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Is Embiid a Good Fit for the 76ers?

Posted by: C. Smith
01/22/14 8:40 am EST

JoelEmbiid KansasDISCLAIMER:  The following post is NOT an outright endorsement of Joel Embiid as the 76ers 2014 NBA Draft Lottery selection.  It is simply a hypothetical idea that crossed my mind this past holiday weekend as I watched Embiid help Kansas defeat Oklahoma State and Baylor…

Leading up to the 2013-14 college basketball season my thoughts on the 2014 Draft class were that either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker would be the best fit for the 7-6.  As I have watched both of those All-America caliber kids play this year, my pre-season thoughts have not wavered like many of the “experts” out there.  Both are athletic, fantastic wing players who could step right in and start for Brett Brown.  Either one would be a tremendous fit as a draft pick for the Sixers.

However, as the college basketball season shifts into high gear, I have begun to take a much closer look at some of the other elite prospects around the nation.  So this past holiday weekend I closely watched (and rewatched via DVR) Joel Embiid of Kansas play in two games against very respectable competition.

As I watched and took notes on Embiid, who has recently sky rocketed up draft boards, I asked myself the following , “What if the Sixers are in a position to select Joel Embiid ?  What if Hinkie is on the clock and Embiid is the best player available?  Would Joel Embiid be a good fit here?” 

 
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Now That’s Tanking

Posted by: C. Smith
01/19/14 3:34 pm EST

2getherwebuildmantracopyAfter dropping both ends of a back-to-back set this weekend, the Sixers have now lost six of their last seven games.  The last two defeats  – Friday’s loss to a motivated Heat squad and last night’s ass whopping by the Bulls — were simply too embarrassing to warrant a Rapid Reacts post.

At the end of the 2013-14 season, we may look back at this lost weekend in mid-January and recognize it as the moment when the season of the tank became unwatchable.

After the jump, a look at some of the disturbing trends and numbers from Friday and Saturday night.


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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. 

Q&A after the J…


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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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