What’s My Name?…Sergio Rodriguez

Posted by: John Woodson
07/05/16 8:42 am EST

04SergioeditThere was a huge free agency announcement made Sunday afternoon.  It nearly broke the internet.  Reports of it first came in the midst of an insignificant Western Conference signing that you may have read about on The Players Tribune.com. Oh yeah, I’m talking about the 76ers coming to terms with Euroleague star and former NBA draft pick, Sergio Rodriguez. The 6-foot-3, 180 pound point guard will reportedly join the club on a one year deal worth $8 million.

A first round pick by the Suns in 2006 (27th overall), Rodriguez played three seasons with Portland before splitting 2009-10 between Sacramento and New York.  While never receiving consistent minutes, he showed flashes of the ball handling brilliance that brought the Tenerife, Spain native to the States and earned him the nickname “Spanish Chocolate” (after passing and dribbling wizard Jason “White Chocolate” Williams).

 


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Time to Complete the Backcourt

Posted by: John Woodson
07/02/16 3:04 pm EST

The Sixers have been very active in this young free agency period and have been connected to a dozen or so free agent rumors.  The Colangelos have yet to land that “big-name” free agent and it is highly likely that trend will continue as players of that elite caliber are unsure about Philadelphia as a destination.  However, the amount of money and playing time the 76ers are in position to offer will be enough to lure younger and cheaper players into “the process”.

Look for Colangelo and Co. to continue to add players on the level of Jerryd Bayless, the 27-year old veteran the club has reportedly reached an agreeement with to the tune of $27 million over the course of three years. With combo-guard Bayless allegedly in the fold, a direction for the 2016-17 backcourt is now partially set.  So let’s take a look at some of the routes the front office could take to complete the reshaping of Brett Brown’s backcourt.

 


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Getting to Know You

Posted by: C. Smith
04/13/16 9:41 am EST

bcolangeloeditOn the heels of the 76ers getting drubbed (122-98) by the Toronto Raptors last night — a team Bryan Colangelo had a hand in building — we present a close -up look at the new Sixer GM…

After a highly successful but controversial coup by his father Jerry, newly installed General Manager Bryan Colangelo hit the local airwaves on Monday and Tuesday to deliver his message to Philadunkia nation.  In his orchestrated media blitz, Colangelo basically continued his my regime is “not about a departure from a strategy” mantra and added that the next phase of the Sixers rebuild will be focused on “sustainable winning”.  Tuesday morning on SiriusXMNBA Colangelo continued his media marathon and threw out this zinger, “The time has come to accelerate the process”.

Over the last two days, Colangelo, in general has said all the right things during his numerous appearance on the sports airwaves.  A little part of me was actually impressed with his words.  However, I still don’t believe he is the right man for finishing “The Process” and leading this franchise back to relevancy.  So today in an effort to get a less biased opinion of Colangelo, we turn to our colleague Sam Holako of raptorsrepublic.com to help us examine Colangelo’s time in Toronto.

 


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Is Third Time the Charm???

Posted by: C. Smith
04/11/16 1:56 pm EST

bryancandjosheditYesterday — four days after Sam Hinkie shockingly resigned — Josh Harris and Bryan Colangelo held a press conference that was scripted like a Presidential address. They hit on the key points — Hinkie is obviously out; Jerry Colangelo will have a lesser role; and to no one’s surprise, announced Bryan as the new General Manager of the Sixers. Then they played defense against an unending wave of questions.

In the end, we got no real answers.  As I sat and watched Harris awkwardly squirm through another major press conference, I thought to myself, ‘this is third time I have listened to Josh Harris announce a change in the course of this franchise.  Why I am to believe that this ownership group has finally gotten it right this time?’

After the jump, a look at the three course changes Harris and Co. have executed in four short years.

 


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Losing Streak by the Numbers

Posted by: C. Smith
03/04/16 2:31 pm EST

jah&noelAs the 76ers get set to play the Miami Heat — who are 6-2 since Chris Bosh was lost– down at the Center tonight, the water cooler talk here at Philadunkia continues to revolve around the home team’s losing streak.  The streak now stands at 10 games (their 2nd double digit streak of the season) and with a match-up tonight vs. a Miami team that is installed as a 9-point favorite and features one of the stingiest defenses in the Association (96.8 points per game), the 76ers’ streak will likely extend to eleven games.

So as we prepare to deal with the mental anguish of another Sixers loss tonight, we thought we would review for you the reader ten items that we have taken note of during the latest stretch of growing pains in year three of “The Process”.

 


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Sixers Stream of Consciousness

Posted by: C. Smith
03/01/16 1:07 pm EST

As I watched the 76ers blow yet another fourth quarter lead (led by 7 points at mid-way mark last night),  and lose for the seventh straight night since the All-Star Game break and ninth in a row overall, I couldn’t help and think back to the amazing contest between the Warriors and Thunder I witnessed this past weekend.

As the Sixers were getting destroyed by John Wall (16 points in final stanza) during the fourth quarter it dawned on me that the Sixers were about to be “officially” eliminated  from playoff contention (Insert joke here).  For the fourth straight year the 76ers would not participate in the NBA’s post season and as I contemplated that idea as well as just how far away the 76ers are from being a competitive force, I jotted down several random thoughts about the 76ers that crossed my mind.

 


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What to Watch Down the Stretch

Posted by: C. Smith
02/19/16 1:12 pm EST

76ersaltlogoThe 2016 NBA trade deadline has come and gone quietly for the 76ers.  Even after receiving inquiries from teams such as the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, the front office team of Colangelo and Hinkie thankfully chose not to move any of the franchise’s valuable “assets”.  Instead Sam and Jerry settled for a very Hinkie-ish move in trading for veteran Joel Anthony and a 2nd round pick in 2017.  It’s a stone cold lock that Anthony will be waived this week.

With a nearly irrelevant trade deadline now behind us it’s time to take a look at the “official” second half of the 2015-16 NBA season.  The Sixers have 29 games remaining in the third year of “the process” and after the jump I will identify five items I will be watching for with this team as we count down to the 2016 Draft Lottery.

 


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FO’ with the Foes: Atlanta Hawks

Posted by: C. Smith
02/03/16 2:14 pm EST

atlhawksgirlThis 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 Atlanta Hawks who are all over the place right now (5-5 in last 10), but feature streaking point man Jeff Teague and a formidable front line.

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

 


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Rapid Reacts: It’s Always Sunny…

Posted by: C. Smith
01/27/16 9:39 am EST
Phoenix Suns 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
113 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 30 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 3FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +9 +/-A quick start (6 points in 1st Q) propelled Noel to a very solid all-around night. Noel scored another 4 points in the 3rd Q and also helped close this one out be scoring 4 points in the 4th Q. I have to be honest here and say that while I love Jah’s low post scoring, the Sixers offense flows better with #4 in the game. He had several key blocks in this game as well.

Robert Covington, SF 32 MIN | 7-15 FG | 5-12 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +10 +/-Cov is simply En Fuego.  Last night was the second game in a row that Covington drained five or more treys and he is shooting 40% from deep over his last 5 games (15.8 ppg.).  Cov is also averaging 8 rebounds per contest over his last 3 games.  The release on his jumper has never been quicker.

Jerami Grant, SF 29 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 3FG | 3-6 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +6 +/-IMO last night was a great example fo how Grant can be a key player for this team in the future. Grant played tough defense, doesn’t need plays run for him to contribute and will splash home the three once in a while.  Plus his knack for highlight reel dunks is an energy booster for the team.

Ish Smith, PG 32 MIN | 7-17 FG | 0-2 3FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +8 +/-A near double-double for the man who is steadily leading the Sixers out of contention for the No. 1 pick at Draft16.  10 of his points came in the 4th Q — 6 straight at one point late in the game and he scroed 8 of the last 10 Sixer points overall.  Smith simply closed this one out for the Sixers like an All-Star lead guard. Ish comitted only 1 turnover last night.

Nik Stauskas, SG 38 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 3FG | 6-7 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +8 +/-What I like about last night’s performance for Sauce Castillo is that he drove the ball to the rim aggressively. Stauskas absorbed a lot of contact in the lane last night and kept coming back for more. He also drained a key 3-ball at the 6 min. mark of the 4th Q and told the Suns bench about as he jogged back down the floor.  I like that moxy.  After returning from a three-game absence, Stauskas was ineffective off the bench against Boston, so IMO he desperately needed a performance like this one.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Phoenix Suns

Posted by: C. Smith
01/26/16 2:06 pm EST

sunsgirlsThis 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 are 2-8 in their last 10 games and will not have Brandon Knight available for this contest because of a strained groin. To be honest, the 76ers should win this game.

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 Troy Tauscher who covers the Suns for bballbreakdown.com, as Troy will answer Fo’ questions on his Suns squad from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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