Posts Tagged ‘dario Saric’

Dario Saric Update

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

dario-saricWith the 12th pick in the 2014 NBA draft the Sixers picked Croatian native Dario Saric. With his current contract situation Saric will continue to play for Anadolu Efes of Istanbul, Turkey for possibly as long as two years while his NBA rights are assigned to the 76ers. As we all know, Saric has been making some big news over in the Euro League as Saric (20 yrs. Old) won the Euroleague’s MVP award for the month of November and became the youngest recipient of the that honor.

“It took a lot of practice and a lot of work to win such a special award as this,” Saric told Euroleague.net.  “It is very important to me, I am very happy to win it. It is amazing and a part of my dream has come true.”

 

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Fo’ with the Foes: Atlanta Hawks

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

hawks-a-town-dancer-opoc-45643This 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 Atlanta Hawks who are a riding a hot streak right now having won 7 straight games, and 9 of their last 10.  Still, I like the 76ers chances of stealing a win tonight for reasons that I will discuss after the jump.

(I can’t believe I just typed that line.)

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Atlanta team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague David Menze at Soaring Down South, as David will answer Fo’ questions on his Hawks squad from us here at Philadunkia.

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TWroe to the Rescue??

Friday, October 10th, 2014

wroten-tony_600editedIt may only be two preseason games against non-title contending Boston and Charlotte, but Sixers fans have every right to be optimistic about how guard Tony Wroten has performed on offense over the last two contests.  Wroten has not only been the top scorer both nights, 19 points against the Celtics and 15 points against the Hornets, but his decision making and level of control over his game appears drastically improved.  If this change is not temporary, and Wroten has matured as a player, then his presence could have a positive impact on the court for the 76ers this year.

We all knew TWroe has the ability to score in the League, so his point production against the Celtics and Hornets does not come as a surprise.  What is noticeably different about his play during the small preseason sample is that Wroten appears less prone to mental lapses.

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To 2016 and Beyond…

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

buzzlightyearAs I read about the fitness and basketball action going on over at Stockton College as well as how bight the future of this franchise is, I can’t help but recall the awful season we the fans sat through in 2013-14, and dread the hopeless season that is almost upon us.  Watching this team play in 2014-15 might be as eventful as watching the Washington Generals.

In a matter of a year and a half, General Manager Sam Hinkie has managed to assemble a team of young, athletic talent, with hopes that these kids will allow the Philadelphia 76ers to once again rise to the top of the League.  However watching a team lose night in and night out still gives us fans an uneasy feeling and makes waiting for the future to arrive difficult.

Hinkie has done well in his two drafts at the helm of the Sixers and managed to clear a mother load of cap space, but he needs to shine is in the NBA Free-Agent Market very soon or all these assets will go to waste.  Looking ahead, how this Hinkie performs in acquiring key pieces, particularly in the 2016 Free-Agent Class, could make or break Sam’s career as well as this franchise.

 

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Sam Hinkie Revisited

Friday, August 1st, 2014

samA year ago, I penned the story In Hinkie I Question which examined every aspect of Sam Hinkie’s rebuilding plan up to that point and what needed to be done for Hinkie to gain my stamp of approval.

I broke down the story into four parts; the teams draft picks, the teams tanking ability, the organizations draw to free agents and the teams tradable assets. Based on the information I had at the time, I made an educated verdict on Hinkie’s plan and found that he was taking a lot of risks which had me skeptical that he’d be able to turn this franchise into a winner once again.

Now a year into his plan, you’ve seen the wheels on Hinkie’s long-term goals start to move. Good or bad, there is a definite direction that the team is now headed­­. With this in mind, I’ll re-examine Hinkie’s plan based on the same model of my past story. Has Hinkie gained my stamp of approval? Find out after the jump…

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DRAFT14: Hinkiepalooza II = Mixed Emotions

Friday, June 27th, 2014

samhinkiepressereditedHere’s the way I look at Sam Hinkie and the 76ers 2014 NBA Draft:

You have been dating a woman for a significant period of time — let’s say 9 months.   She has some issues that need work, but overall the gal is cool.  There have been some bumps in the road along the way.  However, as a whole things have gone fairly well and you really like the long term potential of the relationship.

As you approach the relationship’s one year anniversary (June 2013 to June 2014) you plan a special night for the two of you.  It has been communicated to you (although not verbally) that she too is excited about this big happening (Draft night 2014) and that your loyalty and time over the last year will be greatly rewarded.

The night goes perfectly and as you arrive back at your place, she heads into the bedroom to change into something “more comfortable”.  When she returns your gal has on flannel pajamas.  Next she heads to the fridge and grabs a pint of ice cream.  Then she plops on the couch and puts on a chic flick.

 

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