5 KEYS TO SIXERS OFFSEASON

Posted by: Jake Fischer
07/02/13 2:48 pm EST

At the glorious stroke of midnight and the arrival of the month of July, Sam Hinkie fervorously rubbed his hands together and cackled into the quiet night that surrounded PCOM.  The NBA calendar had flipped to 2013-2014 and Spencer Hawes and Kwame Brown immediately became “Spencer Hawes’ and Kwame Brown’s expiring contracts.”

While the rest of the League is paying attention to what asinine delicacies and ridiculous riches several teams will offer Dwight Howard over the next several days, Hinkie and the Sixers are going to lurk in the shadows of the NBA’s crazed free-agency period like a vicious lion and wait for the opportune moment to pounce on a stupid team with a bad front office.

We know they still exist in the NBA, despite having a lockout to correct the absurd financial landscape of the entire corporation just two years ago. Yesterday, it became widely reported that the New Orleans Pelicans (aka Jrue’s new team) signed Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans to a four-year/$40-48 million offer sheet.

Yet while all of these bad owners keep tossing their money around to overrated free-agents and hardly stars like Evans, it’s safe to say that Hinkie won’t be one to overpay for a “hot commodity” this summer.  He wouldn’t think that offering Kwame Brown a lucrative, long-term contract is a smart idea either.

What can we expect from Hinkie this offseason now that free agency has began? There’s five things stand out in my mind:

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GM 43: (ROLLER COSTER ) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/29/13 9:27 am EST
Memphis Grizzlies 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 11-19 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +5

Forget about his tremendous stats for a second and look at the fact that Thad held Z-Bo to 4 points last night.  I dropped him to an A- because of the ill-advised 3PA down the stretch and the fact that he faded away on that last possession when he should have gone strong to the tin for a lay-in and/or to get a foul.

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 12-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 27 PTS | +5

One of his best nights of the season and in the 3rd Q he was tremendous, but…(more on this after the jump)

Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -3

I need more from my starting center, but as far as Hawes goes this was a decent outing vs. a much bigger front line.  Still his defense on Gasol was pitiful.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 9-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | -2

A double-double is nice, but he hoisted up too many jumpers last night.  I thought he and the Sixers would learn from the NYK game, but I was wrong.  His defense on Bayless also left something to be desired.

Nick Young, SG 33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -4

A red-hot 1st Q (9 points) did not lead to a big not from Swaggy.  I need more from my starting SG. But that’s something I have been saying for years now while covering the Sixers

Lavoy Allen, PF 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2

Anyone want to bet that Lavoy is dealt at the deadline?

Kwame Brown, C 11 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +1

We have a Kwame sighting and outside of dropping two passes that would have led to sure fire dunks, he played well.  So on the Kwame curve he gets a “B”.

Royal Ivey, PG 17 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -4

A very solid night from Royal (with cheese).  He was especially huge in the early 4th Q when he drained a 3PA and then had a steal and dime that led to a Thad slam.

Damien Wilkins, SG 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8

Last night the jump shot disease even infected the most physical player on the Sixers.

Doug Collins

I liked that he stuck with the “new” starting five.  I also liked that he got Jrue some extra rest with a 15 point lead in the 1st Q.  I didn’t like that he rested the red-hot Turner in the early 4th.  And I did not see any adjustments to slow down Gasol who was simply killing the Sixers.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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ANALYZING THE SIXERS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/02/13 8:44 am EST

A relatively new and popular way of analyzing sports teams and players is through the use of advanced statistics.

Around the NBA, you’ve seen teams hiring their own stat guru’s to better evaluate talent based on their findings.  Early in December, the Memphis Grizzlies hired ESPN’s highly popular analyst, John Hollinger, as their Vice President of Basketball Operations.  At the beginning of the season, the Sixers hired Aaron Barzilai, creator of the website basketballvalue.com, as the team’s director of analytics.

The most famous stat-guy in the front offices of an NBA team is Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets. He was the first NBA general manager to be hired through the Moneyball concept of thinking.  This past offseason, he famously signed Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik while also trading for James Harden.  The Rockets are now one of the most intriguing and exciting teams to watch in the League, currently holding the NBA’s second-best offense.

Being relatively new to the subject of advanced statistics I couldn’t think of a better way to both enlighten myself about the topic and to give readers a better understanding as well then to interview one of the more popular number-crunchers out there today.

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PHILADUNKIA 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/28/12 10:35 am EST

From the imitation is the highest form a flattery category, Philadunkia presents a new question and answer series titled “Philadunkia 4on4″. 

“Loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″, our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump four key questions that are currently facing our 76ers and some answers from four Philadunkia scribes.  

   
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GM 22: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/13/12 10:20 am EST
Chicago Bulls 96 Final

Recap | Box Score

89 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +14

Lavoy had a very solid night on the boards, especially considering the front line he was up against.  He threw in 2 blks for good measure.

Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-4 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -14

A big 1st Q for Thad included a an amazing rejection of a Boozer shot.  However, Thad had some issues with guarding Noah (To be expected) and his missed FTs ripped my heart out.

Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | -3

A decent all around night by ET and I love the direction his is headed in overall, but IMO Turner has fallen in love with his own game and it is costing the Sixers at times.  Specifically with regards to last night’s game, he forced and missed two ill-advised mid range runners in the 4th Q.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 13-28 FG | 0-3 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 26 PTS | -7

Jrue was one quarter away from possibly having his best game of the year.  Unfortunately the Q he went MIA in was the all important 4th Q.  During that stanza Jrue was 1-4 on FGAs, 0-2 on FTAs and had 2 turnovers.  Still he came out on fire in the 1st Q (8-2-2); in the 3rd Q he dropped a dime to Turner on the fast break that was ridiculous; he got into the lane at will (as planned vs. Nate Robinson); and killed it on the pick-n-rolls.  FYI…Holiday is 4 for his last 24 from behind the arc.

Jason Richardson, SG 32 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3

Not a good night for J-Rich. Obviously he struggled with his shot and the 3PA he took and missed with 1 minute remaining in the game was a terrible decision.  But more depressing for me was the way Belinelli carved him up on the defensive end.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -8

A solid 4 minute run by Moultire. Now let’s triple those minutes and see what this kid can do for us.

Dorell Wright, SF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

The Do(u)g-house is a lonely place.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6

My only issue in what was otherwise a very good night for Spencer is his 3-point shooting.  We have enough long range gunners on this squad, I don’t want my 7-footer launching from behind the arc.  The one he shot in the 4th Q with the game at 78-77, nearly killed me.  I thought he was especially active on the boards vs. CHI, which makes me wonder why he can’t play like that on a nightly basis.

Maalik Wayns, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

It was a hell of a 1 minute…With the pace of the 2nd half falling right into the tired Bulls hands last night I would have put Wayns in the game to see if he could push a more favorable tempo for the Sixers.  But I’m crazy like that…

Nick Young, SG 28 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6

He has one job — make shots.  Last night he did an okay job of that and that’s all I have to say here.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

That’s four straight DNP-CD’s for Kwame. $2 million well spent.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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GM 21: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
12/10/12 10:35 pm EST
Detroit Pistons 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +16

Allen, who’s sneakily been a force on the boards of late (he had 43 in his last five games coming in) continued his strong interior play on Monday; grabbing five rebounds with a pair of blocks in limited minutes.

Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 9-13 FG | 2-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +9

Though in the digital age there are surely better options available, in a pinch, you could set your watch to Thad Young.  Despite banging with bigger bodies night in and night out (insert your own joke about your college roommate), Young’s been the most consistent Sixer in the season’s first 21 games. He was awesome on Monday.  His eight third quarter points were, almost invariably, of the “Piston Rally Quashing” kind.

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 8-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 7 AST | 18 PTS | +7

The “Evan Turner is getting better” narrative continues to gain steam.  Turner isn’t really great at anything, which is unfortunate, because it obscures the fact that he’s pretty good at everything.  The jack of all trades posted an 18/11/7 line against a single turnover.  Ants are specialists.  ET is a basketball player.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 11-20 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 25 PTS | +8

Jrue rebounded from a slow start to play what might have been his best half of the season in the second frame, scoring 21 after the break — including 12 in the fourth — to keep the Sixers afloat when they sprang leaks.

Jason Richardson, SG 36 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +9

This is what Jason Richardson does.  Pair of threes?  Check.  YMCA/playground/general backyard style veteraness?  Check.  Weird that he’s, up to this point, arguably been the biggest difference maker of all the players that traded hands on August 10. (This is almost certainly not true.  Still.)

Dorell Wright, SF 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | 0

Doug Collins: Give Dorell Wright more minutes. Seriously.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -8

The last time Spencer Hawes was not terrible was on November 18, so his not being terrible tonight was a very pleasant surprise.  And the jump shot he hit in the waning seconds of the third quarter to reclaim the lead for the Sixers: very pleasant indeed.

Nick Young, SG 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -3

Swaggy, back in action, was unusually passive tonight.  It was kind of…nice?

After the Jump, (7)6 Things We Saw


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QUARTER POLE REVIEW

Posted by: Steve Toll
12/10/12 10:47 am EST

For all you 76er or Pulp Fiction fans who ended up on Philadunkia, this is a 76ers quarterly review.  

The team has had some ups and downs, that is for sure.  As for this team being superior to last year’s team, that idea we can quite honestly throw out the window, with or without Bynum.  Variance is a word that I often use.  This year’s team has so far outperformed its expected Win-Loss record by 3 wins.  

Conversely, last year’s team underperformed on its Win-Loss record by at minimum six games.  Think about that for a second.  Some things have turned out for the better and some for the worse.

On the other side of the jump, will be my evaluation (of sorts) of the 76ers after 20 games in the 2012-13 season.


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DEFENDING THE EXTENSION

Posted by: Hank Allingham
11/20/12 9:17 am EST

As fellow Philadunkia writer Steve Toll will tell you, the 4 year, $41 million extension given to Jrue Holiday was met with mixed feelings from fans of the 76ers.  First, let’s agree that $41 million is certainly a lot of money to guarantee a player that has only one season under his belt with a PER higher than the league average of 15. 

However, because Jrue is in the middle of his fourth NBA season, it is often overlooked that he is still just 22 years old, meaning jumps in both productivity and efficiency are not only possible, they are likely.  Combine this with the fact that at least a dozen teams will have enough cap space to add a max contract this off-season, and it’s safe to say that Jrue would’ve gotten a larger offer as a restricted free agent than he signed with the 76ers. 

Thus, if the team had let Jrue enter restricted free agency, which some argue they should have, they would have two options: Let him walk to another team, or pay him at a higher level than they locked him up for now.

 


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KNEE JERK REACTS

Posted by: Philadunkia
11/16/12 1:32 pm EST

Earlier this week the 76ers announced that Andrew Bynum’s debut will not occur until January as Bynum continues to recover from a bone bruise in his right knee.  The 7-6’s medical staff is taking a very cautious approach to his recovery and is hoping that he can begin practicing in December and the finally see game action in the middle of January.

As we all know, Bynum was acquired by the Sixers in a four-team deal this past summer, but has yet to even practice with the team because of his knee issues.  The lingering knee problem Bynum is experiencing has a been a big topic of discussion here at the Philadunkia offices for weeks and this latest news has only fueled our fears that Bynum is not remotely close to taking the floor.

So, we decided to assemble some of our thoughts on Bynum’s knee into a post and vent them to you the readers after the jump.


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GM 8: (MOVING ON) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/15/12 10:55 am EST
Detroit Pistons 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 76 Philadelphia 76ers
Honestly, I don’t have the strength or the heart to react to last night’s debacle down at the Wells Fargo Center.  For the first time in a long time, the Sixers looked absolutely life-less.  On top of that, all of the ills that plague this roster — streaky shooters; 7-footers who can’t rebound and poor defense — came together last night in a perfect storm to simply bury this team against the road-weary and previously win less Detroit Pistons.  As a bonus, the Sixers also bricked a bunch of FTs.  I don’t care that Lavoy Allen found his game or that Jrue only had 1 turnover, this one was a train wreck.  Everyone gets an “F” for last night and we simply need to forget this one.
Thaddeus Young, SF 28 MIN | 2-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -9
Evan Turner, SG 23 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | -10
Kwame Brown, C 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -1
Jrue Holiday, PG 33 MIN | 4-13 FG | 4-9 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | -13
Jason Richardson, SG 26 MIN | 3-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -7
Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -20
Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +4
Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -15
Spencer Hawes, C 15 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -11
Maalik Wayns, PG 3 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +3
Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -10
Damien Wilkins, SG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +4

After the jump, your reactions, because I am at a loss for words…


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