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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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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
09/16/13 12:57 pm EST

sixerscheer2013Last week we reported that the 76ers had hired Brandon Williams who at the time was the NBA’s Associate VP of Basketball Operations for a “key position” under General Manager Sam Hinkie. Now Williams’ role has become crystal clear — he will be the GM of the 87ers.

ESPN.com has launched its annual NBA player rankings and another 76er has come in as the distinguished “Mr. 500″ (Looking at you Lavoy Allen).  This time the title belongs to Royce White.  Tim Ohlbrecht is not far ahead of White at #495.

Evan Turner will be hosting a basketball clinic on September 21st at the Eastside Youth Center in Allentown.  $65 per camper.  Who’s in?


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YOU’RE HIRED

Posted by: C. Smith
09/11/13 11:36 am EST

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It appears the 76ers have made two new additions to the organization in the last 24 hours as Sam Hinkie and Brett Brown continue to assemble their lieutenants.

Last night on Twitter, Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) tweeted that Brandon Williams, the NBA’s Associate VP of Basketball Operations and a former Spurs roster member has been hired for a “key position” under General Manager Sam Hinkie.

It was also reported online yesterday by Anthony Salom of the UTEP men’s basketball blog Miner Rush that UTEP assistant coach Greg Foster has been offered a job on the Sixers coaching staff.

The 76ers have yet to comment officially on either of the rumors, but according to multiple NBA contacts of mine, the reports are accurate.


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ROYCE WHITE DRAMA

Posted by: C. Smith
09/04/13 11:09 am EST

RoyceWhitevipersOutside of a fairly active Twitter account and the word on the street that he was played very well in the Howard Pulley Pro City Summer League in Minneapolis, it’s been a pretty quiet summer for Royce White.

That was until early this morning when TMZ posted a report that White, “is at the center of a criminal investigation in Texas after allegedly beating up his then-girlfriend” — Tania Mehra – a Maxim model.

According to law enforcement documents obtained by TMZ, the incident in question occurred on June 22, 2013 when someone called 911 to report a laceration above Tania’s right eye.  Police officers responding to the call noted in their report that Tania claimed she suffered the injury from an “accidental fall” and no charges were filed.

Tania is now claiming she “lied” to police back on June 22nd and has filed an incident report.


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BRETT BROWN — RADIO STAR

Posted by: Jake Fischer
08/26/13 9:42 am EST

brownisoOn August 14th, the 76ers announced they had hired Brett Brown as  the team’s newest head coach — the 8th since Larry Brown left the franchise in 2003.

During Brett Brown’s presser at the Wells Fargo Center that day, the former San Antonio Spurs assistant coach proclaimed his expertise in player development, spoke about his excitement for his new gig and the enticing prospects on the Sixers roster he is inheriting.  Overall the reaction to Brown’s statements at his introductory press conference was very positive.

Last week, Brown appeared on two local sports radio programs and spoke more about the Sixers roster, the organization’s direction and player development.  Brown joined Mike Gill of 97.3 FM ESPN in Atlantic City on Tuesday to and on Wednesday Brown called in to the  94WIP Morning Show that was missing Sixer hater Angelo Cataldi.  Once again, Brown was impressive under the scrutiny of the Delaware Valley’s main stream media.

After the jump, we present the best Q & A’s from those two radio interviews as well as my own analysis for a number of Brown’s quotes.


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