GM1: Rapid (Not So Bad) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
10/30/14 9:40 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Indiana Pacers
Nerlens Noel, PF 35 MIN | 2-11 FG | 2-6 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +2

I was very impressed with his athleticism, shot blocking skills and ability to get to the rack on offense. However, he obviously struggled to finish when he got to the tin and most alarming for me was Noel’s inability to guard the pick and roll. I saw flashes of major potential and points where his raw skills were exposed badly. I have a felling that will be the case on a lot of nights. The spill he took in the 3rd was scary.

Chris Johnson, SF 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +1

I was shocked to see CJ’s name in the first-five, but he captalized nicely on the opportunity Brown gave him, scoring point in every quarter of this game. Defensively I like what I saw as well.

Henry Sims, C 23 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -16

A quick start — 4 pts. in the early 1st Q — did not produce the big night I was looking for from Sims, but he played solidly.  Still, I need more than 4 boards from my “center”.

Tony Wroten, SG 35 MIN | 9-21 FG | 3-8 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +8

If this more “mature” version of TWroe shows up every night, the Sixers will be more pleasant to watch than I expected. 7 dimes and only 1 turnover for #8 last night. He still shot way too many 3′s and was awful from the FT line, but overall I like what I saw. The flush in traffic during the 4th Q was smooth.

Hollis Thompson, SG 29 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | 0

Someone remind me again why the Sixers brass is so high on this guy?

 

 


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Steve Nash’s Final Run in Philly

Posted by: C. Smith
10/24/14 12:44 pm EST

nashvsixerseditedLate yesterday we all learned that Steve Nash has officially been ruled out of the 2014-15 season for the Los Angeles Lakers because of the nerve damage that has led to years of back and leg pains.  The announcement was a bit of a shock given that in late-September at the start of training camp, Nash had the following to say about his health, “A lot better.  A lot different, even…I feel healthier mentally for sure.”

Still, Nash had seen limited minutes for the Lakers in this preseason and there were rumors swirling about continued health issues for #10.  So there was some writing on the wall prior to the official announcement.

This setback has likely ended the playing career of a certain first ballot Hall of Famer and one of the most entertaining floor generals in modern NBA history.  However, 76ers fans who truly love the game can take solace in the fact that in what was likely Nash’s final game played here in Philadelphia, that star point guard put on performance that could go down as the best outing of his final season in the League.

After the jump, highlights and a few facts about Nash’s last game here in Philly.


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Player Prop Bets for the 76ers

Posted by: C. Smith
10/24/14 9:50 am EST

las-vegasAs the 109-103 loss in Detroit last night further proved, the 76ers are going to struggle to win many games in 2014-15.  To be honest being competitive every night is going to be a huge challenge for Brett Brown and his troops.  That will be especially true in games where Michael Carter Williams and/or Nerlens Noel are sidelined.  On those nights, the Sixers will be absolutely unwatchable.

So given how bad the 7-6 will be this season — Vegas has set the over/under for wins at 15.5 — why not make the losses significantly more interesting each night by laying a few benjamins on some player prop bets.

After the jump, we list a number of player prop bets you can place with our friends at Bovada.lv.


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TC14: Question No. 9

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/15/14 12:56 pm EST

twroevnykeditedLast night up in Syracuse the 76ers lost another preseason game and their record fell to 1-3 this month.  Nerlens Noel (12 & 11) and Henry Sims (10 & 7) posted solid performances against the Knicks, but it remains painfully obvious that the 76ers have a great deal to work on.  So as Brett Brown’s “all of October” training camp rolls on, we are going to continue to discuss a number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team draws closer to the tip off of the regular “double tank” season.

As you probably know by now, this Philadunkia series will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing as the 2014-15 regular season opener approaches.  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 we present the 8th installment in our series with the question…“Which player will be a pleasant surprise for this team coming out of Brown’s extended training camp?

 
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TC14: Question No. 5

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/02/14 9:32 pm EST

moultrieDay 3 of Training Camp 2014 for Philadunkia’s home team is in the books 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 improve their fitness level over at Stockton College.

Today we present the fifth 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…“Should Arnett Moultrie be worried about making the 76ers roster out of training camp and preseason?”


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Draft14: Two is Much Harder Than One

Posted by: C. Smith
06/11/14 10:33 am EST

lottery02editThe 2014 NBA Draft is two weeks from Thursday and in case you have been living under the damaged 495 bridge in Delaware, you know that the 76ers own two (#3 and #10) Lottery slots in this draft.  Needless to say, June 26th, 2014 will be a monumental night in the history of this franchise.

In the last thirteen years, having multiple Lottery picks at the draft has also provided monumental nights for nine different NBA franchises. Unfortunately for the Sixers and Philadunkia nation, history has shown the majority of those extra special draft nights – which were once filled with so much hope and potential — have developed into monumental failures for the franchises involved.

After the jump, I’ll review the list of franchises that have owned multiple Lottery slots over the last 13 years of the NBA Draft.  Then I’ll analyze whether or not the prospects selected with those multiple Lottery picks had productive NBA careers.


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GM35: Rapid (Tanking is Back) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/08/14 11:32 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 111 Cleveland Cavaliers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 0-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -25I did not think Thad looked tired last night.  I believe it was just one of those nights where his shot was not falling and that is going to happen occassionally if you play in the NBA long enough.  Unfortunately the Sixers are not going to win / compete in many games when Thad is off this badly.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 2-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -11Turner couldn’t play his way out of a 1-5 1st Q funk and that was one of the big reasons the Sixers were doomed last night. That’s now two straight games where Turner has been MIA.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -19His bucket early in the 1st Q came as a surprise to me and I thought we might see a “big night” out of Thompson.  I was wrong.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -23Despite his 5 points early in the 1st Q, I thought Hawes looked very sluggish and his quotes post game about needing a day off supported my observations.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 13-25 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 33 PTS | -30Forget that MCW scored a career high 33 points on 52% shooting. The most amazing item from last night is that he only turned the ball over once. ONCE!  The kid is special.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Orlando Magic

Posted by: C. Smith
12/03/13 1:42 pm EST

MagicgirlThis 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 Orlando Magic, who handled the Sixers 6 days ago, but have lost two straight, including a 18 point drubbing in Washington last night.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Orlando team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Evan Dunlap at orlandopinstripedpost.com, as Evan will answer Fo’ questions on his Magic squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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Thoughts on the Pre-Season So Far

Posted by: C. Smith
10/15/13 12:26 pm EST

turnervs.netspreThe Nets reserves ran all over the 76ers last night 127-97 and after the game, head coach Brett Brown summed up his analysis of the loss with this quote, “I feel like it was born out of a reality check.”  

But if you have been paying attention so far this preseason, last night’s blow out loss to a significantly under-manned Nets squad was not a reality check.  No, it was simply more evidence from this preseason that as expected, we are in for a long year here in Philadunkia nation.

The “Winless for Wiggins” campaign is getting set to kick into high gear.


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IVERSON > TMAC

Posted by: Jake Fischer
08/29/13 8:17 am EST

mcgrady&iverson37,584 minutes.  24,368 points. 6,375 free throws. 1,983 steals.  23 Player of the Week awards.  10 All-Star appearances. 4-Time NBA scoring champion.  3 First Team All-NBA selections.  2 All-Star Game MVPs.  1 NBA MVP Award.

But the number that truly defines Allen Iverson is 6.  Yes, a six-foot guard from Georgetown, Allen Iverson.

Iverson was more of a transcendent icon than he was a phenomenal basketball player.  What he accomplished at the small height of six feet — which we all know is a fib — is what catapulted him into sports history. You know what?  Screw sports history.  American history.

It’s what makes Iverson a cold-stone-lock Hall of Famer and separates him from the likes of Tracy McGrady.


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