Avoid the Mistakes Made By the Lake

Posted by: Josh Newman
04/02/14 9:43 am EST

anthonybennett76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie entered this season with a very specific plan on where he wanted to take the franchise and so far, he has done a phenomenal job.

He’ll never admit it, nor will the word ‘tanking’ ever come out of his mouth, but Hinkie wanted the 2013-14 Sixers to be bad.

Historically bad.

Which they are.

The plan was to bottom-out, stock up on draft picks and build from the ground up.  As the regular season moves inside its final 10 games and teams are jockeying for position, both in the playoffs and the Draft Lottery, the Sixers currently are in line for a ridiculous seven draft picks.


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GM63: Rapid (17 & Counting) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/11/14 9:43 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 110 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 New York Knicks
Thaddeus Young, PF 40 MIN | 8-22 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -11Thad started the game by scoring 9 points in the 1st Q, but he ended the 1st half shooting 4-12 from the field.  He scored only 2 points in the 3rd Q.

Henry Sims, C 20 MIN | 4-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -1I thought Sims played outstanding during the 1st half which included him shooting 4-4 from the field and playing with high energy. Which is why his limited minutes in the 3rd Q are so frustrating to me. I know he quickly picked up two fouls to open the 2nd half, but who cares. Leave Sims in there and let him play. If he fouls out, big frickin’ deal you are trying to lose games anyhow.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 8-12 FG | 6-9 FT | 13 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | 0We could look back at this night as the game where MCW got his ROY campaign back on track with a stellar triple-double (His 2nd of year).  Thank you Raymond Felton.  MCW did a great job of driving to the tin and finishing last night.  It’s also the 2nd straight game he has led the team in rebounding.  That’s good and bad news.

James Anderson, SG 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -8A solid shooting night from Anderson included 10 points in the 1st Q.  But don’t get too excited, the NYK are simply horrible on defense. However we should not that in his last 3 games JA is averaging 18 points per on 48.7% shooting.

Hollis Thompson, SG 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +3A return to the starting lineup by “The Keeper” has not helped his shooting stroke.  The two early in the shot clock, 3PAs he bricked on back-to-back offensive trips during the 3rd Q were simply laughable.


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Allen Iverson Celebratory Link Dump

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/02/14 11:13 am EST

iversondreanteamedited“I love y’all, and now it’s time to party.” – Allen Iverson

We thought the Iverson jersey retirement ceremony was very well done and Mike Sielski of philly.com agrees with us.

Ben Golliver of SI.com’s The Point Forward blog has a great post (with photos) of last night’s events.

Yahoo Sports has a video tribute of Iverson’s Top 10 plays as a Sixer.  The Tyrone Lue step over play comes in at #4.  C’mon…


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Big (Milwaukee) Buck Hunters

Posted by: C. Smith
02/28/14 12:56 pm EST

deerhunterDespite a respectable three quarters of play by a rag-tag roster against Orlando the other night, the 2013-14 76ers have become unwatchable on the court.  So with 24 games remaining in this season for the Sixers, it’s time to REALLY start watching the race between the Milwaukee Bucks and the 76ers for the most pingpong balls at the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.

The 76ers  (15-43) sit 3.5 games behind Milwaukee (11-46; 25 games remaining) in this season’s tanking quest.  However, thanks to the recent stellar play of Brandon Knight, the Bucks are 2-3 since the Alll-Star Game (1-1 after the trade deadline) and lost in respectable fashion to the mighty Pacers last night.

Obviously the Sixers have some work to do if they are to track down the Bucks and secure the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery pingpong ball crown.  However there is an outside chance they can do it.

After the jump, I breakdown the details of this Buck hunting adventure.


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Wiggins Watch — Episode VIII

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/26/14 1:12 pm EST

wigginsblackbckdropBetter get a fire extinguisher.

Four games and four wins for the Kansas Jayhawks in the last nine days and suddenly freshmen sensation Andrew Wiggins is on fire — 18 ppg. in his last 4 contests on 52% shooting from the field.

Monday night in Lawrence, Wiggins got off to his slowest start of the four game win streak but made up for it in the second half of the Jayhawks win over No. 25 Oklahoma.

After just five points at the half, Wiggins had ten in the second period and iced the game with a dagger three at the 2:40 mark.  Wiggins finished the game with fifteen points on 5-14 shooting coupled with five rebounds.


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Don’t Buy Out Danny Granger

Posted by: C. Smith
02/25/14 12:15 pm EST

grangerThe moment rumors starting flying around the world wide web last week about a possible trade between the 76ers and Indiana Pacers that would send Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Pacers in exchange for Danny Granger and a 2015 second-round pick, discussion about that trade from the 76ers end has centered on what the Sixers would do with Granger.

Even before the deal was official, many assumed that the Sixers would simply buy-out the former All-Star and lethal scorer who thanks to knee issues is now a shell of the 20 ppg. player he was 4 years ago.  Starting this past weekend and continuing through this morning, it has been reported that the Sixers are either “working” on a buy-out for Granger or that the Sixers “may” buy him out.  Allegedly an announcement could come as soon as today.

Well, I am here to tell you that buying Danny Granger out is a mistake for the 76ers and I’m not the only one who thinks that way.


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GM51: Rapid (Steve Nash) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/08/14 8:59 am EST
Los Angeles Lakers 112 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -11 Thad scored 5 points in the 1st Q and that was it for him last night.  I don’t have a single note for him the rest of the game.

Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -10 Turner buried a 3-ball in the 1st Q, scored 9 first half points and looked to be headed for a big night.  That never materialized.  He played decently on offense, but his defense was brutal. In the 3rd Q, ET had a stretch where he drained a 3PA; than air balled a 3PA and finally bricked a 3PA.

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -3 Hawes had a great night shooting the rock — 45% from the field and 50% from three. However, like a lot of the Sixers Spence did most of his damage in the 1st half — 11 pts. & 6 rebs.  He was MIA in the 2nd half.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 30 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | -11 MCW’s defense was terrible last night and his jump shot continues to misfire…That’s all I have to say here.

James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -5 A solid night for Anderson who scored 3 points in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Q’s.  He broke the Sixers long 4th Q scoring drought by splashing home a 3PA, but it did not ignite a late push by the Sixers last night.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Toronto Raptors

Posted by: C. Smith
12/13/13 3:07 pm EST

raptorsdancepakThis 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 Toronto Raptors who after trading Rudy Gay are a much different looking team than the one the Sixers faced last month.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Toronto team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Sam Halako at  raptorsrepublic.com, as Sam will answer Fo’ questions on his Raptors from us here at Philadunkia.


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IVERSON OFFICIALLY RETIRES

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
10/30/13 6:16 pm EST

103013_Iverson-retires_600In front of a crowd of reporters at the Wells Fargo Center today, Allen Iverson finally closed the book on his basketball career. It was a decision which had taken Iverson three years of contemplation, before he finally decided what he believes is the best route for him and his family at this stage of his life.

Iverson statistically is one of the most decorated Sixers players of all time and — like LeBron James stated earlier this week — is likely the best pound-for-pound basketball player to ever play the game.

He was the 2001 NBA MVP and an 11-time All-Star. He won four NBA scoring titles, three steals titles, was a part of three NBA First Team’s and Second Team’s and won the 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

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LOOKING FOR A SCORER

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/10/13 9:33 am EST

The Sixers need a scorer.  It seems like a pretty simple sentiment.  In fact, there will be those that criticize this post as being too simplistic.

“Of course, every team could use a scorer.”

“We want a name!”

The point of this post isn’t to postulate about potential players, but rather to point out a decade long problem.

The Sixers have not had a legitimate go-to-guy since Allen Iverson was shipped to Denver, which happens to be about the same time that the franchise’s success stalled.

This is not a coincidence.

Every team that has found extreme success in the NBA over the past decade plus (Heat, Mavs, Lakers, Spurs, Celtics) have a clearly defined go-to-guy.  This is also not a coincidence.  The best NBA teams are well-structured and well-rounded, as a one man show rarely makes it very far (save for an ’01 Iverson and an ’07 LeBron James).


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