At Least They’re Not the Nets or Knicks

Posted by: Josh Newman
11/25/13 11:31 am EST

knicks-netsThe 76ers were nothing short of a revelation in the infancy of this NBA season.

Projected to be historically bad and seemingly lining themselves up to be a lottery team in June’s loaded NBA Draft, the Sixers responded by opening the season with wins over the Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls as part of a 3-0 start.  In addition, rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams drew comparisons to Magic Johnson after he scored 22 points to go along with 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds in his debut against the Heat.

Since then, the Sixers have come down back down to earth, losing 9 of their last 12. Eight of those defeats have featured the 7-6 giving up at least 106 points or more. Still, it could be worse.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
09/23/13 10:33 am EST

JaneenMasiejczyk_SixersDanceTeamOver at philly.com Keith Pompey visited Nerlens Noel in Birmingham, AL for an update (with video) on his knee rehab.

Dei Lynam at csnphilly.com reports that coach Brown is working to improve the Sixers fitness level.

Dana O’Neil at ESPN.com reported the Billy Lange to the Sixers rumor over a week and on Sunday Lange’s addition to the staff became official.

The 76ers roster has not had a very good showing in ESPN.com’s #NBARank series.  At SI.com, they are ranking the Top 100 players in the Association and there’s more bad news there.  Thad was the only Sixer who made the list.  Bynum was ranked at #60.  “Big Nik” at #100.  INSERT JOKE HERE.  Jrue came in at #48.


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OPSL GM 1: SHAKY START

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/07/13 10:02 pm EST

It was too little too late.

Poor first half shooting and a lack of defense enabled Houston to take a sizable halftime lead and defeat the Sixers 88-80 in the opening game of the 2013 Orlando Pro Summer League.

The 76ers got off to a slow start offensively.  Former Syracuse guard and first round selection Michael Carter-Williams looked nervous in the first half.  MCW’s nerves produced a host of turnovers which led to a Houston 13-3 lead.  After settling down, he finished with fifteen points in the first half.

MCW had little help in the first half.  The team’s second leading scorer at halftime was Center Michael Eric with 6…who saw that coming.  Former Temple guard Khalif Wyatt was 1-6 while Rodney Williams, Trevor Mbakwe and James Southerland shot a combined 2-9.

Philadelphia’s first half defense was like a safe with no lock.  Houston’s guards penetrated the lane at will and the Sixers had no answer for former Kentucky power forward Terrence Jones.  Jones transformed into a one man wrecking crew scoring 24 points and adding 12 rebounds.


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DRAFT13: CODY ZELLER INTERVIEW

Posted by: Jake Fischer
06/19/13 1:00 pm EST

If you have paid any attention to the basketball world since 2005, you are very aware of the Zeller family.  The family’s oldest son, Luke first joined the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2005 before graduating in 2009.  Tyler soon entered the college realm in 2008, suiting up for the esteemed North Carolina Tar Heels.  He graduated in 2012, but not before serving as a reserve in a national championship game and being named an AP 2nd Team All-American in his senior year.

Then, along came along Cody.  After he posted a stellar freshman campaign in 2011-2012, he decided to stay at Indiana for one more season and was considered to be the front-runner for the top pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

During the 2012-13 college basketball season, Cody and fellow top draft prospect Victor Oladipo, helped Indiana hold the No. 1 overall ranking in the AP Poll for a total of 11 weeks over two separate stints.  Tom Crean, Zeller and company earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and were thinking championship.  But, a sensational season for Zeller and the Hoosiers came to end in a somewhat embarrassing defeat at the hands of Syracuse in the Elite 8.

Putting IU’s “March Madness” disappointment behind him, Zeller went to work on his game and body.  All of the hours he logged were obvious during mid-May at the NBA Combine in Chicago, as Zeller tested off the charts in the Combine’s athleticism drills and physical measurements.  He did not participate in any live-ball activity in Chicago, but the reports from his post-Combine individual workouts have been stellar.

That’s good news for Philadunkia nation as nearly every creditable NBA Draft blog or website has the Sixers picking Cody Zeller on June 27th, 2013.   According to the blogosphere, the Sixers selecting Zeller is a bigger lock than Kim Kardashian having her picture taken by the paparazzi today.

Given the likelihood of Zeller becoming a Sixer, Philadunkia scribe Jake Fischer recently caught up with Cody before his workout with the Charlotte Bobcats to talk about his ongoing Draft process and the possibility of being selected by the Sixers at #11.


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MAKING PHILLY AN NBA DESTINATION

Posted by: Jake Fischer
06/04/13 12:27 pm EST

phillyskylinehoopThe City of Brotherly Love’s own Philadelphia University played host to the third annual Mary Kline Classic, yesterday. The MKC, which was founded, and is still run, by Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop.com in honor of his later mother, Mary, features some of the top high school basketball prospects in the country while raising thousands of proceeds to National Brain Tumor Society and Brain Tumor Research at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Of the 40 players that competed this year, 20 hailed from within 50 miles of Philly.  But, the idea that Philadelphia is a Mecca for high school basketball is not a novel concept.  National media and legend has praised the level of amateur ball Philadunkia has had to offer for generations.

College basketball also has it’s own mystique intertwined within the city’s history.  The Palestra and Big 5 hoops are known commodities far outside of the tri-state area.  And, even though there technically is no Big 5 tournament, winning the annual Big 5 series is an honor each college program in the City strives to reach because in Philly, reason to trash talk is a welcome consolation for hardware.

So with all of this in mind, why can’t Philadelphia become an elite destination for pro basketball?  Why can’t Philadelphia, a city rich in basketball history at all levels, be considered a location that NBA players desire to hoop in?


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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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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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TOP PRIORITY: A GM

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/22/13 11:17 am EST

If there is anything the eight Game 1s of the 2013 NBA Playoffs taught us, besides that home court actually does matter in the NBA, it’s that whichever team has the better players wins.  It’s a simple as that.  Thus, it make sense for the 76ers to start their rebuilding process by focusing their attention on getting the best players on the court, right?

Wrong.

This, if anything, the troublesome Sixers ownership and management group must start this off-season by making key off-the-court decisions before they can start looking to solve their on-the-court issues.  The Sixers brass must find a smart general manager who can run this franchise correctly. 

Recent NBA history has proven this method can be very successful.


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FORMER SIXERS UNITE

Posted by: Steve Toll
04/16/13 2:52 pm EST

How good would a team comprised of former 76ers players currently active in the NBA be? 

It’s an interesting question in what has been an interesting season to say the least.  So, let’s take a look at the possibilities.

We will use the current salaries of every player and keep under $60,000,000.  Elton Brand will not be included because he was amnestied and would prefer jail in Siberia to being on a hypothetical former 76ers roster.  Each player would essentially be a clone of himself and injuries are a part of things in this exercise.

Head Coach:  Aaron McKie

Asst Coach:  Eric Snow

PG:  Lou Williams, Andre Miller; $10,000,000

SG:  Thabo Sefolosha, Kyle Korver, Jodie Meeks; $10,100,000

SF:  Andre Iguodala, Matt Barnes, Mo Harkless; $17,900,000

PF:  Marreese  Speights, Reggie Evans; $5,800,000

C:  Nik Vucevic, Samuel Dalembert; $8,400,000

 
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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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