The Scoop on Jordan McRae

Posted by: C. Smith
09/18/14 9:34 am EST

Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ersOn June 27th the 76ers announced they had officially acquired the draft rights to Jordan McRae (6-6; 185; 7-7 wingspan), the 58th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for the 54th overall pick.  The announcement brought a big smile to a number of faces here at Philadunkia.

Based on his outstanding college career (two-time All-SEC First Team Selection), his unique skill set, the fact that Sam Hinkie traded for McRae and the show he put on at the NBA Summer League (21 ppg.), most of us here at Philadunkia believed that with a solid training camp performance, McRae was a lock to make the 76ers roster this fall.

Thus, it came as a big surprise to us in late August when the news broke that McRae had signed to play for Melbourne United in Australia.  In fact, it was too much of a surprise to let the story go unexplored and the news we have learned may surprise you.


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George Karl’s Harsh Words on the 76ers

Posted by: C. Smith
09/10/14 3:33 pm EST

george-karledited“What is happening in Philadelphia should not be called ‘tanking’; rather, it should be called ‘destruction.’  The Sixers are at least three to five years away from even being a respectful — respectful — NBA roster.  They are worse than they were at the end of last year.  Three of the five starters barely played last season.  I understand building around talent, but people have to understand that sometimes young players just don’t develop.  You put all your eggs in that basket, but if the kids don’t pan out, you’re sunk.”

Those are the words of former NBA coach and current ESPN basketball analyst/expert George Karl put out to the World Wide Web on Tuesday via the ongoing “Front Office” series in ESPN.com’s Insider section.

While I may not agree with everything the former NBA Coach of the Year had to say on the 7-6, the article did have me asking, “What if Karl is right?”


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McDaniels: Possible Sixers “Glue Guy”

Posted by: Adam Gross
08/21/14 12:38 pm EST

kjmcdClemson basketball was not a powerhouse basketball program by any standards in 2013-14, but they did have a star in first team All-ACC selection, K.J. McDaniels. McDaniels was Clemson’s LeBron James, their savior if you will, as he led, or came close to leading the team in every statistical category.

McDaniels ranked first in scoring, rebounding, blocks,  steals and three-pointers made.  He was also second in assists, and so on and so forth.  He single-handedly led a 10 win improvement for the Tigers program in 2013-14 (23-13) and pushed Clemson to the the NIT semifinals. Yet, the dynamic wing player tumbled down the 2014 NBA Draft board thanks in large part to a couple of poor individual workouts.


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Summer School: Joel Embiid

Posted by: C. Smith
08/20/14 7:49 am EST

embiid76erseditedThere is no denying that the relationships between NBA players on and off-the-court has changed over the last 15 years.  In this era of AAU basketball, powerhouse sports agents, mega sneaker contracts and social media, the majority of today’s NBA stars are well connected to each other and former players.  Thus, they have no problem texting an on-the-court rival for advice or working out with a division foe in the off-season or reaching out to a retired hoops legend in order to learn a new move.

Magic, Larry and Mike would never have dreamed of doing such things.

Again, times have changed and so today we are launching a new series here at Philadunkia.com that works off the above premise regarding current NBA players and applies it to the members of the 76ers roster.  Which current and/or former players should key members of the Sixers pursuit gym time with in order to develop and improve their game outside of Brett Brown’s watch?

Today, I offer ideas for 2014 Lottery pick Joel Embiid (If Embiid was healthy.).


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Sixers 2014-15 Schedule Analysis

Posted by: C. Smith
08/15/14 8:10 am EST

76ersaltlogoMuch to our excitement, the 76ers schedule for 2014-15 schedule was released yesterday.  And while the 76ers roster is still not complete and Thad Young 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 as the Sixers are going to be terrible during the upcoming season of the “Double Tank”.

With those assumptions in mind we believe “In Hinkie We Believe” fans will be very pleased to learn that a brutal November in 2014-15 will be followed by a simply awful start to January, so the Sixers could be well on their way to an unprecedented double-tank effort well before All-Star Weekend.

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


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Summer School: MCW

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
08/12/14 11:04 am EST

carter-williams_chest_upThere is no denying that the relationships between NBA players on and off-the-court has changed over the last 15 years.  In this era of AAU basketball, powerhouse sports agents, mega sneaker contracts and social media, the majority of today’s NBA stars are well connected to each other and former players.  Thus, they have no problem texting an on-the-court rival for advice or working out with a division foe in the off-season or reaching out to a retired hoops legend in order to learn a new move.

Magic, Larry and Mike would never have dreamed of doing such things.

Again, times have changed and so today we are launching a new series here at Philadunkia.com that works off the above premise regarding current NBA players and applies it to the members of the 76ers roster.  Which current and/or former players should key members of the Sixers pursuit gym time with in order to develop and improve their game outside of Brett Brown’s watch?

Today, Rich Iacuzio offers his ideas for Michael Carter-Williams.


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Summer School: Hollis Thompson

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
08/07/14 7:00 am EST

hollisteditedThere is no denying that the relationships between NBA players on and off-the-court has changed over the last 15 years.  In this era of AAU basketball, powerhouse sports agents, mega sneaker contracts and social media, the majority of today’s NBA stars are well connected to each other and former players.  Thus, they have no problem texting an on-the-court rival for advice or working out with a division foe in the off-season or reaching out to a retired hoops legend in order to learn a new move.

Magic, Larry and Mike would never have dreamed of doing such things.

Again, times have changed and so today we are launching a new series here at Philadunkia.com that works off the above premise regarding current NBA players and applies it to the members of the 76ers roster.  Which current and/or former players should key members of the Sixers pursuit gym time with in order to develop and improve their game outside of Brett Brown’s watch?

Today, Michael Kaskey-Blomain offers his ideas for Hollis Thompson.


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Summer School: Nerlens Noel

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
07/30/14 3:38 pm EST

noelopsleditedThere is no denying that the relationships between NBA players on and off-the-court has changed over the last 15 years.  In this era of AAU basketball, powerhouse sports agents, mega sneaker contracts and social media, the majority of today’s NBA stars are well connected to each other and former players.  Thus, they have no problem texting an on-the-court rival for advice or working out with a division foe in the off-season or reaching out to a retired hoops legend in order to learn a new move.

Magic, Larry and Mike would never have dreamed of doing such things.

Again, times have changed and so today we are launching a new series here at Philadunkia.com that works off the above premise regarding current NBA players and applies it to the members of the 76ers roster.  Which current and/or former players should key members of the Sixers pursuit gym time with in order to develop and improve their game outside of Brett Brown’s watch?

Today, Michael Kaskey-Blomain offers his ideas for the super-athletic Nerlens Noel.


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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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