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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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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30 YEARS & COUNTING

Posted by: C. Smith
06/21/13 2:46 pm EST

Last night as I watched LeBron and the Miami Heat celebrate their NBA Finals win over the San Antonio Spurs as well as back-to-back NBA titles, I began to wonder if the 76ers will ever hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy again in my lifetime.

I think and hope they will.  However, given that the team is currently an absolute mess and that Sam Hinkie has a long road ahead of him to simply make this team respectable,  I don’t believe an NBA championship is coming to Philadunkia nation any time soon.

So, as the Heat poured champagne all over each other last night, I started thinking about better times for the Sixers and I was reminded that it has been 30 years since Doc, Moses, Mo, Bobby, Toney and Ivaroni were crowned NBA Champions and led a parade down Broad Street.  That’s right, 30 years!

A great deal has happened with the 76ers and across the Association in the last 30 years.  After the jump I’ll look at some items within this franchise and around the NBA that have occurred since the Sixers last won it the title back in 1983.


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DRAFT FOCUS

Posted by: Jake Fischer
06/12/13 12:47 pm EST

While the Philadelphia 76ers have been extremely secretive during the team’s pre-Draft process this summer, it has come to Philadunkia’s attention that the team has done their due diligence in working out Draft prospects.  Most teams in the League allow full media access to their prospect workouts, but the Sixers haven’t allowed anyone unaffiliated with the organization inside PCOM to observe Michael Curry and Aaron McKie throw these youngin’s through drills.

But, one thing is for sure: Sam Hinkie and Co. have been working out a ton of prospects.  While there’s no official tally on how many guys a team is supposed to bring in, based off what I’ve heard from scouts around the league and have read around the web, it seems as if the Sixers are currently in the top five of the NBA in terms of the number of players they have worked out.


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