Rapid Reacts GM1: Some Things To Smile About

Posted by: C. Smith
10/29/15 9:58 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 95 FinalRecap | Box Score 112 Boston Celtics
Nerlens Noel, C 35 MIN | 5-13 FG | 4-7 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -2 +/-Noel kept his great preseason game rolling last night with an agressive effort on the offensive end that led to a double-double. He even displayed the ability to use his off-hand with a lefty flip hook attempt in the 1st half. Last night’s effort by #4 has me excited for this season.

Jahlil Okafor, C 38 MIN | 10-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 8 TO | 26 PTS | -9 +/-A blazing hot start 5 for 5 from the field led to the best scoring rookie debut by a 76er since Allen Iverson. I’ll take that from Jah, especially afer missings much of the preseason with nagging injuries. I loved that he was perfect from the FT line last night.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 38 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -3 +/-Canaan hit several big threes last night, but we know that he can shoot. What concerns me is the low assist number (2) and his inability to run the team in the half court last night.

Hollis Thompson, SG 36 MIN | 3-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -15 +/-An 0-9 start to this game had me laughing out loud. As I said on Twitter last night — I’ll never undestand this franchise’s infatuation with #31.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +1 +/-When Sampson slows down a little bit and lets the game come to him he could be really good. His 5 point outburst in the 3rd Q was encouraging that he may actually take that step forward this season.

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Fo’ with the Foes: Boston Celtics

Posted by: C. Smith
10/28/15 1:44 pm EST

mariaThis 2015-16 season opening 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 Boston Celtics a team many “experts” are predicting will be a playoff bound squad (AGAIN) at the end of the 2015-16 season.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Boston team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Chuck McKenney at redsarmy.com, as Chuck will answer Fo’ questions on his Celtics squad from us here at Philadunkia.

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Six Predictions for 2015-16

Posted by: C. Smith
10/26/15 11:49 am EST

76ersaltlogoOn Wednesday night in Boston the 76ers will tip off what should be a very interesting 2015-16 season against the hated Celtics. If you believe all the online “experts”, Wednesday night’s contest against the C’s will begin yet another season of rebuilding/tanking that will produce little more than another high Draft pick for Sam Hinkie.

However, a number of us here at Philadunkia firmly believe that in 2015-16 the 76ers will actually show growth and take a significant step forward on the court. If Hinkie’s plan works and the Sixers become Eastern Conference contenders in the not so distant future, I am of the opinion that Phialdunkia nation will look back at year three of the “process” as the turning point in this long rebuild.

After the jump I present six predictions for the 76ers in the highly anticipated 2015-16 season.


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Opening Month Will Require Patience

Posted by: C. Smith
10/19/15 1:48 pm EST

brown-brettIn year three of Sam Hinkie’s “process” I am fully expecting the 76ers to take a noticeable step forward on the court.  The additions of Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and Kendall Marshall as well as training camp surprise Christian Wood have provided Brett Brown with a much deeper roster than he has had in the last two seasons of this rebuilding process.  Additionally, with a year of seasoning under his belt and an improved jump shot, Nerlens Noel’s should be ready to contribute on offense from the opening game of the season.  Lastly, I am expecting Robert Covington to take his game to the next level.

The combination of added talent and improvement among the players who return from the 2014-15 season should provide for better results on the court — 25 wins is a distinct possibility.  However I am writing this post to warn Philadunkia nation that because of injuries, learning to play together and an unfriendly opening month of the NBA schedule, a high level of patience with this team may be required at the start of 2015-16.

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Ready to Roll

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
10/14/15 9:05 am EST

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 8: Jahlil Okafor #8 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the 2015 NBA rookie photo shoot on August 8, 2015 at the Madison Square Garden Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York.High expectations exist for Jahlil Okafor’s rookie season.  He was labeled by many to be the most ‘NBA-ready’ player in the 2015 Draft, and his peers voted him most likely to be the League’s Rookie of the Year this season.

Okafor is a dominant low post player, who has found success at every level.  Equipped with an extremely advanced offensive arsenal, a soft touch that projects well professionally, and an innate feel for the game, Okafor is expected to find success (individual), at least offensively, almost immediately.  With a dearth of potentially dominant post-oriented players, Okafor could really develop into a nightmare matchup for defenses across the Association.

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Time to Take a Step Forward

Posted by: Tyler Cook
10/13/15 11:53 am EST

okafor-noelFor the past two seasons the word that has consistently been associated with 76ers basketball is “rebuilding” (some may claim the word is “tanking”).  Now in year three of General Manager Sam Hinkie’s master rebuilding plan, the City of Brotherly Love is expecting to see some progress. After all, rebuilds can’t last forever and eventually an improving product needs to be seen night in and night out on the court at The Center.

To his credit, Hinkie sounds optimistic about year three of trusting the process.  And he should…I mean they can only get better right?  During a fourteen-minute media session last week Hinkie covered a range of questions and hinted that he believes the Sixers will improve on the court in 2015-16.   A coachable group of young, skilled players who are willing to put the work in seems to be main reason Hinkie acknowledged that we should expect a step forward from the Sixers this season.


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Is Stauskas Injury Cause for Concern?

Posted by: C. Smith
10/08/15 1:41 pm EST

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers-Media DayThe 76ers announced on Monday that shooting guard Nik Stauskas has been diagnosed with a right tibia stress reaction, but will only be sidelined for the next two weeks as a “precautionary” measure.  Brett Brown maintained that despite the injury, Stauskas should be ready for the season opener later this month.

After practice yesterday Stauskas himself commented to a group of media members (Including Philadunkia’s @therealmkbizzy), “Obviously this is a little bit of a setback, but I’m not too worried about it.”

Raise your hand if you have heard these lines come out of the 76ers’ practice facility in the last few years.

While each injury is unique and each player heals differently, the Sixers and Stauskas may want to pump the brakes on a quick return to action for #11.

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TC15: Point Guard Battle

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
10/02/15 12:52 pm EST

kendall-marshallDuring the last four days of training camp action over at Stockton University,  several pieces appear to have fallen into place for the Brett Brown’s 2015-16 lineup and rotations.  However the point guard position remains a mystery wrapped in an enigma.

“I think it’s the greatest mystery on our team right now,” Coach Brown said about the on the point guard rotation to the media gathered after practice on Wednesday.  In a gathering with beat reporters on Thursday Sam Hinkie stated the obvious — there’s a battle for the point guard spots this preseason, saying “People talk the most about the point guards.  We’ve got six and there’s going to be a heck of a battle to see which ones end up on the team.”

Training camp breaks on Saturday.  The seven game preseason stretch begins on Tuesday against the Wizards in Washington.  The 2015-16 regular season tips off in 26 days.  That means the Sixers’ lead guard prospects have a little over three weeks to show Brown and Hinkie what they can do and claim one of the point guard spots on this roster.  At least for the opening week of the season.


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TC15: Philadunkia 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/01/15 2:47 pm EST

76erscrystalballIt’s time for our annual training camp 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.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribes C. Smith, Michael Kaskey-Blomain, Jeff McMenamin and Tyler Cook will examine four questions surrounding our 76ers as training camp rolls on over at Stockton University.

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TC15: Six Questions for the Sixers

Posted by: C. Smith
09/29/15 1:35 pm EST

hinkie-brownThe 76ers training camp roster has been set, the new hype video went viral and media day is over, so it’s now time for Brett Brown and his staff to start molding this group of young prospects and journeymen into an actual NBA team.

Depending on your view of Sam Hinkie’s master plan, today’s first “official” practice marks either the beginning of Tank 3.0 or the first news worthy step forward in this long rebuilding process.  Regardless of your opinions of what lies ahead in 2015-16 for the 76ers, there are a number of questions for this Sixers team that need to be answered over the next two weeks of practices at Stockton College.

After the jump, I’ll examine six questions that I will be looking to have answered during Training Camp15 for our 76ers.

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