Fo’ with the Foes: Boston Celtics

Posted by: C. Smith
10/28/15 1:44 pm EST

mariaThis 2015-16 season opening 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 Boston Celtics a team many “experts” are predicting will be a playoff bound squad (AGAIN) at the end of the 2015-16 season.

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

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Time to Take a Step Forward

Posted by: Tyler Cook
10/13/15 11:53 am EST

okafor-noelFor the past two seasons the word that has consistently been associated with 76ers basketball is “rebuilding” (some may claim the word is “tanking”).  Now in year three of General Manager Sam Hinkie’s master rebuilding plan, the City of Brotherly Love is expecting to see some progress. After all, rebuilds can’t last forever and eventually an improving product needs to be seen night in and night out on the court at The Center.

To his credit, Hinkie sounds optimistic about year three of trusting the process.  And he should…I mean they can only get better right?  During a fourteen-minute media session last week Hinkie covered a range of questions and hinted that he believes the Sixers will improve on the court in 2015-16.   A coachable group of young, skilled players who are willing to put the work in seems to be main reason Hinkie acknowledged that we should expect a step forward from the Sixers this season.


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Reaching for the Stars

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
09/15/15 12:58 pm EST

NBA: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ersAfter a solid rookie campaign in which he was the only player in the League to finish with over 100 blocks and over 100 steals, Nerlens Noel has some high aspirations for his second season.  Among them, is to become an All-Star.  The Sixers have been without an All-Star since Jrue Holiday made the team back in 2013, and Noel wants to end that streak.

“Year two, I want to be an All-Star, clear as that,” he recently told SLAM magazine; a sentiment he has often echoed in the past.  “I know a lot of players say that,” Noel told me back in April, “but for me I feel as though that it the next step.”

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Summer Sixers GM6: Another Loss

Posted by: C. Smith
07/15/15 10:41 am EST

summersixersscottieandjaheditedWith last night’s 84-81 overtime loss to the Knicks summer squad, the Summer Sixers fell to 0-3 in Las Vegas and 1-5 in the month of July.

The highly anticipated match-up between Jahlil Okafor and Kristaps Porzingis — the #3 and #4 picks in Draft15 — never developed last night as Okafor played solid (18 points on 8-18 shooting), but not spectacular ball and Porzingis was limited to just 9 points.  However, Florida product Scottie Wilbekin put on a show against the Summer Knicks that was something to witness.  His watery jumper produced a 26 point outburst that so far is the highlight of the month for the Summer Sixers.

After the jump, a few observations from last night.




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Summer Sixers GM3: U-G-L-Y

Posted by: C. Smith
07/10/15 10:01 am EST

jazzvsixerseditedJordan McRae scored 19 points, Furkan Aldemir was a beast on the glass, Jerami Grant posterized a defender and the Summer Sixers staged a gutsy comeback on Thursday night.  Still, what really stood out last night was just how sloppy and slow the summer squad played for a large majority of their 84-78 OT loss to the Summer Jazz.

The Summer Sixers turned the ball over 26 times, shot 23% from three, committed 31 fouls, played horrific transition defense and in general looked very tired.  In short, they were simply brutal for three quarters.  A miraculous 4th Q turn around allowed the Summer Sixers put on a 20-7 run and grab a 74-68 lead.  However, the Jazz refused to lose in front of the home crowd and outscored the Summer Sixers 18-4 over the final minutes of the game (regulation & OT) to post the win.

After the jump, a few observations from the final game of the Utah Jazz Summer League.

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Draft15: The Impact of Embiid News

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/15/15 11:53 am EST

Philadelphia 76ers V Boston CelticsOver the weekend Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports rocked Philadunkia nation and set Twitter on fire with the news that League sources had informed him that Joel Embiid had “suffered a setback in the healing process of his right foot”.  Needles to say Woj’s report casue a great deal of concern among the 76ers’ fan base.

Woj’s breaking news even forced the 76ers to issue a statement of their own on Embiid’s recovery.  Part of the press release read, “Recently, Joel and Sixers personnel traveled to Los Angeles for a series of routine exams with a number of physicians who have been actively involved throughout this process.  During his visit with Dr. Richard Ferkel, a standard CT scan on Joel’s right foot revealed less healing than anticipated at this point.”

Obviously there is significant reason for concern about the long term health of Embiid’s foot and the impact the lingering injury could have on his career here in Philadelphia.  However, the immediate concern for us here at Philadunkia is what kind of impact will the Embiid news have on Hinkie’s strategy for the 2015 NBA Draft.

After the jump C. Smith and Jeff McMenamin examine that specific angle of the Embiid news.

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Interview: Jordan McRae

Posted by: C. Smith
06/08/15 9:49 am EST

jordanmcraesevenseditedIf you read this site on a regular basis or for that matter have access to the  ol’ inter web, then you probably know that 76ers’ 2014 draft day acquisition Jordan McRae played excellent basketball on two different continents this past season.  First, McRae went “Down Under” and quickly became the best option on the Melbourne Tigers of Australia’s National Basketball League.  McRae was the NBL’s second-leading scorer as he averaged 19.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per night.

After his very successful run in Australia was up, McRae came back to the States and played for the 76ers D-League affiliate, the Delaware Sevens.  In 13 games with the Sevens, McRae posted 18.9 ppg. on 45% shooting from the field and 38% from deep. The highlight of McRae’s brief time with the Sevens was a 39-point, 13-rebound, and 6-assist night against the Oklahoma City Blue back on March 22nd.

There’s no doubt that this Sixers’ prospect turned some heads with his play overseas as well as in the D-League and that he will be under strong consideration for a roster spot at training camp this fall.  With McRae on the verge of becoming a key piece to the Sam Hinkie’s rebuilding process, I decided to check in with the shooting guard.

Q & A after the J…

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Draft15: Backup Plan at No. 3

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/02/15 9:49 am EST

russellLast week Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Byron Scott made the following comment on the Jim Rome show,  “Obviously in this draft, you got two great bigs and you got a great point guard in Russell, as well. We got to wait and see what Minnesota does.  So we are going to do our due diligence to bring them in and work them out and go from there.”

That one little quote regarding our favorite 2015 Draft prospect nearly gave all of Philadunkia nation a heart attack and of course set the Internet on fire with ‘The Lakers like Russell’ rumors.  It also got the scribes at Philadunkia thinking, what if Lakers do in fact decide to solve their point guard issues through the Draft (Russell) instead of free agency?

What is the Sixers move if Russell is gone when Sam Hinkie is on the clock?

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Draft Lottery: Iverson > Noel

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/15/15 10:11 am EST

Iverson-2editedOne way or another, the 76ers will continue to add to their young core in this summer’s NBA Draft.  Depending on how the ping-pong balls bounce in the upcoming Draft Lottery, the Sixers could own as few as one or as many as three 1st round selections at the 2015 NBA Draft.  The organization obviously needs a lot of luck in said Lottery.

After the news broke that Julius Erving, who represented the team at last year’s Draft Lottery, was unavailable to attend this June, the team announced that Nerlens Noel would be taking his place.

I love Nerlens Noel, and was beyond impressed with his development throughout his rookie season.  I think he has great things ahead of him in his NBA career, and I legitimately believe that he will compete for, if not win, multiple Defensive Player of the Year awards. With that said however, I would have preferred the team to send Allen Iverson.

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Key Year Coming Up for MCW

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/14/15 10:57 am EST

mcwbuckseditedMichael Carter-Williams has had an interesting start to his NBA career.  He was the main attraction on an under-talented, up-tempo Sixers team his rookie year, and the unbridled opportunity provided for him to put up stats on that squad led to him being selected as the League’s Rookie of the Year.  Despite the accolade, the Sixers were never completely sold on him and his trade to Milwaukee was simply confirmation of such a fact after months of speculation that dated back to the 2014 Draft.

Whether or not Carter-Williams could have eventually thrived on a contending Sixers team is a moot point at this point, as he is now the playing for Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Heading into his third season in the League, and his first full season with the Bucks, several questions still surround Carter-Williams and his ultimate potential as an NBA player.  The upcoming season will be huge for the former Sixer in terms of establishing himself, and demonstrating exactly what kind of player he can be in his career moving forward.

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