Hinkiepalooza IV — Pros & Cons

Posted by: C. Smith
02/20/15 10:47 am EST

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers-Media DayA record 39 players were moved at yesterday as well as more than a dozen potential draft picks in what can only be labeled the most entertaining trade deadline day in history.  Personally, I have never had so much 76ers related fun on Twitter.

Of course 76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie was mixing it up something fierce yesterday as the Sixers were part of three significant trades.  As you know by now, starting point guard Michael Carter Williams and rookie sensation KJ McDaniels are departing, along with the draft rights to Cenk Akyol.  On the way to the Sixers are two protected 1st round draft picks and big man JaVale McGee. Depending on which online “expert” review you read, Hinkie is either a genius or has set the Sixers’ rebuild back another 3 years.

After the jump I’ll provide Pros & Cons analysis of each trade Hinkie pulled off yesterday.

 


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Stay or Trade?

Posted by: Philadunkia
02/11/15 11:05 am EST

sam76ers General manager Sam Hinkie has already stated for the record that the Sixers will be “very active” in the days leading up to the February 19th NBA trade deadline and the anticipation of another draft day-ish, Hinkie-palooza event is simply killing the the scribes here at Philadunkia.

The 76ers have a 12-41 record on the books heading in to All-Star Weekend and we all know that Hinkie’s focus is on the long range future of this franchise.  With those facts in mind, Jeff McMenamin and C. Smith will examine several 76er players caught up in the trade deadline rumor mill and offer an opinion as to whether that player will STAY with the Sixers for at least the remainder of this season or be involved in a TRADE prior to the 3pm deadline on February 19th.

 

 


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GM50: Rapid (Hollis Friendly) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/04/15 10:46 am EST
Denver Nuggets 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 105 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3 +/-Luc doesn’t usually allow himself to have a quiet game like he did last night, but I only have one note on him from the entire game and that was about a nice jumper he banged home in the 1st Q. Obvioulsy the stat sheet says he did a nice job on the boards

Robert Covington, SF 29 MIN | 4-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -2 +/-I think that stat line for Covington last night can be a little misleading.  Cov had a near double-double, but scored only 2 points in the 1st half as the Sixers built a 21 point lead and he was 1-for-his-first-4 on the game.  However, his 7 pts in the 4th Q helped keep the Nuggs at arm’s length in this one.  If you remove the Cavs game from the equation (6-13; 46%), Cov is shooting 28.3% in his last 3 contests.

Nerlens Noel, C 27 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -8 +/-A near double-double was highlighted by Noel being more aggressive on offense last night, operating in traffic and getting to the FT line where he was nearly perfect.  His failed attempt at a follow slam that some how rolled in, was comical.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 4-12 FG | 6-10 FT | 8 REB | 12 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -1 +/-A near triple-double in what was an excellent performance for 3 quarters by #1.  The stat line indicates that MCW did not shoot the ball well from the field or from deep, but really he was having a great game until a stretch in the 4th Q where he forced a number of ill advised shots and drives to the basket.  During that run in the 4th Q, it was if MCW had lost his mind and reverted to his old way of playing.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 18 MIN | 3-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -3 +/-I have to admit that I was not a big fan of Sampson’s move to the starting lineup, but I was wrong.  The kid played well again last night and a quick 5 point burst in the 1st Q by Sampson was a big boost for the Sixers.

 


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GM47: Rapid (Solid L) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/03/15 10:53 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 84 Final
Recap | Box Score
97 Cleveland Cavaliers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 32 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -13 +/-Overall a decent night by Embiid’s babysitter.  I don’t like that he jacks up threes at the worst times, but that’s an issue for another post.  It’s no secret that I am not a big fan of the fact that Luc is receiving 30+ mins a game and stunting the development of the kids on this roster.

Robert Covington, SF 34 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 7 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -16 +/-Welcome back…After some serious struggles with his jump shot of late, including 1-9 on threes vs. ATL, “The Cov” was on fire last night.  In fact in the 4th Q where Cov scored 8 points early (12 total) you could see that LeBron switched onto #33 defensively in hopes of slowing Cov’s roll.  The 7 steals is simply ridiculous as well.

Nerlens Noel, C 33 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -9 +/-I can accept that Noel is raw offensively and has trouble defending the pick-n-roll, but it is ridiculous to me that an athletic 7-footer only grabs 4 boards in 33 mins of play.  Mozgov pushed him around all night.  Hit the weight room, please.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 20 MIN | 1-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -14 +/-Is it too much if we refer to this game a “Shin-gate”?

JaKarr Sampson, SG 18 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +2 +/-JaKarr has found a nice role in teh starting lineup for this team and after slow start last night (2 pts. in 1st half) he found his stride in this one by draining two 3-balls in the 3rd Q.  It had to be weird for Sampson to be matched up against LeBron — his idol and a fellow Akron, OH native last night.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Cleveland Cavs

Posted by: C. Smith
02/02/15 2:18 pm EST

cavsdancersThis 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 Cleveland Cavaliers who since the 76ers beat them last month, have added Iman Shumpert and JR Smith as well as Timofey Mozgov and currently own a 10-game winning streak.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Cavaliers team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Scott Sargent at waitingfornextyear.com, as Scott will answer Fo’ questions on the Cavaliers from us here at Philadunkia.


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If MCW Gets Traded…

Posted by: Tyler Cook
01/30/15 11:55 am EST

mcw76ers-media-dayeditedThe 2015 NBA Trade Deadline is now just twenty days away.  If between now and February 19th Sam Hinkie decided to pull the trigger on one of the numerous Michael Carter-Williams trade rumors circulating around the League, that would leave Nerlens Noel as the only 1st Round pick taken by the 76ers between 2007-2013 remaining on this roster.  The cold truth is in fact that every Sixers’ 1st Round pick since 2004 has either been traded or cut, but for purposes of this post I”ll only look at the years between 2007 and 2013.

The NBA draft is designed for franchises to improve their rosters with young talent and promising ball players.  A great deal of research, scouting, and film time are put in by team’s front offices and personnel departments to ensure that valuable 1st Round picks picks do not go to waste.   Unfortunately for the 76ers, several trades as well as poor decisions and bad luck in the Draft have left this roster devoid of any 1st Round selections with tenure.


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GM46: Rapid (Eat My Shorts Stan) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/29/15 9:25 am EST
Detroit Pistons 69 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +34 +/-

The 1st Q of last night’s game was the Luc show as he scored 8 points in the opening stanza to propel the Sixers fast start and huge early lead.  IMO 14 FGAs is too many for Luc, but we’ll over look that for now.  This guy has to be worth a 2nd round pick to a contender that needs a big who defends well and score some, right?

Robert Covington, SF 25 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | +22 +/-

In his last 3 games leading up to last night, Covington was shooting 28% from the field (9-32), so it was nice to see him rediscover his shooting stroke vs. the Pistons and score 5 points in the 1st Q.  He also drained two three-balls in the 3rd Q.

Nerlens Noel, C 29 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +34 +/-

After an pathetic effort against the NOP, I was looking for a motivated Noel to come out and play very well last night. He didn’t play badly, but Noel was not nearly as agessive as I expected and his stat line was nothing to write home about.  He took only 2 shots and scored only 2 points in the 1st half when the Sixers put this game away.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-5 FT | 9 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | +34 +/-

I thought this was one of MCW’s best all-around games of the year (1 board shy of triple-double).  He was under controll all night and looked to set up teammates.  He did not force shots at any point in the game.  #1 got the Sixers out in the open court early on and that led to a good number of easy baskets for the 7-6.  The only blemish for MCW last night was the 5 TOs.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 24 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +26 +/-

JaKarr got the start last night (never thought I would type that line again) and took advantage of the opportunity.  He scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed a career high 8 boards.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Detroit Pistons

Posted by: C. Smith
01/28/15 2:22 pm EST

pistonsdancersThis 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 Detroit Pistons who have lost three straight; 4 of their last 5 and are now searching for an identity after losing Brandon Jennings for the 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 New Orleans team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Tim Thielke at pistonpowered.com, as Tim will answer Fo’ questions on his Pistons from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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GM45: Rapid (Learning Tree) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/27/15 9:03 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 74 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 New Orleans Pelicans
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -16 +/-Luc is a solid player, but I have come to realize that he is also a better than average defender.  He should be delay for an asset as soon as possible.  Maybe Embiid would go on a hunger strike after the trade and drop the 50+ lbs. he’s allegedly packed on.

Robert Covington, SF 30 MIN | 2-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -1 +/-I realize that NOP’s entire defensive scheme was built around stopping Cov and that may have impacted his shooting last night. Still, I felt he got a number of decent looks last night and simply didn’t convert.  Nights like these happen too often for Cov and thus I’m not sold that he is a keeper yet.

Henry Sims, C 19 MIN | 4-9 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -14 +/-Sims just punches the clock and most night delivers a more than respectable performance for Brown.  His 8 points in the 3rd Q is the only reason the Sixers weren’t trailing by 3o after that stanza. However, he too was helpless vs. Davis.

Nerlens Noel, C 31 MIN | 1-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -14 +/-See comments after the jump.

Larry Drew II, PG 32 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 4 PTS | -17 +/-Obviously he can’t shoot 2-9 every night and stay in this League, but I thought Drew did some nice things last night.  I especialy like the way he pushes the pace and his crossover on Eric Gordon and lay-in was a thing of beauty to watch.

 


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Mid-Season: More Questions Than Answers

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/20/15 1:19 pm EST

76ersaltlogoAfter an embarrassing 35 point blowout loss in their MLK Day matinee with the Wizards, the 76ers have now lost two straight games.  Still, they are 3-4 in their last seven contests, which given the current roster is a respectable stretch of play.  They are now halfway through (8-33) their 2nd season of…call it tanking or rebuilding, whichever you prefer…and trying to measure success or failure at this point has become a difficult task.

What we are watching both on and off-the-court is something, but what is it?  The reason it’s happening is understandable.  We can all agree that something drastic had to be done after the Bynum fiasco.  Honestly though, who could have predicted that Vucevic would be a better player than Bynum and that the entire 2012 off-season would set the team back at least 5 years?

With all the support and skepticism of Sam Hinkie as well as the 76ers organization, the important questions have not been asked or answered by anyone.  So at the halfway point of the second season under Hinkie’s master plan, Philadunkia scribes C. Smith and Steve Toll will look at six tough questions Sixers fans could be asking in the near future.


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