TWroe to the Rescue??

Posted by: Tyler Cook
10/10/14 1:25 pm EST
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wroten-tony_600editedIt may only be two preseason games against non-title contending Boston and Charlotte, but Sixers fans have every right to be optimistic about how guard Tony Wroten has performed on offense over the last two contests.  Wroten has not only been the top scorer both nights, 19 points against the Celtics and 15 points against the Hornets, but his decision making and level of control over his game appears drastically improved.  If this change is not temporary, and Wroten has matured as a player, then his presence could have a positive impact on the court for the 76ers this year.

We all knew TWroe has the ability to score in the League, so his point production against the Celtics and Hornets does not come as a surprise.  What is noticeably different about his play during the small preseason sample is that Wroten appears less prone to mental lapses.


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TC14: Question No. 7

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/08/14 1:32 pm EST
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Hollis ThompsonThe first preseason game for Philadunkia’s home team is in the books and after Monday night’s very disappointing effort in Boston, it’s obvious the 76ers have a great deal to work on during the rest of Training Camp 2014.  As Brett Brown’s “all of October” training camp period continues, 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.

In this Philadunkia series we 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 seventh installment in our series with the questionWho will win the opening night start at shooting guard?”

 


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TC14: Question No. 6

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/06/14 2:07 pm EST
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drjThe first week of Training Camp 2014 for Philadunkia’s home team wrapped up this weekend and the 76ers then traveled to Boston for tonight’s for preseason opener with the Celtics.  However, since Brett Brown views “all of October” as the training camp period, 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 “double tank” season.

Today we present the sixth installment in our series here at Philadunkia that 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’s training camp question is“At training camp, will Brett Brown and his staff make an honest effort to teach this group legitimate team defense?”

 


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D-FENSE…D-FENSE…D-FENSE

Posted by: Tyler Cook
10/03/14 1:06 pm EST
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defenseedited“Offense wins games.  Defense wins championships.”

That classic sports quote has interesting applications inside the 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers locker room.  Obviously the Sixers love offense, but they do not want to win very many games during the season of the “double tank”.

However, Sam Hinkie and Brett Brown are looking to foster a winning culture with long term NBA championship aspirations during this rebuilding process and that will be difficult to achieve as the L’s pile up.  One way the Sixers’ brass can promote this culture in 2014-15 is to start stressing better play at the defensive end of the floor.


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TC14: Question No. 5

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/02/14 9:32 pm EST
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moultrieDay 3 of Training Camp 2014 for Philadunkia’s home team is in the books and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (“Year of the Double Tank”) is already sealed, we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team continues to improve their fitness level over at Stockton College.

Today we present the fifth installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing during Training Camp 2014.  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’s training camp question is…“Should Arnett Moultrie be worried about making the 76ers roster out of training camp and preseason?”


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To 2016 and Beyond…

Posted by: Adam Gross
10/02/14 1:09 pm EST
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buzzlightyearAs I read about the fitness and basketball action going on over at Stockton College as well as how bight the future of this franchise is, I can’t help but recall the awful season we the fans sat through in 2013-14, and dread the hopeless season that is almost upon us.  Watching this team play in 2014-15 might be as eventful as watching the Washington Generals.

In a matter of a year and a half, General Manager Sam Hinkie has managed to assemble a team of young, athletic talent, with hopes that these kids will allow the Philadelphia 76ers to once again rise to the top of the League.  However watching a team lose night in and night out still gives us fans an uneasy feeling and makes waiting for the future to arrive difficult.

Hinkie has done well in his two drafts at the helm of the Sixers and managed to clear a mother load of cap space, but he needs to shine is in the NBA Free-Agent Market very soon or all these assets will go to waste.  Looking ahead, how this Hinkie performs in acquiring key pieces, particularly in the 2016 Free-Agent Class, could make or break Sam’s career as well as this franchise.

 


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More Equals Less in Recent Sixers History

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
10/01/14 3:34 pm EST
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NBA: Philadelphia 76ers-Media DayLast season, the Philadelphia Sixers gave minutes to an astounding 23 players throughout the course of the season. The season ended up being one of the most futile in Sixers history, where as a team they finished 19-63 which included a record tying 26-game losing streak. That’s correct, the team had less wins throughout the course of the year than players on its roster.

The NBA rules state that a team must have 13 players on their active list before the beginning of an NBA season and throughout the course of the season. Teams can also have two players on their inactive roster. In the second week of January, teams also have the opportunity to sign free agents to 10-day contracts solely for the purpose of replacing an injured player. A team can renew a player’s 10-day contract, but must waive or sign the player for the remainder of the season after the player has fulfilled two such contracts.

Sam Hinkie obviously made use of his 10-day contract opportunity, signing six players to 10-day contracts (Dewayne Dedmon, Jarvis Varnado, Darius Johnson-Odom, James Nunnally, Casper Ware, Adonis Thomas). The Sixers acquired three more players for the Sixers in the 2013-14 through trades (Eric Maynor, Henry Sims, Byron Mullens) and since Nerlens Noel and Arnett Moultrie were out for nearly the entire season, Daniel Orton and Brandon Davies rounded out the final roster spots.

This isn’t the first time in team history that the Sixers have gone over 20 men on their roster, but recent history shows that when this happens, the results aren’t pretty.


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TC14: Question No. 4

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/01/14 11:02 am EST
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76erstrioeditedToday is Day 2 of Training Camp 2014 for Philadunkia’s home team and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (“Year of the Double Tank”) is already sealed, we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team continues to punch the clock over at Stockton College.

Today we present the fourth installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing during Training Camp 2014.  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’s training camp question is…“Given his comments at media day that there is “no timetable for his return”, do you think Michael Carter-Williams will play at all in training camp or will the 76ers brass sit him until the regular season?”


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TC14: Question No. 3

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/30/14 1:17 pm EST
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opslgm4editedToday is the first day that Philadunkia’s home team will take the court for Training Camp 2014 and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (“Year of the Double Tank”) is already sealed we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team hits the floor over at Stockton College.

Today we present the third installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing during training camp 2014.  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 an comment on.

Today’s training camp question is…“Many people have written about the possibility of Sims/Noel to start in the paint for the Sixers, but would that pairing give the team a better chance to win than Noel/Roberts Jr. or some other pairing?”


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Johnson in uniform at Sixers media day, less than 24 hours after signing

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
09/29/14 3:48 pm EST
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10632276_770970696297779_653114867_nThe most surprising member of Sixers media day on Monday afternoon was Chris Johnson, the 6-foot-6 swingman from Dayton that the Sixers had just claimed off waivers less than 24 hours beforehand.

Johnson was waived by the Boston Celtics last Thursday as part of the deal which sent current Sixer Keith Bogans to Cleveland. Needless to say it’s been quite a whirlwind for Johnson, who was wearing a freshly sewn No. 16 jersey at media day.

“It was depressing (being waived), but I talked to my agent and he said I’d have a good shot to make another team’s roster,” said Johnson. “He did his job and I feel really fortunate to be here.”


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