Interview: Jordan McRae

Posted by: C. Smith
11/10/14 11:23 am EST

jordan-mcraeAUSAfter a very encouraging performance against the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls on Friday night, the 76ers wrapped up another lost weekend by getting trounced in Toronto 120-88.  The score doesn’t even begin to tell the story as the Sixers were posterized and humiliated by one the best teams in the Eastern Conference all night.  Instead of rehashing that debacle up north through a Rapid Reacts recap and further depressing everyone, we decided to post something a little more positive.

If you have been surfing the old inter web for overseas basketball scores and highlights, then you probably know that 76ers’ 2014 draft day acquisition Jordan McRae is playing extremely well for the Melbourne Tigers of Australia’s National Basketball League.  In fact, McRae’s play (22.6 ppg.) has been so nice, I decided to give him a call to discuss life in Australia, his internet fame and what elements of his game he’s working on “Down Under”.

Q & A after the J…

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GM5: Rapid (Buzzer Beater) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/06/14 11:53 am EST
Orlando Magic 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Brandon Davies, PF 29 MIN | 9-11 FG | 1-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -1It’s BD’s world and we’re just living in it.  In the 3rd Q BD had a stretch where he scored on a nice up & under from the low block and then on the next trip he drained a 3-ball.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -9I get that Luc is here to help Joel Embiid adjust to life in the NBA, but does that role require 20+ minutes of run a night?

Nerlens Noel, PF 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | +8Given the cautionary approach of the 76ers’ medical staff and front office, I’ll be very interested to see how long a sprained ankle keeps Noel out of the lineup.  Before the injury, #4 did drop a smooth behind the back pass to Shved for a lay-in in the 2nd Q.

Tony Wroten, SG 35 MIN | 9-16 FG | 5-7 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 5 STL | 2 BLK | 9 TO | 27 PTS | +5Of course on a night where TWroe buries 4 out of 6 threes, he also turns the ball over 9 times (6 in the 1st half). The no look alley-oop he threw to KJ was fantastic. The two dribble-drive buckets he scored and the 8 points he put up in the late 4th Q kept the Sixers in this game.

Hollis Thompson, SG 34 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1This guy is allegedly a good shooter, right? Wait, didn’t I ask that question all of last year as well?

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Fo’ with the Foes: Houston Rockets

Posted by: C. Smith
11/03/14 6:46 pm EST

beyonceThis 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 Houston Rockets who are currently 3-0 (wins over LAL; BOS and Utah), but will likley be without Dwight Howard tonight because of an injured knee.

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


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A 1-9 Start for the Sixers Is Likely

Posted by: Tyler Cook
10/29/14 10:00 am EST

2getherwebuildmantracopyThe 76ers tip off the season of the “double tank” (a.k.a. “Tank 2.0″) tonight in Indiana against a very different looking Pacers team. Frank Vogel’s squad is missing a key point to their scoring attack as all-star Paul George continues to recover from the leg injury he suffered while competing for Team USA.  Additionally second scoring option Lance Stephenson signed with the Charlotte Hornets in the off-season.   David West and George  Hill are injured and out for tonight’s game.  However, Roy Hibbert, Luis Scola, Chris Copeland and Rodney Stuckey will be in the Pacers lineup tonight and that likely will be enough to hold off the upset minded Sixers in the 2014-15 season opener for both teams.

The wise guys in Vegas have established the Sixers as a 7-point underdog tonight vs. a mediocre Pacers team that was picked to by to finish 9th in the East.  Yesterday here at the Philadunkia offices, we analyzed the season opener and the first month of the Sixers 2014-15 schedule.  Obviously it’s not going to be pretty for Brett Brown’s troops and so the following question came up …

When will the 76ers record their first win of the 2014-15 season?


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Steve Nash’s Final Run in Philly

Posted by: C. Smith
10/24/14 12:44 pm EST

nashvsixerseditedLate yesterday we all learned that Steve Nash has officially been ruled out of the 2014-15 season for the Los Angeles Lakers because of the nerve damage that has led to years of back and leg pains.  The announcement was a bit of a shock given that in late-September at the start of training camp, Nash had the following to say about his health, “A lot better.  A lot different, even…I feel healthier mentally for sure.”

Still, Nash had seen limited minutes for the Lakers in this preseason and there were rumors swirling about continued health issues for #10.  So there was some writing on the wall prior to the official announcement.

This setback has likely ended the playing career of a certain first ballot Hall of Famer and one of the most entertaining floor generals in modern NBA history.  However, 76ers fans who truly love the game can take solace in the fact that in what was likely Nash’s final game played here in Philadelphia, that star point guard put on performance that could go down as the best outing of his final season in the League.

After the jump, highlights and a few facts about Nash’s last game here in Philly.

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The 3-Ball & This 76ers’ Roster

Posted by: C. Smith
10/21/14 11:45 am EST

brown-brettYesterday on there was a story by Joe Juliano about the 76ers their struggles from behind the 3-point.  In the article/post coach Brown basically acknowledged that the Sixers don’t have the shooters to be successful from deep, but also noted that he will continue to encourage this roster to hoist up 3-point attempts.

Here are a couple of interesting quotes by Brown on the Sixers and the 3-pointer:

“I hope we make more.”

“I know we’re not really a three-point shooting team.”

“We knew it was going to be a problem…It’s just part of development to encourage them to shoot.  I want them shooting threes and I want them feeling that they can.”

Why I ask?

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TC14: Question No. 7

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/08/14 1:32 pm EST

Hollis ThompsonThe first preseason game for Philadunkia’s home team is in the books and after Monday night’s very disappointing effort in Boston, it’s obvious the 76ers have a great deal to work on during the rest of Training Camp 2014.  As Brett Brown’s “all of October” training camp period continues, we are going to continue to discuss a number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team draws closer to the tip off of the regular “double tank” season.

In this Philadunkia series we will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing as the 2014-15 regular season opener approaches.  Each day a question will be posed to three Philadunkia scribes — Jeff McMenamin, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and C. Smith — and their insightful answers (hopefully) will be posted for you the reader to view and comment on.

Today we present the seventh installment in our series with the questionWho will win the opening night start at shooting guard?”


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Posted by: Tyler Cook
10/03/14 1:06 pm EST

defenseedited“Offense wins games.  Defense wins championships.”

That classic sports quote has interesting applications inside the 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers locker room.  Obviously the Sixers love offense, but they do not want to win very many games during the season of the “double tank”.

However, Sam Hinkie and Brett Brown are looking to foster a winning culture with long term NBA championship aspirations during this rebuilding process and that will be difficult to achieve as the L’s pile up.  One way the Sixers’ brass can promote this culture in 2014-15 is to start stressing better play at the defensive end of the floor.

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Legends of Summer…76ers Style

Posted by: C. Smith
07/23/14 10:46 am EST

drjruckerLong before the NBA’s marketing juggernaut placed it’s time, money and television network fully behind the Orlando Pro Summer League and the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the only time a hoop head like me got to watch his favorite pro ballers in the off-season was on the rare occasion where one of them would drop in for a run at the local summer Pro Am.  

Back in the day, tales of appearances by NBA players at the Drew League, Rucker Park, the Goodman League (a.k.a. Barry Farms), Seattle Pro Am, North Carolina Pro Am, etc., were passed on by word of mouth.  In the 90’s and early 2000’s grainy mixtapes preserved the efforts of guys from the League at “playground” games against eager local cats.  In the era of the iPhone and Go Pros, Youtube is now filled with crisp, clean HD video of these summer basketball sightings.

After the jump I pulled together a few of my favorite legends of summer basketball that involve former or current players from Philadunkia’s home team.

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What’s My Name?

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
07/21/14 10:05 am EST

Emmanuel-MudiayeditedWho is Emmanuel Mudiay?

With Sam Hinkie executing the double tank for 2014-15 in hopes of securing yet another high lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, it’s time you learned his name and his game.

Arguably one of the best high school point guards in the Class of 2015, Emmanuel won’t be seen by the casual basketball fan this upcoming fall.  Instead of playing for Sixers’ legend, Larry Brown, at SMU this season, Mudiay will be headed to China to play professional basketball.  The 6-5 guard would’ve been plenty fun to watch at the collegiate level this upcoming season.  Some have compared the electric guard to both John Wall and Russell Westbrook.

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