GM6: (Beating Bynum) Rapid Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/08/13 10:15 pm EST
Cleveland Cavaliers 79 Final

Recap | Box Score

94 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +12As I mentioned in the Fo’ with the Foes preview, I wanted to see Brown go to Thad early and get him going. Brown did just that and it helped Thad to get involved. He struggled to convert on those ops (1-4 in 1st Q), but the early touches for #21 were great to see. His 3rd Q effort was a major key to this victory.
Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 10-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 22 PTS | +18A solid night from “The Enigma” who is obviously making a big effort to get to the rim. Still, IMO, he threw up 4 too many wild turn around mid-range jumpers. Lastly, the way he rocked the headband tonight was just stupid.
Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 6 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +10The problem is that Spence has set the bar so high through the first 5 games that a solid night like tonight now is a disappointment. A career high 6 blocks and 2-3 from deep highlighted a nice supporting role night from Agent 00.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +22The shooting issues all the NBA scouts mentioned leading up to the 2013 Draft are starting to surface on a more frequent basis.
James Anderson, SG 32 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +9This was the first sign I have seen from Anderson that he belongs in the NBA. He’s still not an NBA starting caliber SG, but at least now I can see that he’s doesn’t belong in a YMCA league. However, zero FTAs from your starting SG is not a trend I want to see continue.

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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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Fo’ with the Foes: Cleveland Cavs

Posted by: C. Smith
11/08/13 1:58 pm EST

cavsgirlThis 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 Cleveland Cavaliers and our pal Andrew Bynum.  That’s right, Bynum is miraculously healthy enough to ball tonight at the WFC, but still complaining about knee pain and apparently is contemplating retirement.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Cavaliers team the Sixers face tonight from our colleagues Scott Sargent and Ben Cox at waitingfornextyear.com as Scott and Ben will answer Fo’ questions on their Cavs from us here at Philadunkia.


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Game 5: (Reality) Rapid Reacts

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/06/13 10:25 pm EST
Washington Wizards 116 FinalRecap | Box Score 102 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -21Is there any doubt to you that the Sixers would’ve lost if Nene was healthy for the first time around? He simply took Thad out of this game and bodied him in the paint to an awful 3-11 shooting night, after he dropped 29 against the Wiz just five days ago. Thad couldn’t get in rhythm all night and his tweener status showed through.
Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 9-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | -20If not for defense, the stat-line for ET would point to great success from No. 12. 24 points on 9-13 shooting, seven boards, four assists and six trips to the charity stripe show how much Turner has improved on the offensive side of the ball. Yet his play defensively — allowing the trio of Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster and Al Harrington combine for 39 points with nine three-pointers — was torture to watch. Sorry Evan.
Spencer Hawes, C 39 MIN | 9-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 6 TO | 23 PTS | -9A common trend in this rapid reacts is how skewed the box score made some Sixers players look from this game. Spencer Hawes is one of them. He notched a double-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks on 9-16 shooting, but he was simply awful on defense and lazy with his passes for the majority of the game. Marcin Gortat got everything he wanted from Hawes this game with 19 points on 8-12 shooting. His defense also forced Hawes into a game-high six turnovers. Like Turner, Hawes’ flaws brought his grade down dramatically in this one.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 8-21 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -18See Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes…Michael Carter-Williams had an absolutely atrocious first-half, shooting 1-10 for five points. He than had a solid second-half going 7-11 for 14 points, but they all seemed like garbage time buckets to me. John Wall simply had his way all night with the rookie in this one, scoring 24 points with nine assists as Carter-Williams’ efforts were too little too late. He’s still the leading candidate for ROY at the moment, but this game was not one of his bright spots.
James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -5James’ defense on Bradley Beal was simply awful in the first half. Beal had 13 points on 5-10 shooting as well as five of his eight assists. He really sparked the Wizards offense out of the gate. I give credit to Anderson for keeping him in check the rest of the game though where he shot just 2-10. I actually Tweeted that Anderson is like Willie Green, but unlike Green he knows his role for his team. For a team of misfit shooting guards, it was a decent performance from Anderson.

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A Sit Down with Sam

Posted by: Steve Toll
10/31/13 12:34 pm EST

samhinkiepressereditedIt’s 7:15 am and Sam Hinkie has just arrived at the Penrose Diner.

I’ve already been there for fifteen minutes.

He looks around and pulls out his phone.

I stride up to him and introduce myself.

First impressions are an important thing and given the chance to make one, I do.

Sam is here to answer questions but he isn’t exactly here to answer questions.


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Notes, Links & Tweets

Posted by: C. Smith
10/28/13 3:48 pm EST

cassiedreamteamtwitpicThe Sixers signed former BYU player Brandon Davies.

Lebron calls Allen Iverson ‘pound for pound the greatest player ever’.

We all know the Sixers are in full tank mode, but thanks to Tony Manfred at the Business Journal, you can see that the Suns are in Winless for Wiggins mode as well.

Dwayne C. Nelson at Yahoo Sports reviews 5 reasons why Philadunkia nation will always love “The Answer”.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
09/23/13 10:33 am EST

JaneenMasiejczyk_SixersDanceTeamOver at philly.com Keith Pompey visited Nerlens Noel in Birmingham, AL for an update (with video) on his knee rehab.

Dei Lynam at csnphilly.com reports that coach Brown is working to improve the Sixers fitness level.

Dana O’Neil at ESPN.com reported the Billy Lange to the Sixers rumor over a week and on Sunday Lange’s addition to the staff became official.

The 76ers roster has not had a very good showing in ESPN.com’s #NBARank series.  At SI.com, they are ranking the Top 100 players in the Association and there’s more bad news there.  Thad was the only Sixer who made the list.  Bynum was ranked at #60.  “Big Nik” at #100.  INSERT JOKE HERE.  Jrue came in at #48.


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CAN A FAN BASE GET A MASCOT ?!?

Posted by: Jake Fischer
09/03/13 9:52 am EST

bigshotIt has been almost two full years since the Philadelphia 76ers announced on November 11, 2011 that their oft-infamous mascot, Hip Hop, had “fallen in love, married, and will relocate to a rural part of Pennsylvania to start a family,”.

The Sixers have been mascot-less ever since.

The organization has been trucking along over the past two seasons.  In 2011-2012, the team used it’s alleged momentum from one measly victory over a lethargic Miami Heat team that was up 3-0 in the first round of the 2011 playoffs as their identity and sales pitch to fans.

In 2012-2013, the team’s mascot was essentially this guy.

That colossal mistake — although, we all must admit it was a trade they had to make — is far from the happy-go-lucky beginnings of the sideshow the 76ers originally created in Big Shot back in the late 1970’s.


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ROYCE WHITE SPEAKS

Posted by: Alex Gorge
08/08/13 9:31 am EST

RoyceWhitevipersFrom a basketball perspective new 76er Royce White, who once was considered a top 5 talent in the 2012 NBA draft, could be a huge addition to the Sixers front court.

As a high school kid, White was named “Mr. Basketball” in the state of Minnesota and he averaged 13 points 9 rebounds and 5 assists per game with Iowa State.  Last season in 16 games with Houston’s D-League affiliate, White had averages of 11 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3 assists per night.

Statistics like these from a power forward who allegedly “can’t shoot” are outrageously impressive.    But imagine if he added a shooting stroke — White’s ceiling would be ridiculous.

Still, if the power forward is ever to get on the court in the NBA and realize his potential, the 76ers need to equip White with every tool possible to help him best deal with the mental health issue that his holding back his NBA development.  White’s condition which is commonly referred to as general anxiety (specifically for White it is the anxiety of flying) and as we all know, it keeps him from traveling to games with the team.  Sam Hinkie & Co. will now go down in the history of the NBA for implementing the first “system”, good or bad, for dealing with general anxiety in a player.  Thus, White’s career, fair or unfair, will affect the career of every future NBA player with a mental health issue.

On a recent pod cast with Landolakers.com White talked about everything regarding his mental issue and his plans to get on the court this year for the 76ers.  After the jump we’ve transcribed for you some of his quotes from that interview and provided some reacts to the power forward’s words…


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2013-14 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS

Posted by: C. Smith
08/07/13 10:50 am EST

76ersmantraLogoeditedMuch to our excitement, the 76ers schedule for 2013-14 schedule was released late yesterday.  And while the 76ers still do not have a head coach and there are still a number of decisions to be made about the Sixers roster, we took a stab at analyzing the upcoming 82-game slate.

Since most NBA rosters are not yet finalized, we had to make a lot of assumptions based on what the teams looked like last year and the pieces they have subtracted and/or added this off-season.  So we reserve the right to make some changes after the free agent season comes to a halt.  But I doubt we will be making any changes as the Sixers are going to be terrible during the  upcoming season of “Tankadelphia”.

With those assumptions in mind we believe “Winless for Wiggins” fans will be very pleased to learn that a brutal tip-off month to the 2013-14 season will be followed by a simply awful January and the Sixers could be well on their way to a great tank effort long before All-Star Weekend.

After the jump, is a breakdown of what is sure to be a very long season for us here in Philadunkia nation.


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