GM 70: (Jazz Hands) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jake Fischer
03/26/13 7:34 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Utah Jazz
Thaddeus Young, SF 17 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -13

Thad received a well-deserved rest tonight in what appeared to be the Sixers first effective effort at tanking all season long.  At this point in this season, and his career, we know what we’re getting from Thad.  It’s about damn time Collins gave him a break and gave the youngins some burn.

Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -16

Another game where we leave thinking, “what is wrong with that guy” about Turner.  ET got out-performed by Dorell Wright, Damien Wilkins, Randy Foye, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks tonight. That shouldn’t happen to a No. 2 Overall Draft Pick.  More on this After The Jump…

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 4-7 FG | 6-7 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -21

A near double-double from Spencer and another performance that makes me want to bang my head against a wall.  WHERE WAS THIS IN JANUARY?  Could the Sixers realistically be a playoff team right now if Hawes was playing at this level back when they were just a few games out of the 8th spot in the East?

Jrue Holiday, PG 24 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 7 PTS | -38

Similar to Thad, it was good to see Jrue log less minutes tonight.  Obviously, you don’t want him to shoot 25% from the floor and turn the ball over 4 times, but at this point in this dreadful year, who cares?  I’m happy to see Jrue just get some rest!

Damien Wilkins, SG 23 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -23

When the Utah (Root Sports) TV broadcasters discuss how much a player has progressed and developed recently, you know it’s legitimate.  I’ll be honest, it’s good to see Wilkins improve as of late, but it scares me the front office will throw him way too much money in the offseason and retain him instead of filling that roster spot with a young player full of potential.  Keep in mind, Wilkins is 33…

Arnett Moultrie, PF 23 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +2

WELL DONE, ARNETT!  Man is it refreshing to watch this guy crash the boards, fight for position while defending the post and take the ball to the rim aggressively and with authority?  Yet, ridiculously, he played so well, entered the game at the 7:35 mark in the 1Q and still only played 23 min.  Why, Collins?  Why?????

Dorell Wright, SF 32 MIN | 5-12 FG | 7-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | +12

Wright again put on a great off-the-bench performance for this team.  Unfortunately, it’s just a tease at what could have been if Wright was regularly used to his full potential all season long.  Are you starting to sense all of the “what-ifs?” about this team that don’t even include Andrew Bynum?

Lavoy Allen, C 27 MIN | 3-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | 0

Despite his terrible shooting night, a solid effort by Lavoy.  But, in what upside down universe does he deserve to be playing more minutes than Moultrie in this game at this point in this season?  Jeeze, man! This “rotation” never, ever makes sense.

Charles Jenkins, PG 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +3

After not even playing a minute against the Kings the night prior, Jenkins comes out and receives 19 minutes.  Thank the basketball lords.  He produced out there too!

Jeremy Pargo, PG 11 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1

Oh, Jeremy.  Were you thinking about your alma mater Gonzaga’s loss to Wichita State in the Round of 32 when you went oh-for from the field?

Royal Ivey, PG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +4

Congratulations, Royal! You were 100 percent successful in completing a trillion!  You had absolutely no impact on this game!


Wait, who is this again?


I miss you, Swaggy! Get well soon!

Doug Collins

Collins finally rested Jrue Holiday and Thad Young… but it took him until the second night of a back-to-back road set to do it.. on March 25!  It goes to show how much a grasp this guy has of NBA coaching if I have not given him a higher than a C+ in any of my reacts.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1.  The Sixers clearly looked like they had spent all of their energy in their win over the Sacramento Kings the previous night as the Jazz immediately jumped out to a 7-0 start.  The opening run prompted Collins to call a quick 20 second timeout and pull the entire starting lineup not even 5 minutes into the game.  Ultimately, that was kind of a good thing!  I mean, Arnett got on the floor at the 7:35 mark in the first quarter!  For the record, the Sixers has won the second-half of a back-to-back set only one time this season.

2.  With three 7-footers on the Jazz, Utah’s size advantage was so evident right from the beginning of the first quarter. Throughout the entire contest, the guys in the booger-colored unis out-rebounded the Sixers 46-38 while also blocking 10 shots as a team.

3.  This game was pretty competitive for a while, as the Sixers were down just 40-45 with 3:18 left in the second quarter.  But, following a full timeout from Utah, the Jazz rolled off a 13-2 run to end the first half and things were never really competitive from that point forward.

4.  Midway through the third quarter, former 76er, and current color commentator for Jazz games on Root Sports TV, Matt Harpring spoke some very interesting words about Evan Turner.  Following a turnover by ET, Harpring called the former No. 2 Overall Pick “A great – I mean, good- player”.  Does that not perfectly sum up The Enigma’s career to this point?

5.  Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kantor all scored in double figures for the Jazz tonight, yet none eclipsed 26 minutes.  Utah clearly wants to get rid of either Jefferson or Millsap.  Is it time to start discussing letting Bynum go and taking on Jefferson?

6.  After scoring a season-high 117 points against the Kings, the Sixers came out and scored just 91 points.  That total is lower than their season average of 92.8.  Moving forward in the future, this team clearly needs to add a viable scoring option on the wing that can change the pace from Jrue and whichever big guy they determine is best for this franchise’s future.


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16 Responses to “GM 70: (Jazz Hands) RAPID REACTS”

  1. Joe
    26. March 2013 at 09:00

    I think taking on a player like Jefferson is exactly the sort of thing this team wants to avoid. Looking at his WS/48 over the past three seasons, he’s been at .13, .17 and .13; Bynum has been at .19, .21 and .18.

    Jefferson is a known quantity – he’ll always be a better-than-average player in this league, but he won’t tip us over the edge. It’s been debated countless times on this blog whether Bynum is someone we can build a contender around, but best case scenario is that we get a Bynum that plays at around a .2 WS48 for 36MPG, which makes us a 47-win team even if we only surround him with AVERAGE players. Good not great I know, but for perspective surrounding Lebron with average players only makes a 54-win team. By contrast, the same analysis with Jefferson makes us a 43-win team.

    Worst case scenario is that Bynum is done and isn’t effective. So we tank for a couple of seasons, load up in the draft and rebuild.

    Telling it like it is, neither the best or the worst case scenarios with Bynum make us a lock to compete within the next few years, but at least they both give us a chance. Jefferson guarantees us to be an average basketball team. I know which scenario I’d rather take.



  2. RYN_JAY
    26. March 2013 at 10:16

    I think Arnett’s conditioning isn’t that great yet. You could tell he looked pretty tired towards the end of the game.

  3. Steve Toll
    26. March 2013 at 10:47

    Turner has sucked from the first time he stepped on the court.

    D-Wright has been ~average for the past 7000 minutes and is literally in his prime.


    Bynum getting/being permanently hurt and not playing IS THE BEST CASE SCENARIO

  4. Tony
    26. March 2013 at 12:25

    I like the new “INC” grades. And bravo for still keeping up with this website even though the games are unwatchable. Everything else is deja vu.

  5. Datruth4life2.0
    26. March 2013 at 13:34

    Moultrie isn’t going to get in shape with 12 games remaining sitting on the bench. Give the kid 35 to 40 minutes a night and let him play. The same with Jenkins and Pargo. We know what we have in Thad and Jrue. Let Hawes and Turner continue to audition for their next hoop home. This awful season can’t end soon enough. I’m still on the now near empty bandwagon that the 76ers should resign Bynum to a 2-year deal with a team option for a 3rd. Best case scenario, Bynum returns healthy and you’ll be a pretty good team. Worst case scenario, he will continue to be injured and you’ll receive $27M in cap room when he and J. Rich’s contract expire in two years, collect another lottery pick in 2014 and rebuild. I like either of those scenarios more than trying to add a Josh Smith or Al Jefferson for max money and be fighting for the 8th playoff spot for the next 5 years. In today’s NBA, you either have to be really good or really bad. Resigning Bynum is the best way for this to happen.

  6. Steve Toll
    26. March 2013 at 14:46


    LOL at the presumption of giving away Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner. For 1, the team can’t give Evan Turner away (imo) and Hawes has value but the team isn’t getting anything except a late 1st rd pick for him at best because of his contract situation.

    If Bynum returns to form next year, I can assure you that the 76ers will be lucky to grab the 6th seed while being outside of the top 15 teams in the NBA. So you might want to change your definition of “a pretty good team”

    The best way for the team to be bad is to sign these players this offseason: Nick Young, Joel Pryzbilla, Corey Maggette, Wesley Johnson and Earl Watson

  7. Jon in LA
    26. March 2013 at 14:51

    The problem with everyone saying we should sign Bynum for two years is that he’s an unrestricted free agent. As long as one team offers him three years with a fourth as an option, he’ll leave. There’s nothing keeping him here except for the max deal. Which I think most people agree is a huge mistake.

    A lot depends on who we draft this year. If we get a stud, a team of Jrue, Thad, unnamed Rookie Stud, and either a Jefferson or Josh Smith isn’t that bad of a team. We’d still need a new coach and some bench players though. Basically I don’t even know why I typed that.


  8. Heidncjrnsikdjjwlaksbf duehiakamajdbfb
    26. March 2013 at 15:15


    You all must hate Collins. Granted he hasn’t done a good job, but don’t blame the man for competing

  9. Larry Smith
    27. March 2013 at 00:33

    You can say what you want, Nick Young is the best player on that bad team. No one is great at every thing. except you for you. You are bad at every thing . You get a big fat FFF.

  10. Frank
    27. March 2013 at 01:32

    That win in sacramento could prove to be the difference between the 6th pickand the 11th pick

  11. EP MD
    27. March 2013 at 07:32

    I wince every time a so called export or some idiot repeats this stupid postulate, “Worst case scenario is that Bynum is done and isn’t effective. So we tank for a couple of seasons, load up in the draft and rebuild.”

    It’s a stupid and ultimately fatalistic view. Every one know one thing about sports. It’s not the best team that wins, it’s the hottest when they head into the playoffs.

    So lets go after Jefferson. Go after J. Smith. Lets have a team with potential greatness for a kick ass run….

    And come on people. Bynum will never play effectively for long period of time again. Hell, optimistically best case a 65 game season 5 years from now when he realizes its never getting any better!

  12. Steve Toll
    27. March 2013 at 12:59

    Larry Smith,
    U mad bro?

    The Indiana and Brooklyn wins were far worse

  13. Joe
    27. March 2013 at 13:02

    EP MD,

    Good idea! All those rings they’ve got are testament to the fact that we need to go after them!

  14. Steve Toll
    27. March 2013 at 14:05

    EP MD,

    The Bynum situation is actually best case scenario UNLESS Bynum was going to be totally healthy the next 5+ years and miss less than 8 games per year AND J-Rich wouldnt suck AND Vuc+Harkless would be turn out to be useless AND the team didnt have a horrid offseason pre-Bynum trade

    Why you think that tanking is a fatalistic is beyond comprehension. Feel free to go look at the teams who make the NBA finals and you will notice THEY ALL HAVE TOP LOTTERY PICKS.

    LOL at the “hottest team wins”, this isn’t football or even hockey.
    There are THOUSANDS of possessions in an NBA playoff run and it all eventually evens out.

    Signing Jefferson or Josh Smith would be terrible and even then the 76ers wouldnt make the playoffs next year

  15. EP MD
    28. March 2013 at 00:14

    It isnt the hottest team??!
    Oh you don’t remember when d wade went crazy and won shaq his title with the heat. Pp with Boston going off against the Lakers!?! Reverse Kobe Lakers after…

    Miami is sick. But trying to match up against LeBron and co for the next 6 years is impossible! And if not them the Spurs are pretty formittable as well.

    So we have to assemble a good team. A DC team. Athletic, young, defensive minded, team oriented and high bb iq. Unfortunately DC is prob out after the crazy inconsistency. And now trying to evaluate this talent is impossible? I suppose you have to look at the first half numbers but since everyone blew what’s to do?

    All I know is ET doesn’t have the consistency to be a star so I suggest any trade is a good trade. I’ve heard arguments he’s really a pg. well, we’ve got one…

    Anyway. We have cap space. It be insane to go after Bynum or Oden. They are “best case scenarios” real world nightmares…

    Jefferson may not be 7 foot but he can score and bound. Keep Jrue. Spencer a backup. Thad at 4. JRich is done. Low ball Wilkens and Dorell and see what happens.

    Maybe if no Jeff then Smith at a 4, Thad at 3, Jrue 1, Spencer 5, Wilkins 2.. Maybe a pick breaks the starting lineup…

    And it is time to let Arnette play. We’ve got one home game left so who cares?

    I don’t know about you guys but surrendering seasons isn’t what I want my team to do…

  16. Steve Toll
    28. March 2013 at 01:14

    EP MD,

    Whatever you say guy, the “hottest team wins in the NBA playoffs”

    LOL at the next 6 years of Lebron dominance, have you read the new CBA? Are you aware of player production curves? Have you looked at the heats roster?

    The Spurs have a very small window to win and then it’s full blown tank city for them.

    ET is a PG and Jrue is best as an off the ball player…..

    Wilkins is getting a veteran minimum deal, he doesn’t need to be low balled.

    Every team in the NBA will lowball Dorell Wright unless he gets a contract worth +$7,000,000

    Al Jefferson is Carlos Boozer 2.0 and Moultrie SUCKS

    You are either brainwashed or brain dead if you can’t understand the proper way to team build

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