D-FENSE…D-FENSE…D-FENSE

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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TC14: Question No. 5

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/02/14 9:32 pm EST

moultrieDay 3 of Training Camp 2014 for Philadunkia’s home team is in the books and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (“Year of the Double Tank”) is already sealed, we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team continues to improve their fitness level over at Stockton College.

Today we present the fifth installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing during Training Camp 2014.  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’s training camp question is…“Should Arnett Moultrie be worried about making the 76ers roster out of training camp and preseason?”


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To 2016 and Beyond…

Posted by: Adam Gross
10/02/14 1:09 pm EST

buzzlightyearAs I read about the fitness and basketball action going on over at Stockton College as well as how bight the future of this franchise is, I can’t help but recall the awful season we the fans sat through in 2013-14, and dread the hopeless season that is almost upon us.  Watching this team play in 2014-15 might be as eventful as watching the Washington Generals.

In a matter of a year and a half, General Manager Sam Hinkie has managed to assemble a team of young, athletic talent, with hopes that these kids will allow the Philadelphia 76ers to once again rise to the top of the League.  However watching a team lose night in and night out still gives us fans an uneasy feeling and makes waiting for the future to arrive difficult.

Hinkie has done well in his two drafts at the helm of the Sixers and managed to clear a mother load of cap space, but he needs to shine is in the NBA Free-Agent Market very soon or all these assets will go to waste.  Looking ahead, how this Hinkie performs in acquiring key pieces, particularly in the 2016 Free-Agent Class, could make or break Sam’s career as well as this franchise.

 


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TC14: Question No. 4

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/01/14 11:02 am EST

76erstrioeditedToday is Day 2 of Training Camp 2014 for Philadunkia’s home team and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (“Year of the Double Tank”) is already sealed, we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team continues to punch the clock over at Stockton College.

Today we present the fourth installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing during Training Camp 2014.  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’s training camp question is…“Given his comments at media day that there is “no timetable for his return”, do you think Michael Carter-Williams will play at all in training camp or will the 76ers brass sit him until the regular season?”


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TC14: Question No. 3

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/30/14 1:17 pm EST

opslgm4editedToday is the first day that Philadunkia’s home team will take the court for Training Camp 2014 and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (“Year of the Double Tank”) is already sealed we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team hits the floor over at Stockton College.

Today we present the third installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing during training camp 2014.  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 an comment on.

Today’s training camp question is…“Many people have written about the possibility of Sims/Noel to start in the paint for the Sixers, but would that pairing give the team a better chance to win than Noel/Roberts Jr. or some other pairing?”


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TC14: Question No. 2

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/26/14 9:48 am EST

jason-richardson-fatWe’re exactly 4 days from Philadunkia’s home team taking the court for Training Camp 2014 and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (Year of the Double Tank) is already sealed we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined before the team hits the floor over at Stockton College.

Today we present the second installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing heading in to training camp 2014.  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 an comment on.

Today’s training camp question is…How will Jason Richardson’s return affect the playing time of guys like Hollis Thompson or Tony Wroten this season?”


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TC14: Question No. 1

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/23/14 1:01 pm EST

2getherwebuildmantracopyWe’re exactly 7 days from Philadunkia’s home team taking the court for Training Camp 2014 and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (Year of the Double Tank) is already sealed we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined before the team hits the floor over at Stockton College.

So, today we are kicking of a new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing heading in to training camp 2014.  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 an comment on.

Today’s training camp question is…”Given the interesting off season the 76ers franchise had, what do you think the tone and atmosphere will be like at training camp 2014?”  


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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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