2013 OPSL PREVIEW

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/04/13 11:55 am EST

We all know after the Finals conclude and the NBA Draft is over, that the summer sports schedule is so thin late night USA Ping Pong competitions on Fox Sports are a revelation.  That’s especially true in summer 2013 because the Phillies have been so difficult to watch.

But it’s time to stop complaining as NBA summer league action tips off this coming weekend.

Beginning July 7th, the Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League begins and this year the League has expanded from eight to ten teams.  The Sixers will be joined by Houston, Boston, Orlando, Miami, Utah, Oklahoma City, Indiana, Detroit and Brooklyn from the 7th to the 12th at the Amway center.  The 76ers first game will be Sunday at 9 am vs. Houston.

This year’s 76ers draft registered a seven on the NBA rebuilding Richter scale.  New GM Sam Hinkie made a tremendous splash with his first move by trading away All-Star guard Jrue Holiday for Kentucky center Nerlens Noel.

With a brand new roster that still has that new car smell, there is a lot to evaluate during this year’s OPSL.  Headlining the roster is Holiday’s replacement, Syracuse guard Michael-Carter Williams and the 54th pick, Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi. Given the Sixers thin frontcourt, Kazemi has the potential to be an immediate impact player on this team.  Noel, the new franchise centerpiece will not be able to play because of his knee injury, so there will be plenty of tick for Micheal Eric and Zeke Marshall, the two centers prospects on the Sixers summer league roster.

After the jump, a look at the names and bios of the players on this year’s summer league roster…


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DRAFT’13: HANGOVER

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/28/13 3:01 pm EST

In all your years of following the Sixers, have you ever seen anything quite like last night?  It’s safe to say that the Sam Hinkie era has started and that fans are in for the ride of their lives.

As a quick refresher, the  Sixers traded guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for center Nerlens Noel, who was selected with the No. 6 overall pick Thursday night.  Along with Noel, the Pelicans sent the Sixers a 2014 first-round pick, which is top-five protected.

In receiving Noel, all signs point to the Sixers parting ways with Andrew Bynum in the off-season.  The 2014 first-round pick is extremely valuable, considering next years draft is viewed by many to be one of the best drafts in decades.

Following the trade, the Sixers selected guard Michael Carter-Williams with pick No. 11, to replace Holiday.  Carter-Williams has the size of a shooting guard (6’5″) as a point guard, much like Jrue Holiday, but still has a lot of growing to do on the court.  He needs to build muscle and focus on his decision making in the off-season.

Late in the night there were also false reports that the Sixers had hired Spurs assistant coach Brett Brown as their head coach.  Lastly, the Sixers also made a couple second-round trades which set the team up with even more draft picks in 2014 and they drafted forward Arslan Kazemi of Oregon with the 54th pick while signing UFA forward Rodney Williams of Minnesota.

Needless to say this was an active draft and one that nobody who’s followed the Sixers in recent years has been used to seeing.  Now that the hangover has worn off, Philadunkia scribes Jeff McMenamin, Carey Smith and Steve Toll break down what this draft means for the future of the franchise.


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DRAFT13: HINKIE-PALOOZA

Posted by: Jake Fischer
06/28/13 10:20 am EST

Sam Hinkie has arrived.  

According to sources, the new General Manager of the Philadelphia 76ers was patrolling the team’s war room at PCOM last night like a general on the front lines of battle.  In fact, one Western Conference front office executive described Hinkie and the Sixers as “crazy active” last night. 

It’s not going to be pretty next season, but the Sixers organization took a monumental step in the right direction towards building a legitimate contender — several years down the road.

Yes, losing Jrue Holiday, a 23-year-old All-Star point guard is devastating.  Yes, if Hinkie’s Draft night went completely to plan, he would have dealt Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes out of the City of Brotherly Love.  And yes, the Sixers are going SUCK next season.

But sometimes you have to tear everything down before you can build it back up.


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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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DRAFT13: MEDIA DAY QUOTES

Posted by: Jake Fischer
06/27/13 8:10 am EST

With the 2013 NBA Draft now just hours away, the outcome of the lottery is still a complete mystery.  There doesn’ even appear to be a consensus #1 pick at this late stage.  Unfortunately for Philadunkia nation, Sam Hinkie and company are going to be left picking up the scraps of the lottery at No. 11.

Earlier this week, we spoke with Cody Zeller (pic at left) who was expected to be available when the Sixers are on the clock.  But now, several respected members of the media and Zeller himself are have hinted that the former Hoosier might not even be available at No. 11.

“I don’t know if I will be available at No. 11,” Zeller said during Wednesday’s pre-Draft news conference.  “We will see.”

If Zeller does go before the Sixers’ pick and Hinkie wants to draft big, Pittsburgh center Steven Adams will probably be the best available big guy.  Adams has skyrocketed up draft boards since the his strong performance at the NBA Draft Combine back in mid-May.

Adams worked out for the Sixers alongside Colton Iverson, Alex Oriakhi, Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Jamelle Hagins on June 5.  He thinks the workout went well.

“It was a pretty good workout,” Adams said at the pre-Draft news conference. “


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DRAFT13: “EXPERT” PREDICTIONS

Posted by: C. Smith
06/26/13 9:57 am EST

We are roughly 36 hours from the 2013 NBA Draft in which the 76ers hold the 11th pick.  Even at this late stage, there seems to be no consensus among the NBA Mock Draft “experts” on which prospect the Sixers will select near the end of the Lottery.

As you slide down the Draft Board to the Sixers it seems that most “experts” feel Sam Hinkie will take a “big” at number eleven.  However, depending on which ‘expert” opinion you are reading that “big” could be a power forward, or a center or even another ‘tweener (please God, not another ‘tweener).

Once again, we searched the world wide web and gathered up a host of “expert” opinions on what to expect from the Sixers on Draft Night 2013.  While we did find a lead candidate, we think you’ll surprised at the lack of agreement among the “experts” as to who will be the prospect selected by Philadunkia’s home team.


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HELPING BOSTON REBUILD

Posted by: Steve Toll
06/24/13 1:46 pm EST

$21,592,641

Now that the Clippers have made the colossal error of picking Doc Rivers over Kevin Garnett, the time to strike is now.

The above dollar amount is the minimum in salary the 76ers need to ship to Boston to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.  The NBA is about luck and the 76ers happen to be in the right place at the right time.

Think about how many teams (A) Have quality assets to trade, and  (B) Can (if healthy) give Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett a punchers chance at an NBA title.  The list is very short, and Philadelphia sits at the top as the lone dog.

After the jump, let’s look at how this trade actually comes to fruition.


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DRAFT13: CODY ZELLER INTERVIEW

Posted by: Jake Fischer
06/19/13 1:00 pm EST

If you have paid any attention to the basketball world since 2005, you are very aware of the Zeller family.  The family’s oldest son, Luke first joined the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2005 before graduating in 2009.  Tyler soon entered the college realm in 2008, suiting up for the esteemed North Carolina Tar Heels.  He graduated in 2012, but not before serving as a reserve in a national championship game and being named an AP 2nd Team All-American in his senior year.

Then, along came along Cody.  After he posted a stellar freshman campaign in 2011-2012, he decided to stay at Indiana for one more season and was considered to be the front-runner for the top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

During the 2012-13 college basketball season, Cody and fellow top draft prospect Victor Oladipo, helped Indiana hold the No. 1 overall ranking in the AP Poll for a total of 11 weeks over two separate stints.  Tom Crean, Zeller and company earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and were thinking championship.  But, a sensational season for Zeller and the Hoosiers came to end in a somewhat embarrassing defeat at the hands of Syracuse in the Elite 8.

Putting IU’s “March Madness” disappointment behind him, Zeller went to work on his game and body.  All of the hours he logged were obvious during mid-May at the NBA Combine in Chicago, as Zeller tested off the charts in the Combine’s athleticism drills and physical measurements.  He did not participate in any live-ball activity in Chicago, but the reports from his post-Combine individual workouts have been stellar.

That’s good news for Philadunkia nation as nearly every creditable NBA Draft blog or website has the Sixers picking Cody Zeller on June 27th, 2013.   According to the blogosphere, the Sixers selecting Zeller is a bigger lock than Kim Kardashian having her picture taken by the paparazzi today.

Given the likelihood of Zeller becoming a Sixer, Philadunkia scribe Jake Fischer recently caught up with Cody before his workout with the Charlotte Bobcats to talk about his ongoing Draft process and the possibility of being selected by the Sixers at #11.


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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: C. Smith
06/18/13 10:15 am EST

In our continuing efforts to keep you posted on the off-the-court life of 76ers icon Allen Iverson, we actually have a little bit of good news to report today.

It seems Allen will be avoiding jail time — for now.

According the the celebrity gossip juggernaut TMZ.com, shortly after Iverson’s ex-wife Tawanna Iverson filed paperwork stating that Allen owed her $40,000 in child support, Tawanna was back in court filing additional docs insisting Allen had all 5 of their kids holed up at an Atlanta hotel and refused to hand them over to their mother on the designated exchange date.

I am not a an attorney, but that does not sound like a positive series of events for Iverson.

However, according to TMZ’s sources, “The Answer” has in fact returned his kids to their mother.  Allen also testified in court that he was never holding them hostage in the first place.

More from TMZ on Allen’s latest court appearance after the jump.


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PHILADUNKIA 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/17/13 11:33 am EST

It’s time for another edition of Philadunkia 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?”

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump four key questions that are currently facing our 76ers and some answers from four Philadunkia scribes.  Included in this week’s edition are questions surrounding the upcoming NBA Draft, the Sixers coaching search and what the Sixers should do in free-agency.


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