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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GM71: Rapid (2nd Cousins) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/25/15 11:09 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 106 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Sacramento Kings
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 28 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +6 +/-ICYMI: 3 of Luc’s 5 total points came mid-way through the 1st Q when he splashed home a 3-ball. The rest of the night he was MIA.

Robert Covington, SF 27 MIN | 7-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +11 +/-The elbow mus be feeling much better because Cov got the start last night and despite not scoring in the 1st Q, he responded with a big performance.  His 12-point scoring barrage in the span of 1:11 during the 4th Q was simply amazing to watch.

Nerlens Noel, C 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 6 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +7 +/-Another double-double and 50% shooting from the field. With 6 swats last night, Noel now has 15 blocks over his last 5 games.  Noel also is averaging 15 points on 51.7% shooting over that same stretch of games.  He has to be entering the ROY discussion, correct?

Ish Smith, PG 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 13 PTS | +3 +/-Other than the 7 TOs and a 1:1 assist/TO ratio, I thought Smith played the solid game I asked for in my Fo’ with the Foes preview.  If he can play like this every night, the Sixers will at least be tolerable to watch down the home stretch of this season.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 19 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +1 +/-In the early 3rd Q I thought Sampson found a nice groove (5 quick points), so I was a little shocked that Brown did not play him more in the 2nd half.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Detroit Pistons

Posted by: C. Smith
03/18/15 4:55 pm EST

pistonsredheadThis 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 Detroit Pistons who defeated the Memphis Grizzlies last night, but have lost 10 of their last 11 and will be without Greg Monroe tonight.

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


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GM65: Rapid (Reserves Rock!) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/14/15 11:28 am EST
Sacramento Kings 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 114 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 30 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +8 +/-Luc recovered from a slow start (2 points in 1st Q) to post a solid game. His 6 points during the 3rd Q surge assisted the Sixer reserves in bringing home this W.

Robert Covington, SF 29 MIN | 8-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +3 +/-Welcome back Cov!!  His hot shooting and 11 points in the 1st Q kept the Sixers from falling out of this game very early on.  Then Cov posted another 9 points in the 2nd Q (3-3 from deep). Still, it seems Cov was one of the few players who did not benefit from Brown’s halftime speech as he went 1-5 from the field in the 2nd half.

Nerlens Noel, C 28 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +5 +/-Just another double-double and 50%+ shooting from the field from Noel who’s play since the trade deadline continues to amaze.  Is anyone else disappointed that he had only had 1 steal?

Isaiah Canaan, PG 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -4 +/-Priority #1 for Sam Hinkie is to find a PG and a backup PG for 2015-16 because the undersized Canaan who has totaled 5 dimes and 4 TOs in the last 2 games while shooting 32% from the field is not the answer.  Still, his 5 points in the 3rd Q were huge last night, so he gets the C+ from me.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 17 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -7 +/-Sampson was very active early on in this game and thrilled the crowd with a drive to the rim that ended with a thunderous flush.  After 6 points in the 1st half, I thought he had finally found his stride again, but he went MIA in the 2nd half and I don’t have a single note on him from the 3rd/4th Qs.


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Noel on the Rise

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/13/15 11:43 am EST

NBA: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ersIf you’ve been paying attention to the Sixers lately, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the all-around improved play of Nerlens Noel.  Since the NBA trade deadline (and the departure of Michael Carter-Williams) Noel has taken giant steps in his development, on both ends of the floor.  In his last 10 games, #4 is averaging 11.4 ppg.; 10.6 rpg.; 2.2 bpg. and 2.7 spg., all while shooting 43% from the field.  With each passing game he looks less and less like the raw, out-of-place player he often resembled early on in the season.

Many expected Noel to be good, even dominant, defensively, but it’s safe to say that few expected him to be this good this quickly.

Aftre the jump, I’ll take a look at just how good Noel has been since the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities in New York concluded.

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Noel and the Numbers

Posted by: C. Smith
03/09/15 12:31 pm EST

noelpoppingjerseyLost in the wake of all the Eagles free agency news this weekend was the fact that the 76ers went produced a 1-1 record in their last two games (Win over the depleted Atlanta Hawks) and rookie Nerlens Noel who has played extremely well since the All-Star break, simply took his game to another level this past weekend.

Since the All-Star break, Noel has played his best basketball of the season.  Since the festivities in New York City wrapped up, #4 is averaging 11.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.9 blocks, and 2.7 steals per game.

Over the weekend, Noel averaged 10.5 ppg., 14 rpg. and 5.5 spg.  As a result of his two impressive outings, a host of “historical” references were applied to the stats Noel has been posting during this recent stretch of play and posted online.  After the jump, we’ll present a several of those references and let you decide what, if anything, these numbers exactly mean for Noel and the 76ers.


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GM61: Rapid (Amazing Loss) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/05/15 10:55 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 118 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 Oklahoma City Thunder
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 40 MIN | 6-21 FG | 6-9 FT | 14 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +4 +/-

A double-double for Embiid’s sitter was blemished by 28% shooting from the field and 0-3 from deep.  If Luc would pump the brakes on his shot selection, he would be much more effective offensive player for this team.

Nerlens Noel, C 40 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 5 BLK | 5 TO | 8 PTS | +12 +/-

A solid night for #4, but after his 7-7 outing vs. Toronto I expected a little more on the offensive end.  5 blocks and 4 steals (strip of Westbrook at end of regulation was huge) were great, but he also posted 5 TOs last night.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 42 MIN | 10-16 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 31 PTS | +5 +/-

We finally got to see the “bullseye shooter” version of Canaan that all the scouts have been talking about. He opened the game Canaan 5-of-5 on 3-pointers and drained 8 total on the day which produced a career high 31 points. Additionally Canaan had only 3 TOs.

Jason Richardson, SG 36 MIN | 8-19 FG | 9-9 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 29 PTS | +17 +/-

Back in October if you had told me that JRich would play 36 minutes in a games this season for the Sixers, I would have bet any amount of money against that idea in a minute and laughed. If you next told me he would score 29 points in a game for the Sixers this season I would have checked you into a mental health facility.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -4 +/-

There is nothing wrong with the way Sampson played last night.  I just figured in an up and down, high scoring game that an athlete like Sampson would produce a better stat line.  Of course that can be difficult when you only get 15 minutes of burn.


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The Thomas Robinson Affair

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/02/15 2:52 pm EST

trobsixerseditOn Tuesday, February 24th, the 76ers officially announced they had acquired forward Thomas Robinson through a claim in the NBA’s waiver wire and confirmed for all of us what the internet had been reporting for nearly 12-hours prior to their release.  Robinson appeared in 32 games for the Blazers this season averaging 12 minutes per game and posting stats of 3.6 ppg. and 4.2 rpg.  In 172 career games, Robinson owns a shine of 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.  The Sixers will be Robinson’s fourth NBA stop (Kings, Rockets & Blazers).

Just two Thursdays ago, the Portland Trailblazers traded Robinson, the former 5th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft to Denver in a deal that fetched Arron Afflalo in return.  Numerous reports say that Robinson’s agent quickly negotiated a deal with the Nuggets to have Robinson waived because if TRob should clear waivers, a 10-day deal had already been worked out with the Brooklyn Nets.  Of course, that’s where Sam Hinkie entered the picture.


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GM58: Rapid (Everybody Beats the Wiz) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/28/15 12:27 pm EST
Washington Wizards 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +8 +/-A near double-double for Embiid’s babysitter, but he is still launching way to many threes for my tastes and I love the the three ball.

Robert Covington, SF 26 MIN | 3-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +7 +/-After 4 points in the opening Q, I thought Cov was headed for a big night.  But his cold shooting prevented that from happening.

Nerlens Noel, C 34 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-6 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +6 +/-In the wake of MCW’s departure, Noel has really stepped up to be a leader on this team.  Noel’s 9 points in the 4th quarter kept the Wizards at arm’s length and pushed the Sixers to this win.  His block on Gortat in the late 3rd Q was awesome.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 22 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -2 +/-The scouting report on Canaan is that he is a very good shooter.  I’m still waiting to see what all the scouts are talking about.

Jason Richardson, SG 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +14 +/-The fact that he is on the court and contributing to this squad is amazing to me.  His stroke was on last night and that opened up the floor for Noel.  JRich dropped a beautiful dime to Noel in the late 4th Q that led to a big flush.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Washington Wizards

Posted by: C. Smith
02/27/15 3:21 pm EST

wizardsamanadaeditThis ‘still trying to recover from the ass kicking the Bucks gave the 76ers’ 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 Washington Wizards who right now may be playing as poorly as the 76ers.  The Wizards have lost 5 straight and 10 of their last 12, but still boasts Sixer killers John Wall and Marcian Gortat.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Washington team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Rashad Mobley at truthaboutit.net as Rashad will answer Fo’ questions on the Wizards from us here at Philadunkia.

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