GM1: Rapid (Not So Bad) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
10/30/14 9:40 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Indiana Pacers
Nerlens Noel, PF 35 MIN | 2-11 FG | 2-6 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +2

I was very impressed with his athleticism, shot blocking skills and ability to get to the rack on offense. However, he obviously struggled to finish when he got to the tin and most alarming for me was Noel’s inability to guard the pick and roll. I saw flashes of major potential and points where his raw skills were exposed badly. I have a felling that will be the case on a lot of nights. The spill he took in the 3rd was scary.

Chris Johnson, SF 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +1

I was shocked to see CJ’s name in the first-five, but he captalized nicely on the opportunity Brown gave him, scoring point in every quarter of this game. Defensively I like what I saw as well.

Henry Sims, C 23 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -16

A quick start — 4 pts. in the early 1st Q — did not produce the big night I was looking for from Sims, but he played solidly.  Still, I need more than 4 boards from my “center”.

Tony Wroten, SG 35 MIN | 9-21 FG | 3-8 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +8

If this more “mature” version of TWroe shows up every night, the Sixers will be more pleasant to watch than I expected. 7 dimes and only 1 turnover for #8 last night. He still shot way too many 3′s and was awful from the FT line, but overall I like what I saw. The flush in traffic during the 4th Q was smooth.

Hollis Thompson, SG 29 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | 0

Someone remind me again why the Sixers brass is so high on this guy?

 

 


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A 1-9 Start for the Sixers Is Likely

Posted by: Tyler Cook
10/29/14 10:00 am EST
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2getherwebuildmantracopyThe 76ers tip off the season of the “double tank” (a.k.a. “Tank 2.0″) tonight in Indiana against a very different looking Pacers team. Frank Vogel’s squad is missing a key point to their scoring attack as all-star Paul George continues to recover from the leg injury he suffered while competing for Team USA.  Additionally second scoring option Lance Stephenson signed with the Charlotte Hornets in the off-season.   David West and George  Hill are injured and out for tonight’s game.  However, Roy Hibbert, Luis Scola, Chris Copeland and Rodney Stuckey will be in the Pacers lineup tonight and that likely will be enough to hold off the upset minded Sixers in the 2014-15 season opener for both teams.

The wise guys in Vegas have established the Sixers as a 7-point underdog tonight vs. a mediocre Pacers team that was picked to by SI.com to finish 9th in the East.  Yesterday here at the Philadunkia offices, we analyzed the season opener and the first month of the Sixers 2014-15 schedule.  Obviously it’s not going to be pretty for Brett Brown’s troops and so the following question came up …

When will the 76ers record their first win of the 2014-15 season?

 


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Finding A Mentor for MCW

Posted by: Adam Gross
10/28/14 11:29 am EST
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mcw76ers-media-dayeditedWith the Travis Outlaw / Bo Outlaw debacle behind them, the 76ers roster is now set for opening night.  As we review this group of “developing assets”, cast offs and D-League level players as well as the Sixers coaching staff, we have discovered a glaring omission.  Once again his roster and staff does not contain a veteran point guard or former NBA point guard turned coach to help with the development of Michael Carter-Williams.

The future of the Sixers may very well rest on the shoulders of Michael Carter-Williams.  The young floor general had a great rookie season, but improvement is crucial for his, and the franchise’s future success.  There are definitely facets of his game that could use improvement and Brett Brown is a solid development coach who can fix most of those issues.  However, Brown’s lack of NBA playing experience could be a barrier that prevents MCW from fully developing as a player and leader.  Bringing in a qualified point guard mentor/coach/consultant to work with #1 could not only fix MCW’s faults, but in the long run it could help MCW become a more complete player.

After the jump I provide several suggestions for who I’d like to 76ers hire to serve in this role for Carter-Williams.
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Steve Nash’s Final Run in Philly

Posted by: C. Smith
10/24/14 12:44 pm EST
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nashvsixerseditedLate yesterday we all learned that Steve Nash has officially been ruled out of the 2014-15 season for the Los Angeles Lakers because of the nerve damage that has led to years of back and leg pains.  The announcement was a bit of a shock given that in late-September at the start of training camp, Nash had the following to say about his health, “A lot better.  A lot different, even…I feel healthier mentally for sure.”

Still, Nash had seen limited minutes for the Lakers in this preseason and there were rumors swirling about continued health issues for #10.  So there was some writing on the wall prior to the official announcement.

This setback has likely ended the playing career of a certain first ballot Hall of Famer and one of the most entertaining floor generals in modern NBA history.  However, 76ers fans who truly love the game can take solace in the fact that in what was likely Nash’s final game played here in Philadelphia, that star point guard put on performance that could go down as the best outing of his final season in the League.

After the jump, highlights and a few facts about Nash’s last game here in Philly.


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Player Prop Bets for the 76ers

Posted by: C. Smith
10/24/14 9:50 am EST
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las-vegasAs the 109-103 loss in Detroit last night further proved, the 76ers are going to struggle to win many games in 2014-15.  To be honest being competitive every night is going to be a huge challenge for Brett Brown and his troops.  That will be especially true in games where Michael Carter Williams and/or Nerlens Noel are sidelined.  On those nights, the Sixers will be absolutely unwatchable.

So given how bad the 7-6 will be this season — Vegas has set the over/under for wins at 15.5 — why not make the losses significantly more interesting each night by laying a few benjamins on some player prop bets.

After the jump, we list a number of player prop bets you can place with our friends at Bovada.lv.


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TC14: Question No. 10

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/22/14 11:53 am EST
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76ersaltlogoThe 76ers stand at 2-5 this preseason and matchup with the improved Detroit Pistons lies ahead on Thursday night.  After missing 3 games because of a respiratory infection, it appears Nerlens Noel (8.7 points & 8.7 rebounds per this preseason) will return to the lineup vs. the Pistons and look to scrape more of the rust of his game.  As Brett Brown’s “all of October” training camp rolls on, we are going to continue to discuss a number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team draws closer to the tip off of the regular “double tank” season.

As you probably know by now, this Philadunkia series will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing as the 2014-15 regular season opener approaches.  Each day a question will be posed to three Philadunkia scribes — Jeff McMenamin, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and C. Smith — and their insightful answers (hopefully) will be posted for you the reader to view and comment on.

Today we present the 10th installment in our series with the question…“Where will the 76ers offensive production come from in 2014-15?


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The 3-Ball & This 76ers’ Roster

Posted by: C. Smith
10/21/14 11:45 am EST
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brown-brettYesterday on Philly.com there was a story by Joe Juliano about the 76ers their struggles from behind the 3-point.  In the article/post coach Brown basically acknowledged that the Sixers don’t have the shooters to be successful from deep, but also noted that he will continue to encourage this roster to hoist up 3-point attempts.

Here are a couple of interesting quotes by Brown on the Sixers and the 3-pointer:

“I hope we make more.”

“I know we’re not really a three-point shooting team.”

“We knew it was going to be a problem…It’s just part of development to encourage them to shoot.  I want them shooting threes and I want them feeling that they can.”

Why I ask?


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TC14: Question No. 9

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/15/14 12:56 pm EST
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twroevnykeditedLast night up in Syracuse the 76ers lost another preseason game and their record fell to 1-3 this month.  Nerlens Noel (12 & 11) and Henry Sims (10 & 7) posted solid performances against the Knicks, but it remains painfully obvious that the 76ers have a great deal to work on.  So as Brett Brown’s “all of October” training camp rolls on, we are going to continue to discuss a number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team draws closer to the tip off of the regular “double tank” season.

As you probably know by now, this Philadunkia series will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing as the 2014-15 regular season opener approaches.  Each day a question will be posed to three Philadunkia scribes — Jeff McMenamin, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and C. Smith — and their insightful answers (hopefully) will be posted for you the reader to view and comment on.

Today we present the 8th installment in our series with the question…“Which player will be a pleasant surprise for this team coming out of Brown’s extended training camp?

 
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Is There A Doctor in the House?

Posted by: Adam Gross
10/14/14 10:19 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers Media Day“If it was up to me, I’d be out there playing right now.  I want to be out there.  I feel unbelievable.  I feel 100%.  I’m plenty ahead of schedule.”

According to a number of Twitter feeds run by the 76ers’ beat writers, those are the words of Michael Carter-Williams after the Sixers workout at PCOM yesterday.

The shocking part about MCW’s comments is that just last Thursday afternoon, Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown had this to say about MCW, “We haven’t completely wrapped (MCW) up in cotton wool but almost. … He’s still a ways away (from scrimmaging).”

Brown also mentioned that there is no timetable for MCW’s return, but at least a few weeks is to be expected.  Given the franchise’s recent history on dealing with injured players, we’re betting that it will be even longer than that before we see #1 in action for your 2014-15 76ers.

 


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TC14: Question No. 8

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/13/14 4:11 pm EST
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noelandmcwComing off Friday night’s loss in Minnesota to the Thad Young led T-Wolves, it’s obvious the 76ers have a great deal to work on. So, Brett Brown’s “all of October” training camp continued yesterday with a 3+ hour practice over at the Sixers practice facility on the PCOM campus.  Since Brown and the team are still in training camp mode, we are going to continue to discuss a number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team draws closer to the tip off of the regular “double tank” season.

As you probably know by now, this Philadunkia series will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing as the 2014-15 regular season opener approaches.  Each day a question will be posed to three Philadunkia scribes — Jeff McMenamin, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and C. Smith — and their insightful answers (hopefully) will be posted for you the reader to view and comment on.

Today we present the 8th installment in our series with the question…“What player has the most to prove during this training camp / preseason?

 


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