STAND PAT THIS SUMMER

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/17/13 9:33 am EST

There seems to be a lot of different opinions regarding how the Sixers should handle the 2013 off-season.

Some of Philadunkia nation thinks that the organization should still plan to build around Bynum, while a large percentage of people don’t want to see him anywhere near this team or city again.

Then there are those who feel that the Sixers actually aren’t too far away from contention and could compete with a couple tweaks.  However for every one with this view there are at least two others who feel that the team needs to be  completely blown up.

The only thing certain now after the disappointing season that was for the Sixers, is uncertainty.

The hiring of Sam Hinkie is the first stride on a long staircase the Sixers are facing this summer.  Finding a “basketball guy” to support Hinkie’s analytics, selecting a head coach, making draft picks, and filling out the roster with free agents are all still left on the agenda.  With a new regime in town it is difficult to tell exactly how any of this will turn out.

With that being said, the smart thing for the Sixers to do this summer is — as little as possible.


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I’M da BOSS

Posted by: Jake Fischer
05/15/13 4:27 pm EST

In a classic Lonely Island video, Seth Rogen asks Andy Samberg if he’s, “in charge around here?” To which, Samberg replies, “I’m da boss.”

At the Philadelphia 76ers’ introductory press conference for new General Manager Sam Hinkie, Managing Owner Josh Harris might as well have said, “I’m da boss,” as well.

During a lovely affair at PCOM, Harris and Hinkie basically announced that the Sixers will be moving in a new direction, and that Josh is the man leading the pack.

At the presser Harris mentioned how similar he and Hinkie are in their philosophies towards building this franchise.  Josh also made it clear that Hinkie will “diligently” make roster decisions, take “smart risks”, add a “championship-caliber coach” and be “aggressive and push (his) chips into the middle.”

Even further evidence that Harris is now the man TCB-ing for this franchise, was the fact that Adam Aron — the face of the franchise for the last year — took an deep backseat at yesterday’s press gathering.  That only gave credit to the rumors that former NBA GM John Nash started on SportsRadio 94 WIP that Aron will also assume a more limited role on the business and basketball side of the franchise.

So, let’s put all of this information together.


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NEW DIRECTION

Posted by: Hank Allingham
05/14/13 9:33 pm EST

It’s official.

After being introduced to both the media and the city of Philadelphia by owner Josh Harris earlier today, Sam Hinkie is now the President of Basketball Operations and General Manager of the 76ers.

Much has been said about Hinkie, whether it be on his tenure with the Rockets, his successful investment career, or his firm belief in analytics, but today he got to answer a few of Philadelphia’s questions for himself.  His remarks should only strengthen the support that the organization has received for this hire.

Hinkie put organizational culture at the forefront of his comments throughout the press conference.  From the get go, it was clear that Josh Harris and Co. were a big reason he accepted the position.  He stated the ownership group is “committed to building a basketball operation that is data-driven, strategic, and relentlessly innovative.”  Hinkie added that, before accepting the position, he spoke with both investors and competitors from within the basketball and investment realms to ensure that the franchise was headed in a direction he agreed with.


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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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WHEELING & DEALING

Posted by: Steve Toll
04/30/13 9:33 am EST

Few could have imagined the season turned out the way it did.  The 76ers were supposed to be this, that and the other thing.  What came to pass was the realization that this past summer was one of the uglier summers in NBA history.  

Now the Sixers are a team left with holes larger than just the void in the middle cause by Andrew Bynum’s knees.  As I have mentioned ad nauseum, the 76ers are in a very bad place going forward with no clear path to anything.  

After the jump, are some trade possibilities that can be a change for the better next year or the long run.  The premise is to do all of these trades or none at all.  Part 1 will be for the future, “Hello, 25% shot at Andrew Wiggins and the return of the Anti-Gravity Treadmill”.  Part 2 will assume the future is now

On last note, while the ESPN.com trade machine says the salaries don’t work, once Jrue’s $9.2 million salary kicks in, these trades would work.

 
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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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TONIGHT IS THE END MY FRIEND

Posted by: C. Smith
04/17/13 10:27 am EST

On Monday night after the 76ers had lost their 48th game of the year, Spencer “Double-Double” Hawes was asked by the Sixers beat media about the final game of the season tonight in Indianapolis.

Hawes said, “It is just going to be good to get it over with.  With all the expectations we had coming in and then the way the season has gone it will be nice to take the positives going forward and flush the rest of it.  It was a tough year on everybody; us; the fans, anyone involved with the organization.”

Here at Philadunkia, we couldn’t agree more with Spence’s words and after the jump I compiled a list of items from the 2012-13 season that I am happy to see coming to an end.

 
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BYE, BYE DOUG

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/15/13 11:57 am EST

In addition to winning back-to-back games and further damaging the franchise’s 2013 NBA Draft Lottery position, the Sixers also stirred up a bunch of drama over the weekend.

First their were the reports based on “sources” that the 76ers ownership group was eager to have head coach Doug Collins simply walk away at the end of this season.  Of course those rumors / reports were later denied and discounted by other reports from “sources” within the Sixers organization.  Adam Aron stated that the Sixers wanted Collins back in 2013-14.  Collins himself refused to comment on any of the reports when pressed on the topic on Friday night in Washington, DC.

Then late last night, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports “broke” the worst kept secret in Philadelphia when he reported that Doug has informed Sixers ownership that he in fact intends to resign at the end of this season.  Yahoo is also noting that the Sixers ownership group and Doug’s lawyers are working on a buyout for the final year of DC’s contract.

So, DC  is out of here.  Which is something we said weeks ago would happen at the end of this season.

Our opinions on the decision after the jump.


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GM 78: (B2B TANKS) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/11/13 9:31 am EST
Atlanta Hawks 124 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 32 MIN | 14-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 28 PTS | -16

After what was probably his worst performance ever against Brooklyn, #21 recovered nicely with an outstanding night at the WFC.  Thad scored 10 straight in the late 2nd Q and that was the only thing keeping the Sixers remotely close in this one.  Thad was ridiculous in the 1st half — 22 points on 11-of-16 from the field.  It was the most points scored in a half by any Sixer this season.  He was the only Sixer who looked like he remotely cared about this game.

Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 9 PTS | -13

“The Enigma” didn’t shoot the ball well and he turned the rock over 5 times.  The scary part is he’s not rebounding the ball either right now, so I question if he has any value at all when he plays like he did last night.  5 of his 9 points came in the 4th Q when this game was long over.

Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -10

The last two games have proven why the Sixers won’t be able to trade Spencer for a bucket of Gatorade this off-season.

Jrue Holiday, PG 27 MIN | 4-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 12 PTS | -19

It’s no secret that Jrue is struggling with his shot, but his assist to turnover ratio (1:5) was deplorable last night.

Damien Wilkins, SG 23 MIN | 0-7 FG | 6-6 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -9

Four points (from the FT line) in the 1st Q and then nothing…You know the tank is on when DW has a night like this one…

Arnett Moultrie, PF 22 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -7

With five points in the 2nd Q, Moultrie helped Thad keep the Sixers in this game prior to the half. Despite showing that he was one of only two Sixers who came to compete last night, Collins held #5 to 22 minutes.  UNREAL

Dorell Wright, SF 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | -16

Don’t let the stat line fool you…10 of Wright’s 15 points came in the garbage time filled 4th Q.

Lavoy Allen, C 12 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -15

If Fran Dunphy and Doug Collins can’t find a way to reach this guy, who can?

Nick Young, SG 26 MIN | 6-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -7

Swaggy does one thing well — score the rock — and for the second straight game he did a bunch of that in garbage time.

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

Photo op: Sunday may be your last chance to witness Kwame riding the pine for the Sixers at the WFC — make sure you have your cameras ready.

Doug Collins

“We so used to value the ball,” Collins said post game. “We led the league last year in fewest turnovers. Too many times I look down and I see too many points off turnovers. We were minus-12 [in points off turnovers] tonight. If we’re down in that stat, chances are we’re not going to win the game. That’s a real barometer for our team.” DC — didn’t you have a major role is assembling this turnover prone roster?!?

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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AN EYE ON J-SMOOVE

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/05/13 1:53 pm EST

When the 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks square off in Phillips Arena tonight, the Sixers organization and Philadunkia nation will have their second to last view of Hawks forward Josh Smith before he hits free agency.  Ironically enough, the skill set that Smith possess which makes him an attractive free agent prospect for the Sixers makes him a dangerous opponent this evening.

While Spencer Hawes has been very productive as of late for head coach Doug Collins, defensively, he will likely be taken out of the game by Atlanta center Al Horford’s size and skill.  With that in mind, Thad Young, Lavoy Allen and sometimes Arnett Moultrie will be left to cover the polarizing Smith. 

Unfortunately for Collins, Smith is a mismatch for all three of those bigs.


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