Tempering Expectations for Hollis

Posted by: Alex Gorge
03/07/14 11:02 am EST
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Hollis ThompsonIn the last week two articles have been published online discussing how Brett Brown believes wingman Hollis Thompson is “a keeper” and foreshadowing a potential vital role in the future of this franchise for this 76er rookie. At the end of January, I wrote a post saying that Thompson deserved a roster spot next year and maybe, just maybe, if he put in a great deal of work, Thompson could become a James Posey type player.

While I still believe that is a possibility, I am also cautioning Philadunkia nation to temper their expectations for the former Georgetown Hoya, because in reality Thompson is simply a decent young prospect in one of the worst rookie classes in recent NBA history.


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Vegas: Sixers Will Go 0-Fer

Posted by: C. Smith
03/06/14 2:33 pm EST
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las-vegasLast week I authored a post in which I anlayzed the 76ers’ remaining schedule and hypothesized that the team stood a “puncher’s chance” of winning two or three more games over the rest of this dreadful season.

Yesterday I was emailing with a colleague at Bovada.lv and we were discussing the sorry state of the 76ers, the 22  games they have left to play in 2013-14 and my previously mentioned post, when I inquired if he could send me some odds and info regarding the Sixers chances of winning another game this year.

 


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Sir Charles on the 76ers & Tanking

Posted by: C. Smith
03/06/14 12:02 pm EST
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barkley12Sixers legend Charles Barkley has no shortage of opinions on the rebuilding process Sam Hinkie and this franchise have embarked on since early last summer.  Back in August 2013 “Sir Charles” told the WIP Morning Show crew that he was “disappointed” with the way the Sixers fired their assistant coaches; that he didn’t understand why they waited until after the draft to hire a coach; doesn’t think tanking works and that he doesn’t “believe in that analytical crap.”

Tuesday on ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show, Charles again was not at a loss for words when it came to the 76ers a well as tanking in the NBA.  The odd thing is, based on his comments to Mike & Mike, Barkley seems to have come full circle on Hinkie and the Sixers rebuilding techniques.


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It Can’t Be the Shoes

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/05/14 1:37 pm EST
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TonyWroten76ersThe Sixers haven’t played the most competitive basketball over the past two seasons (That’s especially true in 2013-14), but they have remained relevant in the shoe game. The team has had a couple of the League’s most notorious sneakerheads in today’s NBA on their recent rosters.  From Nick Young last year to Tony Wroten this season, the Sixers have come strong in the shoe department.

Wroten has a deep kick collection, and pulls out new heat almost every game.  The combo-guard is in only his first season with the Sixers, and his long-term future with the franchise is uncertain, but that hasn’t stopped him from shooting the rock at an alarming rate and repping the franchise with his footwear.


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GM61: Rapid (Thunderstruck) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/05/14 9:42 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 125 Oklahoma City Thunder
Thaddeus Young, PF 23 MIN | 3-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -29Thad is going to have these night once in a while down the stretch of the 76ers tanking effort.

Henry Sims, C 26 MIN | 2-5 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -20Sims played some decent defense and gave a solid effort in the 1st half, but only 2 of his points came when this game was competitive.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 33 MIN | 4-12 FG | 5-8 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -16It’s hilarious to me that MCW was talking smack to Russell Westbrook in the 2nd half.  The Sixers are getting blown out; Westbrook is playing at half speed and having you for lunch; you can’t hit a shot and yet the rookie has the stones to run his mouth.  Gutsy, but just stupid.  FYI…7 of those points came in the 4th Q.

James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -24JA scored 14 points in a red hot 1st Q and than 6 the rest of the night.  Yet another night that shows he does not belong in this League.  If only the Sixers could play the Thunder (Oklahoma State guy) or Rockets (36 points earlier this year vs. his former team) every night.

Hollis Thompson, SG 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -26Thompson had a couple of nice back door cuts that led to a dunk and an easy lay-in, but I have no faith in his jump shot and this team needs guys who can stroke it from deep.


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GM60: Rapid (Close One) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/03/14 11:00 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Orlando Magic
Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 13-25 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 29 PTS | -3Thad continues to fight the good fight and it’s fun to watch #21 whenhe has the green light on every trip down the floor.  His dribbling skills in the open court continue to impress me as did the two tough buckets he scored with his right hand last night.

Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -1After witnessing years of Lavoy Allen’s act, it’s an absolute pleasure to watch a Sixer big play with energy and heart.  As a bonus he has a nice shooting touch, plays physical and owns a high basektball IQ.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 32 MIN | 7-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 8 TO | 17 PTS | -9Carter-Williams got off to a red hot start in this one draining his his first five shots of the night.  However, his 8 turnovers were alarming and he missed all 4 of his FGAs in the 4th quarter.  In defense of MCW I would say that he could have posted a triple-double if his teammates could have converted his passes into buckets.

James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +1Somewhere Khalif Wyatt is just having a laugh that this guy made the Sixers roster over him.

Hollis Thompson, SG 25 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4Thompson is quickly playing his way back to the D-League.


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Allen Iverson Celebratory Link Dump

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/02/14 11:13 am EST
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iversondreanteamedited“I love y’all, and now it’s time to party.” – Allen Iverson

We thought the Iverson jersey retirement ceremony was very well done and Mike Sielski of philly.com agrees with us.

Ben Golliver of SI.com’s The Point Forward blog has a great post (with photos) of last night’s events.

Yahoo Sports has a video tribute of Iverson’s Top 10 plays as a Sixer.  The Tyrone Lue step over play comes in at #4.  C’mon…


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Fo’ with the Foes: Washington Wizards

Posted by: C. Smith
03/01/14 4:18 pm EST
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iverson&mjThis 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 much improved Washington Wizards who are playoff bound in 2013-14.  But tonight’s not really about the 76ers and Wizards.

Nope, tonight is all about Allen Iverson.

Still, we have to show the game itself a little love, so after the jump I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Wizards team the Sixers face tonight from our man Abdullah Sharif at HoopDistrict.net as Abdullah will answer Fo’ questions on the Heat from us here at Philadunkia.


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Big (Milwaukee) Buck Hunters

Posted by: C. Smith
02/28/14 12:56 pm EST
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deerhunterDespite a respectable three quarters of play by a rag-tag roster against Orlando the other night, the 2013-14 76ers have become unwatchable on the court.  So with 24 games remaining in this season for the Sixers, it’s time to REALLY start watching the race between the Milwaukee Bucks and the 76ers for the most pingpong balls at the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.

The 76ers  (15-43) sit 3.5 games behind Milwaukee (11-46; 25 games remaining) in this season’s tanking quest.  However, thanks to the recent stellar play of Brandon Knight, the Bucks are 2-3 since the Alll-Star Game (1-1 after the trade deadline) and lost in respectable fashion to the mighty Pacers last night.

Obviously the Sixers have some work to do if they are to track down the Bucks and secure the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery pingpong ball crown.  However there is an outside chance they can do it.

After the jump, I breakdown the details of this Buck hunting adventure.


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GM58: Rapid (Jameer-acle) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/27/14 10:10 am EST
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Orlando Magic 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 35 MIN | 7-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -16Thad’s shot was a little off last night (0-fer on 3PAs), but his defense and ability to get to the rim were very impressive.  In the 2nd Q he had a nice play on the secondary break where he pinned his man under the rim, opened up for the ball and scored the bucket. His behind the back dribble that led to a floater in the 3rd Q was super smooth and his coast to coast drive for a finger roll in the 4th was nice as well.

Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +4I’m trying not to get too excited about what I have seen from Sims in the last two games because who knows if it will last.  His energy, hustle and defensive presence are a refreshing change.  He scored 8 points in the 1st half while displaying a variety of offensive skills including a pump fake and drive to the rack for a slam.  Yet Brown gave him limited minutes in the 4th Q.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -15MCW’s inability to stay in front of his man is staggering and the Sixers defense will never improve until he learns to guard the ball.  His shooting woes continue.  The ROY award is slipping away.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -7Last night was a prime example of why JA has had trouble sticking with an NBA team.

Hollis Thompson, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -6If Thompson put up this stat line coming off the bench, I would be very pleased.  Problem is I need more out of an NBA starting wing player.  But HT clearly is not a starter in this League.  See my dilemma here?  His block on Oladipo’s coast to coast drive as the 3rd Q expired was a fantastic play.


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