Perfect 10′s Are Rare

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
06/02/14 11:53 am EST

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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Draft14 Predictions: Sixers’ Second Round Options

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
05/14/14 2:57 pm EST

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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GM75: Rapid (Big AL) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
04/03/14 11:03 am EST
Charlotte Bobcats 123 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -21Here’s a line I never thought I would write: Last night Thad got shut down by Cody Zeller.

Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -28Last night was the first time I have seem Sims struggle on defense as he simply got abused by Al Jefferson.  But I’ll give Sims credit he was one of the few Sixers who got involved early in this game with 4 points in the 1st Q.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 27 MIN | 10-18 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | -18MCW came out firing in the 1st Q (3-5 on FGAs) and other than Sims was really the only bright spot on offense for the Sixers during the early going.  MCW also put up 12 points in the 2nd Q including a filthy AND 1, but by than the Sixers were trailing by 15+ and this game was essentially over.  I really liked that he only turned the ballover 1 time against a good defensive unit in Charlotte.

James Anderson, SG 25 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -16The journeyman comes crashing back to reality.

Hollis Thompson, SG 26 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -22I have a hard time grading “The Keeper’s” performance last night.  His numbers are decent, but if you watched the game, you know that he was invisible during the 1st and 2nd Q’s while the Sixers weer getting steam rolled.  Of course, he wasn’t the only one.


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What if the Bynum Trade Never Happened?

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/08/13 6:00 pm EST

oc8e0290-copyIn the wake of Andrew Bynum possibly taking the court tonight for the Cleveland Cavaliers down at the Wells Fargo Center, it’s a good time to look back and reflect on one of the biggest Sixers trades in the past 20 years.

It was just two summers ago in August when the Sixers shipped out Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and a protected first-round pick in return for the possible franchise-center Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson.


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Where’s the Defense?

Posted by: C. Smith
11/05/13 1:30 pm EST

D-FenceWe’re decided to bypass the usual Rapid Reacts format for recapping last night’s game because everyone deserves an “F” for that pathetic outing vs. the Golden State Warriors.  Even the most ardent tanking supporter had to be disgusted with what happened at the WFC last night.

Poor shooting (35.3% on FGA); horrible 3-point shooting (5-25); embarrassing work at the FT line (62%) and too many turnovers (24) were the some of the low lights during the Sixers 110-90 loss to the Andre Iguodala led Warriors.

However, not one of these issues from the game vs. the GSW is as disturbing to me as the defensive effort I saw from the 7-6 AGAIN last night.


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30 YEARS & COUNTING

Posted by: C. Smith
06/21/13 2:46 pm EST

Last night as I watched LeBron and the Miami Heat celebrate their NBA Finals win over the San Antonio Spurs as well as back-to-back NBA titles, I began to wonder if the 76ers will ever hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy again in my lifetime.

I think and hope they will.  However, given that the team is currently an absolute mess and that Sam Hinkie has a long road ahead of him to simply make this team respectable,  I don’t believe an NBA championship is coming to Philadunkia nation any time soon.

So, as the Heat poured champagne all over each other last night, I started thinking about better times for the Sixers and I was reminded that it has been 30 years since Doc, Moses, Mo, Bobby, Toney and Ivaroni were crowned NBA Champions and led a parade down Broad Street.  That’s right, 30 years!

A great deal has happened with the 76ers and across the Association in the last 30 years.  After the jump I’ll look at some items within this franchise and around the NBA that have occurred since the Sixers last won it the title back in 1983.


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IGGY OPTING OUT OF CONTRACT

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
06/15/13 3:15 pm EST

According to multiple reports, former Sixer Andre Iguodala will opt out of his contract with the Denver Nuggets next season to become a free agent.

Iguodala, whose lone all-star season came with the Sixers in 2012, is set to make $16.2 million next season. By opting out, he’ll have the ability to sign a five-year contract with the Nuggets or a four-year deal with another team.

The news is somewhat surprising, considering the Nuggets held a 57-25 record last season. Yet as a No.3 seed in the Western Conference, the Nuggets were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors. Their head coach George Karl was fired and their GM Masai Ujiri also left for a job with the Toronto Raptors.

What’s more surprising is the move by Iguodala to decide to take less money in order to have a better shot at an NBA title.


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JRUE SELECTED TO USA MINI-CAMP

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
06/12/13 2:23 pm EST

One of the best ways to improve yourself in any sport is to play on your country’s national team. A recent example is former Sixer Andre Iguodala. Iguodala joined Team USA for the FIBA World Championship’s in 2010. He went on to have his only all-star season in 2011-12, after practicing with players like Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Danny Granger, Rudy Gay and Eric Gordon for a whole summer.

Team USA brought him back for the Summer Olympics last summer where once again he played exceptionally well and helped his team bring home the gold medal.

That’s why Sixers fans should be excited at the announcement that Jrue Holiday was selected today as one of 27 players to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp, held July 22-25 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center in Las Vegas, Nev.


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LOOKING FOR A SCORER

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/10/13 9:33 am EST

The Sixers need a scorer.  It seems like a pretty simple sentiment.  In fact, there will be those that criticize this post as being too simplistic.

“Of course, every team could use a scorer.”

“We want a name!”

The point of this post isn’t to postulate about potential players, but rather to point out a decade long problem.

The Sixers have not had a legitimate go-to-guy since Allen Iverson was shipped to Denver, which happens to be about the same time that the franchise’s success stalled.

This is not a coincidence.

Every team that has found extreme success in the NBA over the past decade plus (Heat, Mavs, Lakers, Spurs, Celtics) have a clearly defined go-to-guy.  This is also not a coincidence.  The best NBA teams are well-structured and well-rounded, as a one man show rarely makes it very far (save for an ’01 Iverson and an ’07 LeBron James).


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A BULLISH DECISION

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
05/09/13 6:00 am EST

The Sixers have been abandoned again.  It was another three seasons of wasted basketball instead of moving closer to the ultimate goal of a championship.  There were risks taken, hearts broken and blood vessels busted.

Yet, taking a trip down memory lane, what if I told you that the Sixers’ woes began way before the Andrew Bynum trade last summer?  What if I told you that if the Sixers had just taken my advice that they’d be in the hunt for an NBA Championship right now as you’re reading this?

Without tooting my own horn too much, I’ll just let you see for yourself…
http://philadunkia.com/?p=263


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