Monthly Archive  August 2012

 
 

TIME TO STEP UP

Posted by: Steve Toll
08/25/12 9:41 am EST

Jrue Holiday needs to take his game to the next level this season and the addition of Andrew Bynum should act as a supercharger to Holiday’s progression.  The main factors in becoming an elite guard for Holiday are an increase in 3pt attempts and attacking the basket.  The offense should be set much differently then the past few seasons because there are only two ball handlers on the team compared to four last year.  This means that Holiday will be the primary initiator of the offense for the first time in his career.  Defensively, Holiday has all the tools to become a top tier NBA defender for years to come.  

The 3pt shooting is the quick and easy part.  Attacking the basket is going to prove a more difficult task, but the addition of Bynum certainly helps.  To get an understanding of how lacking in these two categories Holiday has been, here are numbers from the past 2 seasons.  Holiday was 8th in total minutes played, 102nd in free throw attempts (tied with Gordon Hayward), and 73rd in made 3pt shots while shooting a very good 37%.  On defense, another year of growth and learning is all that Holiday really needs to continue his development on that end of the court.


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PERFECT COMPLEMENT

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
08/20/12 10:15 am EST

Although the addition of Andrew Bynum has deservedly dominated headlines of Philadelphia media in the wake of last week’s big blockbuster, Andrew wasn’t the only player the team acquired that could have a major impact this season.  If healthy, Jason Richardson has an opportunity to revitalize his career with the Sixers, as well as play a prominent part in the first season of the Bynum era here in Philadelphia.

While he may not be the athlete he once was when he was soaring to back-to-back slam dunk championships, Richardson still has significant basketball abilities.  His mainly skill as we know is shooting the ball and shooting it well.  That should prove to be a valuable asset to a young Sixer squad with suddenly high expectations.  Many have all but written off Richardson after an underwhelming, injury-plagued stint in Orlando, but there’s reason to believe that the 31 year old swing man, reportedly near full health, can still produce.


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TWEAKING THE BIG TRADE

Posted by: Steve Toll
08/19/12 10:40 am EST

The recent trade that added Andrew Bynum to the Sixers didn’t have to include Andre Iguodala to Denver.  Furthermore, two guys who project to be good NBA starters, Nik Vucevic (Why didn’t ORL want Moultrie?) and Maurice Harkless (who from a previous article, I am quite high on) along with a 1st round pick were sent out along as well.  Unless you’re LAL or Miami, draft picks are vital and necessary pipeline to franchise success.  This trade should of been a thankful farewell to Thaddeus Young, a swift kick in the rear to Evan Turner.

First, the most positive aspect of the trade was it saved Doug Collins and/or Rod Thorn from trading Dre for Rudy Gay or Monta Ellis.  Gay is massively overpaid and Ellis is overpaid and has been average since his moped accident.  Secondly, it essentially removed Nick Young and Kwame Brown from many competitive minutes.  Those two facts, will be but shouldn’t be overlooked this season.  The truth is, keeping Young-Brown out of the lineup and not trading for Gay/Ellis makes this a good trade, unfortunately the 7-6 facilitated a trade where they came out a distant 3rd out of 4 teams.

 

FIRST-FIVE…WHO YA GOT ??

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/17/12 8:26 am EST

Now that the excitement from the Andrew Bynum trade and the chaotic introductory press conference that followed has died down a little, it’s time to ponder the starting lineup options Doug Collins will have to choose from in 2012-13.  To say there are a number of different ways Collins could go with his first-five is an understatement.

It’s a stone-cold-lock that Jrue Holiday and Andrew Bynum will hear their names called on a nightly basis when the Sixers are introduced prior to tip off.  However after those two, the three remaining starting spots are wide open.  Will Collins go with shooter heavy starting five that includes J-Rich and Dorell Wright?  Will Evan Turner finally get a real opportunity to prove he is a starter in this League?  Will Collins stand behind the statement he made in July and run Hawes out as the Sixers starting power forward?  Does Collins think Lavoy is more then just a role player on this team? 

Really, only Doug knows right now, but after the jump the Philadunkia scribes try to predict who will take the floor in DC’s starting line up on opening night. 

 
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PASSIONATE. INTENSE. PROUD.

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
08/16/12 1:29 pm EST

It’s a fitting charge for an organization who has struggled with its identity over the past 25 years.  Sure there have been some fine moments over that time period. Charles Barkley’s rise to stardom, Allen Iverson’s arrival, Iverson’s 2000-01 MVP season where the unlikeliest of Sixers team made a run to the NBA finals, to Andre Iguodala’s arrival. But it wasn’t until October 18th, 2011 that the Sixers truly made their transition back to what it is the six letters read on their jerseys.

You see, this day was the first day of a new era in Sixers basketball.  It was the first press conference for the teams new owners group (Joshua Harris, Adam Aron, David Blitzer, Jason Levien, Art Wrubel, Erick Thohir, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Michael G. Rubin) and it was being held at the “Cathedral of Basketball”, The Palestra.  The two names out of this group that are truly responsible for all that’s happened over this ten months are Harris and Aron. Yesterday, coach Doug Collins had plenty of nice things to say about the two owners who have given this organization new life once again.

“He’s(Adam’s) reaching out to our fans.  He’s got that twitter going. He’s selling more tickets.  He’s finding ways to get even more fans to games by creating a great team and Josh, those two guys what they’ve  meant to me has just been how special it is to be a part of this and really watch it grow.” said coach Collins.  “Just seeing Josh’s face light up there today was a great thing because I remember Josh’s press conference up at the Palestra and how shy he was. You know I don’t think you realize how shy he was and kind of got up there and tried to feel it all out. “

“When he was standing up there today and you could feel how proud he was.  He was saying you know ‘we are the Sixers’ and I was telling Adam the first time I met him the same thing, ‘we are the Sixers’.  This is a proud franchise.  We don’t need to bow our head down or hang our heads to anybody.  We’re the Sixers.”

 
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GET EXCITED

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
08/15/12 9:04 am EST

As we await today’s big press conference that will officially introduce Andrew  Bynum and Jason Richardson to Philadelphia, one thing is certain; Philadunkia nation should be excited.

Before even considering the impact and overall improvement this move may have on the team, Sixer fans should be appreciative of the mere magnitude of the move.  Since the start of the Snider regime in the 1990′s, the organization has too often laid dormant instead of making a deal, leading to a couple decades of extended mediocrity, at times well-masked by the team’s original A.I. 

The new ownership group on the other hand, has shown a genuine interest in improving the organization, and the fact that they were able to orchestrate such a potentially franchise-changing, albeit slightly risky move, shows strong signs of promise for the future of the franchise.

 
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THE SITE of BROTHERLY LOVE

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
08/14/12 10:19 am EST

As you may or may not know, Philadunkia’s Jeff McMenamin has a “more famous” brother.  Jeff’s older brother is Dave McMenamin — the Lakers beat writer for ESPN Los Angeles.  Shortly after the mega D12-Bynum-Dre trade, Jeff called Dave to discuss one of the biggest moves is the history of the Sixers franchise.  Ohh yeah, it was a pretty big trade for the Lakers as well.

The following post is a trancipt of the conversation between the two hoops loving McMenamin brothers…  

Jeff:  First of all, how was your 16-day trip to Europe?  Did you have night terrors of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol both getting injured in Olympic action, or were you able to keep your mind off of the Lakers for a little bit and actually get some much needed R & R?

Dave:  It was incredible.  I jaunted through Zurich, Munich, Prague and Amsterdam with a few friends and can’t wait to plan the next trip.  The highlight was definitely Prague – amazing views, great (and inexpensive) food, friendly people.  From a basketball perspective though, experiencing the globalization of the game didn’t get much better than watching Team USA beat Tunisia in an Irish bar in Germany next to a couple of Canadian fans, one of whom was wearing a Mike Bibby jersey.


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AN ODE TO DRE

Posted by: Steve Toll
08/13/12 11:59 am EST

Words don’t do justice when speaking about great players.  Andre Iguodala is a player who knows that as well as any.  He is going to be in the basketball Hall of Fame someday.  Basketball is about production and few players in NBA history have produced like Andre Iguodala through 8 seasons. 

Dre spent years here playing for fans who didn’t appreciate his on court ability and called him overpaid.  Nothing could be farther from the truth. 

Andre you were the most under appreciated player in franchise history.  You deserve to be mentioned with Chamberlain, Malone, Barkley, Dr. J and Iverson.  Unfortunately, you were stuck with teammates, haters, owners and front office guys who didn’t live up to their end of the bargain while you gave it your all for 8 seasons. 

The words don’t do you justice but the numbers certainly do.

 
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A BIG DEAL

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/10/12 10:49 am EST

Just when we thought the Sixers roster was set for 2012-13, they go and help bring an end to the Dwight Howard drama…WOW

As you know by now, multiple NBA sources are stating that (Story was broken by AW over at Yahoo Sports) a four team deal has been struck in which the Lakers will receive Dwight Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 7-6 will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington and Nikola Vucevic.

Reports are also saying that the Lakers will acquire Earl Clark and Chris Duhon.  Additionally, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including Sixers 2012 No. 1 draft pick Mo Harkless as well as lottery protected draft picks from the Nuggets (2014), 76ers (2015) and Lakers (2017).

Needless to say this is a huge and polarizing move for Philadunkia nation.  Those who hated Dre, his mega-dollar contract and the fact that he never became a superstar in a Sixers uniform are rejoicing today.  The Dre supporters who hold that he was coming of his best overall season and that he is / was completely under-appreciated in this city are left shaking their heads.   

After the jump, the Philadunkia scribes present their analysis of this blockbuster trade…


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ONE LAST MOVE

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
08/09/12 11:31 am EST

The 76ers were fairly active this off-season, cutting ties with a couple staples from the past few seasons and picking up some new pieces along the way.  While the Sixers roster appears to be pretty much set for the upcoming season, there is still the opportunity to add a free agent to improve overall depth and there are a couple of intriguing names still out there.

It should be stated that any free agent the Sixers would sign would be just for a single season, as the team has clearly set a cap smart pattern of handing out several one-year contracts in order to clear space to land a big prize next summer.  It should also be stated that the 7-6 currently have 14 players under contract and a cap number of roughly $57.7 million, so at some point before camp breaks, the Sixers likley will have to make an additional roster move to bring aboard and keep one of the remaining available free agents discussed in this post.

 
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