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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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 74: (+1 FOR THE LOTTERY) REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
04/04/13 12:11 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Charlotte Bobcats
Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -14

After a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Bobcats Saturday, Thad came out flat last night and couldn’t get his jumpers to fall.  He did bring his usual hustle however with three swipes and a couple diving saves for loose balls and extra possessions.

Evan Turner, SF 33 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | -12

Evan Turner played 33 minutes, but it was 33 seconds in the 4th quarter which sealed a Bobcats win and continued Turner’s tumultuous season for the Sixers this year.  On a mid-court inbound with the team down 84-83 and a timeout left, Turner nearly committed a five-second violation and lobbed the ball right into Gerald Henderson’s hands for a fast break dunk down the other end.  Back breaker. Game over.  It came right as I was going to give him credit for scoring six points with under four minutes to play…Go figure.  “The Enigma” strikes again.

Spencer Hawes, C 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -6

Hawes played physical the entire game, but was out-bodied by the Bobcats’ Josh McRoberts who pulled down 16 boards and had a couple huge slams.  By design or not, Hawes also shouldn’t have launched a three to try to cut a five point deficit to two with under 20 ticks to play.  Didn’t the 76ers sign Dorell Wright for that reason?  That was painful to watch.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 2-24 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -10

From an offensive, defensive and leadership standpoint this was by far the worst game I’ve seen from Jrue Holiday in a Sixers uniform.  His shot was off all night in historic fashion, shooting 2-of-24 from the field for just five points.  According to Basketball Reference, Jrue is the first NBA player in at least 28 years to take 24-plus shots and make two or fewer.  The last Sixers player to shoot this bad from the field was Allen Iverson who shot 2-of-21 vs. the Knicks in 2004.  Outside of his shooting, his defense was equally as terrible on Kemba Walker.  More on this after the jump…

Damien Wilkins, SG 33 MIN | 7-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | -7

Damien Wilkins played a hell of a game and deserved to get this win.  He opened the game scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the first quarter and ended the game with an efficient 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting while pulling down nine boards. He scored eight-straight in the third including a pretty runner off the glass.  By my standards, he’s shown enough to deserve a new contract in the offseason.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 9 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +1

Moultrie was again given the Collins treatment.  He pulled down three offensive boards and added four points in just nine minutes of burn.  That obviously wasn’t good enough to deserve more minutes. Apparently, this guy couldn’t have done anything to stop the hurt that was put on by Josh McRoberts. Unreal.

Dorell Wright, SF 19 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +12

Rocking the red Iverson arm-sleeve, Wright was the most consistent scorer for the Sixers outside of Damien Wilkins in this game.  He knocked down four threes and kept the game close with back-to-back trey’s in the 4th.  Somehow he only got 19 minutes of PT and wasn’t given the three which was instead handed to Spencer Hawes at the end of the game.  Good coaching Doug…

Lavoy Allen, C 19 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +8

Too much playing time for Lavoy, although he did have a nice tip-in and held his own on the blocks. Benefit of the doubt on this one.

Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4

No words….

Justin Holiday, SG 7 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -1

It was nice to see the Jruth’s brother score his first NBA bucket with a 20-footer to start the second quarter.  After a failed alley oop attempt to Jrue shortly after, Justin was pulled by Dougie for the rest of the game.  This move must’ve affected Jrue as he went beyond not buying a bucket the rest of the game.  He couldn’t have even been given a bucket from the free stuff section on Craigslist.  It was that bad.

Nick Young, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Swaggy couldn’t have attempted some of Jrue’s shots?  After Jrue went 1-of-10, you needed him to shoot 13 more misses?  I’m not saying that Nick would’ve been the answer but when he’s hot, he’s hot and he could’ve at least gotten a chance in this game.

Doug Collins

There’s nothing like building a team up with three straight wins, to coaching them out of a win against the worst team in the NBA.  Hopefully the Sixers are devastated as a team and will start losing some necessary games for a decent lottery pick, instead of trying to pursue the pipe-dream of a playoff spot.  This loss stings even more, as the Bucks lost to the Timberwolves last night 107-98. Keep up the “great” rotations Dougie.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw

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NOT SO DYNAMIC DUO

Posted by: Jake Fischer
03/08/13 12:10 pm EST

Ever since the 76ers miraculous come-from-behind victory over the Golden State Warriors on March 2, Doug Collins’ club has dropped three-straight games and are back to their losing ways.  Now, at this point in this season, it’s far too late to write posts saying what the Sixers can change in order to play better and win some games, but it’s never too late to analyze the team’s losses.

On this three-game losing streak, Sixers fans have seen a number of players in the red, white and blue uniforms go cold from the field.  Surprisingly enough, the team’s lone All-Star, Jrue Holiday, has gone cold for a decent stretch of games for the first time this year.  Not surprisingly, the ever-inconsistent Evan Turner — or “The Enigma” as we like to call him here at Philadunkia.com — hasn’t shot the ball efficiently as well.

On the surface, Holiday is shooting just 13-48 from the field (27.1 percent) and Turner has made just 11-39 field goal attempts (28.2 percent) over the last three games.

Unfortunately, looking at the shot charts for the Sixers starting back-court in those games doesn’t make the situation seem any brighter.

 
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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/02/12 8:29 pm EST

Allen Iverson’s Answer VI’s were re-released on Friday.

Undoubtedly the most polarizing figure to the Sixers organization over the past 25 years was guard Allen Iverson. It’s hard to believe that the organization is now three seasons removed from Iverson’s last game with the team back on February 20th, 2010 in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Just because the Answer is now years and miles away from his playing days with the Sixers, doesn’t mean he can’t still make headlines in the city where he used to do it on a daily basis. As always with Iverson, there’s some good news and bad news to report to you on the sports icon as he’s miles away in China still trying to fight his way back onto an NBA roster.


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TRIPLE THREAT

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/30/12 3:00 pm EST

Jrue Holiday (left) and Evan Turner have been crucial to the Sixers success this season.

As everybody already knows, the NBA is a star-centered league. It was never more evident then when one of the NBA’s most respected coaches, Gregg Popovich, was chastised for deciding to sit four of his star players in a game last night against arguably the NBA’s best team in the Miami Heat.

For the 2012-13 Sixers, it’s been more of the same. From the start of the campaign up until now, there’s been one man drawing the attention of the national media, while next to nothing has been said of the “team” that stands at 9-6, good enough for the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference. The focus has been on Andrew Bynum, the All-Star center who hasn’t been able to play a minute this season for the Sixers as he recovers from offseason knee procedures.

Before the Sixers’ first nationally televised game this season against the New Orleans Hornets, the Sixers were on ESPN.com’s front page. Instead of a story focusing on the promising youth and acquisitions the Sixers were able to make in the offseason, it was a story focused on questioning the Sixers ownership, calling the moves they made this season a “risk”. All of the negativity was built around the status of Bynum, the Sixers’ most talked-about offseason acquisition since Elton Brand.

Just 10 days later, as the Sixers stood at 5-4, another article came out about Bynum damaging cartilage in his knees while going bowling. Most recently, as the Sixers sat at 7-5, out came yet another article on Bynum only this time about him being out indefinitely for the 2012-13 season.

As the national media now steers its way away from Philadelphia (due to Bynum’s playing status being much clearer), maybe the NBA’s fans will be able to focus on the Sixers in a positive light and see who they really are this season as a team rather than who they’re not.


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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: C. Smith
10/09/12 9:54 am EST

Via HoopsHype, we discovered this video clip of former 76er and future Basketball Hall of Fame member Allen Iverson balling in China over this past weekend.

As we all know, there have been numerous rumors since the end of the summer that “The Answer” was headed to China in an attempt to continue his basketball career.  Former two-time NBA scoring champ Tracy McGrady, who had a decent season for the Atlanta Hawks in 2011-12, recently made the jump to the CBA and will officially sign with the Qingdao club later this week.

Anyways…on Saturday, Iverson and some other NBA cast-offs appeared in an exhibition game against the Beijing Ducks who are the reigning 2012 Chinese Basketball Association champions.  As you may know, the Ducks’ roster boasts the rejuvenated Stephon Marbury (33.4 pts., 6.2 dimes & 4 rbs. a night during the CBA Finals back in April).  The Beijing Ducks beat the USA invitational team in the exhibition game, and Iverson scored only four points.

Iverson video clip after the jump as well as an update on Allen’s potential move to China.

 
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GAME 7 PREDICTIONS

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/26/12 8:37 am EST

Alright, NOW tonight is officially the most important game the current roster of 76ers has ever played in. 

Win and it’s on to the Eastern Conference Finals, a place no one, not even the most dedicated member of Philadunkia nation believed we could go.  Suffer a loss and it’s a lock that tonight is the last time you’ll all be together in the Sixers locker room.

Really there’s not much else left to say.

So just go out and win the damn thing. 

Tonight, prove all the “experts” wrong.  Go out there and play your asses off; end the hated Boston Celtics season and send “The Big Three” into trade bait mode. 

It’s that simple.  Now go do it.

Our Game 7 predictions after the jump.


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