More Equals Less in Recent Sixers History

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
10/01/14 3:34 pm EST

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers-Media DayLast season, the Philadelphia Sixers gave minutes to an astounding 23 players throughout the course of the season. The season ended up being one of the most futile in Sixers history, where as a team they finished 19-63 which included a record tying 26-game losing streak. That’s correct, the team had less wins throughout the course of the year than players on its roster.

The NBA rules state that a team must have 13 players on their active list before the beginning of an NBA season and throughout the course of the season. Teams can also have two players on their inactive roster. In the second week of January, teams also have the opportunity to sign free agents to 10-day contracts solely for the purpose of replacing an injured player. A team can renew a player’s 10-day contract, but must waive or sign the player for the remainder of the season after the player has fulfilled two such contracts.

Sam Hinkie obviously made use of his 10-day contract opportunity, signing six players to 10-day contracts (Dewayne Dedmon, Jarvis Varnado, Darius Johnson-Odom, James Nunnally, Casper Ware, Adonis Thomas). The Sixers acquired three more players for the Sixers in the 2013-14 through trades (Eric Maynor, Henry Sims, Byron Mullens) and since Nerlens Noel and Arnett Moultrie were out for nearly the entire season, Daniel Orton and Brandon Davies rounded out the final roster spots.

This isn’t the first time in team history that the Sixers have gone over 20 men on their roster, but recent history shows that when this happens, the results aren’t pretty.


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TC14: Question No. 4

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/01/14 11:02 am EST

76erstrioeditedToday is Day 2 of Training Camp 2014 for Philadunkia’s home team and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (“Year of the Double Tank”) is already sealed, we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team continues to punch the clock over at Stockton College.

Today we present the fourth installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing during Training Camp 2014.  Each day a question will be posed to three Philadunkia scribes — Jeff McMenamin, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and C. Smith — and their insightful answers (hopefully) will be posted for you the reader to view and comment on.

Today’s training camp question is…“Given his comments at media day that there is “no timetable for his return”, do you think Michael Carter-Williams will play at all in training camp or will the 76ers brass sit him until the regular season?”


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TC14: Question No. 3

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/30/14 1:17 pm EST

opslgm4editedToday is the first day that Philadunkia’s home team will take the court for Training Camp 2014 and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (“Year of the Double Tank”) is already sealed we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team hits the floor over at Stockton College.

Today we present the third installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing during training camp 2014.  Each day a question will be posed to three Philadunkia scribes — Jeff McMenamin, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and C. Smith — and their insightful answers (hopefully) will be posted for you the reader to view an comment on.

Today’s training camp question is…“Many people have written about the possibility of Sims/Noel to start in the paint for the Sixers, but would that pairing give the team a better chance to win than Noel/Roberts Jr. or some other pairing?”


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TC14: Question No. 2

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/26/14 9:48 am EST

jason-richardson-fatWe’re exactly 4 days from Philadunkia’s home team taking the court for Training Camp 2014 and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (Year of the Double Tank) is already sealed we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined before the team hits the floor over at Stockton College.

Today we present the second installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing heading in to training camp 2014.  Each day a question will be posed to three Philadunkia scribes — Jeff McMenamin, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and C. Smith — and their insightful answers (hopefully) will be posted for you the reader to view an comment on.

Today’s training camp question is…How will Jason Richardson’s return affect the playing time of guys like Hollis Thompson or Tony Wroten this season?”


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TC14: Question No. 1

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/23/14 1:01 pm EST

2getherwebuildmantracopyWe’re exactly 7 days from Philadunkia’s home team taking the court for Training Camp 2014 and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (Year of the Double Tank) is already sealed we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined before the team hits the floor over at Stockton College.

So, today we are kicking of a new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing heading in to training camp 2014.  Each day a question will be posed to three Philadunkia scribes — Jeff McMenamin, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and C. Smith — and their insightful answers (hopefully) will be posted for you the reader to view an comment on.

Today’s training camp question is…”Given the interesting off season the 76ers franchise had, what do you think the tone and atmosphere will be like at training camp 2014?”  


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George Karl’s Harsh Words on the 76ers

Posted by: C. Smith
09/10/14 3:33 pm EST

george-karledited“What is happening in Philadelphia should not be called ‘tanking’; rather, it should be called ‘destruction.’  The Sixers are at least three to five years away from even being a respectful — respectful — NBA roster.  They are worse than they were at the end of last year.  Three of the five starters barely played last season.  I understand building around talent, but people have to understand that sometimes young players just don’t develop.  You put all your eggs in that basket, but if the kids don’t pan out, you’re sunk.”

Those are the words of former NBA coach and current ESPN basketball analyst/expert George Karl put out to the World Wide Web on Tuesday via the ongoing “Front Office” series in ESPN.com’s Insider section.

While I may not agree with everything the former NBA Coach of the Year had to say on the 7-6, the article did have me asking, “What if Karl is right?”


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Where Will the Production Come From?

Posted by: Adam Gross
09/02/14 12:29 pm EST

brown-brettThe possibility of a fewer wins in the 2014-15 season for the 76ers has become a harsh reality in the recent weeks.  The departure of Thaddeus Young has put this team in a spot where in addition to scoring and defense, reliability and leadership have now been added to list of major concerns for this 2014-15 roster.  For most of 2013-14, players such as Young (17.9 PPG), Evan Turner (17.4 PPG) and Spencer Hawes (14.9 PPG) gave the Sixers relatively consistent production.

Making up that offensive production, along with a slew of other meaningful actions on the court, is a challenge that the Sixers simply cannot duplicate in 2014-15.   And in the season of the double tank, that may be just the way Sam Hinkie wants it.

After the jump, I’ll look at the various position battles headed into training camp and whether or not any of the candidates can improve on the production the 76ers got at that position in 2013-14.


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Summer School: Joel Embiid

Posted by: C. Smith
08/20/14 7:49 am EST

embiid76erseditedThere is no denying that the relationships between NBA players on and off-the-court has changed over the last 15 years.  In this era of AAU basketball, powerhouse sports agents, mega sneaker contracts and social media, the majority of today’s NBA stars are well connected to each other and former players.  Thus, they have no problem texting an on-the-court rival for advice or working out with a division foe in the off-season or reaching out to a retired hoops legend in order to learn a new move.

Magic, Larry and Mike would never have dreamed of doing such things.

Again, times have changed and so today we are launching a new series here at Philadunkia.com that works off the above premise regarding current NBA players and applies it to the members of the 76ers roster.  Which current and/or former players should key members of the Sixers pursuit gym time with in order to develop and improve their game outside of Brett Brown’s watch?

Today, I offer ideas for 2014 Lottery pick Joel Embiid (If Embiid was healthy.).


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Bennett Trade: Just Say No

Posted by: Adam Gross
08/16/14 11:38 am EST

bennettAfter a year and countless transactions, the core of the team that once coasted down a long path of mediocrity is completely dismantled, except for Thaddeus Young.  The Sixers combo-forward has been a part of recent reports of a handshake agreement that will send Thad ti Minnesota and in return 2013 first overall pick, Anthony Bennett would be shipped to the 76ers.

Bennett had a historic season in his rookie year, as he had one of, if not the worst rookie season of a first overall pick in the history of the NBA and in my opinion this prposed trade would be detrimental to a growing team.  The Sixers, if this trade goes down, would be following their series of recent transactions by betting on pure potential, and gamble that could set the team back for many years to come.


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Sixers 2014-15 Schedule Analysis

Posted by: C. Smith
08/15/14 8:10 am EST

76ersaltlogoMuch to our excitement, the 76ers schedule for 2014-15 schedule was released yesterday.  And while the 76ers roster is still not complete and Thad Young may or may not be here next month, 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 final halt.  But I doubt we will be making many changes as the Sixers are going to be terrible during the upcoming season of the “Double Tank”.

With those assumptions in mind we believe “In Hinkie We Believe” fans will be very pleased to learn that a brutal November in 2014-15 will be followed by a simply awful start to January, so the Sixers could be well on their way to an unprecedented double-tank effort well 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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