DRAFT14: Hinkie’s 2nd Round Gems

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
06/30/14 9:14 am EST

2014sixers-pickseditedPhiladunkia nation fan there is very good chance that we won’t see our first round talents from the 2014 NBA Draft suit up for the team this year.  With Embiid nursing his broken foot for the next six to eight months and Saric playing in Turkey for at least the next two years, the only prospects from Draft14 we’ll see on the court next season will be those Sam Hinkie selected in the second round.

When all the wheeling and dealing was done last Thursday night, Hinkie ended up bringing home four 2nd round selections, and with the double tank…I mean…another rebuilding year coming up 2014-15, it’s highly likely that this group of second round picks will make the Sixers’ roster and one or two of them may even play significant minutes for Brett Brown this coming season.

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’13 Free Agents: What Did We Miss?

Posted by: C. Smith
05/12/14 10:19 am EST

2getherwebuildmantraWhen the 76ers began the 2013 off season, the immediate future looked somewhat positive.  With All-Star point man Jrue Holiday leading the way as well as solid veterans like Thad Young, Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner on the roster, the franchise had a respectable core to build around.  Add the #11 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, factor in the removal of the burnt out Doug Collins and his prehistoric offensive scheme, then add a free agent or two and you had the makings of what could have been a decent, watchable 2013-14 NBA season here in Philadelphia.

Back then, the scribes here at Philadunkia assembled a list of players from the 2013 free agent class who we felt could help improve the Sixers for 2013-14. Of course after Sam Hinkie smartly pushed the tank button at the 2013 Draft, that exercise turned out to be a complete waste of time.

Still, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to look back at the 2013 free agents we wanted the 76ers to add and review what type of season those players turned in this year.
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A Trade for Dwight Howard

Posted by: C. Smith
02/09/14 12:48 pm EST

dwighthoward76ersmoonIt goes without saying that the scribes here at Philadunkia have grown weary of discussing the 76ers on the court ills during this season of the tank.  Long before this week’s depressing home losses to the also-tanking Celtics and the depleted Lakers our water cooler talk had turned to discussing what trades Sam Hinkie could possibly put together in an effort to rebuild this franchise.

The usual trade suspects on the 76ers’ roster — Thad, Turner and Hawes — are mentioned in these daily deadline discussions.  We’ve all read the rumors or reports from “sources” about possible trade destinations for the three veterans on this team.  To be honest, it seems like those stories have been circulating online since the Sixers broke camp.

However, with the NBA trade deadline just 11 days away, a fresh trade idea was proposed by one of the scribes here at Philadunkia that would put Dwight Howard in a 76ers uniform.  After the jump, that potential trade will be outlined and discussed.

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GM45: Rapid (Rock Bottom) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/28/14 11:32 am EST
Phoenix Suns 124 FinalRecap | Box Score 113 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 9-15 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | -10A solid offensive night for Thad.  Thad’s steal and AND 1 in the 4th Q was smooth.  However the ill advised 3PA he missed with 3+ remaining in the game and the Sixers down 10, was a killer.  I also have to ask…How does a 6-foot-8 small forward who is athletic, fast and has a high basketball IQ, only grab 2 boards in 37 minutes of play?

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 7-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | -7A nice scoring 1st half — 13 points on 4-8 shooting — helped Turner stuff the stat sheet.  Still, his defensive lapse on the Suns 1st possesion of the game set the stage for an epic collapse by the Sixers at that end of the floor.  Also when he got T’d up in the 3rd Q after MCW’s AND1 play had cut into the Suns lead, I threw my remote.

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | -9A near double-double on 50% shooting from the field and from three along with 100% shooting from the FT line out of your center should be enough to help you win a game.  It wasn’t…You know why?  Because Spence was MIA last night on the defensive end. How funny was it to watch #00 back pedal hard as he could as the Suns FB blew by him like an orange practice cone?

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 39 MIN | 7-19 FG | 7-7 FT | 2 REB | 11 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 22 PTS | -11I’ll start with the positive…I liked that MCW made a concentrated effort to get to the rim last night.  He seemed determined to score by going past and over Dragic.  The result was 7 FTAs and he knocked them all home.  However his shot is still off and Dragic simply killed him at the other end of the floor.

James Anderson, SG 32 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -5JA played no defense last night and I still am wondering when he is going to start hitting some 3’s again.

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Could Lance Stephenson Be A Future Sixer?

Posted by: Alex Gorge
01/24/14 11:39 am EST

lanceRecently there has been a great deal of discussion about where rising Pacers guard Lance Stephenson will play next year after his current contract expires.  Normally I get irritated about this type of speculation surrounding a young player who is the middle of a very good season, but really hasn’t totally proven himself yet.  However, in this case, the speculation is warranted.

The Brooklyn product has had an absolute breakout year when he was expected to become just a good role player on a Pacers team with Eastern Conference title aspirations.  When I say breakout year I mean a borderline All-Star who has cemented himself as a possible triple-double threat.  More impressive than that is the fact that Stephenson has done this on a title contender rather than taking volume shots on a bottom feeding team.

So could this talented shooting guard be a missing piece to Sam Hinkie’s 76ers puzzle?

I will explore this scenario and what it could mean for the 76ers after the jump.

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Fo’ with the Foes: Brooklyn Nets

Posted by: C. Smith
12/20/13 10:12 am EST

beyonce-nets-capThis 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 Brooklyn Nets, who are surging of late (winning 4 of their last 6) and simply embarrassed the 76ers up in Brooklyn on Monday night.

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

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GM22: Rapid Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/10/13 10:37 am EST
Los Angeles Clippers 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 83 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -7A 2-for-7 start prevented Thad from having a really big night as he got a lot of great looks against the defensively challenged Blake Griffin.  Despite foul trouble (lousy calls), Thad racked up a double-double.  I especially like the way he went right at Griffin and pushed the NBA’s poster boy around the paint.  However, 16 points on 16 FGAs is not an efficient scoring night (yeah I know he shot 50% from the field).  Also zero FTAs is not a stat I like to see from my starting PF.
Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 11-23 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 25 PTS | -11Typical 2013-14 night for Turner…He stuffs the stat sheet and looked awesome at times.  But there were moments last night where he made me throw the remote.  He scored 13 points on 12 FGAs in the 1st half (Bad!); but ET also scored 7 straight points in the 4th Q (Good!).
Hollis Thompson, SF 39 MIN | 1-7 FG | 5-7 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -12I love that HT got to the FT line and converted.  He also put together a nice stretch in the 3rd Q where he scored 5 points.  But 1-7 shooting is about as cold as a baller can get.
Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -14A season-low 2 points on 1-of-6 shooting and missed both of the 3-pointers he attempted, snapping at 20 his streak of games with at least one trey
Tony Wroten, SG 36 MIN | 2-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -8Unfortunatley TWroe has no off switch when it comes to shooting and last night that killed the Sixers.

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Fo’ with the Foes: Charlotte Bobcats

Posted by: C. Smith
12/06/13 12:56 pm EST

charlotte_bobcats_dance_team3This 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 Bobcats, who despite being 3-7 in their last 10 contests, currently sit 1-game ahead of the 76ers in the race for the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.

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 Bobcats squad from us here at Philadunkia.

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DRAFT13: Where Are They Now?

Posted by: C. Smith
12/05/13 12:47 pm EST

pierrejacksonIf you think back to June 27th, 2013 – a.k.a. Draft Night 2013 – you may remember that in addition to the shocking, Jrue Holiday to New Orleans, mega-trade that Sam Hinkie pulled off, the Sixers’ new GM also executed several minor deals involving second round draft prospects.

In all, “Hinkie-palooza” (As we dubbed that night of crazy trading action Sam produced.) saw the Sixers trade for or select  four different players that the franchise no longer holds the rights on.  They were here one moment and gone the next.

After the jump I’ll take a look at what these four players have accomplished in their basketball careers since being used like pawns during “Hinkie-palooza” by the 7-6’s forward thinking GM.

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The Value of Free Throws for the Sixers

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/25/13 3:00 pm EST

Toronto Raptors v. Philadelphia 76ersAnyone who’s ever played basketball in their lifetime knows the importance of getting to the charity stripe. On any basketball team, more often than not the best player on your team will also be the one that makes and attempts the most free throws. This is the mark of a true scorer.

For the Sixers, getting to the line has been a crutch for this team since 2007, the year Allen Iverson (the franchise’s second all-time leading scorer) was traded to the Denver Nuggets.

In the seasons following Iverson’s departure, the Sixers as a team have only ranked in the top 10 in free throws made for a full season just once — in 2008-09 when they ranked sixth. Otherwise, the Sixers have ranked in the bottom-half of the League in terms of hitting and attempting their freebies since then. Until of course — this season.

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