FORMER SIXERS UNITE

Posted by: Steve Toll
04/16/13 2:52 pm EST

How good would a team comprised of former 76ers players currently active in the NBA be? 

It’s an interesting question in what has been an interesting season to say the least.  So, let’s take a look at the possibilities.

We will use the current salaries of every player and keep under $60,000,000.  Elton Brand will not be included because he was amnestied and would prefer jail in Siberia to being on a hypothetical former 76ers roster.  Each player would essentially be a clone of himself and injuries are a part of things in this exercise.

Head Coach:  Aaron McKie

Asst Coach:  Eric Snow

PG:  Lou Williams, Andre Miller; $10,000,000

SG:  Thabo Sefolosha, Kyle Korver, Jodie Meeks; $10,100,000

SF:  Andre Iguodala, Matt Barnes, Mo Harkless; $17,900,000

PF:  Marreese  Speights, Reggie Evans; $5,800,000

C:  Nik Vucevic, Samuel Dalembert; $8,400,000

 
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THE RESURGENCE of WILKINS

Posted by: Steve Toll
03/28/13 1:40 pm EST

The 76ers are 5-4 in their last 9 games and if they hadn’t simply given away a game in Denver last Thursday that record would be even more impressive.  Collins & Co. have won 6 games overall in March – their highest monthly win total since December.  There are a couple of reasons for the improved play of the Sixers over the past month, but none have been a big factor than Damien Wilkins.

The 33-year old Wilkins has had a resurgence that is reminiscent of the Jason Richardson we saw in the first month of the year.  Damien’s play of late is both unexpected and more so untimely.  Whether it is a case of veteran savvy coupled with intense mental fortitude or variance, DW has been managed to produce at a level far above even he likely thought possible — 18 points; 5 boards and 4 dimes last night.

 
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BYNUM…DONE…WHAT A SHOCK

Posted by: Jake Fischer
03/01/13 2:53 pm EST

After sustaining serious mental and emotional damages from a carnivorous herd of media members at the Sixers PCOM practice facility, the 2012-2013 version of Andrew Bynum, along with his knees, is now for done for the season, the ailing center announced Friday.

“It’s getting really late [in the season],” the 7-1 nearly 300-pound center told reporters in regards to appearing on the court.  “I don’t know if I will play.”

As many have speculated for months, Andrew Bynum will most likely never play for the Sixers this season, as his deteriorating knees have now apparently cost him the 2012-13 just as they have done to the 76ers.  Bynum, who had practiced with the team for the first time just seven days prior to this horrific announcement, reported that his knees experienced swelling following that practice.  However, they most likely did not swell as large as many 76ers fans’ hearts did Friday afternoon, considering that for Bynum, it’s still all about the money.

“Being healthy is more important than everything else,” Bynum also said at PCOM.  “If I am healthy, I’ll get a deal.  I have to be able to play and I need to get to the point where I’m healthy to play.”

 
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GM 22: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/13/12 10:20 am EST
Chicago Bulls 96 Final

Recap | Box Score

89 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +14

Lavoy had a very solid night on the boards, especially considering the front line he was up against.  He threw in 2 blks for good measure.

Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-4 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -14

A big 1st Q for Thad included a an amazing rejection of a Boozer shot.  However, Thad had some issues with guarding Noah (To be expected) and his missed FTs ripped my heart out.

Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | -3

A decent all around night by ET and I love the direction his is headed in overall, but IMO Turner has fallen in love with his own game and it is costing the Sixers at times.  Specifically with regards to last night’s game, he forced and missed two ill-advised mid range runners in the 4th Q.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 13-28 FG | 0-3 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 26 PTS | -7

Jrue was one quarter away from possibly having his best game of the year.  Unfortunately the Q he went MIA in was the all important 4th Q.  During that stanza Jrue was 1-4 on FGAs, 0-2 on FTAs and had 2 turnovers.  Still he came out on fire in the 1st Q (8-2-2); in the 3rd Q he dropped a dime to Turner on the fast break that was ridiculous; he got into the lane at will (as planned vs. Nate Robinson); and killed it on the pick-n-rolls.  FYI…Holiday is 4 for his last 24 from behind the arc.

Jason Richardson, SG 32 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3

Not a good night for J-Rich. Obviously he struggled with his shot and the 3PA he took and missed with 1 minute remaining in the game was a terrible decision.  But more depressing for me was the way Belinelli carved him up on the defensive end.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -8

A solid 4 minute run by Moultire. Now let’s triple those minutes and see what this kid can do for us.

Dorell Wright, SF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

The Do(u)g-house is a lonely place.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6

My only issue in what was otherwise a very good night for Spencer is his 3-point shooting.  We have enough long range gunners on this squad, I don’t want my 7-footer launching from behind the arc.  The one he shot in the 4th Q with the game at 78-77, nearly killed me.  I thought he was especially active on the boards vs. CHI, which makes me wonder why he can’t play like that on a nightly basis.

Maalik Wayns, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

It was a hell of a 1 minute…With the pace of the 2nd half falling right into the tired Bulls hands last night I would have put Wayns in the game to see if he could push a more favorable tempo for the Sixers.  But I’m crazy like that…

Nick Young, SG 28 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6

He has one job — make shots.  Last night he did an okay job of that and that’s all I have to say here.

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

That’s four straight DNP-CD’s for Kwame. $2 million well spent.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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A BIG DEAL

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/10/12 10:49 am EST

Just when we thought the Sixers roster was set for 2012-13, they go and help bring an end to the Dwight Howard drama…WOW

As you know by now, multiple NBA sources are stating that (Story was broken by AW over at Yahoo Sports) a four team deal has been struck in which the Lakers will receive Dwight Howard, the Denver Nuggets will acquire Andre Iguodala, the 7-6 will receive Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Magic will get Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington and Nikola Vucevic.

Reports are also saying that the Lakers will acquire Earl Clark and Chris Duhon.  Additionally, the Magic will be getting other pieces, including Sixers 2012 No. 1 draft pick Mo Harkless as well as lottery protected draft picks from the Nuggets (2014), 76ers (2015) and Lakers (2017).

Needless to say this is a huge and polarizing move for Philadunkia nation.  Those who hated Dre, his mega-dollar contract and the fact that he never became a superstar in a Sixers uniform are rejoicing today.  The Dre supporters who hold that he was coming of his best overall season and that he is / was completely under-appreciated in this city are left shaking their heads.   

After the jump, the Philadunkia scribes present their analysis of this blockbuster trade…


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OPSL GM 2: ANOTHER L

Posted by: Stephen McNulty
07/10/12 2:17 pm EST

The 76ers once again found themselves coming up just short in the Orlando Pro Summer League, falling to the Utah Jazz 84-80 in day two’s opening game.

The good news is that the Sixers got off to a much better start today, attacking the basket early and shooting over 44 percent for the game.  Still, it wasn’t enough to secure a first W for the 7-6 down in Orlando.  Jacob Pullen and Justin Holiday led the way for the Sixers with 23 and 16 points respectfully.  Pullen got the start at point guard today following an impressive performance yesterday against the Pacers.  He continued to aggressively attack the basket and use his quickness to his advantage.  Despite his skinny frame, Holiday continued to find the ball, leading all Sixers with seven boards. 

Rookie Maurice Harkless had a nice basket from the lower block early, but once again seemed to disappear.  The rookie out of St. John’s certainly wasn’t playing bad, but struggled to create plays for himself off the ball.

 
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WANTED: A SHOOTER

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
05/30/12 9:09 am EST

You remember that “good guy” in high school that had a noble head on his shoulders, a bright future, looked a little young for his age, and roamed the halls with a tight circle of friends that were all generally overlooked?

Now do you remember how he always seemed to befriend one of the most beautiful/outgoing/popular girls throughout his four years of school?  Do you remember, during his junior year, when he had finally had enough of listening to firsthand accounts about how all of the “D-Bags” took advantage of that girl?  Do you remember when he worked up enough courage to finally ask her to Prom in hopes of building a foundation for their last year as pre-collegiate adolescents?

Do you remember how he sent her on an anonymous scavenger hunt around the town, leading her to a tucked away bridge in the middle of a mindless gap of town?  Do you remember hearing the story about how, when she arrived, he stood there in a button down shirt and dress pants; sweating his butt off and holding a single rose in front of a giant poster that read “Prom?” in scribbled red marker.  Do you remember hearing about how, after providing a constant shoulder to lean on for the better part of two years, she slowly walked up to him and said “I’m sorry, I can’t” because she already said “Yes!” to the senior starting quarterback that would eventually become a giant flame out?

Well that boy is exactly what the Sixers are in the crowded Eastern Conference High.  They are the young, bright future boy that just got denied everything they deserved.

 
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THE KID’S KICKS

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/23/12 9:45 am EST

Obviously the 76ers have a huge, must win game (literally) tonight and we’ll have plenty to say on that later today.  But for now, we just wanted to lighten the mood a little with this post.

As you may or may not know, sneaker companies frequently hit their NBA endorsers with special edition sneakers for the post season.  A number of the 76ers have been rockin’ new shoes during the playoffs and so far we like what we have seen.  With a little help from our friends at Li-Ning, we’re going to take a look at the kicks Evan Turner (11 & 8.6 a night in this series) has been wearing vs. the hated Boston Celtics. 

After the jump, a sneak peak at the shoes Turner will be wearing tonight in what hopefully will be a big 76ers W ….


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THE JRUTH

Posted by: Tim Parker
05/02/12 1:16 pm EST

What a difference a MVP makes!

Rather, the absence of a MVP.

The Sixers, who were outclassed, out-hustled, and outplayed in Game 1 of their first round match-up with the Bulls, looked like a team destined for postseason greatness in Game 2.

The Sixers stunned the United Center crowd last night as they thrashed Chicago, 109-92.

Yes, the Bulls were without Derrick Rose, their reigning MVP, who is out for the year.  Yes, the Sixers took full advantage of it. However, this victory was just as much about a stellar effort from the Sixers as it was a post-traumatic Bulls team, who seemed to be in a comma-like funk during the second half.


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GM 21: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/31/12 8:09 am EST

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Orlando Magic 69 Final

Recap | Box Score

74 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +3

Wow.  What a defensive performance from Brand in this one.  Brand played 31 tough minutes and played great defense on Ryan Anderson as well as help defense on Dwight Howard all game.  He also added 4 blocks and 2 steals to his defensive stat sheet. Howard shot 6-17 on the night and that was in large part of Brand on the blocks.  Coach K would’ve been proud.

Andre Iguodala, SF 42 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-9 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 14 PTS | +12

Iguodala played a solid game.  He filled the stat sheet and the team was +12 with him on the court.  He held Hedo Turkoglu to a season low of 1-9 from the field.  He also notched another career milestone, surpassing Sir Charles on the Sixers all-time steals list putting him in fourth place with 1,007 steals.  I’m still disappointed though that the man cannot hit his free-throws.  Going 3-9 on the night is unacceptable, considering only a few weeks ago he missed a free-throw that could’ve given the Sixers a win against Denver.  For the sake of his team, he has to put in some extra time in the gym at the foul line.  Can we get Herb Magee to come over to PCOM for an hour or so?

Tony Battie, C 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +8

He sure didn’t seem like the oldest man on the team in this game.  Battie held his own against Howard and played well on offense and defense.  8 points and 9 rebounds in 17 minutes is a great night for Tony Battie.

Jodie Meeks, G 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +8

Meeks played a solid game.  He defended J.J. Redick very well, limiting him to 3-13 shooting.  Outside of that he didn’t need to do too much in this one.  It’s worth noting that the 3-headed monster at the shooting guard spot of Meeks, Williams, and Turner had nearly identical minutes in this one however with 24, 25, 24 respectively.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 6 PTS | +4

Jrue was cold from the field, but defended well and distributed the ball effectively as well.  The Magic were without Jameer Nelson which made Holidays job a lot easier.  With the toughest stretch of games coming up for the Sixers, Holiday has to find his rhythm for the team to have success.  He has the task of defending two of the best in the game in Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade next.  It’s his chance to make a statement around the league.

Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -4

Awful shooting from Lou in this one.  His 9 points stopped his streak of five straight games hitting for double digits.  As I said for Jrue Holiday, Lou needs to be on point for this tough stretch of games coming up.  He’s still leading the team in scoring and will be looked to often to provide that scoring in the next few games.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -3

He tested Dwight Howard and Howard showed him why he’s one of the best defenders in the League.  Young scored 10 points but on 5-13 shooting as many of his drives to the cup were defended well by Superman.  He’ll have an easier time with those takes when he’s not going in against the 3-years and counting NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS | +7

He did an outstanding job for a rookie making Howard work for his looks.  Lavoy continues to shine in the absence of Hawes and Vucevic.  He’s done it offensively on a couple occasions, but against Howard it was his defense that made the difference.  It seems for the moment that even when Hawes and Vuc return that Lavoy has earned some minutes of his own.  It’ll be interesting to see how coach Collins uses him the rest of the season.

Evan Turner, SG 24 MIN | 4-7 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -10

Besides Tony Battie, Turner was the only Sixer to shoot above 50% from the field.  Turner had 12 points on 4-7 shooting, and it was nice to see him use his size and strength to get a few looks from the free-throw line.  He’s currently third on the team in FTA’s behind Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala, but only shooting 63%.  He averaged 75% from the line in his final season at Ohio State, so at least we know he’s capable of hitting them on a more consistent basis if given the opportunity.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night


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