Philadunkia 4on4: Playoffs/Lottery Edition

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/11/15 10:47 am EST

76erscrystalballIt’s time for another edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribes C.  Smith, Michael Kaskey-Blomain, Jeff McMenamin and Tyler Cook will examine four questions surrounding our 76ers this time with a focus on the NBA Playoffs and the 2015 Draft Lottery.



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Talkin’ Draft…2015 NBA Draft

Posted by: C. Smith
04/30/15 11:45 am EST

drusselleditedWhile the entire city of Philadelphia is focused on the NovaCare Complex and whether or not Chip Kelly can swing a deal for his boy Marcus Mariota, we thought why not take a quick peek at the 2015 NBA Draft and what the 1st Round could hold for our 76ers.

We don’t know yet what will happen in the NBA Draft lottery in May, but we know there are decent odds the Sixers will end up with a pick in the top four of the Draft, and from there the pressure is on Sam Hinkie.   Now that D’Angelo Russell has declared he will leave Ohio State and has joined Emmanual Mudiay (Guangdong of the China Basketball Association) in the draft prospect pool, it appears to be a two-horse race for what is an obvious position of need for this franchise — point guard.

 


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Future Celtics or Sixers: Who Ya Got?

Posted by: C. Smith
04/27/15 10:53 am EST

Celtics-76ersBrad Stevens and the “scrappy” Boston Celtics just got swept by the heavily favored Cleveland Cavaliers in their 1st Round Eastern Conference Playoff matchup and while Boston is a long way from title contention, you have to tip your cap to the C’s for a respectable year on the court.

Meanwhile, Brett Brown and the 76ers have been booking tee times, developing their skill sets and rehabbing injuries for nearly two weeks now.

Both franchises are admittedly in rebuild mode.  The question is, ‘Which of these long time Eastern Conference rivals is in a better position to once again become a relevant NBA team (a team that finishes above .500 in regular season and is at least a No. 6 seed in playoffs) over the next three years?’

After the jump, I’ll take a look at the assets (future and present) both franchises own and give you my opinion.

 


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MCW is in the Playoffs

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/22/15 10:57 am EST

mcw76ers-media-dayeditedMichael Carter-Williams and his Milwaukee Bucks are down 2-0 in their 1st round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls and even though Game 3 is in Milwaukee, the odds of the Bucks coming back to win this series are long.  Still, as Carter Williams sat in front of his locker in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center back on April 13th and spoke to the media, first few inquiries revolved around the progress of his own game, his teammates’, and the organization’s solid season.

Such questions had become a familiar refrain for the former 76er.  However, after the Milwaukee Bucks bested the Sixers ten days ago in the season’s second-to-last regular season game, the questions Carter-Williams faced quickly took on a very different tone.

“It’s really exciting,” he replied when asked about his upcoming inaugural playoff appearance.

“It’s my first playoffs and a lot of these guys first playoffs,” he furthered, nodding his head toward his teammates.

 


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Canaan Ball Free Zone

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/17/15 10:30 am EST

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando MagicEveryone sitting close to the pool’s edge can breathe a sigh of relief.  It’s a good bet that there won’t be any Canaanballs for the 76ers in 2015-16.

Last week, Head Coach Brett Brown revealed that trade deadline acquisition Isiah Canaan would miss the remainder of the season with a foot sprain (He missed 6 games total because of the injury).  The 23-year-old guard only has a partially guaranteed contract with the team for next season, so his 18 points (7-12 on FGAs) and 6 assists outing against the Wizards on April 1st may have been the last time Canaan wears the Sixers unfiorm.

If you recall, Canaan, who was acquired on trade deadline day in the deal that sent K.J. McDaniels to Houston, appeared in 22 games for the Sixers this season, cracking the starting rotation in 12 of them.  He averaged 12.6 points and 3.1 assists per game over that span, while shooting 37% from the field and playing 26 minutes per game.


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GM81: Rapid (MCW’s Revenge) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
04/14/15 10:11 am EST
Milwaukee Bucks 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 97 Philadelphia 76ers
Furkan Aldemir, PF 22 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -3 +/-I’ve been waiting to see what Furkan could do with extended minutes and I think I have my answer.

Robert Covington, SF 33 MIN | 6-13 FG | 12-13 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 10 TO | 25 PTS | +2 +/-Yes Cov filled it up last night from a scoring standpoint, but 18 of his points came in the 1st half.  He also turned the ball over 10 times; shot 16% from deep and played zero defense in the 2nd half.

Jerami Grant, SF 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -7 +/-An off shooting night for Grant hurt his production.  Still, he was agressive on offense and I thought he was one of the few Sixers that actually played hard at the other end last night.

Ish Smith, PG 34 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 4 PTS | -8 +/-A horrific shooting night and 5 turnovers are not what I was looking from Smith last night, but he was simply out-classed by MCW all game.

Hollis Thompson, SG 36 MIN | 7-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -17 +/-Despite shooting 30% from three, HT had a decent night scoring the ball.  Still I think it should be noted that 15 of his points came in the 1st half and Thompson was MIA in the 2nd half when the Sixers desperately needed some buckets.

 


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’14-15: Similar Record; Better Team

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/09/15 12:59 pm EST

sam-hinkieThe 76ers will finish the 2014-15 NBA season with a record nearly identical to the one that they posted in 2013-14 – their first year under Head Coach Brett Brown and GM Sam Hinkie. The similarity in total wins and losses does not mean that there was zero progress from the first to second season under this regime.  It just means that the progress has yet to be reflected in the wins column.

In actuality, the Sixers are substantially further along in their rebuilding process at the end of the second season with Hinkie at the helm than they were just eleven months ago when current Milwaukee Buck, Michael Carter-Williams was named the league’s Rookie of the Year.

 


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Philadunkia 4on4: Final Four Edition

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/07/15 4:13 pm EST

76erscrystalballIt’s time for another edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribes C.  Smith, Michael Kaskey-Blomain, Jeff McMenamin and Tyler Cook will examine four questions surrounding our 76ers this time with a focus on the 2015 Final Four.



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6 for the Final 9 of Tank 2.0

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/28/15 9:26 am EST

76erscrystalballLast night, despite a super-human effort from emerging Rookie of the Year candidate Nerlens Noel (30 points; 14 boards; 70% shooting form the field), the 76ers lost their 55th contest of Tank 2.0.  Instead of analyzing the fact that Brett Brown’s squad missed their last 10 shots of the 3rd quarter last night or how they trailed the playoff bound Clippers by 32 during the final quarter, I thought we’d try something a little different on a Saturday morning.

Thankfully, the 76ers have only 9 games remaining in the 2014-15 season.  Seven of those contests are against playoff bound / caliber teams, while the other two games are against fellow tankers — the Los Angels Lakers and New York Knicks.  After careful consideration of the remaining schedule and the currents status of the Sixers, I have assembled a list of six items I want to see from Brett Brown and this 76ers roster over the last nine games of the season.

 


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GM72: Rapid (Mile High W) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/26/15 10:19 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 99 FinalRecap | Box Score 85 Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant, SF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 5 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +24 +/-Grant got the start last night and delivered a so-so offensive performance.  That end result was especially odd to me given that he came out of the gates red hot and scored all 6 of his points in the opening minutes of the 1st Q. Howver his effort at the other end of the court was outstanding.

Nerlens Noel, C 33 MIN | 5-8 FG | 4-7 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +22 +/-A jaw dropping double-double performance last night by Noel in which he was extremely aggressive on offense and displayed a nice ability to score with his left hand.  “I’m just playing basketball,” he said.  “My goal is to affect the game any way possible.  I just keep it going and come in with that mindset.”

Ish Smith, PG 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +21 +/-Obvioulsy only 2 assists is not a great stat from your starting PG.  However, only 2 TOs is something to brag about. But this is really all the Sixers need from Smith down the stretch of Tank 2.0.  Push the pace and play solid basketball.  His defense needs serious work.

Jason Richardson, SG 25 MIN | 3-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +15 +/-Is Father Time back for round #2? Or was this just a single cold shooting night for JRich?

JaKarr Sampson, SG 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -16 +/-I thought Sampson played an overall solid game last night.  He was active defensively and his 3PM came a key moments.  I was a little surprised he ddin’t see more burn last night.

 


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