HINKIE’S TO DO LIST

Posted by: Jake Fischer
08/06/13 9:53 am EST

samhinkiepressereditedOn Friday, my colleague Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer Tweeted that Brett Brown is the team’s preferred candidate for the 76ers’ head coaching job per a League source. This is simply the latest report in the4-month ongoing story line about the Sixers’ off-season.  Who will be the 7-6′s next head coach and when that announcement will actually come is anybody’s guess.

But officially selecting a head coach is not the only item GM Sam Hinkie and company still need to cross off their off-season to-do list.  There’s a lot of work left to do in order to prepare this team for the 2013-14 season even if the plan is to tank, hard.

After the jump, I’ll review the  Top 6 things the Hinkie needs to accomplish before opening night of the 2013-2014 season, outside of filling their head coaching vacancy.


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INTERVIEW: MOLLY SULLIVAN

Posted by: C. Smith
08/02/13 10:18 am EST

mollysullivan1The 76ers made a number of bold moves during the 2012 off-season that for one reason or another did not work out in the best interest of the franchise.  Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown, Nick Young and Jason Richardson immediately come to mind.

However, the one acquisition the Sixers made prior to last season that worked out beautifully was the addition of television sideline reporter Molly Sullivan.  Think about it for a minute.

Sullivan appeared in more games than Bynum and Brown combined, made better on-court decisions than Swaggy P and her number is certainly more cap friendly then Jason Richardson’s.

In short, you don’t need advanced analytics to determine that Sullivan was the newcomer of the year in Philadunkia nation.

The lovely and talented (borrowing that line from David Letterman) Sullivan recently gave Philadunkia editor C. Smith a few minutes via email to answer a number of Sixers related questions.  After the jump, Sullivan talks Andrew Bynum, the Holiday trade, the end of the DC era and racing Ryan Lochte in the pool.


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OPSL GM 2: WYATT SHINES IN L

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/08/13 8:22 pm EST

Three after three after three, the Indiana Pacers put on a shooting clinic Monday as the Sixers were stuck playing catch up and eventually fell 96-75 in Game 2 of the 2013 OPSL.

Following yesterday’s porous interior defense, coach Michael Curry decided to use a no hedging policy on pick and rolls to limit points in the paint.  Curry accomplished that goal but the only problem was the 76ers gave up 15 three’s in the process.

Second year forward Arnett Moultrie commented on the Pacers shooting, “They made a couple and then the rim just got bigger for them.”

The Sixers kept the game close in the first half on the shooting of un-drafted free agent Khalif Wyatt.  Wyatt kept the offense under control in the first half scoring 15 points off of 6-11 shooting.  Wyatt got whatever shot he wanted making two three’s, floaters and driving to the lane for lay ups in the first half.


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2013 OPSL PREVIEW

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/04/13 11:55 am EST

We all know after the Finals conclude and the NBA Draft is over, that the summer sports schedule is so thin late night USA Ping Pong competitions on Fox Sports are a revelation.  That’s especially true in summer 2013 because the Phillies have been so difficult to watch.

But it’s time to stop complaining as NBA summer league action tips off this coming weekend.

Beginning July 7th, the Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League begins and this year the League has expanded from eight to ten teams.  The Sixers will be joined by Houston, Boston, Orlando, Miami, Utah, Oklahoma City, Indiana, Detroit and Brooklyn from the 7th to the 12th at the Amway center.  The 76ers first game will be Sunday at 9 am vs. Houston.

This year’s 76ers draft registered a seven on the NBA rebuilding Richter scale.  New GM Sam Hinkie made a tremendous splash with his first move by trading away All-Star guard Jrue Holiday for Kentucky center Nerlens Noel.

With a brand new roster that still has that new car smell, there is a lot to evaluate during this year’s OPSL.  Headlining the roster is Holiday’s replacement, Syracuse guard Michael-Carter Williams and the 54th pick, Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi. Given the Sixers thin frontcourt, Kazemi has the potential to be an immediate impact player on this team.  Noel, the new franchise centerpiece will not be able to play because of his knee injury, so there will be plenty of tick for Micheal Eric and Zeke Marshall, the two centers prospects on the Sixers summer league roster.

After the jump, a look at the names and bios of the players on this year’s summer league roster…


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DRAFT13: WITH THE 11th PICK…

Posted by: C. Smith
06/27/13 9:01 pm EST

..in the 2013 NBA Draft Sam Hinkie and the Philadelphia 76ers selected point guard Michael Carter Williams (6-6; 185) out of Syracuse.

Wait.  What????  C’mon.  You can’t be serious.

It’s no lie, but honestly — who cares.

The even bigger news is that Hinkie traded Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans for Nerlens Noel (Picked #6 — He dropped down the draft board like Ryan Howard when he tore his Achilles) and a 1st round pick in 2014.

BAM. POW.  Nice to meet you Sam Hinkie.

That’s right, in one of the more chaotic drafts I can ever recall, the Sixers made a huge trade that sent the face of their franchise packing and in return received an athletic 7-footer and an extra Lottery pick in 2014.  They then selected the 21-year old Carter Williams (6-6; 185) at #11.  Not one of the online “experts” we researched nor a single scout that I talked with prior to the draft predicted the Sixers would go in these wild directions.

Sam Hinkie is owning this 2013 Draft.

After the jump some reviews on and video of MCW…


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DRAFT13: OUR 76ers PREDICTIONS

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/27/13 12:55 pm EST

The 2013 NBA Draft is just hours away and unless you have been living under The Commodore Barry Bridge, you know the 76ers have numerous holes they will be looking to fill tonight.  We have discussed in detail here at Philadunkia the Sixers’ ills – shooting guard, power forward and center.  Our hope is that tonight our new leader, Sam Hinkie, finds several players via the Draft (11th, 35th & 42nd picks) and/or trades that will solve some of these issues.

We have already showed you what all the “experts” and NBA scouts think of the players that should be available when the Sixers are put on the clock tonight.  Now it’s time for the scribes here at Philadunkia to predict what the 7-6 will do with the 11th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Will it be a SG with a smooth stroke?  Or an athletic power forward?  Has one of the “upside” 7-footers caught Hinkie’s eye and registered on his analytics? Maybe it’s another athletic ‘tweener that has impressed the Sixers?

Really, only Hinkie knows what is going to happen in Brooklyn tonight, but after the jump Philadunkia’s own take a stab at predicting who the 76ers will pick at No. 11.


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DRAFT13: MEDIA DAY QUOTES

Posted by: Jake Fischer
06/27/13 8:10 am EST

With the 2013 NBA Draft now just hours away, the outcome of the lottery is still a complete mystery.  There doesn’ even appear to be a consensus #1 pick at this late stage.  Unfortunately for Philadunkia nation, Sam Hinkie and company are going to be left picking up the scraps of the lottery at No. 11.

Earlier this week, we spoke with Cody Zeller (pic at left) who was expected to be available when the Sixers are on the clock.  But now, several respected members of the media and Zeller himself are have hinted that the former Hoosier might not even be available at No. 11.

“I don’t know if I will be available at No. 11,” Zeller said during Wednesday’s pre-Draft news conference.  “We will see.”

If Zeller does go before the Sixers’ pick and Hinkie wants to draft big, Pittsburgh center Steven Adams will probably be the best available big guy.  Adams has skyrocketed up draft boards since the his strong performance at the NBA Draft Combine back in mid-May.

Adams worked out for the Sixers alongside Colton Iverson, Alex Oriakhi, Mouhammadou Jaiteh and Jamelle Hagins on June 5.  He thinks the workout went well.

“It was a pretty good workout,” Adams said at the pre-Draft news conference. “


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DRAFT13: IT’S YOUR MOVE

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/26/13 1:14 pm EST

What could Sam Hinkie possibly have up his sleeve for Draft Night 2013?  That’s the question everyone following the Sixers has been asking themselves for the past month.  Of course it’s hard to have any clue what Hinkie is considering for tomorrow evening as he hasn’t made any public statements or comments since his introduction as GM back in the middle of May.

Hinkie has adopted an omerta approach when it comes to the media/fans and the Sixers plans for the future.  On the other hand, we here at Philadunkia decided to to assemble a few blockbuster ideas for the 76ers in the 2013 Draft and share them with you.  Hopefully the new General Manager takes one or two of these ideas into consideration.

For this post, we asked the Philadunkia scribes to take over Hinkie’s seat in the war room  and submit an original idea for “a move” the Sixers should make on Thursday night.  There was only one guideline for this exercise — the idea could not involve the Sixers simply standing pat at #11 and making a pick.

After the jump, some Draft Night ideas for the Sixers that could change the face and fortunes of this franchise.


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HELPING BOSTON REBUILD

Posted by: Steve Toll
06/24/13 1:46 pm EST

$21,592,641

Now that the Clippers have made the colossal error of picking Doc Rivers over Kevin Garnett, the time to strike is now.

The above dollar amount is the minimum in salary the 76ers need to ship to Boston to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.  The NBA is about luck and the 76ers happen to be in the right place at the right time.

Think about how many teams (A) Have quality assets to trade, and  (B) Can (if healthy) give Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett a punchers chance at an NBA title.  The list is very short, and Philadelphia sits at the top as the lone dog.

After the jump, let’s look at how this trade actually comes to fruition.


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DRAFT13: CODY ZELLER INTERVIEW

Posted by: Jake Fischer
06/19/13 1:00 pm EST

If you have paid any attention to the basketball world since 2005, you are very aware of the Zeller family.  The family’s oldest son, Luke first joined the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2005 before graduating in 2009.  Tyler soon entered the college realm in 2008, suiting up for the esteemed North Carolina Tar Heels.  He graduated in 2012, but not before serving as a reserve in a national championship game and being named an AP 2nd Team All-American in his senior year.

Then, along came along Cody.  After he posted a stellar freshman campaign in 2011-2012, he decided to stay at Indiana for one more season and was considered to be the front-runner for the top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

During the 2012-13 college basketball season, Cody and fellow top draft prospect Victor Oladipo, helped Indiana hold the No. 1 overall ranking in the AP Poll for a total of 11 weeks over two separate stints.  Tom Crean, Zeller and company earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and were thinking championship.  But, a sensational season for Zeller and the Hoosiers came to end in a somewhat embarrassing defeat at the hands of Syracuse in the Elite 8.

Putting IU’s “March Madness” disappointment behind him, Zeller went to work on his game and body.  All of the hours he logged were obvious during mid-May at the NBA Combine in Chicago, as Zeller tested off the charts in the Combine’s athleticism drills and physical measurements.  He did not participate in any live-ball activity in Chicago, but the reports from his post-Combine individual workouts have been stellar.

That’s good news for Philadunkia nation as nearly every creditable NBA Draft blog or website has the Sixers picking Cody Zeller on June 27th, 2013.   According to the blogosphere, the Sixers selecting Zeller is a bigger lock than Kim Kardashian having her picture taken by the paparazzi today.

Given the likelihood of Zeller becoming a Sixer, Philadunkia scribe Jake Fischer recently caught up with Cody before his workout with the Charlotte Bobcats to talk about his ongoing Draft process and the possibility of being selected by the Sixers at #11.


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