30 YEARS & COUNTING

Posted by: C. Smith
06/21/13 2:46 pm EST

Last night as I watched LeBron and the Miami Heat celebrate their NBA Finals win over the San Antonio Spurs as well as back-to-back NBA titles, I began to wonder if the 76ers will ever hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy again in my lifetime.

I think and hope they will.  However, given that the team is currently an absolute mess and that Sam Hinkie has a long road ahead of him to simply make this team respectable,  I don’t believe an NBA championship is coming to Philadunkia nation any time soon.

So, as the Heat poured champagne all over each other last night, I started thinking about better times for the Sixers and I was reminded that it has been 30 years since Doc, Moses, Mo, Bobby, Toney and Ivaroni were crowned NBA Champions and led a parade down Broad Street.  That’s right, 30 years!

A great deal has happened with the 76ers and across the Association in the last 30 years.  After the jump I’ll look at some items within this franchise and around the NBA that have occurred since the Sixers last won it the title back in 1983.


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THE 76ers LONG TERM POSITION

Posted by: Steve Toll
05/24/13 12:21 pm EST

Unfortunately, Sam Hinkie is in a position to fail.  There is no other way to look at it.  He is a smart guy, but he isn’t that smart.  The Eastern Conference was underwhelming this year, but in the NBA things go in cycles.  Over the next 4 years, there is no realistic way for the 76ers franchise to taste the kind of success that the fans of the organization are clamoring for.

The 76ers cupboard is bare, similar to the Eagles, Phillies and Flyers.  The only thing more disappointing than what is going to happen the next few years is the shock and confusion over what is plain to see for the trained basketball eye.

After the jump, I’ll go ahead and rank how the franchises in the Eastern Conference will perform over the next 4 years.  The criteria involves a wide range of elements — Championship Equity, Room to Improve, Salary Cap Factors and Fan Expectations, etc.


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A BULLISH DECISION

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
05/09/13 6:00 am EST

The Sixers have been abandoned again.  It was another three seasons of wasted basketball instead of moving closer to the ultimate goal of a championship.  There were risks taken, hearts broken and blood vessels busted.

Yet, taking a trip down memory lane, what if I told you that the Sixers’ woes began way before the Andrew Bynum trade last summer?  What if I told you that if the Sixers had just taken my advice that they’d be in the hunt for an NBA Championship right now as you’re reading this?

Without tooting my own horn too much, I’ll just let you see for yourself…
http://philadunkia.com/?p=263


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THE NIGHTMARE IS OVER

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/18/13 2:09 pm EST

All good things must come to an end.

But, unfortunately for the 76ers organization and its fans, their immaculate 2012-2013 season came to an end before it ever began.

In August, the Sixers introduced their addition of Andrew Bynum — and, oh yeah, Jason Richardson — at the Constitution Center in front of a raucous crowd.  But, before Bynum could even get through hinting at signing a 5-year max extension, he stopped in his tracks.

Then, as all of Philadunkia was imagining Bynum backing down the likes of Roy Hibbert, Joakim Noah and Tyson Chandler before turning them into a poster, the team announced that Bynum would be undergoing surgery on his knees and going to Germany.

We all know he would go on to never suit up in a Sixers uniform outside of a photo shoot.  We all know he participated in less practices than his jersey number, 33.  We all remember his parade of ridiculous hairdos and his romantic long walks on a freakishly expensive anti-gravity treadmill.  His season, and maybe his career in Philly, was over before it even had a chance to commence.


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GM 77: (BK TANK) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/10/13 9:15 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Brooklyn Nets
Thaddeus Young, SF 25 MIN | 1-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -12

The Nets frontline is just too big and too strong for #21 and a poor shooting night only made things worse.

Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -20

The Enigma did not shoot the ball well, but I thought he was one of the few Sixers who came to compete last night.  Turner got the FT line, he threw two nice alley-oops and played decently overall.

Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -25

Reality had to catch up to Spencer at some point.

Jrue Holiday, PG 28 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -31

Jrue made his first three shots — all three-pointers in the first quarter (3-5 overall from deep in Q), so I thought he was going to get back on track last night. But he shot just 2 for 7 after that for 15 points. Holiday also posted a season-low one assist.  Jrue scored 4 straight to start the 3rd Q, so 13 of his 15 points came in two bursts.

Damien Wilkins, SG 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -22

Even DC’s favorite veteran presence took the night off in Brooklyn.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 24 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +2

Moultrie should play 25 minutes a night for the remainder of this pathetic season.

Dorell Wright, SF 19 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -8

7 of his nine points came in the 2nd Q.  Thanks for showing up for at least 1/4 of the game.

Lavoy Allen, C 25 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -7

Any chance that Reggie Evans could take Lavoy under his wing and teach him to play with heart?

Charles Jenkins, PG 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +5

Is this experiment over yet?  1-4 in garbage time.

Justin Holiday, SG 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +3

I’ll admit that his defense is better than I had anticipated, but that’s all I am willing to comment on here.

Nick Young, SG 21 MIN | 7-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | +10

Swaggy shines in these garbage time games.  Every Time he touched the rock, you knew the ball was going up.  Swaggy is predictable like that.  Only four of his 18 points came with the Sixers trailing by 11 or less points.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

I swear I saw Kwame asking for Jay Z’s autograph.

Doug Collins

Everyone knew the plan for the Nets was to pound the ball inside and DC had no counter move.  Not even DC can keep this team from tanking it now and that should lead to some fun post game comments.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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GM 68: (MIXED EMOTIONS) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/22/13 9:34 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Denver Nuggets
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 9-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -18

Thad only grabbed 1 rebound all night, had a dunk blocked by Faried in the 1st Q and threw up an air ball in the 2nd, but still a decent night by #21. Despite the air ball, he scored 10 points in the 2nd Q and kept DEN from running away with this one.

Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 12 PTS | +7

I thought Turner did some nice things in this game, but i won’t talk about any of them because of the horrific late 4th Q he had last night (see notes after the jump).  Ohh yeah, the alley-oop he threw to Moultrie in the 1st Q was awful as well.

Spencer Hawes, C 38 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +22

Spence provided no resistance in the defensive paint, but he did post another double-double.  The 4 blocks were nice as well.  At one point in the 1st Q he scored 5 straight at helped the Sixers build a 9 point lead. m

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 6 REB | 15 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 18 PTS | +3

With Ty Lawson out of the game, Holiday racked up a great double-double.  He provided balanced scoring all night.  However, his 5 TOs aren’t ideal, but I can live with it given his high usage last night. Jrue got a T in his second straight game and the shot clock violation in the 4th Q drove me nuts.

Damien Wilkins, SG 39 MIN | 10-15 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 24 PTS | +11

I’ll just tip my cap here to a job well done and move on…

Arnett Moultrie, PF 22 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -19

A rough start in this one for #5 in this one.  In the 1st Q he had a shot snatched out of the air by JaVale McGee.  Then in the 2nd Q Faried treated Moultrie like a child when he ripped a rebound away from the Sixers rookie.  But Moultrie hung tough and contributed nicely in the 2nd half.

Dorell Wright, SF 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -17

I feel like I have written the following a lot this season…Wright has one job — hit open J’s and last night he did not do that job.

Charles Jenkins, PG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4

Moving on…

Royal Ivey, PG 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -12

That’s two straight games where the highly reliable Ivey has not shot the ball well.

Lavoy Allen, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Do(u)ghouse

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Kwame-palooza continued with a stop in Denver last night.

Doug Collins

I didn’t love his post game comments as he basically threw the team under the bus (not that they didn’t deserve it).  I am also wondering where the inside-out offense from the 3-1 home streak has gone now that the Sixers are out on the road. 

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/20/13 10:43 am EST

We tried to make this a Bynum free post, but Rob Mahoney at The Point Forward looks at the long range predicament Bynum’s knees have put the Sixers in and it’s a solid piece.  So we had to pass it on to our readers.  As we all know, the Sixers have a tough, possibly franchise defining decision coming up.

Brian at depressedfan.com has an interesting preview of tonight’s game vs. LAC and wonders if the Sixers might actually beat the road weary Clips.

Spike Eskin at cbslocal.com has a story about a guy with a Wilt tattoo on his leg.

Over at Yahoo Sports the Sixers recent winning ways have pushed them up to #20 on the NBA Power rankings.

nbadraft.net’s 2013 mock draft board has the Sixers picking 11th and selecting a kid out of the Big10.  We can only hope!! 

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com produces this signed item from a former Sixer center and current insurance pitchman.


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INTERVIEW: JRUE HOLIDAY

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
03/13/13 3:00 am EST

As we all know, in the summer of 2012 the 76ers front office traded Andre Iguodala, cut ties with Elton Brand and let Louis Williams walk.  When Doug Collins & company removed these important veterans from the Sixers roster Jrue Holiday was thrust into several key roles for this team. 

Jrue’s now the floor general,  primary option on offense,  locker room leader and  face of the franchise.  That’s a heavy load for a 22-year old to carry.

So how has Jrue responded during the most challenging season of his young NBA life? 

Career highs in points and assists.

Eighteen double-doubles.

One triple-double.

Four games with 30 or more points.

A trip to the 2013 All-Star Game.  

In short, he’s stepped up to the challenge.  In fact, to say that Jrue Holiday has been one of the few bright spots for the 76ers (tip of the cap to Thad Young) in an otherwise very disappointing year for this franchise is an understatement.       

Earlier this week, Jrue jumped on the phone with Philadunkia’s Jeff McMenamin for a few minutes to discuss his breakout season, playing in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, the struggling Sixers, the difficulty of the upcoming schedule and of course, Andrew Bynum. 


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GM 60: (SPEECHLESS) REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
03/07/13 5:55 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 96 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Atlanta Hawks
Thaddeus Young, SF 26 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -2

Thad had the tough task of guarding either Josh Smith or Al Horford all game and was still able to score an efficient 16 points on 8-of-11 from the field and pull down six rebounds.  I don’t understand why Collins decided to give him just 26 minutes.  Maybe he was noticeably tired or his hammy was bothering him.

Evan Turner, SF 23 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -13

This was one of Turner’s worst games of the year.  He hit a jumper to cap off a Sixers 8-0 run to start the game (I’ll get to that after the jump) and then went on to miss his next six FG’s and completely disappear.  What happened to this guy?  He’s clearly given up on the Sixers, coach Collins, the fans and maybe even himself.

Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -6

Hawes had a big third quarter which helped cut the Hawks’ lead to just three after they had led by as many as 19 before the end of the first half.  Hawes scored six points and pulled down six of his team-high 11 rebounds in the quarter as well.  Overall it was a decent effort from Hawes.  It could’ve been inspired by his uncle Steve Hawes, who played for the Hawks for seven seasons from 1976-1983.

Royal Ivey, PG 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -14

This was yet another “Poison Ivey” effort from Royal.  He nearly fouled out of the game in 13 minutes, committing five fouls in that span on the court.  He’s simply been awful the past two games and for tanking purposes, maybe that’s a good thing?

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 3-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | +7

The Jruth” had a rough night shooting the ball and apparently took a slight beating physically in the game as well.  Jrue was seen with his wrist wrapped with ice in the locker room postgame and he admittedly rolled his ankle pretty badly towards the end of the first half.  Shooting 3-of-12 from the field is unacceptable, but it did seem like something was off all night in Jrue’s game.  Defensively he was also unable to contain Jeff Teague who had a career night, scoring 27 while dishing 11 assists.  The A+ is for playing hurt and going hard all game — that’s called leadership.  Bynum could learn something from Holiday.  Holiday had these comments in the locker room post game.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -5

Yes!!! Maybe Doug Collins is starting to read this blog, rejoice!!  Other than sluggish defense on Anthony Tolliver all night, Moultrie continued to impress scoring eight points and more importantly grabbing seven rebounds in 27 minutes of tick.  He makes the Sixers exciting to watch when he’s on the court and he’s already dunked the ball with authority more times than Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen and Kwame Brown had all season.  Here’s some examples of Moultrie attacking the rim

Dorell Wright, SF 32 MIN | 6-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -5

It wasn’t done efficiently, but 20 points and nine rebounds is a super performance from Wright. Wright hadn’t scored 20 in a game since the Sixers road win over the Memphis Grizzlies back on December 26th.  His nine rebounds also ties his season high.  Getting things done DWRIGHTWAY will hopefully get him further away from the Do(u)g house.

Charles Jenkins, PG 29 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +2

Jenkins went from receiving a DNP against Boston, to playing an absurd 29 minutes the very next game. Jenkins had seven points, two rebounds and two assists in his first 13 minutes of action, but the next 16 minutes were unnecessary.  I don’t know what Jenkins did to get on Collins’ good side, but his minutes from one game to the next were an example of classic Doug.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 9 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -11

Really Doug? Why????  Ivey and Jenkins have no business receiving the minutes that should’ve been Pargo’s in the past two games.  Pargo is being underutilized and should start at the point guard spot for the Sixers while letting Jrue Holiday off-the-ball for open looks.  Pargo’s quick, he has size, he takes the ball strong to the tin and he has good passing instinct.

Damien Wilkins, SG 22 MIN | 8-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | -8

DAM-I-EN, DAM-I-EN, DAM-I-EN…The man was possessed against his Uncle Dominique’s former team. He hit for 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and even grabbed six boards and got to the FT line a couple times. In the past seven games he’s scored double-digits in three of them.  The last time he scored twenty in a game goes all the way back to a game against the Hawks in Atlanta as well on November 16, 2007 where he scored 41.  To state just how long ago that was, Damien Wilkins was a member of the Seattle Supersonics at the time…Someone on Twitter even suggested he should’ve done the Michael Jordan shoulder shrug after hitting a deep three to give him his 21st point in the 4th.  I couldn’t agree more.

Lavoy Allen, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

It’s about time!!! Kick back and watch some Temple basketball in March Lavoy, because you have no reason to get any more playing time for the foreseeable future.  I’ve never seen a player as soft and mellow quite like yourself.  You broke the boring scale months ago.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

In the last 28 Sixers games, Kwame Brown has played in just five.  Money well spent.

Doug Collins

Overall Doug has his team competing again which is something to be proud of.  He’s also given more playing time to Moultrie and less to the likes of Hawes and Lavoy.  All good things.  Next he has to start Pargo and Wright at the point guard and small forward positions.  It’s the only way to make Evan Turner wake up right now.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

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24 TO GO: WHAT’S YOUR PLAN?!?

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/05/13 12:54 pm EST

24. 

Two dozen.

That’s how many games remain in this very disappointing year for the 76ers.

Tonight’s game down at the Wells Fargo Center against Boston tips off the final stretch of the 2012-13 season.  Barring one of the biggest miracle runs in the history of the League, the Sixers will miss the playoffs and are bound for the 2013 NBA Lottery.

Now the question becomes what do the Sixers do with the upcoming games they have to play in March and April?  Many in Philadunkia nation support the notion of tanking.  Others want to play it out in a competitive nature and hope for the best.  Still others have some their own ideas for how the remainder of the 7-6′s season should go.  No matter what idea you support, you need a plan — hopefully a good one — to reach your goals for the last 24 contests.

So that is the challenge we gave to several of the Philadunkia scribes.  If you were in charge of the Sixers, provide us with your detailed plan for the remainder of the 2012-13 season.   


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