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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GM 27: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/22/12 9:22 am EST
Atlanta Hawks 80 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 36 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +10

I like the fact that Lavoy saw increased minutes in last night’s game (21.3 mpg over last 10) as I’d rather have him on the floor than Kwame. He did some nice things with those extra ticks, like the 2 OREBs he grabbed in one trip at the 3:40 mark of the 3rd Q. Or also in the 3rd, the help D that he supplied on which he tied up J-Smoove for a jump ball.

Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +23

He’s been simply amazing this year and last night he posted what might have been he best all-around game of the season.  Two stretches of his play really stick out for me.  In the 3rd Q he had a steal that led to a break; then he tipped in a Holiday miss and after that he drew a charge.  The OREB play in the 3rd Q where he battled for the ball 3 times on the glass before grabbing it and putting it back in was also stellar.  He’s now scored in double figures in 17 straight games.

Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 10-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 21 PTS | +29

Turner is so much better when he is not playing the point.  His stretch of play to open the 4th Q was fantastic — shot clock beating FG; slam on the break and then a beauty of a dime to Thad on the blocks.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 11 PTS | +15

Jrue did a nice job of working himself back into the lineup without forcing things or trying to do too much.  What a difference he makes for this team.

Jason Richardson, SG 33 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 17 PTS | +30

J-Rich got off to a fast start — 8 points; 7 dimes; 3 rebounds and 2 steals — in the 1st half and had a very solid overall game.  His FGM made to open the 2nd half was huge.  His beautiful post up, spin move and kiss off the glass in the 3rd Q put the Sixers up 10 and IMO was the knock out blow for the Hawks (even though the run by Louis got them within 8).

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -4

I thought we learned in Texas that this guy needs more minutes and more looks.  I guess I was wrong.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +5

I thought he would have more trouble against the Hawks physical front-line, so this was a surprisingly strong effort from Spencer.

Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -7

If he can give us this production every night, we’ll make the playoffs (sarcasm here).

Nick Young, SG 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -6

I’d like to see his minutes further reduced.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

DNP — CD…That’s what I’m talking ’bout !!!!

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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GM 25: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/19/12 10:04 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Dallas Mavericks
Evan Turner, PG 38 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | -3

Honestly I don’t know what to think about this kid’s play anymore.  One minute his play is stellar play — 5 straight points and 10 overall in 1st Q — and the next minute you want to bench the kid — in the 4th Q he had a stretch where he missed an ill-advised FG; then had a TO; next he air balled a 3PA and followed that up by dribbling the shot clock out.  I’ll have more in depth thoughts on Turner after the jump.

Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -14

After a slow start (0-5 on FGAs), Thad recovered to have a decent game.  His solid 3rd Q kept the Sixers in this game.  However he had significant trouble on the defensive end of the floor vs. DAL.

Kwame Brown, C 19 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -9

Again, I am grading this on “The Kwame Curve”, so 7 rebs in 19 minutes is just a sick outing for this guy.  Still the smooth dime from Wayns that he blew in the 2nd Q drove me crazy and Kaman abused him.

Jason Richardson, SF 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | +7

Sooner or later J-Rich going to find his stroke, right?  It amazes me how hard it is for career jump shooters to score when they have to create their own shots like Jason is being forced to do this year. Still he hits two shot clock buzzer beaters that bailed the 7-6 out and he provided some defensive presence on Mayo in the 2nd half, so not a terrible night.

Nick Young, SG 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -9

He had a 4-point play and scored 6 straight in the 1st Q…That’s about all he did last night.  His defensive effort on Mayo was pathetic

Lavoy Allen, PF 6 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +6

Not sure what he has done wrong, to apparently end up in the Do(u)g-house, but the Sixers could have used him on the floor last night.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 8-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 25 PTS | -7

This is the D-Wright I was looking for when we acquired this guy.  I even thought he did a decent job of taking the ball to the cup last night.  He kept the Sixers in this game all by himself in the late 4th Q and if we can get efforts like this more frequently from Wright, this team could do some damage when Holiday gets back.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-7 FG | 8-8 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +4

A very solid night from Spencer.  I love that he got to the FT line 8 times and knocked all of those freebies down.  His 10 straight in the 4th kept the Sixers alive in this one.  However his help defense on Mayo (Blew by Hawes 2x) and his man-to-man on Kaman in the final minutes was brutal.

Maalik Wayns, PG 21 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 3 PTS | +2

I realize that his shooting last night was atrocious and that can not continue, but I thought the Sixers offense flowed much better with Wayns at the PG (more on this later).  His behind the back dime to Allen in the 2nd Q capped off a 9-2 run.  And when DC put him at the point with 3:55 in the game, he (w/ a lot of help from Wright) pushed the Sixers to make this game entertaining down the stretch.

Royal Ivey, PG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3

Mehhh

Damien Wilkins, SG 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -9

I would like to have seen DC give Wilkins a chance to guard Mayo for a longer stretch.

Jrue Holiday, PG DNP SPRAINED LEFT FOOT MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

Please come back soon!!

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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OHH NO…PLEASE NO

Posted by: C. Smith
12/13/12 3:29 pm EST

In case you have not been on Twitter or the WWW in the last two hours, here’s the news flash…

Jrue Holiday did not practice Thursday and is a game-time decision for Friday night’s contest against the Pacers in Indianapolis.  A sprained left foot kept him out of practice today and appears to be the reason for Jrue’s sluggish 4th Q in Wednesday night’s debacle vs. CHI. 

Holiday had both an X-ray and a MRI today, which again according to numerous sources indicated that the foot is simply sprained.

According to sixers.com Holiday will wear a walking boot and as the team travels to Indianapolis Thursday afternoon in advance of their Friday night meeting with the Pacers.  He is a game-time decision (but arent’s we all).


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