LOOKING FOR A SCORER

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/10/13 9:33 am EST

The Sixers need a scorer.  It seems like a pretty simple sentiment.  In fact, there will be those that criticize this post as being too simplistic.

“Of course, every team could use a scorer.”

“We want a name!”

The point of this post isn’t to postulate about potential players, but rather to point out a decade long problem.

The Sixers have not had a legitimate go-to-guy since Allen Iverson was shipped to Denver, which happens to be about the same time that the franchise’s success stalled.

This is not a coincidence.

Every team that has found extreme success in the NBA over the past decade plus (Heat, Mavs, Lakers, Spurs, Celtics) have a clearly defined go-to-guy.  This is also not a coincidence.  The best NBA teams are well-structured and well-rounded, as a one man show rarely makes it very far (save for an ’01 Iverson and an ’07 LeBron James).


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A BULLISH DECISION

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
05/09/13 6:00 am EST

The Sixers have been abandoned again.  It was another three seasons of wasted basketball instead of moving closer to the ultimate goal of a championship.  There were risks taken, hearts broken and blood vessels busted.

Yet, taking a trip down memory lane, what if I told you that the Sixers’ woes began way before the Andrew Bynum trade last summer?  What if I told you that if the Sixers had just taken my advice that they’d be in the hunt for an NBA Championship right now as you’re reading this?

Without tooting my own horn too much, I’ll just let you see for yourself…
http://philadunkia.com/?p=263


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LEARNING FROM HISTORY

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/26/13 9:54 am EST

Growing up in the late 90s and early 00s, I developed an affinity for the Cartoon Network program, Ed, Edd n Eddy. The animated show featured three boys who wrecked havoc on their parents and really just lived their daily lives in their cul-de-sac kooky pandemonium.

Thus, when the 76ers, who were then led by Chairman Ed Snider and General Manager Ed Stefanski, fired former head coach Eddie Jordan, I wrote a crafty blog post that constructed a conspiracy on how Ed Stefanski and Eddie Jordan in 2010 (who had been friends from their days with the New Jersey Nets) worked to derail this dilapidated organization.

Now, looking back on my adolescence, and knowing what I now know about the NBA, I realize that the only legitimate conspiracies in the League only involve officiating and injuries.  However, I still truthfully believe that the Ed, Ed and Eddie era of the Sixers set back this organization to where they are now.


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THE NIGHTMARE IS OVER

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/18/13 2:09 pm EST

All good things must come to an end.

But, unfortunately for the 76ers organization and its fans, their immaculate 2012-2013 season came to an end before it ever began.

In August, the Sixers introduced their addition of Andrew Bynum — and, oh yeah, Jason Richardson — at the Constitution Center in front of a raucous crowd.  But, before Bynum could even get through hinting at signing a 5-year max extension, he stopped in his tracks.

Then, as all of Philadunkia was imagining Bynum backing down the likes of Roy Hibbert, Joakim Noah and Tyson Chandler before turning them into a poster, the team announced that Bynum would be undergoing surgery on his knees and going to Germany.

We all know he would go on to never suit up in a Sixers uniform outside of a photo shoot.  We all know he participated in less practices than his jersey number, 33.  We all remember his parade of ridiculous hairdos and his romantic long walks on a freakishly expensive anti-gravity treadmill.  His season, and maybe his career in Philly, was over before it even had a chance to commence.


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GM 67: (REALITY CHECK) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/21/13 11:36 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 72 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Los Angeles Clippers
Thaddeus Young, SF 25 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -8

Outside of Hawes, Thad was out there by himself last night.

Evan Turner, SF 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -9

Last night was an improvement over what we have seen fro “The Enigma” of late, but still not acceptable for what he needs to deliver for this team each night.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 4 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | -13

I don’t like that he threw up three 3PAs, but outside of that a decent night by Hawes.  It’s as if Hawes is playing for a new contract, so he has reached down deep and found a new dedication to the game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 33 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 2 PTS | -8

I’m simply stunned here…

Damien Wilkins, SG 17 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -14

Given Damien’s recent stretch of over-his-head play, I was hoping for more, but like the rest of this team, Wilkins had nothing last night.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 15 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -18

On the good side, he out rebounded Lavoy in nine less minutes and grabbed 2 less rebounds then Hawes in half the tick.  On the down side, he was 0-3 shooting and that’s not how you earn more tick with DC.

Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -19

While there is nothing terrible about the night Wright had in LA, I was expecting his recent scoring outburst to continue.  I actually thought he was a little gun shy last night.  Ohh and his defense was a lil’ suspect.

Lavoy Allen, C 24 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -23

I’m not sure what is more depressing — the fact that Lavoy didn’t score a bucket or get to the FT line or the fact that he only grabbed 4 boards in 24 mins.

Charles Jenkins, PG 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -6

I gave him the A because he took advantage of the limited minutes he was given.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -11

What would you like me to say here?

Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -12

I know Ivey has been a legit threat from 3-point land this year, but last night it was clear that he did not have his stroke.  Instead of getting an short jumper, easy lay-in or trip to the FT line to kick start his jumper, he kept firing away from deep.

Nick Young, SG 9 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -8

Swaggy did something to get in the Do(u)ghouse, but DC gave him a few garbage ticks in front of the hometown crowd and Young went out there and fired away.

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

I hope he had fun on the town with Swaggy on Tuesday night.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure how much of the blame does DC deserve here, but too many times this year the Sixers have simply crapped the bed and that’s what they did in the 2nd and 3rd Qs of this one.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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GM 61: (SOLID) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/09/13 10:47 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 102 Miami Heat
Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 12-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 25 PTS | +1

Yes he could have grabbed a few more rebounds, but overall another tremendous performance for Thad.  His loose ball, dive on the floor steal in the late 2nd Q was just another example of how important his energy and hustle are to this team.

Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -22

The slump continues for “The Enigma”…Turner is now 15-52 (28%) in his last 4 games.

Spencer Hawes, C 30 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -10

A very respectable effort from Hawes and his new haircut last night. He got off to a quick start by scoring 8 in the 1st Q.  That led to 13 & 7 in the 1st half and a double-double on the night.  However, outside of an ill-advised 3PA in the 3rd Q Hawes was invisible in the 2nd half of this game. That can’t happen if you are going to win on the road, especially in Miami.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 3-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 13 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | +4

Jrue’s shooting woes continue, but I have to say that he did a nice job of not forcing things last night.  A lot of primary options would have hoisted up 20 FGAs trying to shoot their way out of the slump. Instead he got others involved and picked his spots to get shots.  His 5 points were key to the run the 7-6 made in the early 3rd.  Still he’s got to get his stroke going again.

Charles Jenkins, PG 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1

Outside of one filthy crossover and hoop in the 3rd Q he did not capitalize on his first start.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4

Moultrie did a nice job of keeping the ball alive on the O-glass on several trips.  He also may be the only Sixer who actually boxes his guy out when the ball goes up.  However, he is still struggling on the defensive end and the play where lost “Birdman” on pick-and-roll that turned into a reverse alley-oop was embarrassing.

Dorell Wright, SF 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -18

Wright’s offense was a key part of the Sixers ability to stay in this game, but it came in one quick flurry.  He had a tip-in and two 3PM (9 straight points overall) at the end of the 3rd Q which was exciting to watch, but where was he the rest of the game?

Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -6

Offensively, Ivey did all I can ask of him.  However, it was mentioned in the TV broadcast that the reason he didn’t start was because Collins wanted Ivey to guard Ray Allen.  That didn’t work out so well…Allen scored 5 straight at the end of the 1st Q and 12 overall on 5-8 shooting.

Damien Wilkins, SG 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +3

Wilkins stretch of solid play continues.  Although I would like to have seen him challenge Ray Allen a little better on that FB dunk Allen threw down.  So the question for me is at what point does Collins start this guy?

Lavoy Allen, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

It’s official, Lavoy has entered the Do(u)ghouse.

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

At least he got to work on his tan down in South Beach.

Jeremy Pargo, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

What has Pargo done wrong that Charles Jenkins is getting the start over him?

Doug Collins

I liked that the Sixers got off to a fast start in this one.  I also liked the effort and tenacity the team showed all night.  Collins deserves some credit for those items.  I did not like that he started Jenkins over Pargo.  I also didn’t like that Moultrie saw only 15 mins. of burn.  And having Holiday on the bench during the start of the 4th Q in this game was simply stupid (IMO).

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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INTERVIEW: THAD YOUNG

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
09/12/12 7:10 am EST

There was a time not too long ago (about 24 months if you’re a stickler for exactitude) that Thaddeus Young had the distinct look of a player who might struggle to find his place in the NBA.  The criticism directed at him: heavy and possibly deserved.

 

After an outstanding rookie season and a middling follow-up, he just withered in the context of Eddie Jordan’s ill conceived Princeton O.  In retrospect it’s not exactly an enormous surprise that a player who’s game is predicated on athleticism and the fast break would be less successful in a system that doesn’t have much use for those skills.  Still, all the same, the plain fact was that Thad struggled in 2009-10

 

But then something happened: Thad started playing much, much better.  He swore off the three-ball and began attacking the rim.  The result: a season after, by the reckoning of Wins Produced, that he tallied negative wins for the Sixershe played 56 percent better than the average forward.  When was just as good in 2011-12, his head-scratching roller coaster story felt complete.  Some chalk up his rise to the influence of Doug Collins, whose arrival coincided neatly with his resurgence.  Some point to maturity, natural progression.  Some just shrug: in the NBA, stuff happens.

 

Whatever the factors that underpin his unusual volatility, one thing is clear: the Sixers (big ticket off-season acquisitions not withstanding) will absolutely need Thad to be his best self if they’re to repeat last season’s run.

 

In a recent conversation with Philadunkia, the now-longest tenured Sixer looked ahead to the coming season, talked about which position he’s going to play, and told us why, when a friend told him the Sixers had landed Andrew Bynum, he didn’t believe him.

 

Q and A, as always, after the J.


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DRAFT VIDEOS: MAURICE HARKLESS

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
06/29/12 9:53 am EST

With the 15th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft the 76ers front office surprised us and all the “experts” by selecting St. John’s combo-forward Maurice Harkless.  I was up in Newark, New jersey last night and captured  some sound bites from Harkless.  Check them out below.

Harkless had this to say immediatley after being selected by the 7-6 (FYI…He grew up as a NYK’s fan):

 More Draft night video after the jump…

 


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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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ADVERTISE HERE

Posted by: C. Smith
03/29/12 1:26 pm EST

I believe the Sports Business Journal “broke” this story yesterday and it is now being widely reported that the NBA will consider or is “open” to considering the prospect of selling advertising space on the League’s uniforms in the very near future.  Apparently when the League’s board of governors meets in April it will be one of the many topics that is brought up for discussion.

This pratice is common place with professional soccer teams both here in the States as well as in Europe.  Most WNBA teams already have gone down this path and Golden State Warriors president Rick Welts told the SBJ, “…I feel like it is inevitable.” 

Obviously Mark Cuban who has been a proponent of this idea for some time was ecstatic to hear this latest rumor, “I’ve been trying to tell (the NBA),” Cuban told the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram. “If someone wants to give us $10 million, I’ll make it happen…If the amount’s enough, (commissioner) David (Stern) will jump up and down,” Cuban continued.  “He’s not going to do it for $200,000 from Power Balance, but if somebody offers us $25 million, it’s done.”

Now, we know that if the NBA is going to place advertising on the League’s uniforms, Stern & Co. will be looking for a national marketing deal that brings in huge dollars just as Cuban said, but we wanted to have a little fun with this concept and how it could apply to our 76ers. 

And with some help from Photoshop, we did.  Legendary cheesesteak and hoagie stop Tony Luke’s seems like a natural fit, so we went with that idea for the homepage.  After the jump are a few of our more, shall we saw, controversial advertising ideas.   

 
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