Perfect 10′s Are Rare

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
06/02/14 11:53 am EST
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No10lotteryAs a general manager, having a top ten pick in the NBA Draft is something that could either make or break the future of your franchise.  It goes without saying then that having two selections in the top ten of the 2014 NBA Draft is a historic occurrence that Sam Hinkie can not afford to botch.

If Hinkie and the 76ers are  fortunate enough to grab a projected “future star” with the third pick in the draft, it doesn’t mean that he can afford to make a mistake with the 10th selection.  If Hinkie can walk away from this draft with two very good prospects he will have greatly accelerated the rebuilding process here in Philadunkia nation and provided a launching point for bringing the Sixers back to relevance on the Philadelphia sports landscape.

However, grabbing a prospect at No. 10 who can help improve a team that won only 19 games this season will not be an easy task. Since 2000, the NBA Draft has seen players ranging from the likes of Joe Johnson to Luke Jackson selected at the 10th overall spot. The object for Hinkie will be to avoid the Luke Jackson’s of the world.

After the jump, I’ll review and analyze the players selected 10th at the NBA Draft during the last thirteen years.


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No. 3 Can Be Tricky

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
05/29/14 10:13 am EST
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sam-hinkieMay 20th was a night to remember for Philadunkia nation.  Of course we aren’t 100% happy that we didn’t land the first overall pick in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft, but we did pretty well for ourselves by landing two Top 10 selections.

In what some believe as the strongest draft class since 2003, we came away with both the 3rd and 10th picks.  In theory, Sam Hinkie should be able to select two high quality prospects at those lottery slots that will help turn this franchise around.  However, if you take a minute to examine the NBA Draft since 2000, you will find that there have been multiple booms and busts at the number three spot in the NBA draft.

Today, I will review and analyze for you the recent history of the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft.  Then on Saturday I will look closely at the recent history of the No. 10 pick in the NBA Draft.


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Philadunkia 4on4: Draft Edition

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/22/14 12:54 pm EST
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052014-sixers-three-600It’s time for the 2014 NBA Draft edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

Philadunkia scribes Jeff McMenamin, Carey Smith, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and Steve Toll will examine four key questions surrounding the 2014 NBA Draft for our 76ers, after the jump…

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10 Years of Movin’ On Up

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
05/19/14 10:00 am EST
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2010draftlotterycard#2As we all know, the NBA Draft Lottery is only a few days away.  For Philadunkia nation, May 20th will be one of the most stressful nights of this long season due to its huge ramifications.  The 76ers have the second best odds of attaining the #1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft.  Unfortunately, having the second best odds doesn’t always seem to land a top pick.  Of course we have a 19.90% chance of grabbing the top selection, but our selection has a chance to slip all the way to the 5th spot.

Over the past ten years there have been a number of teams who have unexpectedly jumped into the top 3 on the draft board via the NBA Draft Lottery.  After the jump, I’ll review the last ten years and take a look and the teams who have been lucky enough to move up the board and I will also examine how that pick panned out for the franchise.


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Draft14 Predictions: Sixers’ Second Round Options

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
05/14/14 2:57 pm EST
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144525_web_PJ-HairstonWith the 2014 NBA draft lottery now less than a week away, experts have spent a lot of their time focusing on the top of the draft and the potential first round selections for each team involved.

We here at Philadunkia broke down the Sixers’ potential first round picks in the past few weeks (first selection, second selection) as we now await the ping pong balls to (hopefully) fall in the Sixers’ favor on Tuesday.

What hasn’t been discussed widely among the experts is the second round. In a draft that many label as the deepest in years, I’m sure that Sam Hinkie and Co. have their eyes peeled on plenty of second round gems who could still be around for the Sixers’ five second round selections (No. 32, 39, 47, 52 and 54) on draft night.

After the jump, I’ll break down five potential players who the Sixers might target in the second round…


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’13 Free Agents: What Did We Miss?

Posted by: C. Smith
05/12/14 10:19 am EST
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2getherwebuildmantraWhen the 76ers began the 2013 off season, the immediate future looked somewhat positive.  With All-Star point man Jrue Holiday leading the way as well as solid veterans like Thad Young, Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner on the roster, the franchise had a respectable core to build around.  Add the #11 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, factor in the removal of the burnt out Doug Collins and his prehistoric offensive scheme, then add a free agent or two and you had the makings of what could have been a decent, watchable 2013-14 NBA season here in Philadelphia.

Back then, the scribes here at Philadunkia assembled a list of players from the 2013 free agent class who we felt could help improve the Sixers for 2013-14. Of course after Sam Hinkie smartly pushed the tank button at the 2013 Draft, that exercise turned out to be a complete waste of time.

Still, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to look back at the 2013 free agents we wanted the 76ers to add and review what type of season those players turned in this year.
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Grading Brett Brown On This Season

Posted by: Alex Gorge
05/08/14 10:56 am EST
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brown-brettI walked into Moe’s Southwest Grill this week to order a burrito called “The Home Wrecker” that I had not eaten before.  The only problem was I choked big time when ordering it.  While the burrito was almost done being made, at the last second, I said to add extra jalapenos.

The employee asked me if I wanted pickled or fresh jalapenos.  I don’t know about you but I had never heard of pickled jalapenos, so naturally, I opted for the fresh.  I mean “Fresh” always beats “Pickled” when it comes to food right?  Wrong.

Pickled actually means normal, where as fresh means organic.  I’m well aware that the organic jalapenos are better for you but I just don’t like the taste of them.  The burrito was ruined and I wasn’t going to be “that guy” that holds up the entire line and demands a new one.  I couldn’t even judge the burrito because it wasn’t a true sampling of the product.  Now granted, there were some good components to the burrito, but I now have to go back a second time to get a real sense.

The same can be said about 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown’s first season in charge of the team.


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ROY — Indicator of Future Success??

Posted by: C. Smith
05/07/14 10:20 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers Michael Carter Williams receives the 2014 KIA Rookie of the Year AwardYesterday, as we predicted, Michael Carter-Williams was named the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year. MCW captured 104 of the 124 first place votes and joined Allen Iverson as the only two rookies in 76ers’ franchise history to take home that award.

To be honest, Carter-Williams had more than a great year, he had a historic year.  MCW became just the third player dating back to 1950-51 to lead rookies in points per game (16.7), rebounds per game (6.2) and assists per game (6.3).  Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) are the other names on that list.  MCW also joined Robertson and Magic Johnson (1979-80) as the only players to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in their rookie season.

While there’s no doubt that MCW still has work to do (His detractors will point out that he struggles on defense and his shooting stroke needs help.) and there’s still no guarantee that he is a “franchise” or “all-star level” player, after the jump I will show you that winning the Rookie of the Year Award has been a springboard for some of the finest NBA careers in the history of the game.
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Draft14 Predictions: Sixers’ 2nd Selection

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/01/14 1:50 pm EST
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draft-lotteryIt’s May 1st and Philadunkia nation is now just 19 days away from the NBA Draft Lottery. As opposed to the first selection, which is still very much a question mark at the moment, the Sixers’ second selection isn’t nearly as unclear. The Sixers should have the tenth pick in the first round, barring a miracle Top 3 lottery win from the Pelicans who have a 1.1% chance at No. 1, 1.3% chance at No. 2 and 1.6% chance at No. 3.

The Sixers management can breathe easier knowing their 10th pick is pretty much set in stone, but predicting who will be available at No. 10 and who the team should select is a whole other story.

Philadunkia scribes Jeff McMenamin, Carey Smith and Alex Gorge break down their top targets for the Sixers’ second first round selection after the jump…


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Honoring Dr. Jack

Posted by: C. Smith
04/30/14 2:02 pm EST
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RAMSEY-obit-master495I was in the Raleigh, NC airport on Monday morning when the sad news of Dr. Jack Ramsay’s passing reached my smartphone.  I don’t need to tell you that Dr. Jack was a Philadelphia basketball icon with a superior basketball mind that influenced people in the game as far away as Zimbabwe.

As a St. Joe’s alum (Yeah, I refuse to spell it the new way.), a dedicated 76er supporter and the founder of Philadunkia.com, Dr. Jack has always held a special place in my hoops heart.  But I also had the pleasure of working with Coach Ramsay on several occasions over my career in sports journalism and I own a tremendous respect for his talents, basketball IQ, work ethic and professionalism.

In honor of his passing I’d like to share a quick story with you that will give you some insight into this great man off the court.


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