NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/08/13 12:21 pm EST

Collins tells John Mitchell of philly.com, It’s been the toughest year I’ve ever had as a coach, and the reason is that there are great expectations.”

Sixers.com has a host of notes and quotes from after practice on Thursday.

Ian Thomsen on SI.com does not believe Allen Iverson will ver play again in the NBA.

Speaking of Iverson, TMZ.com has photos of his mansion that was foreclosed on earlier this week.  It seems Iverson doesn’t have much luck with houses.  If you recall, Iverson took a huge loss a couple years back when he sold his 14,ooo sq. footer out in Villanova.

A quick “76ers” craigslist search turns up this awesome piece of Sixers art.   

John Finger of csnphilly.com looks at Turner’s latest slump.  FYI…As we have documented, it ain’t pretty.

Andre Miller is unhappy with his limited minutes in Denver and thinks he’ll be traded.  Anyone think he would be a  nice back-up PG here in Philly?  It’s tough to make a trade for Miller (3 yrs @ $5mil per) work, but I am open to ideas. 


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HOUSTON WE HAVE AN ALL-STAR

Posted by: C. Smith
01/25/13 3:46 pm EST

As we all know by now, the reserves for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game were announced Thursday evening and 76er Jrue Holiday was chosen as a back-up guard for the Eastern Conference squad.  Jrue’s selection by the NBA coaches to the ASG in Houston means that Holiday (22-years-old) now owns a place in Sixers lore, as he becomes the youngest player in franchise history to be named an All-Star.

Whether or not Jrue is having an All-Star caliber year is a topic that has been debated many times here at Philadunkia.com.  This post in not an attempt to continue that thread.  Today we’re going to put that hot button issue aside for a minute and celebrate Jrue’s selection to the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.

First I’ll take a quick look at Jrue’s numbers so far this season, which in themselves are pretty impressive.  Then I’ll revisit the 2009 NBA Draft to see how Jrue stacks up against the guards who were selected ahead of him that June.   


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GM 40: (PUMPED UP) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/19/13 9:28 am EST
Toronto Raptors 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +7

One of Lavoy’s best games in a long, long time.  He was aggressive offensively — taking and hitting open shots that he had been passing up of late.  His 6 points in the early 3rd Q were huge.  Which is why I am a little curious about how little tick he got in the 4th Q and OT.

Thaddeus Young, SF 45 MIN | 13-19 FG | 1-2 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | +8

A mammoth game form Thad.  On top of the usual energy and hustle he delivers, Thad also was a huge part of the Sixers 19-5 run in the 3rd Q and his 14 4th Q points were a big key to completing this amazing comeback.

Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +11

He really struggled in the 1st half (1-4 for 3 pts.) and IMO Turner is still a little lost.  I am especially concerned with the way he continues to pound the rock into the ground and does not move the ball quickly in the face of a double team.  However his dime to Lavoy in the 3rd Q was a thing of beauty.

Jrue Holiday, PG 46 MIN | 13-23 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 14 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 33 PTS | +7

Simply put, Jrue was ridiculous last night and may have played his way into the ASG.  Two things really stick out for me.  First, on the final play of regulation Jrue took the ball to the tin and did not settle for a long J or off balance runner (I’m looking at you Dre and Louis).  That was refreshing to witness.  Second, he wanted to be “the man” last night and simply took over this game down the stretch.  He scored the Sixers final 14 point and all 12 of the team’s points in OT.

Jason Richardson, SG 28 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +13

Ugggghhhh…But we’ll give him a pass b/c of the knee problems he is apparently battling.

Dorell Wright, SF 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11

I guess it’s back to the Do(u)g-house.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +4

A solid night from Hawes, but the 3PAs he keeps launching are ripping up my insides.  The 3PA he launched in the 4th Q with Sixers down 1, was just brutal.

Royal Ivey, PG 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11

Jrue needed a quick breather and Ivey did a nice job of getting him just that.

Damien Wilkins, SG 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6

Wilkins did not stuff the stat sheet, but I thought his pressure defense was excellent last night.

Nick Young, SG 29 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +13

Aside from a few ill-advised shots, I thought Swaggy contributed nicely last night.  DC must have thought so as well because he left Young in the game for most of the 4th and the OT session.  However, I wouldn’t mind if had hit a few more 3PAs last night.

Kwame Brown, C DNP SINUS INFECTION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

So J-Rich gets his knee drained and still takes the floor, but a sinus infection keeps Kwame sidelined?!? C’mon man…

Shelvin Mack, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Welcome aboard…enjoy your seat.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure what was said at half-time, but he should bottle it up and keep it in his pocket for future use.  Still DC has to be held responsible at some level for the terrible 1st half the Sixers played and I would like to have seen Lavoy in the game during the late 4th and OT.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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TRADE BYNUM ?!?

Posted by: Steve Toll
01/17/13 12:22 pm EST

While many in Philadunkia nation were simply giddy over the fact that Andrew Bynum shot some free throws at the Sixers practice facility earlier this week, I would argue that now is the time to trade Bynum and improve the team’s future.

Through no fault of his own, Bynum isn’t the answer for the 7-6’s woes.  50+ losses is where this team is heading and not even Lebron makes this team a contender.  No cap space and a lack of cheap talent is a pretty bad place to be in the NBA, regardless of whether or not Bynum is healthy going forward.  As the halfway point of the season is nearing and the trade deadline is a month away, here is the first look at getting Bynum out of here.

This is not an indictment on Bynum.  Instead what I am Iooking out for is long term future of the 76ers.  I recognize more is needed to compete for an NBA title and I am taking a no lose risk in the long run. 

After the jump, my trade idea for moving Andrew Bynum


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GM 39: (PISSED OFF) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/15/13 10:30 pm EST
New Orleans Hornets 111 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 15 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -9

A nice shooting night by Lavoy, but his defense was atrocious and he grabbed ZERO rebounds in 15 ticks.  Unreal.

Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 6-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -4

A terrible night shooting from Thad.  I’m not sure if the length of the Hornets bigs bothered him, but tonight he missed a lot of the mid-range shots he usually drills.  His energy and hustle were on par.

Evan Turner, SF 35 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -9

Offensively tonight was an improvement over the way Turner has been playing over the last ten games.  However, his defense has become suspect at best.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 10-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 11 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 29 PTS | -22

Coming off a great outing vs. HOU, Jrue posts an outstanding double-double (10th of the year) while committing only 4 turnovers.  The haters out there will say that he got toasted by Vasquez (IMO one of the most underrated PGs in the League), but I would argue that he had absolutely no help on the defensive end stopping the pick-&-roll and dribble penetration and that contributed heavily to Vasquez’s stats.

Jason Richardson, SG 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -12

I guess J-Rich needs two nights in a row off to produce anything of value.

Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -9

21 minutes — 2 boards…That’s simply ridiculous to me.  When you’re 7-feet tall you should grab 10 every night by accident.

Kwame Brown, C 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +9

(Graded on the Kwame curve of course) I’m not sure if I should make fun of Hawes here for grabbing the same number of boards as this stiff in triple the minutes or make a Kwame has a pulse joke.  I’ll just move on.

Royal Ivey, PG 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -8

Mehhhh

Damien Wilkins, SG 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -7

I was expecting more, especially on the defensive end.

Nick Young, SG 12 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +6

All of you in the Swaggy fan club can puff your chest out for one night.  I will admit that he was fun to watch tonight, but let’s make a note that his scoring outburst came in the 4th Q with the game out of reach.  Even with Swaggy’s amazing display of scoring in the 4th, the Sixers were only able to get the Sixers within 9.

Doug Collins

I’m giving DC an “A” for simply putting up with this inconsistent group.  I would have lost my mind and quit by now.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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WHAT IS TURNER’S TRADE VALUE???

Posted by: C. Smith
01/15/13 10:12 am EST

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding Andrew Bynum shooting some free throws and actually breaking a sweat on the basketball court was an interesting article by philly.com’s John Mitchell in which he stated that the Sixers should “at least explore the possibility” of trading Evan Turner.  Trading Turner is a topic that has been written about and debated many times here at Philadunkia over the last year.

Of course Mitchell’s article indicated that Sacarmento’s problem child DeMarcus Cousins would be his top choice for the Sixers to receive in return for Turner.  Again, the Turner for Cousins trade is another topic that has been discussed at length here at Philadunkia.com.

Inspired by the “trade Turner” momentum that continues to build here in the comments section on Philadunkia and Mitchell’s article, I reached out to my colleagues and contacts in various NBA front offices to discover what exactly is Evan Turner’s worth on the NBA trade market.

After the jump, I’ll reveal what those NBA folks had to say.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/14/13 11:11 am EST

Many of us have wondered, is there a long term backup plan for Andrew Bynum?  Some talking heads at csnphilly.com discuss that issue.

Meanwhile, the Twitter-sphere is going crazy with news and photos of Bynum shooting FTs after prac today.

Great article via Grantland writer Jonathan Abrams on how former Sixer Jerry Stackhouse (BKN) and Philly native Rasheed Wallace (NYK) are both playing in New York 20 years after they left UNC.  Stack has some interesting comments on Allen Iverson and why he is no longer in the League.

Over at hornets247.com they’ve posted a podcast looking at the NOH recent success and previewing the game vs. our Sixers on Tuesday night.

John Mitchell of philly.com writes that the Sixers should trade Turner for a big man.  Preferably Demarcus Cousins.

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com brings up this must have for every Sixers fan this winter.  Reminds me of the Starter jackets that were so popular in the early ’90s.


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INTERVIEW: TIM LEGLER

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/11/13 10:10 am EST

Here at Philadunkia we have chosen to completely ignore the debacle that happened up in Toronto on Wednesday night.  Many of us here viewed that contest as the worst performance of the year by the 7-6.  We can understand soiling the bed in San Antonio during the final game of a long and challenging 8-game road trip, but what exactly is the excuse for the Sixers uninspiring effort vs. the Raptors?  In our collective opinion there is none. 

Look, we realize that this roster is tragically flawed with Bynum out of the lineup.  And we understand that fact is a huge obstacle to ask a team and head coach to overcome for nearly 40 games.  We also acknowledge that the Sixers schedule has been brutal of late.  Still this team is better than what they have shown in the last two games.  The effort at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night vs. Brooklyn was weak and what happened in Toronto was downright embarrassing.   To say we are frustrated with this team is an understatement.

So in order to avoid a very negative rant style post by one of our writers and in an effort to find some solutions to the Sixers problems, we are turning to ESPN analyst Tim Legler.  Why Legler?  Well, Legler is not just a former NBA player and a great NBA analyst; he’s also one of us (At least in our eyes).   

Legler scored over 1,500 points at LaSalle, is a member of the Big 5 Hall of Fame, earned a MBA from The Wharton School and is married to a former Eagles cheerleader.  So Legler is as Philadunkia as Dr. J, Allen Iverson and The Spectrum.  As a bonus, he still lives in the Philadelphia area, attends numerous Sixer games each year and is actually somewhat of a 76ers fan.  Basically, he knows the 7-6 inside and out. 

Yesterday Legler gave me some time to Philadunkia scribe Tim Parker to discuss numerous Sixers topics, including why the Sixers have struggled so badly this season. 


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/04/13 1:18 pm EST

Corey Seidman at csnphilly.com has a preview of the Sixers at OKC tonight.  It ain’t going to be pretty. 

Ric Bucher talks about whether or not Jrue will be an All-Star.  He has an interesting take on a long running debate here at Philadunkia.com

Phil Shore at Yahoo! Sports, takes a look at something we have discussed in depth here at ‘Dunkia…starting tonight in OKC, the Sixers upcoming schedule is brutal.

Saturday is the 30th anniversary of Dr. J’s filthy rock-the-cradle dunk on the head of Lakers great Michael Cooper.  Mark Perner of the Daily News looks back at one of the most iconic plays in 76ers history.  

Former Sixer great Charles Barkley doesn’t think you’re smart enough to be voting for the NBA All-Star Game participants.

Speaking of voting…A look at the latest All-Star voting results shows that Jrue is still in the Top 10 among East guards.

Checking in on Arnett Moultrie, we find that he is playing decently (double-double on New Year’s Day) on 27 mpg. for Sioux Falls.


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ANALYZING THE SIXERS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/02/13 8:44 am EST

A relatively new and popular way of analyzing sports teams and players is through the use of advanced statistics.

Around the NBA, you’ve seen teams hiring their own stat guru’s to better evaluate talent based on their findings.  Early in December, the Memphis Grizzlies hired ESPN’s highly popular analyst, John Hollinger, as their Vice President of Basketball Operations.  At the beginning of the season, the Sixers hired Aaron Barzilai, creator of the website basketballvalue.com, as the team’s director of analytics.

The most famous stat-guy in the front offices of an NBA team is Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets. He was the first NBA general manager to be hired through the Moneyball concept of thinking.  This past offseason, he famously signed Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik while also trading for James Harden.  The Rockets are now one of the most intriguing and exciting teams to watch in the League, currently holding the NBA’s second-best offense.

Being relatively new to the subject of advanced statistics I couldn’t think of a better way to both enlighten myself about the topic and to give readers a better understanding as well then to interview one of the more popular number-crunchers out there today.

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