2012-13 PHILADUNKIA FORECASTS

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/31/12 3:04 pm EST

We know that in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, for many of you the tip off of another NBA season may not be on your mind right now.  But assuming that all of our readers are physically okay, adapting and moving forward today — the NBA season started last night and that action has our hearts pumping for the 76ers opener tonight.

By now you’ve read or watched what all the national “experts” have predicted for our Philadelphia 76ers in 2012-13.  To be honest, they are all over the place.  Many of them believe that we are in for a replay of the 2010-11 season — .500 ball; make the playoffs; get bounced in the first round.  There are also a few “experts” who are predicting that Philadunkia’s home team will fall flat on its face this season.  Still others see a 50 win season coming up for the Sixers and a nice post-season run.

But as we all know, national “experts” are NOT the best source of information when it comes to the Sixers.  So in an effort to provide educated forecasts on how this year will play out for the Sixers, the scribes here at Philadunkia — people who eat, drink and sleep the 7-6 — have typed up their predictions for 2012-13. 

According to the Philadunkia staff, one thing is for sure, the 2012-13 76ers will be exciting to watch.

 After the jump…Here we go


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
09/24/12 4:45 pm EST

With only 40 days left until the 2012-13 Sixers season gets underway there is plenty of news to talk about.

 

  • Sixers announce that senior vice president of basketball operations Tony DiLeo has now become the teams new General Manager. I like DiLeo as a person. I thought he did a pretty good job of coaching the team in the 2008-09 season, while almost upsetting the eventual Eastern Conference champion Orlando Magic in the playoffs that year. I think the Sixers keeping the position in house isn’t necessarily a bad thing. DiLeo has proved to be a valuable asset in changing the culture of the Sixers around in the past 5 years. It also gives coach Collins some more say in what moves are made which I feel is a good thing as well, rather than the debacles which have occurred from the likes of Billy King and Ed Stefanski over the years.
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THE KID’S KICKS

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/23/12 9:45 am EST

Obviously the 76ers have a huge, must win game (literally) tonight and we’ll have plenty to say on that later today.  But for now, we just wanted to lighten the mood a little with this post.

As you may or may not know, sneaker companies frequently hit their NBA endorsers with special edition sneakers for the post season.  A number of the 76ers have been rockin’ new shoes during the playoffs and so far we like what we have seen.  With a little help from our friends at Li-Ning, we’re going to take a look at the kicks Evan Turner (11 & 8.6 a night in this series) has been wearing vs. the hated Boston Celtics. 

After the jump, a sneak peak at the shoes Turner will be wearing tonight in what hopefully will be a big 76ers W ….


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GAME 6

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/10/12 2:02 pm EST

We do not believe it’s an exaggeration or too much hype to state that tonight’s Game 6 match-up with the wounded Chicago Bulls is the most important contest this group of 76ers has ever faced.

A loss tonight by the 7-6, a team that when you combine the regular season and playoffs is 17-19 on the road and 1-3 in Chicago, would lead to certain elimination in Game 7 back at the “Madhouse on Madison”. 

So, seeing how this is a cliche “must-win” for the Sixers and especially the likes of Brand, Dre, Hawes, Meeks and Louis — current 76ers whose future with the franchise is uncertain — we thought it would be a solid post idea to have each of the Philadunkia scribes briefly point out a few keys for our 7-6 tonight and then lay out a prediction for this all or nothing Game 6.

After the jump, our Game 6 predictions…

 
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GM 58: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/12/12 2:25 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 75 Toronto Raptors
Elton Brand, PF 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +20

Another very solid night for the Ol’ Chevy who has displayed more energy of late.

Andre Iguodala, SF 31 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | +10

Started the game 0-3…Hey at least he put up a shot in the 1st quarter vs. TOR.  That’s not something you can say happens every night. 

Nikola Vucevic, C 20 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -4

A fast start — six 1st Q points led to a very nice game from “Big Nik”.  The kid keeps starting for the rest of the season in my opinion.  We may also be looking at the 7-6 starting center for 2012-13.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -2

Enough already.  I’d rather see Sam Young get these minutes.  How on earth did this clown get two rotations into the game during the 3rd Q?  Meeks must have some serious blackmail dirt on Collins that coach keeps trotting him out there.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 8 PTS | +22

He had 4 points in the 1st Q, so we though we would see bigger scoring numbers out of Jrue last night.  We didn’t, so that was disappointing. However, the rest of his game and his defense were right on point.

Lou Williams, PG 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +14

LW still looks tired to me, but a decent night anyhow.  The dime he had to Hawes in the post during the late 3rd was simply a great pass and one he would not have made two years ago.

Sam Young, SF 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Needs more minutes down the stretch so that the other wings are not exhausted come playoff time.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 8-12 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +16

What is left to say about Thad’s stellar play in 90% of the Sixers games this season?  Not much, but we’ll give it a try.  The Toronto shot attempt he pinned on the glass @ the 7:45 mark of the 4th was a ridiculous play.

Spencer Hawes, C 22 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +4

When combined with Vuc’s numbers (12 & 5) you get one very solid center.  Hawes did a great job of taking the ball to the bucket last night and not settling for long J’s.

Evan Turner, SG 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 6 PTS | +13

Better, but still lacking something.  Of course more minutes and a vote of confidence from Coach would solve a lot of his issues.  The drive and dish he dropped to Thad in the 4th for an AND 1 was encouraging

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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GM 52: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/31/12 11:05 pm EST
Atlanta Hawks 90 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 37 MIN | 10-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 25 PTS | +11

Elton Brand was phenomenal.  In the decisive fourth period that his team trailed for much of — and, for context, the Sixers were coming off not only their worse loss of the season, but one that knocked them into second place for the first time since December — the veteran went 5-of-6 from the floor for 13 points, and added five rebounds (three of which were offensive), two assists, and a block.  He hit big shot after big shot after big shot.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is clutch.

Andre Iguodala, SF 43 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +10

His knee looked fine tonight.  His outside shot was falling — he went 3-of-4 from deep — and he did typically fine work defensively when he was matched up with Joe Johnson.  He delivered 43 very high-quality minutes.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -3

He was productive on the glass, but for the second straight game his touch was shaky.  The last two nights, Spence has gone 5-of-17 from the floor.

Evan Turner, SG 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | -3

The Kid had a strong third period, scoring 11 points.  He also played the role of good solider for Collins — spending a lot of time at power forward in the dead-legged Thad Young’s stead.  Though Josh Smith scored 34, much of it came against Thad.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 9 PTS | +13

In what has become an increasingly common occurrence, Holiday’s offensive game was shaky on Saturday, while his defense was just shy of extraordinary.  He held the underrated Jeff Teague to 8 points on 8 shots.

Tony Battie, C 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

Moving along…

Lou Williams, PG 17 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -10

On night two of a back-to-back, Lou, like Thad Young, looked exhausted.  His effectiveness suffered for it.

Sam Young, SF 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

That’s a lot of zeros.

Thaddeus Young, F 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Like Lou, Thad struggled.  He looked thin, uncharacteristically unexplosive, and was out-hustled and out-muscled by Josh Smith all night.

Jodie Meeks, G 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +12

After following up his career night with a dud, Jodie bounced back with a strong showing for the Sixers.  He played all 12 fourth period minutes.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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GM 49: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/26/12 10:06 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 76 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 San Antonio Spurs
Elton Brand, PF 24 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -16

The “Ol’ Chevy” played very well and came just short of what would have been his second double-double in the last three games.  However, zero trips to the FT line for a PF/C who saw 24 mins. of action and took 9 shots, is not a good sign for your team.  Over his last 3 runs EB has been good for 15.3 ppg. & 8.6 boards per nights.  Too bad the Sixers are wasting these performances by Brand.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -9

He got the start in Dre’s absence and played okay overall.  Four of his 11 points came during garbage time in the 4th Q.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | -22

Forget his Achilles issue, maybe Hawes should go back on the injured list until he finds his game.  In the last two losses, Hawes has been simply awful and especially glaring is that he has been weak with the ball.

Evan Turner, SG 36 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -21

Does anyone remember the last time Turner played well?  He saw minutes during garbage time in the 4th and still could not score a basket.  ET is averaging just 6 pts. per run over his last three games.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -22

Jrue got off to a hot start (10 pts. in 1st Q) because he was willing to put the ball on the deck and go to the hole.  Unfortunately his shooting touch escaped him after the 4:43 mark of the 1st Q and he never scored another bucket last night.  In the 2nd half he was a disaster shooting the ball.  He began the 3rd Q going 0-3, including a couple of wild, ill-advised shots and he never recovered.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 4-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +3

Just a horrible night for Louis.

Sam Young, SF 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -6

We really like the way Sam took the ball to the tin and finished with authority.  He clearly is not afraid to drive in among the trees and attack the basket.  Maybe Dre could take some lessons from his new teammate.

Thaddeus Young, F 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | 0

One of the few “off” nights in an otherwise stellar season, so we’ll give Thad a passing grade.  Still there is no excuse for missing those FTs.

Nikola Vucevic, C 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +8

This is what it takes for the promising rookie to get back out on the floor?  A blow out loss in San Antonio.  That’s sad Doug.  Well, at least he got to the FT line, now if he could just hit the freebies.

Andre Iguodala, SF DNP LEFT PATELLA TENDINITIS MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

So is Iguodala’s recent swoon a result of the knee tendinitis or is he simply tired and they dug up this old injury as a reason to give him the night off?  We hope it’s the second thought.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night


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FO’ with the FOES: NY KNICKS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/21/12 2:50 pm EST

This ‘the Eagles finally have a real middle linebacker’ 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 surging New York Knickerbockers.

To be honest, we once again debated whether or not to write this preview.  Yes we know the Knicks have won 4 straight under Mike Woodson – vs. POR; vs. IND; @ IND and vs. TOR.  And yes we know that NYK’s superstars ‘Melo and Amare have recently been playing with more urgency after they got D’Antoni fired.  And yes we know New York’s defense has improved.  And yes we know that New York beat Indiana twice in a back-to-back set of games — the same Indiana team that recently manhandled the 76ers.  Finally, we also realize that Linsanity has returned to form in his last three games and is averaging 16.6 points, 7 dimes and 5 boards per night over that stretch. 

To be honest, we don’t care.  The Sixers should win this one easily because they are the better team and thus tonight is not a “big” game in our eyes.  This is the same group of Knicks that rode Linsanity to unbelievable heights only to crash and burn.  It’s also the same hapless group of Knicks the Sixers pounded into the ground at the WFC last Sunday and I expect similar outcome tonight.  Why??  I’ll tell you why.  The NYK don’t have the heart or character to do what it takes to win on a consistent basis in this League – play solid defense every night. 

So, tonight the Sixers should use this formula to bring home another W.  Let the Knicks play iso ball all night and allow ‘Melo to shoot 15+ times in order to score 17 points.  ‘Melo’s frequenting hoisting will render Amare a non-factor.  Then have Holiday and Turner handle Lin.  Use the “Night Shift” to build a cushion in the second quarter and come out of the locker room after the half and deliver the knockout blow with suffocating defense, thus sending the Knicks on another downward cycle in their rollercoaster season.  Ohh yeah, and be sure to score 100 points so everyone gets free Big Macs.

For a little more insight into the Knicks team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Mike Kurylo from KnickerBlogger.net to answer four questions on the improved Knicks from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM 40: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/07/12 10:14 pm EST
Boston Celtics 71 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Philadelphia 76ers
Andre Iguodala, SF 29 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 10 PTS | +19

Another day at the office for Iguodala, who held Pierce to 13 and continued to be the beating heart of the best, and most consistent, aspect of the 7-6′s game. When I say “D” you say “Fence.”

Craig Brackins, SF 4 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -3

When Craig Brackins is playing, it means something either very good or very bad has happened. Tonight, fortunately, it was the former.

Tony Battie, C 11 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +6

With zeros in almost every category, Battie is giving a whole new meaning to “empty stats.”

Evan Turner, SG 37 MIN | 11-19 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 26 PTS | +30

Oh. My. God. ET delivered the sort of performance we’ve been waiting two years for.  Since getting the starting nod the last two nights, he’s looked like a completely different player.  Monday’s misses aside — and they became makes on Wednesday anyway — he just looks so demonstrative out there.  Turner also did a nice jobe defensively on Rondo at the start of the game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 10 PTS | +18

An okay performance on the offensive end, but after the Sixers got torched by PGs Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings in consecutive games, it was nice to see the red-hot Allen (0-5 on FGAs) and Rondo (2-6 on FGAs) struggle thanks to Jrue’s defense.

Elton Brand, PF 26 MIN | 8-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +24

Elton Brand was outstanding tonight.  At one point he had dunks — like jump up in the air and put the ball directly into the hoop with your two hands — on consecutive trips down the court.  I think I need to sit down.

Andres Nocioni, F 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -3

The human victory cigar got lit in the fourth period.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 5-7 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +19

Lou, who’s been hot and cold of late, was sound on Wednesday, but did the lion’s share of his work once the outcome was decided.  So like mid-second quarter and beyond.

Jodie Meeks, G 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | +13

Jodie, who looked great off the bench against the Bucks, looked less than that tonight.

Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +15

LA did some nice work on the glass, snagging one particularly impressive o-board from the clutches of Kevin Garnett.

Nikola Vucevic, C 30 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +22

With Hawes reportedly on the mend, the Montenegrin stepped his game up.  He was a terror on the boards, stayed with his own misses, and delivered the kind of performance that, when you look at the numbers, leaves you wondering ‘That was all?’

 

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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4th QUARTER WOES

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/07/12 9:57 am EST

What do Kobe, Durant, D-Rose, Dirk, D-Wade and Chris Paul all have in common?  They’re all NBA ‘closers’ — players who make big plays towards the end of the game.  These guys have the ability to put a team on their shoulders and carry that squad to victory through sheer will and killer instinct.  Or, at least that’s how the narrative goes.  Not every player in the League owns the skills and killer instinct to be a ‘closer’ – LeBron James apparently can not fill this role.  But, most concerning for us is that despite Louis Williams’ best efforts, it seems the current Sixers roster lacks anyone with enough talent and killer instinct to ‘close’ a game. 

It has become evident that the 76ers have some major issues in the fourth quarter, which are indicative in their poor record in close games — 28 in games decided by 5 points or less & 2-12 in games decided by 7 points or less.  These issues bring some questions about the team’s future.


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