Philadunkia 4on4: Draft Edition

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/22/14 12:54 pm EST

052014-sixers-three-600It’s time for the 2014 NBA Draft edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “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.

Philadunkia scribes Jeff McMenamin, Carey Smith, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and Steve Toll will examine four key questions surrounding the 2014 NBA Draft for our 76ers, after the jump…

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A Trade for Dwight Howard

Posted by: C. Smith
02/09/14 12:48 pm EST

dwighthoward76ersmoonIt goes without saying that the scribes here at Philadunkia have grown weary of discussing the 76ers on the court ills during this season of the tank.  Long before this week’s depressing home losses to the also-tanking Celtics and the depleted Lakers our water cooler talk had turned to discussing what trades Sam Hinkie could possibly put together in an effort to rebuild this franchise.

The usual trade suspects on the 76ers’ roster — Thad, Turner and Hawes – are mentioned in these daily deadline discussions.  We’ve all read the rumors or reports from “sources” about possible trade destinations for the three veterans on this team.  To be honest, it seems like those stories have been circulating online since the Sixers broke camp.

However, with the NBA trade deadline just 11 days away, a fresh trade idea was proposed by one of the scribes here at Philadunkia that would put Dwight Howard in a 76ers uniform.  After the jump, that potential trade will be outlined and discussed.


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IN HINKIE I QUESTION

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
07/29/13 1:55 pm EST

062713_hinkie-sam_600With the Eagles officially opening up practice to their fans at a packed Lincoln Financial Field yesterday, the summer for the Sixers in Philadelphia will go as it usually does, as team irrelevant.

As critics and media personalities might argue that this under-the-radar style is the best thing for the organization and that it adds to Sam Hinkie’s “genius” GM style, I for one am not there with you.

I’m as skeptical as I’ve ever been to be a Sixers reporter and fan, and there’s no reason why anyone should be otherwise.

I’m not saying that there’s no hope for this franchise and that the moves which were taken this offseason will further drive the organization into the ground, but I do think it’s time for fans to wake up and smell the coffee and to think about some serious issues facing the franchise in the future. A simple slip-up at any point could be devastating enough to cause irreparable damage.

After the jump, I’ll discuss what issues will pose the biggest problems to the teams rebuilding process…


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IGGY OPTING OUT OF CONTRACT

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
06/15/13 3:15 pm EST

According to multiple reports, former Sixer Andre Iguodala will opt out of his contract with the Denver Nuggets next season to become a free agent.

Iguodala, whose lone all-star season came with the Sixers in 2012, is set to make $16.2 million next season. By opting out, he’ll have the ability to sign a five-year contract with the Nuggets or a four-year deal with another team.

The news is somewhat surprising, considering the Nuggets held a 57-25 record last season. Yet as a No.3 seed in the Western Conference, the Nuggets were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the Golden State Warriors. Their head coach George Karl was fired and their GM Masai Ujiri also left for a job with the Toronto Raptors.

What’s more surprising is the move by Iguodala to decide to take less money in order to have a better shot at an NBA title.


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GM 21: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/31/12 8:09 am EST

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Orlando Magic 69 Final

Recap | Box Score

74 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +3

Wow.  What a defensive performance from Brand in this one.  Brand played 31 tough minutes and played great defense on Ryan Anderson as well as help defense on Dwight Howard all game.  He also added 4 blocks and 2 steals to his defensive stat sheet. Howard shot 6-17 on the night and that was in large part of Brand on the blocks.  Coach K would’ve been proud.

Andre Iguodala, SF 42 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-9 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 14 PTS | +12

Iguodala played a solid game.  He filled the stat sheet and the team was +12 with him on the court.  He held Hedo Turkoglu to a season low of 1-9 from the field.  He also notched another career milestone, surpassing Sir Charles on the Sixers all-time steals list putting him in fourth place with 1,007 steals.  I’m still disappointed though that the man cannot hit his free-throws.  Going 3-9 on the night is unacceptable, considering only a few weeks ago he missed a free-throw that could’ve given the Sixers a win against Denver.  For the sake of his team, he has to put in some extra time in the gym at the foul line.  Can we get Herb Magee to come over to PCOM for an hour or so?

Tony Battie, C 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +8

He sure didn’t seem like the oldest man on the team in this game.  Battie held his own against Howard and played well on offense and defense.  8 points and 9 rebounds in 17 minutes is a great night for Tony Battie.

Jodie Meeks, G 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +8

Meeks played a solid game.  He defended J.J. Redick very well, limiting him to 3-13 shooting.  Outside of that he didn’t need to do too much in this one.  It’s worth noting that the 3-headed monster at the shooting guard spot of Meeks, Williams, and Turner had nearly identical minutes in this one however with 24, 25, 24 respectively.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 6 PTS | +4

Jrue was cold from the field, but defended well and distributed the ball effectively as well.  The Magic were without Jameer Nelson which made Holidays job a lot easier.  With the toughest stretch of games coming up for the Sixers, Holiday has to find his rhythm for the team to have success.  He has the task of defending two of the best in the game in Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade next.  It’s his chance to make a statement around the league.

Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -4

Awful shooting from Lou in this one.  His 9 points stopped his streak of five straight games hitting for double digits.  As I said for Jrue Holiday, Lou needs to be on point for this tough stretch of games coming up.  He’s still leading the team in scoring and will be looked to often to provide that scoring in the next few games.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -3

He tested Dwight Howard and Howard showed him why he’s one of the best defenders in the League.  Young scored 10 points but on 5-13 shooting as many of his drives to the cup were defended well by Superman.  He’ll have an easier time with those takes when he’s not going in against the 3-years and counting NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS | +7

He did an outstanding job for a rookie making Howard work for his looks.  Lavoy continues to shine in the absence of Hawes and Vucevic.  He’s done it offensively on a couple occasions, but against Howard it was his defense that made the difference.  It seems for the moment that even when Hawes and Vuc return that Lavoy has earned some minutes of his own.  It’ll be interesting to see how coach Collins uses him the rest of the season.

Evan Turner, SG 24 MIN | 4-7 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -10

Besides Tony Battie, Turner was the only Sixer to shoot above 50% from the field.  Turner had 12 points on 4-7 shooting, and it was nice to see him use his size and strength to get a few looks from the free-throw line.  He’s currently third on the team in FTA’s behind Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala, but only shooting 63%.  He averaged 75% from the line in his final season at Ohio State, so at least we know he’s capable of hitting them on a more consistent basis if given the opportunity.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night


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STU JACKS0N AS LEX LUTHOR

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/29/09 4:04 pm EST

lex_luthor_superfriends1Apparently David Stern’s rules enforcer Stu Jackson is the only person who can stop Superman as Dwight Howard has been suspended for Game 6 of the Orlando Magic’s playoff series against our 76ers.

The NBA announced Wednesday that Howard will be suspended for his elbow on Sixers center Samuel Dalembert in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

The two got tangled up going for a rebound in the first quarter. Replays showed Howard’s elbow hit Dalembert above the shoulders. Howard drew a technical foul for the hit and in our opinion should have been run from the game at that moment.

Additionally, Orlando will also be without starting guard Courtney Lee, who suffered a fractured sinus after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head from Howard later in the quarter. Lee’s status for the remainder of the playoffs is uncertain.

The Magic lead the Sixers 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Thursday, baby.