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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Fo’ with the Foes: Sacto Kings

Posted by: C. Smith
02/10/16 11:44 am EST

sactodanceThis 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 Sacramento Kings who are in an ugly slide right now (4 straight L’s; 2-8 in last 10) and feature enough internal drama to star in their own reality TV show.

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

 


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Rapid Reacts: 8 is Enough

Posted by: C. Smith
02/07/16 11:10 am EST
Brooklyn Nets 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
103 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 32 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 3FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -3 +/-A quick start (4 pts. in early 1st Q) lead to a big night for #4. He also had 4 pts. in the 2nd & 3rd Q’s. Talk about balanced scoring. I thought his on-ball defense was solid last night. His dive to the rim and dunk in the final minutes of the game was a huge play for the 76ers.

Robert Covington, SF 26 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-6 3FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +9 +/-This is now three straight gams that “Cov” has struggled. But they say that great shooters keep shooting and that’s what he did last night. #33 drained a key three with 1:13 remaining that gave the 76ers a 97-96 lead and posted 6 total points in the final minutes of the game.

Jahlil Okafor, C 33 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-0 3FG | 4-4 FT | 17 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +13 +/-A simply dominating night for Okafor against the Nets’ decent frontline. If a few calls had gone Jah’s way, I think he could have gotten to the 30 point mark last night. The ten point showing in the 3rd Q by Jah showed me once again that he can develop into an elite scoring threat in this League.

T.J. McConnell, PG 28 MIN | 7-10 FG | 2-2 3FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +6 +/-TJ filled in for the injured Ish Smith and did a tremendous job last night. He tied his career-high with 17 points and had a huge steal in the final minute of the game. TJ dropped 6 dimes and had only 2 TOs. Obviously his energy was at a very high level and teammates seemed to feed off of that.

Nik Stauskas, SG 20 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-4 3FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -4 +/-Ugghh


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Worse Than We Ever Imagined

Posted by: C. Smith
12/23/15 7:29 am EST

062713_hinkie-sam_600Back in October I wrote a post detailing that in the first month or so of the 2015-16 NBA season Philadunkia nation would have to exercise a significant amount of patience with this 76ers team and “the process”. In that post, I theorized that because of injuries, learning to play together and an unfriendly opening month of the schedule that the Sixers would struggle mightily out of the gate and cause us to nearly lose our minds.

The opening month of the season went as I predicted as the Sixers played energetic and entertaining basketball (for the most part), but posted a 1-18 record.  The problems I listed back in October were a big part of the slow start to the season. However a slew of unexpected issues also came to the surface in November and December and now those issues have turned the Sixers (1-30) into a pathetic, unwatchable team on another 12 game losing streak (FYI…average margin of defeat in last ten defeats is 18 pts.).

After the jump I’ll look take a look at the unexpected issues that have pulled the 2015-16 Sixers down to a depressing depth.


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