Nerlens…Now is Not the Time

Posted by: Alex Gorge
09/27/16 10:06 am EST

noelmediadayeditPulling the trigger now on a Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor trade would be like slow cooking ribs for three hours then throwing them in the microwave to finish.

Noel rocked Philadelphia with comments over the weekend and then doubled down on those sentiments at media day on Monday, “I think it’s just silly…this situation that we are in now with three starting centers, with the departure of Sam Hinkie, I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer…I think something needs to happen.”

Sorry Nerlens, but 76ers shouldn’t be forced to settle this situation prematurely in order to satisfy your individual needs.  This is about the bigger picture.

 


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The Point Guard Dilemma

Posted by: C. Smith
09/13/16 10:22 am EST

simmonseagleseditIf we put Carson Wentz-mania aside for a minute and turn our attention to the 76ers one would notice that as training camp nears, the team has a number of nice pieces in place, but faces one looming question.  

The roster Sam Hinkie and the Colangelos have assembled features a deep and versatile frontcourt as well as athletic wings that can fill the lanes on the break, shoot the three ball and play defense. Add a respectable collection of guards to those items and one could argue that the Sixers now have an NBA worthy roster.  With a solid, well liked head coach in Brett Brown at the helm, expert basketball predictions are saying the table is set for the 76ers to take a step forward this season.

What the 76ers are going to do at point guard in 2016-17 is arguably the most intriguing question facing this franchise in the short term. They certainly are not lacking for options. However one option appears to be ideal for a team that will need consistent ball distribution and someone to run the offensive sets.  The question now is, how quickly is the franchise willing to give this player that much responsibility?


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Iverson the Hero

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
09/09/16 9:18 am EST

allen-iverson-basketball-hall-of-fameeditEditor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/26/2013…

The definition of a hero is generally a person or figure, who is admired or idealized for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.

As a Philadelphia sports fan my entire life, I have had plenty of opportunities to pick who this person was for me growing up.

There was the hard-hitting but well-spoken Brian Dawkins of the Eagles, that truly left everything he had out on the football field on Sunday’s.  He set the tone on defense for a team which reached the Super Bowl in 2004.

There’s the great Chase Utley of the Phillies.  He helped win the city its first major sports title after a 25-year drought and defines the word toughness on the baseball field.

 


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Breaking Down the Beast

Posted by: Joe Messineo
08/17/16 12:22 pm EST

simmonscloseupeditedPresident Barack Obama really likes him, even added the inflection “really.” Some think he may be the next generational talent in the NBA, LeBron James’ successor. That’s all well and good but neither the president’s praise nor the feelings of pending superstardom mean this stuff will come immediately to Ben Simmons as a member of our Philadelphia 76ers.

The key to analyzing Simmons is to first establish what the realistic expectations for his rookie season are. He isn’t going to be LeBron right away; he almost surely won’t even have the kind of rookie season Lebron had for the Cavs. “The King” was beyond amazing in his first season straight out of high school.

So what can we expect from Simmons during his rookie campaign?


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2016-17 Schedule Analysis

Posted by: C. Smith
08/14/16 8:57 pm EST

76ersaltlogoMuch to our excitement, the 76ers schedule for 2016-17 schedule was released late last week.  And while the 76ers roster is still not complete and Nerlens Noel may or may not be here next month, we took a stab at analyzing the upcoming 82-game slate.

Since most NBA rosters are not yet finalized, we had to make a lot of assumptions based on what the teams looked like last year and the pieces they have subtracted and/or added this off-season.  So we reserve the right to make some changes after the free agent season comes to a final halt.  But I doubt we will be making many changes because even though the “tanking” is over and the team will be exciting to watch this season,  the Sixers will struggle for wins again this year.

After the jump, is a breakdown of what is sure to be a season of improvement and promise for us here in Philadunkia nation.


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76ers Roster is Still a Mystery

Posted by: Joe Messineo
08/05/16 9:48 am EST

nerlens-noel-joel-embiideditedThere is very little we know for sure about the future of our 76ers. We know Ben Simmons will be around for a long while; and after his AND 1 mix-tape exhibition, errr Las Vegas Summer League performance, fans are thinking his impact will be fairly immediate. We know the team will give Dario Saric a long chance at proving he’s an NBA talent. We know Jerryd Bayless will be around thanks to his brand new 3-year, $27 million contract. And that’s about it.

Despite all the assets on this roster, no one outside of the organization really knows who will stick with this team for the long haul. In fact, not even the team’s front office knows for sure since Colangelo and company don’t have access to all the potential trades that could come this way. The future is murky, which is just the way it should be for a team rebuilding essentially from scratch.


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Odd Man Out: Nik Stauskas

Posted by: Joe Messineo
07/28/16 11:50 am EST

Back in April the sudden resignation of Sam Hinkie and the immediate hiring of former Suns and most recently Raptors General Manager Bryan Colangelo signaled a drastic change in thinking for the 76ers rebuilding process. Colangelo’s focus on the roster for the near future can already be felt.   He added veterans like combo-guard Jerryd Bayless and wingman Gerald Henderson.  And of course Colangelo signed Dario Saric.

At Draft16 Colangelo used the No. 1 overall pick to select clearly the most talented prospect in Ben Simmons who will be in the starting lineup come November.  At the end of the 1st Round (No. 24) Colangelo also found a gem in French prospect Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot who should contribute in 2016-17.  These moves certainly were a split from the long term “process” thinking of Hinkie. The change in course by the Sixers’ front office and the addition of perimeter players who should have an immediate impact raised the question here at Philadunkia of, ‘What will happen with Nik Stauskas?’

 


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What’s My Name?…Sergio Rodriguez

Posted by: John Woodson
07/05/16 8:42 am EST

04SergioeditThere was a huge free agency announcement made Sunday afternoon.  It nearly broke the internet.  Reports of it first came in the midst of an insignificant Western Conference signing that you may have read about on The Players Tribune.com. Oh yeah, I’m talking about the 76ers coming to terms with Euroleague star and former NBA draft pick, Sergio Rodriguez. The 6-foot-3, 180 pound point guard will reportedly join the club on a one year deal worth $8 million.

A first round pick by the Suns in 2006 (27th overall), Rodriguez played three seasons with Portland before splitting 2009-10 between Sacramento and New York.  While never receiving consistent minutes, he showed flashes of the ball handling brilliance that brought the Tenerife, Spain native to the States and earned him the nickname “Spanish Chocolate” (after passing and dribbling wizard Jason “White Chocolate” Williams).

 


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Time to Complete the Backcourt

Posted by: John Woodson
07/02/16 3:04 pm EST

The Sixers have been very active in this young free agency period and have been connected to a dozen or so free agent rumors.  The Colangelos have yet to land that “big-name” free agent and it is highly likely that trend will continue as players of that elite caliber are unsure about Philadelphia as a destination.  However, the amount of money and playing time the 76ers are in position to offer will be enough to lure younger and cheaper players into “the process”.

Look for Colangelo and Co. to continue to add players on the level of Jerryd Bayless, the 27-year old veteran the club has reportedly reached an agreeement with to the tune of $27 million over the course of three years. With combo-guard Bayless allegedly in the fold, a direction for the 2016-17 backcourt is now partially set.  So let’s take a look at some of the routes the front office could take to complete the reshaping of Brett Brown’s backcourt.

 


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Back to the Future

Posted by: C. Smith
05/19/16 12:23 pm EST

draftlottery2016editThe topic of which top prospect (Simmons or Ingram) Bryan Colangelo will select at No. 1. will continue to dominate 76ers talk until Draft Night 2016 (June 23rd) and we will discuss it a length on this site over the next four weeks.  But today I want to take a few minutes to look back 20 years in Sixers history to the spring of 1996 — the last time the 76ers held the No.1 slot in the NBA Draft.

If you recall, in 1996 Pat Croce was running the 76ers and Brad Greenberg was the franchise’s General Manager. The list of top college prospects in ’96 included the likes of Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Marcus Camby, Ray Allen and a local high schooler named Kobe Bryant.  Much like the Draft16, the 1996 Draft was a critical event for the future of the 76ers franchise.

I reached out to Brad Greenberg, who is currently coaching in Turkey, and via email he discussed with me some of the inner workings of the Sixers leading up to the 1996 NBA Draft.


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