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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INTERVIEW: MOLLY SULLIVAN

Posted by: C. Smith
08/02/13 10:18 am EST

mollysullivan1The 76ers made a number of bold moves during the 2012 off-season that for one reason or another did not work out in the best interest of the franchise.  Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown, Nick Young and Jason Richardson immediately come to mind.

However, the one acquisition the Sixers made prior to last season that worked out beautifully was the addition of television sideline reporter Molly Sullivan.  Think about it for a minute.

Sullivan appeared in more games than Bynum and Brown combined, made better on-court decisions than Swaggy P and her number is certainly more cap friendly then Jason Richardson’s.

In short, you don’t need advanced analytics to determine that Sullivan was the newcomer of the year in Philadunkia nation.

The lovely and talented (borrowing that line from David Letterman) Sullivan recently gave Philadunkia editor C. Smith a few minutes via email to answer a number of Sixers related questions.  After the jump, Sullivan talks Andrew Bynum, the Holiday trade, the end of the DC era and racing Ryan Lochte in the pool.


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SIMILAR, YET VERY DIFFERENT

Posted by: Jake Fischer
08/01/13 11:17 am EST

Bynum-NoelNerlens Noel is not Andrew Bynum.

He never has been and he never will be.

But to behoove those who believe strongly that the above statement is false, here are the few things the two young men actually have in common:

They’re both African American; they both are from the East Coast; they both attended more than one high school; they both were big names on the grassroots hoops scene; they both were first round NBA Draft picks, they both play center, they both have interesting hair; and they both had knee injuries upon arriving in Philadelphia via a trade for an All-Star caliber 76er.

But that’s where the extremely vague comparisons end.


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PROS & CONS of PLAYING NOEL

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
07/31/13 11:41 am EST

Nerlens-NoelsuitThe hyperbole of “is this guy ever going to play for us,” became a real question for the Sixers last season, one that was answered with a resounding ‘no.’

The Andrew Bynum debacle likely soured Sixer fans on knee injuries for the foreseeable future.

One of the last things followers of the franchise want to see, aside from a Kwame Brown on the court, is another center sitting on the sidelines for an entire season without seeing a second of in-game action.

Especially a center with a fancy hair-do (see: flattop).

Thus, reaction was mixed when the Sixers selected the already-injured Nerlens Noel on draft day.

Not again.”

Are they serious; another one?

Noel wasn’t expected to play until the all-star break at the earliest anyway, but at his introductory press conference a few weeks back it didn’t seem like the organization had set any timetable on his return.


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IN HINKIE I QUESTION

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
07/29/13 1:55 pm EST

062713_hinkie-sam_600With the Eagles officially opening up practice to their fans at a packed Lincoln Financial Field yesterday, the summer for the Sixers in Philadelphia will go as it usually does, as team irrelevant.

As critics and media personalities might argue that this under-the-radar style is the best thing for the organization and that it adds to Sam Hinkie’s “genius” GM style, I for one am not there with you.

I’m as skeptical as I’ve ever been to be a Sixers reporter and fan, and there’s no reason why anyone should be otherwise.

I’m not saying that there’s no hope for this franchise and that the moves which were taken this offseason will further drive the organization into the ground, but I do think it’s time for fans to wake up and smell the coffee and to think about some serious issues facing the franchise in the future. A simple slip-up at any point could be devastating enough to cause irreparable damage.

After the jump, I’ll discuss what issues will pose the biggest problems to the teams rebuilding process…


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FINAL TANK STEPS

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/29/13 9:08 am EST

harris-hinkieLet’s flash forward, it’s May 2015 and the 76ers just knocked the Brooklyn Nets out of the playoffs, led by Andrew Wiggins, Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel.

Oh, the possibilities.  With all the talk of Philadelphia tanking and the Wells Fargo Center being the prime venue to play hide and seek next season, I wanted to remind Philadunkia nation what the final goal is — Wiggins.

New General Manager Sam Hinkie has made some real progress in attempting to land the No. 1 pick next season but it isn’t a lock yet.  So if the 7-6 are really going to tank then let’s do this thing right.  After researching every team’s salary cap I’ve come up with the final seven steps to accomplishing “The perfect tank”.

After the jump, let’s take a look a the final pieces to the puzzle in landing Wiggins.


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A BRIGHT FUTURE (SOONER THAN YOU THINK)

Posted by: Jake Fischer
07/27/13 9:11 am EST

76ersmantraLogoeditedOver the past several weeks, everyone in Philadunkia nation has been discussing how dreadful the Philadelphia 76ers will be on the court next season.  After all, they don’t even have a coach yet, Michael Carter-Williams will most likely average at least 4 turnovers per game and the team’s best three point threat is arguably Spencer Hawes.

Yikes.

But, instead of just brushing it aside and saying, “Yeah, they’re going to suck, but they’re going to be so fun to watch in two-three years,” why don’t we take a look and actually try to predict what this team will look like on the court by 2015-2016.

Based on several reoccurring themes in General Manager Sam Hinkie’s press conferences, his draft picks and offseason acquisitions, we actually can make an educated guess on the rough foundation and style of play Hinkie is envisioning for the Sixers once this rebuilding process starts to win some regular season games.


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INTERVIEW: THADDEUS YOUNG

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
07/15/13 1:03 pm EST

A simple phone call during the 2013 NBA Draft changed the face of the Philadelphia 76ers franchise for good when point guard Jrue Holiday was shipped to the New Orleans Pelicans for forward Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round pick.

Holiday was a budding star for the 76ers and the most well-known amongst fans.  He was an All-Star last season and led the team in both points and assists.  Jrue averaged career-high’s with 17.7 points and 8.0 assists per game.  His efforts were strong enough to get him an invitation to Team USA basketball mini-camp at the end of the month in Las Vegas.

With Holiday out of town, the baton is now passed to forward Thaddeus Young.

Young, the longest tenured Sixer on the teams roster, also had a strong performance last season of 14.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals last season in his first full season as a starter.  He’ll have to shoulder the load for the Sixers offensively while rookie Michael Carter-Williams adjusts to his role as the teams new point guard and Noel recovers from a torn ACL.

Philadunkia scribe Jeff McMenamin had the chance to talk with Young about his reaction to the draft night trade, being the new face of the franchise, his thoughts on Andrew Bynum leaving town and what he expects from the team in the future.


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OPSL GM 3: ANOTHER L

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/10/13 5:18 pm EST

Despite a fast start by the 76ers on Wednesday, Oklahoma City, behind second year guard Jeremy Lamb’s 32 points, proved to be too much for the Curry & Co. and prevailed 74-62.

Game 3 was like watching two Olympic sprinters start out at an even pace, only to watch the opposing sprinter blow by you and there isn’t much you can do about it.

Most people when given the option choose to hear the good before the bad, so first let’s go over the positives from today’s game.  It was easily the best defensive performance of the week for the Sixers, allowing only 74 points and forcing 23 turnovers.  Philadunkia’s home team also out rebounded Oklahoma 30 to 27 thanks in part to the extended minutes of rookie Arsalan Kazemi.  Kazemi finished the game with 29 minutes, 6 points, 3 assists and 9 rebounds but not all of what he does reflects on the stat sheet.


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OPSL GM 2: WYATT SHINES IN L

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/08/13 8:22 pm EST

Three after three after three, the Indiana Pacers put on a shooting clinic Monday as the Sixers were stuck playing catch up and eventually fell 96-75 in Game 2 of the 2013 OPSL.

Following yesterday’s porous interior defense, coach Michael Curry decided to use a no hedging policy on pick and rolls to limit points in the paint.  Curry accomplished that goal but the only problem was the 76ers gave up 15 three’s in the process.

Second year forward Arnett Moultrie commented on the Pacers shooting, “They made a couple and then the rim just got bigger for them.”

The Sixers kept the game close in the first half on the shooting of un-drafted free agent Khalif Wyatt.  Wyatt kept the offense under control in the first half scoring 15 points off of 6-11 shooting.  Wyatt got whatever shot he wanted making two three’s, floaters and driving to the lane for lay ups in the first half.


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