THAD & THE 3-BALL

Posted by: Steve Toll
12/31/12 12:16 pm EST

Energy and Hustle. 

That might as well be Thaddeus’ name at this point in his career.  He is fighting the good fight every single night.  Not only is he undersized, but a vital weapon has been removed from his bag of tricks.  While my opinions are often met with incredulous opposition, these next two points are beyond refute.  A 3 point shot is more valuable than a 2 point shot and Thad was developing into a legit threat from downtown until the arrival of DC. 

For a team that has mentioned being like the Stan Van Gundy led Orlando Magic featuring Dwight Howard, you’d think that having a stretch 4 might be part of the equation.  Thad can be that guy, he just needs the chance.


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GM 25: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/19/12 10:04 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Dallas Mavericks
Evan Turner, PG 38 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | -3

Honestly I don’t know what to think about this kid’s play anymore.  One minute his play is stellar play — 5 straight points and 10 overall in 1st Q — and the next minute you want to bench the kid — in the 4th Q he had a stretch where he missed an ill-advised FG; then had a TO; next he air balled a 3PA and followed that up by dribbling the shot clock out.  I’ll have more in depth thoughts on Turner after the jump.

Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -14

After a slow start (0-5 on FGAs), Thad recovered to have a decent game.  His solid 3rd Q kept the Sixers in this game.  However he had significant trouble on the defensive end of the floor vs. DAL.

Kwame Brown, C 19 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -9

Again, I am grading this on “The Kwame Curve”, so 7 rebs in 19 minutes is just a sick outing for this guy.  Still the smooth dime from Wayns that he blew in the 2nd Q drove me crazy and Kaman abused him.

Jason Richardson, SF 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | +7

Sooner or later J-Rich going to find his stroke, right?  It amazes me how hard it is for career jump shooters to score when they have to create their own shots like Jason is being forced to do this year. Still he hits two shot clock buzzer beaters that bailed the 7-6 out and he provided some defensive presence on Mayo in the 2nd half, so not a terrible night.

Nick Young, SG 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -9

He had a 4-point play and scored 6 straight in the 1st Q…That’s about all he did last night.  His defensive effort on Mayo was pathetic

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

Not sure what he has done wrong, to apparently end up in the Do(u)g-house, but the Sixers could have used him on the floor last night.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 8-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 25 PTS | -7

This is the D-Wright I was looking for when we acquired this guy.  I even thought he did a decent job of taking the ball to the cup last night.  He kept the Sixers in this game all by himself in the late 4th Q and if we can get efforts like this more frequently from Wright, this team could do some damage when Holiday gets back.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-7 FG | 8-8 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +4

A very solid night from Spencer.  I love that he got to the FT line 8 times and knocked all of those freebies down.  His 10 straight in the 4th kept the Sixers alive in this one.  However his help defense on Mayo (Blew by Hawes 2x) and his man-to-man on Kaman in the final minutes was brutal.

Maalik Wayns, PG 21 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 3 PTS | +2

I realize that his shooting last night was atrocious and that can not continue, but I thought the Sixers offense flowed much better with Wayns at the PG (more on this later).  His behind the back dime to Allen in the 2nd Q capped off a 9-2 run.  And when DC put him at the point with 3:55 in the game, he (w/ a lot of help from Wright) pushed the Sixers to make this game entertaining down the stretch.

Royal Ivey, PG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3

Mehhh

Damien Wilkins, SG 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -9

I would like to have seen DC give Wilkins a chance to guard Mayo for a longer stretch.

Jrue Holiday, PG DNP SPRAINED LEFT FOOT MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

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TRIPLE THREAT

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/30/12 3:00 pm EST

Jrue Holiday (left) and Evan Turner have been crucial to the Sixers success this season.

As everybody already knows, the NBA is a star-centered league. It was never more evident then when one of the NBA’s most respected coaches, Gregg Popovich, was chastised for deciding to sit four of his star players in a game last night against arguably the NBA’s best team in the Miami Heat.

For the 2012-13 Sixers, it’s been more of the same. From the start of the campaign up until now, there’s been one man drawing the attention of the national media, while next to nothing has been said of the “team” that stands at 9-6, good enough for the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference. The focus has been on Andrew Bynum, the All-Star center who hasn’t been able to play a minute this season for the Sixers as he recovers from offseason knee procedures.

Before the Sixers’ first nationally televised game this season against the New Orleans Hornets, the Sixers were on ESPN.com’s front page. Instead of a story focusing on the promising youth and acquisitions the Sixers were able to make in the offseason, it was a story focused on questioning the Sixers ownership, calling the moves they made this season a “risk”. All of the negativity was built around the status of Bynum, the Sixers’ most talked-about offseason acquisition since Elton Brand.

Just 10 days later, as the Sixers stood at 5-4, another article came out about Bynum damaging cartilage in his knees while going bowling. Most recently, as the Sixers sat at 7-5, out came yet another article on Bynum only this time about him being out indefinitely for the 2012-13 season.

As the national media now steers its way away from Philadelphia (due to Bynum’s playing status being much clearer), maybe the NBA’s fans will be able to focus on the Sixers in a positive light and see who they really are this season as a team rather than who they’re not.


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GAME 15: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/28/12 2:02 am EST
Dallas Mavericks 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +6

When I have to say things like, “Lavoy Allen looks slower than Chris Kaman”, then you know you had a bad game.  I’m tired of drilling Lavoy, but he’s playing like “Mr. 500″ this season.  Due to both foul trouble and bad play, Lavoy barely saw the court in the second half of this game.

Thaddeus Young, SF 29 MIN | 7-14 FG | 6-11 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +6

Thad could find himself playing in his first All-Star Game if he keeps his play at this level.  20 points, 7 boards and a career-high 11 free-throws attempted.  The bulk he added in the off-season is paying dividends for the Sixers who crucially need him to succeed for the team to succeed.  He wasn’t necessarily strong on defense, but made up for it and then some on the offensive end of the court. Needless to say, he’s a starter the rest of the year no matter what happens if Bynum does indeed return.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 8-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | -3

In the first quarter, ET had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.  In the third quarter Turner had three straight crucial buckets to turn a 66-70 deficit into a 72-70 lead.  In the fourth quarter, Turner denied Vince Carter an attempt at the last shot (when he had been red hot in the quarter up until that point) to bring the Sixers a victory.  It was a complete performance from Turner on both ends of the floor who finished with a game-high 22 points and showed an organization the type of player he’s capable of being on a more consistent basis.  Turner’s now scored 10 or more points in the last seven games while adding at least four rebounds and three assists.  In fact Evan has now scored 10 or more points in 11 of the Sixers 15 games this season (73%).  Last season Turner scored 10 or more in just 28-of-66 games (42%).

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 7-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 18 PTS | +1

Great game from Jrue, up until the fourth quarter.  Two crucial turnovers, a couple late misses and a foul on O.J. Mayo which could have cost the Sixers a win.  I was rooting for Jrue to score 20 points so I could research when the last time three different Sixers reached 20 or more points in a game, unfortunately it didn’t happen.  However 18 points, seven assists and three steals is a great performance in my book.  His defense on O.J. Mayo deserved applause and he made a few awe-inspiring passes to open teammates.  He took a step back in terms of turnovers, but his plus’ outweighed his minus’ in the grand scheme of the game.

Jason Richardson, SG 31 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +13

Richardson hit two straight three’s to open the game, but then didn’t score the rest of the night. However, he played solid defense with three steals, he had eight first half rebounds and the Sixers were +13 with him on the court. Hard to argue with his playing time.

Dorell Wright, SF 17 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 PTS | -7

Wright’s playing time was one of the things I was upset about in this game.  The Sixers were up 87-81 when Wright exited the game midway through the fourth quarter.  He had just had a huge dunk a couple plays earlier for his first points of the game, but he had played a large role as a facilitator and defender up until that point.  Swaggy P on the other hand was having a terrible game and terrible fourth quarter up until that point, but for some reason when it came time for Thad to check back into the game it was Swaggy and not Wright who was allowed to stay on the court.  I don’t know what Wright did for Collins to be dogging him like this, but after a great start to the season I would’ve expected Wright to be respected a little more than this.

Spencer Hawes, C 13 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -7

For the most part, Hawes was a non-factor in this game.  He had a couple big buckets in the fourth and a big steal, but really disappointing overall.  He’s now gone nine-straight games without 10 rebounds and had just two in this game.  If he doesn’t start getting physical, Collins will find minutes for guys who are willing to bang no matter how much shorter they may be.

Kwame Brown, C 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +6

Were you as happy as I was watching Kwame Brown in this game?  He was physical, he was smart, he was efficient, he was active on the boards and he showed toughness.  Literally every question I had about Kwame was answered in his 16 minutes of playing time.  He can be a productive player in this League, he really just has to be aggressive and to stay focused.  I admittedly am a hater of Kwame, but I was excited for him watching this game.  The crowd, after booing him when he first entered the game, was even behind him by the end of the game.  If Kwame can start to do this every night then maybe Doug Collins knew what he was doing all along.  If not…I go back to my realistic expectations.

Maalik Wayns, PG 13 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -5

Before the game I asked Maalik how he had felt getting his first real production in the NBA in the teams win over Pheonix and he responded, “I’m getting more comfortable.  I know what to do now and I’m getting more acclimated to it.  I’m trying to make the most of my minutes whether it’s five minutes or seven minutes, whatever it is I’m trying to make the most of it and to come out successful.”  In Maalik’s most extensive minutes of the season against the Mavs, he had his ups and downs but ultimately showed that he can be more than effective for the team this season.  He had eight first half points and showed that his speed is something that could be dangerous to an opposition. He was crossed up to the floor by Collison, but came back with a three.  He was blocked by Brand, but came right back at the rim and was hacked for two.  He left Collison wide open for a three, but attacked the rim right after and got two more from the line.  Inconsistency is supposed to come with being a rookie, give Maalik some playing time to get comfortable and he could be dangerous.

Nick Young, SG 21 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +2

Horrible game.  Should’ve played at least 10 minutes less than he did.  His only points came off of a runner/floater where he almost turned the ball over.  He also made a careless pass for an easy two and simply took his eyes off a pass on another occasion.  Despite the crowds “swag” chants, this guy deserved some bench time.

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LIFE WITHOUT BYNUM

Posted by: Tim Parker
11/14/12 9:36 am EST

Here’s the simplistic story of the 76ers in the infancy stages of the 2012-2013 season:

The 76ers brought a shiny new, sleek, trendy and swanky SUV, otherwise known as Andrew Bynum.  While, the SUV was coveted and much desired, it did come with a strong manufacture’s warning.  Despite this, the buyer, a.k.a. the Sixers, still believed that if they made the purchase, they’d have the best set of wheels on the road; or at the very least the best ride they’ve had in nearly 7 years.

Now, two weeks into the NBA season, their much ballyhooed new vehicle will not leave the dealership for at least another month, and once again they are forced to depend on their old, dependable 4 door sedan with dents on the side.  It’s a car that still gets you to and fro; but at the very best of times the ride will ultimately be a bumpy one. 


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A SWAGGY P(ROBLEM)?

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
11/10/12 4:28 pm EST

If you look at the thing from the right angle, there’s something admirable about Nick Young’s steadfast refusal to stop shooting the basketball.

Abraham Lincoln lost his first eight elections before he won the presidency.

Eagles GM Howie Roseman sent letters to every team in the NFL, several times over, before the Eagles finally hired him.

Henry Ford went bankrupt five times before he founded Ford Motor Company.

They each, staunch, stubborn in the face of mounting failures, kept pressing, eventually broke through.


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GM 3: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/06/12 8:57 am EST
New York Knicks 110 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Philadelphia 76ers
Dorell Wright, SF 34 MIN | 4-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -18D-Wright got the start last night and had mixed results. Wright scored 5 points in the first 4 minutes of the game and was a key part of the Sixers fast start, but he was a non-factor the rest of the night.
Thaddeus Young, SF 29 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -16Thad was the Sixers most reliable offensive player all night against the NYK and it’s great to see that he added bulk without giving up any of his speed or energy. The problem is his defensive skills are still improving and he especially can’t guard elite scorers like Carmelo Anthony at this point.
Evan Turner, SF 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 9 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | -18Forget about his “solid” stat line from last night as most of his points came in garbage time. The Kid looks lost and is forcing things badly. When was the last time you saw an NBA player have to short jumpers blocked right back into his head? Well, it happened to ET last night.
Kwame Brown, C 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +2Wait…A player who spent the entire preseason on the bench got hurt (strained a muscle no less) in his first start of the season??? That’s shocking (sarcasm here).
Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 4-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 17 PTS | -17Despite some cold shooting, Jrue filled the stat sheet up again last night, but he was not his usual self at the defensive end. The NYK’s Raymond Felton abused Holiday for most of the evening.  Also Jrue (with some help from the Sixers bigs) did not handle the pick-n-roll game well at all last night.
Lavoy Allen, PF 16 MIN | 1-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -4Would the Lavoy Allen of the 2012 Playoffs please report for duty?!?
Arnett Moultrie, PF 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | 0So the Sixers trade a 1st round pick to acquire the long and bouncy rebounding machine and Moultrie has seen 3 mins of action in 3 games.  Does that make sense to anyone??
Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -20Hawes comes crashing back to reality (again).  After racking up 16 & 12 in the season opener, he now has 10 & 12 combined in the last two games.
Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -2If Ivey continues to receive 19 minutes a night, the Sixers are in big trouble this year.
Damien Wilkins, SG 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -7I wouldn’t have minded seeing Wilkins earlier in the game.  He’s a physical, defensive minded player who possibly could have helped stop the bleeding earlier in this game.
Nick Young, SG 29 MIN | 4-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -10I wasn’t a big fan of the signing when it happened and after three games, I now hate it.  Everything you knew about Swaggy P has come true here in Philly.  He has a low basketball IQ, plays no defense and forces terrible shots.  Young was 0-3 before he had been on the court 2 mins. and that run extended to a 1-6 start and a 4-12 ice cold 1st half.  The less minutes he sees the better off the Sixers will be in 2012-13.  My favorite shot last night was this falling out of bounds chuck one up shot that hit the top of the backboard.

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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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CLOSURE ?!?

Posted by: Tim Parker
10/31/12 9:31 am EST

At the start of every new NBA season, there is a renewed of belief, hope, and confidence.  For the Sixers, 2012-2013 is no different.  Even though, the true (unspoken) goal is to just be able stay in the same ballpark of class as the Miami Heat. 

Nonetheless, there is a unique, almost poetic feeling about Wednesday night’s season opener at the Wells Fargo Center.  As the Sixers begin a new chapter of their franchise’s history, they will be forced to look their past dead in the eyes; in the form Andre Iguodala.

As Iguodala brings his Denver Nuggets to Philadelphia, he carries a truckload of baggage with him, including memories (both good and bad), 8 years of frustrations, and a fractured relationship with the 76ers’ faithful. 

Whether he was loved or hated, he was a much maligned, polarizing figure, partly because of his salary, demeanor, skill-set, and lack of team success.

Ironically enough, his final season as a Sixer would be the one where he actually began to be appreciated.  He earned his only All-Star appearance; he led his team to their first playoff series victory in a decade, and nearly took a talent deficient team to the Eastern Conference Finals.

But, by then it was already too late.

 
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OT LOSS IN AC

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
10/14/12 5:58 pm EST

Give the Sixers credit for keeping it close last night as the Nets had them at arms length throughout most of the contest, but this is a game the 7-6 could have had.  In the end, the outcome of this game was not as important as what could be learned from it, and based on last night’s action the Sixers have a lot to learn.

Jrue came out of the gate strong, attacking offensively, which was nice to see.  Holiday has a knack at getting to the rim, and this skill will be extremely important to the Sixers throughout the season.  If successful, Jrue’s penetration will spur the offense in 2012-13, eventually leading to easy looks for Bynum in the post and open J’s for the squad’s newly acquired shooters.  He was unable to sustain this offensive output throughout the game though.

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