Posts Tagged ‘Joel Embiid’

Fo’ with the Foes: Atlanta Hawks

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

atlantachiceditThis 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 Atlanta Hawks who are in an awful slump right now having lost 3 in a row and 6 of their last 10. To be honest, I like the 76ers chances of stealing a win tonight.

(I can’t believe I just typed that line.)

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Atlanta team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Brad Rowland at Peach Tree Hoops, as Brad will answer Fo’ questions on his Hawks squad from us here at Philadunkia.

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Drama Is Not What the Sixers Need

Monday, December 14th, 2015

dantoniThe 76ers record stands at 1-24.  They have dropped 7 straight games.  The last four loses have been by an average of 23 points.  Brett Brown’s roster does not boast  an NBA starting caliber point guard or shooting guard and features two dynamic bigs that may not be able to play together. They lead the NBA in turnovers (17.4 per game). Lastly, the Sixers have been awful on defense, ranking at the bottom of the League in points allowed (102.8 ppg.– 23rd).  In short, the 76ers are an absolute mess on the court.

Still, despite all the losing, makeshift lineups and embarrassing statistics, I have been impressed that this roster and coaching staff have stuck together in the locker room and that even during the lowest point of “the process” there appears to be no internal drama on this team.  Which is why this past weekend’s rumors regarding former Lakers/Knicks/Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni possibly joining the 76ers staff are raising significant issues in my basketball mind.

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Process This…

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

colangeloEven for those of us who completely “trust the process”, there is no denying that the 76ers last 2+ seasons have been painful to live through (Last night’s 51-point loss to the Spurs was possibly the most painful moment.). Every individual no matter how mentally and physically tough, has a specific threshold for tolerating pain and once that point is exceeded, you will plead for mercy. Well, apparently a 1-20 record, a host of off-the-court issues from prized rookie Jahlil Okafor and allegedly a push from NBA commissioner Adam Silver have forced the 76ers’ ownership group to finally cry “mercy”.

Thus, on Monday, the Sixers announced that Jerry Colangelo — a Hall of Famer and the man responsible for resurrecting USA Basketball — will join the franchise as a special advisor and chairman of basketball operations.

After the jump, are three different takes I have assembled from my NBA contacts on the most recent move by Josh Harris & Company in “the process” .

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Fo’ with the Foes: LA Lakers

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

lakerhottieThis special, Moses Malone Tribute Night 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 Los Angeles Lakers who own a record of 2-16, have lost six straight games, but feature D’Angelo Russell, former 76ers Louis Williams and Swaggy P as well as the soon-to-be-retired Kobe Bryant.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Los Angeles team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Darius Soriano at forumblueandgold.com, as Darius will answer Fo’ questions on his Lakers squad from us here at Philadunkia.

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Fo/ with the Foes: Charlotte Hornets

Friday, November 20th, 2015

honeybeeseditedThis 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 Charlotte Hornets (6-6), who have won 6-of-their-last-9 and feature a rejuvenated Nicholas Batum as well as our man Spencer Hawes.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Charlotte team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Spencer Percy at queencityhoops.com, as Spencer will answer Fo’ questions on his Hornets squad from us here at Philadunkia.

 

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Not That Big of A Surprise

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston CelticsOn Monday night the 76ers put up a respectable fight against the Dallas Mavericks, but were eventually bested by the Dirk and Company.  The loss dropped the Sixers record to 0-11 and with a brutal schedule the rest of the month, my prediction of a 2-16 start to this season now seems like a pipe dream.

Still, for the most part I have truly enjoyed watching this group of rookies and undiscovered “prospects” play basketball. Additionally, there have been a few positives revelations we can take from the first 11 games of the season.  It’s become very obvious that Jahlil Okafor is a low post beast on offense.  There’s little doubt that Nerlens Noel has improved his offensive game.  TJ McConnell can be a rock steady point guard at this League.  To most, the last positive item is the biggest revelation of all.

Nearly everyone in Philadunkia nation and around the Association in general has been shocked by McConnell’s ability to compete at the NBA level.  The undrafted rookie out of Arizona boasts stats line of 7.8 ppg. and 6.2 apg., while shooting 52% from the field and has held his own in difficult matchups with former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, 2015 All-Star Kyle Lowry and former All-Star Deron Williams.   However, if you look at McConnell’s basketball resume, talk to his dad and his former college coach, you’ll find that we should NOT be the least bit surprised at the success McConnell is achieving with the 76ers.

 

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Rapid Reacts: Turnovers & Dirk’s Dagger

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Dallas Mavericks 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 86 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 38 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 3FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 12 PTS | -4 +/-A very nice double-double by #4 was tainted by the turnovers Noel was responsible for at the worst times. Additionally, he scored only 2 points in the back-and-forth 4th quarter when the Sixers needed him most. As the leader of this team he has to produce in the clutch.

Jerami Grant, SF 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-1 3FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -21 +/-I thought Grant had an very nice game last night. He was extremely aggressive on offense. His hustle and energy was at a high level. Grant also scored 4 big 4th Q points. His cold shooting in the early 3rd Q was a factor in this game and that’s the lone knock on his play lst night.

Jahlil Okafor, C 33 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-3 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | -13 +/-I understand how inefficient the 7-6’s offense can be when Jah is in the game and I just don’t care. When the Sixers find a REAL perimeter knock down shooter to compliment his inside game, this offense will be difficult to defend.

T.J. McConnell, PG 34 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-3 3FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | +5 +/-After two straight sub-par efforts (by his own high standards), TJ scored a career high 13 points and was a big help on the glass as well. I loved that he was jawing at Dirk for the acting job the Geramn legend did during a very questionable foul call in the late 4th Q.

Nik Stauskas, SG 16 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-2 3FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -14 +/-I have no words for how disappointed I am in Suace Castillo’s shooting so far this season. Hopefully last night is the rock bottom moment.

 

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Fo’ with the Foes: Toronto Raptors

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

dancepakeditedThis 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 upcoming 76ers’ games – features tonight’s opponent, the Toronto Raptors, who are currently on a three game losing streak, but remain in 1st place in the Atlantic Division.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Toronto team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Sam Holako at raptorsrepublic.com, as Sam will answer Fo’ questions on his Raptors squad from us here at Philadunkia.

 

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Rapid Reacts: Injuries & Poor Shooting

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Chicago Bulls 111 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Philadelphia 76ers
Richaun Holmes, PF 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-3 3FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +5 +/-Another rookie enters the first-five for the 76ers and posts a respectable performance. With his hops and quick second jump, I’d like to have seen Holmes grab a few more boards, but his energy and hustle are amazing. He is falling in love with his jumper a little too much for my tastes.

Jerami Grant, SF 29 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-2 3FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -26 +/-Grant was very aggresssive going to the rack last night and I hope he continues to play that way this season. Grant scored 6 points in the 1st Q and I thought he was headed for a big night, but like a number of the Sixers, he went ice cold.

Jahlil Okafor, C 31 MIN | 9-25 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-8 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | -22 +/-

A 2-10 start to the game di not prevent Jah for putting up a monster night (7-14 in 2nd half). Honestly, Jah got some great looks at the hoop because of his low post moves, he just couldn’t get the ball to roll in. There was a stretch in the 1st Q were on 3 consecutive trips Jah could not get lay-ins to fall. His 8 defensive rebounds in Noel’s absence were huge.

T.J. McConnell, PG 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-2 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -18 +/-

I know that TJ’s job in this lineup is to find open shooters and not turn the ball over, but with the Noel and Cov out last night, I’d like to have seen TJ look to score a bit more in the 1st half. Still an 8/2 assist to turnover ration is amazing and if Stauskas could shoot at all last night, TJ has double digit assists.  I thought he battled former MVP Derrick Rose to a draw last night.

Nik Stauskas, SG 33 MIN | 2-13 FG | 1-7 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -23 +/-Stauskas was 1-7 from deep last night and miss fired on a host of wide open looks. He is now hit 9 for 37 on 3-balls acorss his last 4 games. “Jesus,” Stauskas commeneted post game when informed of his recent shooting stats. My thoughts on his struggles during the game last night were significantly more volatile.

 

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Rapid Reacts: Sooo Close, But No

Thursday, November 5th, 2015
Philadelphia 76ers 87 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Milwaukee Bucks
Nerlens Noel, PF 33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 3FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +9 +/-A double-double and 50% shooting from the field is a nice start to this two game road trip. Noel came out with an aggressive mind set again last night and scored 7 points in the 1st Q. The leap forward his game has taken is amazing.

Jerami Grant, SF 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-3 3FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +22 +/-I know his shooting stroke has been off (34% from the field; 14% from deep thru 4 games) but I really enjoyed watching Grant play last night. His ability to cut to the rim is a great compliment to McConnell’s passing skills. When his J returns he will be a great scoring threat off the bench.

Jahlil Okafor, C 35 MIN | 9-13 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-3 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | -4 +/-Forget about the points and 69% shooting from the field. What really impressed me last night was Jah’s ability to pass the ball.  The rookie made several great passes out of double teams last night.

T.J. McConnell, PG 35 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-1 3FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 12 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +4 +/-In his 1st NBA start, TJ posted a near triple-double and really had the Sixers half-court offense clicking. I also noticed that the Sixers played with a much faster pace (but under control) last night than I had seen in previous games. Last night TJ made that extra pass that teammates and coaches love so much. He has now posted 24 dimes and 1 TO in his last 2 games.

Nik Stauskas, SG 35 MIN | 5-19 FG | 3-14 3FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 14 PTS | +17 +/-The Bucks are one of the worst defensive teams in the League and are awful at guarding the three point line, so I really thought this would be the game that “Sauce Castillo” broke out. He got a slew of good looks last night, but his jumper was off and that kept Nik from a big night. 1 or 2 more made buckets from Nik and the Sixers win this game. Last night he again showed the ability to attack the rim.

 

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