Fo’ with the Foes: Orlando Magic

Posted by: C. Smith
12/03/13 1:42 pm EST

MagicgirlThis 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 Orlando Magic, who handled the Sixers 6 days ago, but have lost two straight, including a 18 point drubbing in Washington last night.

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


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True Hero: Allen Iverson

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
10/30/13 12:11 pm EST

iversonstepoverlueThe definition of a hero is generally a person or figure, who is admired or idealized for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

As a Philadelphia sports fan my entire life, I have had plenty of opportunities to pick who this person was for me growing up.

There was the hard-hitting but well-spoken Brian Dawkins of the Eagles, that truly left everything he had out on the football field on Sunday’s.  He set the tone on defense for a team which reached the Super Bowl in 2004.

There’s the great Chase Utley of the Phillies.


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BRETT BROWN is a MATE WITH A MISSION

Posted by: Alex Gorge
10/03/13 11:38 am EST

Olympics Day 6 - BasketballAustralia can’t be a basketball country can it?

Jamaicans couldn’t be bobsledders either until Irving Blitzer realized the potential they had and led them to the Calgary Olympics in the classic Disney movie “Cool Runnings”.

So what do new 76ers coach Brett Brown and Irving Blitzer have in common?

The answer: They both helped start a great movement.

As Brown and the 76ers jet off to Europe to begin his first season as an NBA head coach, Philadunkia nation can take comfort in the fact that Brown has helped propel Australian basketball to heights it has never seen before.  From an assistant coach in Melbourne to the head coach of Australia’s National Team, Brett Brown has been a success at every level of hoops “Down Under”.

 


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OPSL: A LOOK AT THE FOES

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/06/13 9:44 am EST

If the NBA off-season was a beauty pageant, then the month of June would be the swimsuit part of the competition and July would be the talent portion of the event.

It’s time for this year’s beauty pageant to enter the talent part of the competition.

Beginning Sunday at Orlando’s NBA summer league event, it won’t be the wins and losses that matter the most, it will be individual performances.  Talent, hard work and hustle will determine who makes NBA rosters this fall.

For the 76ers summer team roster now is the time to impress GM Sam Hinkie.  It wont be easy however as there is no shortage of big names at this year’s OPSL.  Hopefully the 7-6 gained some momentum from their scrimmage yesterday vs. the Utah Jazz and are ready to showcase their skills.

After the jump, a look at the foes in Orlando as well as the Sixers schedule for the OPSL…

 


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DRAFT13: OUR 76ers PREDICTIONS

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/27/13 12:55 pm EST

The 2013 NBA Draft is just hours away and unless you have been living under The Commodore Barry Bridge, you know the 76ers have numerous holes they will be looking to fill tonight.  We have discussed in detail here at Philadunkia the Sixers’ ills — shooting guard, power forward and center.  Our hope is that tonight our new leader, Sam Hinkie, finds several players via the Draft (11th, 35th & 42nd picks) and/or trades that will solve some of these issues.

We have already showed you what all the “experts” and NBA scouts think of the players that should be available when the Sixers are put on the clock tonight.  Now it’s time for the scribes here at Philadunkia to predict what the 7-6 will do with the 11th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Will it be a SG with a smooth stroke?  Or an athletic power forward?  Has one of the “upside” 7-footers caught Hinkie’s eye and registered on his analytics? Maybe it’s another athletic ‘tweener that has impressed the Sixers?

Really, only Hinkie knows what is going to happen in Brooklyn tonight, but after the jump Philadunkia’s own take a stab at predicting who the 76ers will pick at No. 11.


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STAND PAT THIS SUMMER

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/17/13 9:33 am EST

There seems to be a lot of different opinions regarding how the Sixers should handle the 2013 off-season.

Some of Philadunkia nation thinks that the organization should still plan to build around Bynum, while a large percentage of people don’t want to see him anywhere near this team or city again.

Then there are those who feel that the Sixers actually aren’t too far away from contention and could compete with a couple tweaks.  However for every one with this view there are at least two others who feel that the team needs to be  completely blown up.

The only thing certain now after the disappointing season that was for the Sixers, is uncertainty.

The hiring of Sam Hinkie is the first stride on a long staircase the Sixers are facing this summer.  Finding a “basketball guy” to support Hinkie’s analytics, selecting a head coach, making draft picks, and filling out the roster with free agents are all still left on the agenda.  With a new regime in town it is difficult to tell exactly how any of this will turn out.

With that being said, the smart thing for the Sixers to do this summer is — as little as possible.


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‘DRE — YOU CAN STILL HAVE HIM

Posted by: Jake Fischer
05/01/13 12:23 pm EST

Last night, I watched the Denver Nuggets narrowly defeat the Golden State Warriors in the Pepsi Center in order to extend their first round series to a sixth game.  Naturally, I found the Warriors play through the first four games of the series refreshing and thrilling.  But, in Game 6, the Nuggets morphed into the Pistons of the “Bad Boys”  era with a touch of  pop and pizazz and secured a win.  The player who pushed the Nuggets to the win last night was former Sixer Andre Iguodala.

The once heir apparent to Allen Iverson, Iguodala dropped a line of 25 points, 12 boards and 7 assists in 40 minutes of play on 10-17 shooting from the field.  On the series, Iguodala is averaging 16.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game while shooting 53.4 percent from the floor in 40.2 minutes per (Those stats are much improved over his regular season numbers of 13, 5 & 5 and 45% shooting from the field).

With his playoff averages, Iguodala would have ranked second on the Sixers in points, tied-second in rebounds, second in assists, second in field goal percentage and first in minutes during the regular season. And, the dude is doing this in the playoffs no less against a stingy defensive team in the Dubs.

Regardless, I still say the Philadelphia 76ers are better off with Iguodala elsewhere.


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WHEELING & DEALING

Posted by: Steve Toll
04/30/13 9:33 am EST

Few could have imagined the season turned out the way it did.  The 76ers were supposed to be this, that and the other thing.  What came to pass was the realization that this past summer was one of the uglier summers in NBA history.  

Now the Sixers are a team left with holes larger than just the void in the middle cause by Andrew Bynum’s knees.  As I have mentioned ad nauseum, the 76ers are in a very bad place going forward with no clear path to anything.  

After the jump, are some trade possibilities that can be a change for the better next year or the long run.  The premise is to do all of these trades or none at all.  Part 1 will be for the future, “Hello, 25% shot at Andrew Wiggins and the return of the Anti-Gravity Treadmill”.  Part 2 will assume the future is now

On last note, while the ESPN.com trade machine says the salaries don’t work, once Jrue’s $9.2 million salary kicks in, these trades would work.

 
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HELP WANTED

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/29/13 4:24 pm EST

After the 76ers announced their acquisition of a new D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers (a.k.a. “the Sevens” — insert laughter here), the Philadelphia Inquirer’s John Mitchell crafted an interesting story based off a discussion with team owner Joshua Harris while the two were down in Newark, Delaware for the “big” 87ers press conference.

In the article, Mitchell discusses a general theme that the Sixers will approach their head-coaching search diligently and steadily. However, the Inquirer columnist said that Harris and current GM Tony DiLeo will be the two men conducting the process.

“Harris, who doesn’t talk publicly about contract extensions, said that he and general manager Tony DiLeo, who has an expiring deal on June 30, are running the search.  And he noted that while they have yet to interview anyone, they have several candidates in mind.  In fact, Dei Lynam of csnphilly.com is reporting that the Sixers have already reached out to Pacers’ assistant coach Brian Shaw.

Whether DiLeo remains the general manager will be resolved in time.  But right now DiLeo is the basketball mind that Harris, who inherited Collins from the previous owners, is leaning on to fill the franchise’s most vital position.”

Now, it’s important to remember that the last time the Sixers hired a head coach, Ed Stefanski and Ed Snider were running the front office and spearheaded that job search.


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LEARNING FROM HISTORY

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/26/13 9:54 am EST

Growing up in the late 90s and early 00s, I developed an affinity for the Cartoon Network program, Ed, Edd n Eddy. The animated show featured three boys who wrecked havoc on their parents and really just lived their daily lives in their cul-de-sac kooky pandemonium.

Thus, when the 76ers, who were then led by Chairman Ed Snider and General Manager Ed Stefanski, fired former head coach Eddie Jordan, I wrote a crafty blog post that constructed a conspiracy on how Ed Stefanski and Eddie Jordan in 2010 (who had been friends from their days with the New Jersey Nets) worked to derail this dilapidated organization.

Now, looking back on my adolescence, and knowing what I now know about the NBA, I realize that the only legitimate conspiracies in the League only involve officiating and injuries.  However, I still truthfully believe that the Ed, Ed and Eddie era of the Sixers set back this organization to where they are now.


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