Sam Hinkie & Fitness Landscape Theory

Posted by: Alex Hootan
11/28/14 11:54 am EST
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samIn business, there is a concept called Fitness Landscape.  The concept is derived from evolutionary theory and it is accepted and exercised widely in the business world.

Here how it goes:  Imagine a system that we want to improved performance from.  The system can be a biological species, a business system, or for the sake of our conversation an NBA team such as the 76ers.  This system is located on a plain or a landscape that measures its performance.  Any time the performance improves the system goes up to reach a peak.  Anytime the performance drops, the system will go down into a valley.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Brooklyn Nets

Posted by: C. Smith
11/26/14 11:38 am EST
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bknetshottieThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Brooklyn Nets who have lost 6 of their last 7 and are 2-5 on the road this season, but boast a roster filled with veteran NBA players (Garnett, Johnson, D-Will, Lopez) who have simply killed the Sixers over the years.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Nets team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague David Vertsberger at brooklynsfinestblog.com, as David will answer Fo’ questions on his Nets squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM14: Rapid (Another L) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/25/14 10:37 am EST
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Portland Trail Blazers 114 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 25 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -9This is who Luc is and there is nothing wrong with that if your are a role player coming off the bench. But I need more from a starting PF and I probably won’t get that during Tank 2.0.

Brandon Davies, PF 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +11Ugghhh. All you Davies fans have suddenly gone stone quiet.

Henry Sims, C 34 MIN | 8-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 22 PTS | -1I believe last night was one of the best games I have seen from Sims.  #35 had a nice roll to the tin in the 2nd Q on which he scored the ball with a lefty lay-in.  The baseline J he knocked down in the 3rd Q was a thing of beauty.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 33 MIN | 10-24 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | -11Despite his nice scroing line, I did not like the way MCW played last night. The offense was stagnant when he was in the game as there were too many trips where MCW was the only player to touch the ball or where he shot the ball early in the shot clock.  There were several points in the game where MCW seemed hell bent on doing it all himself ( I can’t blame him.), but this team needs to move the ball to stay competitive.

Tony Wroten, SG 38 MIN | 7-18 FG | 6-9 FT | 2 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -12I saw so many things I liked last night from TWroe and so many things that made me scream in anger. He displayed great court vision last night; a nice ability to finish at the rim and got to the FT line (two AND1s by my count).  He also continues to chuck up ill advised 3’s, can’t gaurd the perimeter and that over the head, blind pass he threw (TO and hoop at other end) was ridiculous.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Phoenix Suns

Posted by: C. Smith
11/21/14 12:31 pm EST
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sunsdancersThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Phoenix Suns who stand at 7-5; have won two straight and feature Eric Bledsoe who recently made some interesting comments on a potential 76ers vs. Kentucky Wildcats match-up.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Phoenix team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Kevin Zimmerman at valleyofthesuns.com, as Kevin will answer Fo’ questions on his Suns squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM11: Rapid (Frickin’) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/20/14 10:43 am EST
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Boston Celtics 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -3I don’t care that Luc shot nearly 50% from the field and did shoot 50% from three last night. There were numerous moments in the game that he caused me to slam the remote and declare “What the hell is that guy doing!?!?” My favorite one came with 2 mins. remaining in the game when he took teh ball to the hole during a 1-on-4 FB and got swatted by Brandon Bass.

Nerlens Noel, PF 34 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -15Nerlens is obviously very raw on offense, but he did make a couple of nice dives to the hoop for buckets last night. He displayed a half-decent cross-over move last night as well. What was alarming to me last night was how bad his on-ball defense was throughout. It didn’t matter who he was guarding (Olynk; Sullinger; Bass) that Celtic simply got buckets whenever they wanted.

Henry Sims, C 32 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -3That’s three straight solid nights from Sims who appears to have found his jumper again and threw a beauty of a dime to Nerlens in a high to low post half court set.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 32 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -6MCW simply shoots too many jumpers for a guy with a broken stroke and what makes it even more frustrating is that he gets to the time whenever he wants.

Hollis Thompson, SG 27 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -9Hollis plays solid on-ball defense for like 5 seconds each time his man has the ball. That’s the only thing positive I can say about #31 these days.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Boston Celtics

Posted by: C. Smith
11/19/14 1:16 pm EST
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mariaThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Boston Celtics who despite playing some solid basketball so far this season have now lost three straight (3-6 overall) and are statistically are worse on defense than our 76ers.  Over their last 3 defeats the C’s are giving up 116 ppg. and on the season opponents are averaging 109 points per night.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Boston team (23-52) the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Chuck McKenney at red’sarmy.com, as Chuck will answer Fo’ questions on his Celtics squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM10: Rapid (Texas Sized L) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
11/18/14 10:56 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers 75 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 San Antonio Spurs
Brandon Davies, PF 18 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -19BD threw up consecutive bricks in the 1st Q and his night did not get any better from there. Over his last 3 games, Davies is averaging 4 points and 4 rebounds per night.  I think it’s safe to say the BD lovefest is now over.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 25 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -4A decent night for Joel Embiid’s babysitter began in the 1st Q with 4 quick points and a nice drive to the tin for a bucket.  But he didn’t score another FG untill the 11:37 mark of the 3rd Q and the inbound pass/TO he threw under the Sixers’ offensive hoop in the 2nd Q was horrific.

Henry Sims, C 28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -15A near double-double for Sims who IMO has played much better in his last two games and seems to have found his storke again — 9-14 in his last 2 games.

Tony Wroten, SG 30 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -27The immature TWroe showed up last night as he launched one ill-advised shot after another and he posted 4 TOs against 3 dimes.

Hollis Thompson, SG 26 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -33First something positive on #31 — there were moments last night where I saw decent defensive fundamentals from him. However his shooting and especially the corner 3PA he put up in the 4th Q that hit the top of the backboard was disturbing. Again I say — enough of this experiment, it’s time for KJ to start.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: San Antonio Spurs

Posted by: C. Smith
11/17/14 1:57 pm EST
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san-antonio-spurs-cheerleadersThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the San Antonio Spurs who stand at 5-3 and lost to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night despite a season high 21 points from Manu Ginobili.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Spurs team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Matt Tynan at 48minutesofhell.com will answer Fo’ questions on his Spurs from us here at Philadunkia.


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Rock Bottom In Big D

Posted by: C. Smith
11/14/14 9:42 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas MavericksKim Kardashin and another set of her “racy” photos recently attempted to break the Internet.  I am not sure how close the former Mrs. Kris Humphries came to shutting down the inter-web with her “classy” nude pictorial, but I am willing to bet that the 76ers’ disaster last night in Dallas put just as much stress on Al Gore’s invention as Kim K did earlier this week.

As you know by now the Sixers lost to the Mavericks last night by 53 points and dropped to 0-8.  The loss was the largest margin of defeat since 1993 (56-point loss to the Sonics) and the franchise is now 0-8 for the first time since the notorious 1972-73 season.  Last night, Philadunkia’s home team committed 27 turnovers; netted only 23 field goals; shot 29% from the field; 25% from three and scored only 26 points in the paint.  In short, it was Armageddon for this young roster and the loss will probably go down as the lowest moment in Sam Hinkie’s tanking process.

Throughout this 76ers debacle, Twitter and the Internet in general was on fire with 76ers talk, heavy criticism and even some support.  I can not remember the last time so many hoop heads and casual NBA fans alike were talking about the Sixers.

So we are going to skip the usual Rapid Reacts recap and after the jump take a look at some of my favorite comments on Twitter regarding the beat down the Sixers received last night.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Dallas Mavs

Posted by: C. Smith
11/13/14 12:07 pm EST
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mavshottieThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks who are currently 5-3 despite the shooting woes of Chandler Parsons, their tremendous off-season addition.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Dallas team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Tim Cato of mavsmoneyball.com, as Tim will answer Fo’ questions on his Mavericks from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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