Fo’ with the Foes: Charlotte Hornets

Posted by: C. Smith
12/19/14 2:06 pm EST

charlottegirlseditedThis 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 Charlotte Bobcats, who are unexpectedly awful this season (6-19) and feature Lance Stephenson who is currently the subject of numerous NBA trade rumors.

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

 


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76ers Playing .500 Ball (In Dec.)

Posted by: C. Smith
12/08/14 1:56 pm EST

76ersaltlogoIn case you stepped away from the season of the “double tank” for the weekend, you should know that the 76ers have won 2 out of their last 3 games and now stand at .500 in the month of December.  We realize that both victories came against fellow NBA bottom dwellers Minnesota and Detroit and with a simply brutal schedule ahead of Brett Brown’s team this month, we don’t see these good times lasting past this week.

Still, today we’re going to look at three positive items we have seen over this recent four game stretch in which the Sixers picked up two wins; got beat by the defending champs in respectable fashion and suffered a highly competitive loss to the vastly superior OKC Thunder.

Believe or not we had a hard time limiting this post to just three items.

 


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GM18: Rapid (Winning. Yes, Winning.) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/04/14 11:26 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 77 Minnesota Timberwolves
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +6Embiid’s mentor got another start tonight and 6 points in the 1st Q helped produce a near double-double. Still he missed a couple jumpers in the 4th that nearly cost the 76ers the game.

Nerlens Noel, PF 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -2How does an athletic, 7-foot big man only grab 3 boards against one of the worst teams in the League? However, he did execute nicely on that pick-n-roll alley oop with MCW in final minute of the game.

Henry Sims, C 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +5Sims was solid last night, but when he scored a quick 5 points in the 1st Q I thought he was in for a big night. He hit a key bucket in the late 4th Q, but other then that it was quiet night for #35.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 43 MIN | 9-20 FG | 2-7 FT | 9 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 20 PTS | +14A near triple double for #1, who by the way is averaging a triple double over his last 3 games — 20; 10;10. Honestly it’s too bad his stroke is broken because last night he had some easy looks from three and just gave away points at the FT line.  If he owned even just a decent jump shot he would have put up 30 last night.

Hollis Thompson, SG 30 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -11Hey coach Brown…Are we done here yet?

 

 


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GM17: Rapid (1 L To Go) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/02/14 10:30 am EST
San Antonio Spurs 109 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 22 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -6Other than the fact that Luc shot the ball entirely too much last night — including a 2-8 1st half — I only have one note on Embiid’s mentor and that was a nice assist he had in the 3rd Q.

Brandon Davies, PF 19 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +3Outside of one ill-advised 3PA from the top of the arc, I thought Davies played solid basketball last night.  I still don’t want him on the roster next season, but last night he was tolerable.

Henry Sims, C 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -10Sims played very good basketball last night, including a 3-ball in the early 3rd Q and another in the late 4th. The baseline, reverse lay-in he executed in the 4th Q was smooth and led to 7 points in the 4th Q.  However, when you get posterized by Marco Belinelli (who is 4 inches shoter than Sims) and end up in the #1 spot on SC’s Top 10 plays, I have to knock you down at least one grade

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 9-19 FG | 4-5 FT | 11 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 24 PTS | -11MCW started out the game by shooting 2-5 in the 1st Q, but a strong 2nd Q in which he scored 8 straight for the Sixers at one point helped produce a near triple double.

Hollis Thompson, SG 29 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +5Obviously I am not a fan of #31, who started again last night, did absolutely zip in the 1st Q and scored his only bucket of the 1st half right before the intermission.  Still, he did score 5 points in the 4th Q to help make this game interesting and overall he shot the ball decent;y, so I’ll give him a passing grade.

 


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Sam Hinkie & Fitness Landscape Theory

Posted by: Alex Hootan
11/28/14 11:54 am EST

samIn business, there is a concept called Fitness Landscape.  The concept is derived from evolutionary theory and it is accepted and exercised widely in the business world.

Here how it goes:  Imagine a system that we want to improved performance from.  The system can be a biological species, a business system, or for the sake of our conversation an NBA team such as the 76ers.  This system is located on a plain or a landscape that measures its performance.  Any time the performance improves the system goes up to reach a peak.  Anytime the performance drops, the system will go down into a valley.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Phoenix Suns

Posted by: C. Smith
11/21/14 12:31 pm EST

sunsdancersThis 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 Phoenix Suns who stand at 7-5; have won two straight and feature Eric Bledsoe who recently made some interesting comments on a potential 76ers vs. Kentucky Wildcats match-up.

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


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GM10: Rapid (Texas Sized L) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
11/18/14 10:56 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 75 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 San Antonio Spurs
Brandon Davies, PF 18 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -19BD threw up consecutive bricks in the 1st Q and his night did not get any better from there. Over his last 3 games, Davies is averaging 4 points and 4 rebounds per night.  I think it’s safe to say the BD lovefest is now over.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 25 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -4A decent night for Joel Embiid’s babysitter began in the 1st Q with 4 quick points and a nice drive to the tin for a bucket.  But he didn’t score another FG untill the 11:37 mark of the 3rd Q and the inbound pass/TO he threw under the Sixers’ offensive hoop in the 2nd Q was horrific.

Henry Sims, C 28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -15A near double-double for Sims who IMO has played much better in his last two games and seems to have found his storke again — 9-14 in his last 2 games.

Tony Wroten, SG 30 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -27The immature TWroe showed up last night as he launched one ill-advised shot after another and he posted 4 TOs against 3 dimes.

Hollis Thompson, SG 26 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -33First something positive on #31 — there were moments last night where I saw decent defensive fundamentals from him. However his shooting and especially the corner 3PA he put up in the 4th Q that hit the top of the backboard was disturbing. Again I say — enough of this experiment, it’s time for KJ to start.

 


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GM5: Rapid (Buzzer Beater) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/06/14 11:53 am EST
Orlando Magic 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Brandon Davies, PF 29 MIN | 9-11 FG | 1-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -1It’s BD’s world and we’re just living in it.  In the 3rd Q BD had a stretch where he scored on a nice up & under from the low block and then on the next trip he drained a 3-ball.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -9I get that Luc is here to help Joel Embiid adjust to life in the NBA, but does that role require 20+ minutes of run a night?

Nerlens Noel, PF 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | +8Given the cautionary approach of the 76ers’ medical staff and front office, I’ll be very interested to see how long a sprained ankle keeps Noel out of the lineup.  Before the injury, #4 did drop a smooth behind the back pass to Shved for a lay-in in the 2nd Q.

Tony Wroten, SG 35 MIN | 9-16 FG | 5-7 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 5 STL | 2 BLK | 9 TO | 27 PTS | +5Of course on a night where TWroe buries 4 out of 6 threes, he also turns the ball over 9 times (6 in the 1st half). The no look alley-oop he threw to KJ was fantastic. The two dribble-drive buckets he scored and the 8 points he put up in the late 4th Q kept the Sixers in this game.

Hollis Thompson, SG 34 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1This guy is allegedly a good shooter, right? Wait, didn’t I ask that question all of last year as well?


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Fo’ with the Foes: Houston Rockets

Posted by: C. Smith
11/03/14 6:46 pm EST

beyonceThis 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 Houston Rockets who are currently 3-0 (wins over LAL; BOS and Utah), but will likley be without Dwight Howard tonight because of an injured knee.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Houston team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Armin Khansari from thedreamshake.com, as Armin will answer Fo’ questions on his Rockets from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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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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