade value bolstering 3-point shooting; and Thad’s career best level of play, the 76ers have been a train wreck during the tanking process.

They have sucked the joy out of the NBA season for me.

Rather than have a number of teams tanking every year, I’d much prefer a full NBA redraft each season with a strict salary cap that can’t be exceeded.


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Is It Time for Hinkie To Intervene?

Posted by: Alex Gorge
01/06/14 11:20 am EST

062713_hinkie-sam_600For the past ten years, the 76ers have had an addiction to mediocrity.  Even with their least talented rosters, they always find an improbable way to win 25 to 30 games each season and miss out on the chance of drafting a franchise player in the NBA Lottery.

With the momentum of a four game road winning streak in hand, it now appears as though the Sixers could miraculously pull this season out of the tank and into mediocre territory.  A repeat of mediocre past seasons could mean another June spent watching franchise changing prospects get drafted by other NBA teams.

So I have to ask…Is it time for an intervention?


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Tolerable Tanking

Posted by: Josh Newman
12/31/13 10:17 am EST

brown&hornyAs this NBA season, one marred by injuries to star players and presumed tanking by some of the League’s small-market, lesser-talented teams, speeds towards the new year, it’s important to remember that hindsight is always 20/20.

Those teams that everyone knew would be tanking, squads like the 76ers, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors, have done so with varying degrees of success.  The Sixers, who won their first three games of the season as rookie sensation Michael Carter-Williams drew comparisons to Magic Johnson, caught everyone sleeping.  Things eventually settled down and the realization of a poor roster came to the forefront.  Now at 9-21, the Sixers are heading to the NBA Draft Lottery this spring.


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