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Top 5 Moments of the First 15 Games

Posted by: C. Smith
11/27/13 8:50 am EST

2getherwebuildmantracopyThe 76ers are now 15 games into the 2013-14 season and to say it has been a roller coaster ride is an understatement.

A 3-0 start that included a home opening win over Miami and a thrilling 3-point victory over Chicago, was followed by losses in 8 of the next 10 games.

Memorable offensive performances by Spencer Hawes, Michael Carter Williams and James Anderson have been countered with nightly defensive efforts of the Swiss cheese variety.

I think you get the picture…This team is young and still getting to know each other. Thus the 76ers are subject to drastic swings in their level of play.  But surprise, this post is about highlighting the positive moments from October and November.

After the jump we’ll take a look at our Top 5 moments (via video) from the first 15 games of 2013-14.


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Notes, Links & Tweets

Posted by: C. Smith
11/11/13 11:35 am EST

krystalDid you know…Evan Turner is averaging 23.4 ppg. on 52% FGs and 58% on 2-point attempts.  His trade value has never been higher.  Deal him. Deal him now.

According to Fox Sports Ohio, the Sixers have suitors for Turner, right now.

Andrew Unterberger discusses how good Turner has been this season and looks at similar stretches of play ET has put up in the past.  Great read.

The Sixers played exciting basketball and lost on Saturday night, which is ideal tanking.  Meanwhile, the C’s beat the Heat on Saturday night and the Suns beat the Pelicans on Sunday.  It was a great weekend for the #WinlessforWiggins campaign.


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Wiggins Watch: Episode II

Posted by: Alex Gorge
11/07/13 1:02 pm EST

wigginsblackbckdrop“He’s got to take everyone’s best shot every night and I didn’t think he really brought it.”

That line was uttered by Kansas head coach Bill Self following a brief benching of Andrew Wiggins Tuesday night in KUs’ final preseason game vs. Fort Hays State.  Wiggins being benched may incite a fair amount of over reaction in the basketball world, especially among the Kansas faithful, but in reality it isn’t a big deal in the long run.


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An Interesting Take on Tanking

Posted by: C. Smith
10/29/13 12:11 pm EST

wigginsThis morning on SportsCenter, ESPN basketball scribe Jeff Goodman came on the air to discuss his upcoming ESPN The Magazine article which basically explores the topic of tanking in the NBA.  In the article, an anonymous NBA general manager  admitted to Goodman that losing “a lot of games this year” would be what is is best for his franchise.

Now, any number of GM’s or heads of Basketball Operations in the League could have given these interesting quotes to Goodman, but the the odds on favorites would be Lon Babby (Phoenix Suns), Dennis Lindsey (Utah Jazz) and the 7-6’s own Sam Hinkie.

Check out the video after the jump.


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A Rival Scout on the Sixers

Posted by: C. Smith
10/26/13 9:39 am EST

turnerblackbackdropeditedAs we all know, a number of major online and print outlets have already released their 2013-14 NBA Previews.  This week, Sports Illustrated’s NBA preview issue finally hit new stands and like all of the other previews we have read, the SI breakdown of the upcoming 76ers season was not kind.

Sports Illustrated picked the 7-6 to finish 15th in the East, but for me that was no surprise and to be honest it wasn’t that interesting.  What was interesting to read in SI was the “Enemy Lines” portion of the 76ers preview in which a rival scout analyzed last year’s Sixers as well as Brett Brown & Co.

After the jump, a breakdown of the Sixers by an NBA scout.


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2013-14 “Expert” Predictions for Sixers

Posted by: C. Smith
10/16/13 11:46 am EST

2getherwebuildmantracopyDespite some positive signs from the 76ers while the team was in Spain and England, we all know that the 76ers are in full tank mode and that the 2013-14 season (much like Monday night’s preseason game vs. Brooklyn) is going to be very difficult to watch.

If you are on the “Winless for Wiggins” bandwagon, as most of us here at Philadunkia are, then you have accepted that fact and are braced for what lies ahead this season.

But have you considered just how bad the Sixers could be in 2013-14?  A quick surf around the internet tells us that the “experts” think that the 2013-14 76ers could be one of the worst teams in the history of the League.

Which again, is good news in the year of the tank.


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Notes, Links & Tweets

Posted by: C. Smith
10/07/13 11:28 am EST

dikembeinspaincopyAccording to NBA.com, the Sixers failed miserably this off-season.

In case you did not catch Sunday’s game on NBATV, the Sixers led by “The Enigma’s” 25 points and Tony Wroten, beat Bilbao Basket 106-104.

NBA.com has the highlights of Sunday’s preseason win.

Bob Cooney of philly.com writes that the signing of Ganai Lawal indicates how desperate the Sixers bigs situation is right now.

A quick “76ers” search on craiglist.com produces this 1983 championship mug.  The price seems a bit high.  Maybe if it came with Guiness in it, I’ pay that number.


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POTENTIAL “NICKNAME JERSEYS”

Posted by: C. Smith
09/24/13 10:00 am EST

mcw-draftwithjerseyAccording to numerous online reports (We believe Tim Reynolds of the AP had the story first.), some members of the Miami Heat have been told the NBA is considering having them and the Brooklyn Nets wear ”nickname jerseys” in at least one of their match-ups this season.

The NBA has not officially announced any plans for a “nickname jersey” game, but it seems to be the worst kept secret in the NBA right now as players from both Miami and Brooklyn apparently have been aware of the idea for several weeks.

So we started to wonder, if the 76ers were ever included in such a unique promotion, what would be written on the back of their “nickname jerseys”?


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
09/23/13 10:33 am EST

JaneenMasiejczyk_SixersDanceTeamOver at philly.com Keith Pompey visited Nerlens Noel in Birmingham, AL for an update (with video) on his knee rehab.

Dei Lynam at csnphilly.com reports that coach Brown is working to improve the Sixers fitness level.

Dana O’Neil at ESPN.com reported the Billy Lange to the Sixers rumor over a week and on Sunday Lange’s addition to the staff became official.

The 76ers roster has not had a very good showing in ESPN.com’s #NBARank series.  At SI.com, they are ranking the Top 100 players in the Association and there’s more bad news there.  Thad was the only Sixer who made the list.  Bynum was ranked at #60.  “Big Nik” at #100.  INSERT JOKE HERE.  Jrue came in at #48.


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#BEWELL, “Mr. 500″

Posted by: C. Smith
09/17/13 1:20 pm EST

Royce-White-casualOn Monday ESPN.com launched its annual #NBArank series which counts down the Top 500 players in the NBA…according to ESPN’s panel of over 100 “experts”.

As you probably know by now, for the second time in three years, a member of the 76ers was slotted last in the rankings and earned the distinguished title of  “Mr. 500″.  Two years ago, that title belonged to Lavoy Allen.  Lavoy handled his “Mr. 500″ title with class.  At times he even appeared to embrace the ranking and use it to his advantage on and off-the-court.

In 2013, the “Mr. 500″ label has been assigned to one of the newest Sixers, Royce White.  So far, it seems that White is handling the situation just fine as well.

Given that I have watched White live during his Iowa State days and on tape in the D-League, the ranking was a bit of a surprise to me. However, the biggest shocker on Monday was not White’s #500 ranking, it was the outpouring of support for White that followed on social media yesterday.


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