Is Randle A Good Fit For The Sixers?

Posted by: C. Smith
11/13/13 11:41 am EST

randleukDISCLAIMER:  The following post is NOT an outright endorsement of Julius Randle as the 76ers 2014 NBA Draft Lottery selection.  It is simply a hypothetical idea that crossed my mind last night as I watched Randle and Kentucky play.

Leading up to last night’s big college basketball double-header my thoughts on the 2014 Draft class were that either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker would be a great fit for the 7-6.  As I watched the games last night, those thoughts were quickly confirmed.  Both are athletic, fantastic wing players who could step right in and start for Brett Brown.  Either one would be a tremendous fit as a draft pick for the Sixers.

So I asked myself the following as I watched Kentucky play Michigan State on Tuesday night, “What if the Sixers aren’t in a position to select one of those two players?  What if Hinkie ends up on the clock and Julius Randle is the best player available?  Would Randle be a good fit here?” 


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What if the Bynum Trade Never Happened?

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/08/13 6:00 pm EST

oc8e0290-copyIn the wake of Andrew Bynum possibly taking the court tonight for the Cleveland Cavaliers down at the Wells Fargo Center, it’s a good time to look back and reflect on one of the biggest Sixers trades in the past 20 years.

It was just two summers ago in August when the Sixers shipped out Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and a protected first-round pick in return for the possible franchise-center Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson.


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Do ET’s Improved #’s = Better Trade Value?

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
11/06/13 1:40 pm EST

EvanTurnertightAs the Sixers 2013-14 season kicks into full swing, there has been much speculation that the opportunity for enhanced statistics this season for Evan Turner could work to boost his trade value.

That may be true, and Evan has noticeably improved upon his 2012-13 numbers thus far this season, upping his scoring average to almost 22 points per.  But, inflated stats on a struggling squad will only go so far, and until he develops a consistent jump shot, his style of play will really only fit in certain systems.

After the jump I analyze the how and why behind Turner’s improved numbers.  Then I’ll take a look at the short list of teams where the “new” Evan Turner could fit in and thus be a possible trade partner for the 76ers.


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Jrue Who?

Posted by: C. Smith
11/04/13 11:03 am EST

mcwdribblesjpgThe majority of us here at Philadunkia were big Jrue Holiday supporters.  In addition to his excellent on-the-court play as a member of the 76ers, Jrue was very good to this site and granted our staff a number of exclusive interviews during his years in Philadelphia.

So needless to say, we were shocked and disappointed when Holiday was dealt to New Orleans in Sam Hinkie’s Draft night blockbuster deal.  Obviously we understood why Hinkie made the move and after the shock wore off, a few of us even agreed with the trade.  Still, for the second straight year the face of the 76ers franchise was shipped out and it hurt a little.

However, in just three games rookie Michael Carter-Williams has eased our suffering greatly.

After the jump, a statistical look at how MCW is helping us cope with the loss of “The Jruth”.


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Anderson’s Shot at the First-Five

Posted by: Jovan Alford
10/09/13 9:44 am EST

jamesandersoncopyAs the 76ers began the NBA Global Games on Sunday afternoon, there was new addition to the starting lineup; that new addition was forward James Anderson.  Anderson, who has been a NBA journeyman through his first three years in the League, is looking for his time to shine.

It’s interesting to note, that Anderson and new head coach Brett Brown already have a connection.  Back in the 2010 NBA Draft, Anderson was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round with the 20th overall pick.

In the 2010-11 season with the Spurs, Anderson would play in 26 games but would only start in two of them.  He averaged 3.6 points per game in 11 minutes.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
09/23/13 10:33 am EST

JaneenMasiejczyk_SixersDanceTeamOver at philly.com Keith Pompey visited Nerlens Noel in Birmingham, AL for an update (with video) on his knee rehab.

Dei Lynam at csnphilly.com reports that coach Brown is working to improve the Sixers fitness level.

Dana O’Neil at ESPN.com reported the Billy Lange to the Sixers rumor over a week and on Sunday Lange’s addition to the staff became official.

The 76ers roster has not had a very good showing in ESPN.com’s #NBARank series.  At SI.com, they are ranking the Top 100 players in the Association and there’s more bad news there.  Thad was the only Sixer who made the list.  Bynum was ranked at #60.  ”Big Nik” at #100.  INSERT JOKE HERE.  Jrue came in at #48.


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PHILADUNKIA 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/20/13 2:04 pm EST

76erscrystalballIt’s time to take your mind off last night’s Eagles debacle for a minute and read the latest edition of Philadunkia 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 four Philadunkia scribes will address four timely 76ers topics.

   
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2013-14 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS

Posted by: C. Smith
08/07/13 10:50 am EST

76ersmantraLogoeditedMuch to our excitement, the 76ers schedule for 2013-14 schedule was released late yesterday.  And while the 76ers still do not have a head coach and there are still a number of decisions to be made about the Sixers roster, we took a stab at analyzing the upcoming 82-game slate.

Since most NBA rosters are not yet finalized, we had to make a lot of assumptions based on what the teams looked like last year and the pieces they have subtracted and/or added this off-season.  So we reserve the right to make some changes after the free agent season comes to a halt.  But I doubt we will be making any changes as the Sixers are going to be terrible during the  upcoming season of “Tankadelphia”.

With those assumptions in mind we believe “Winless for Wiggins” fans will be very pleased to learn that a brutal tip-off month to the 2013-14 season will be followed by a simply awful January and the Sixers could be well on their way to a great tank effort long before All-Star Weekend.

After the jump, is a breakdown of what is sure to be a very long season for us here in Philadunkia nation.


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INTERVIEW: MOLLY SULLIVAN

Posted by: C. Smith
08/02/13 10:18 am EST

mollysullivan1The 76ers made a number of bold moves during the 2012 off-season that for one reason or another did not work out in the best interest of the franchise.  Andrew Bynum, Kwame Brown, Nick Young and Jason Richardson immediately come to mind.

However, the one acquisition the Sixers made prior to last season that worked out beautifully was the addition of television sideline reporter Molly Sullivan.  Think about it for a minute.

Sullivan appeared in more games than Bynum and Brown combined, made better on-court decisions than Swaggy P and her number is certainly more cap friendly then Jason Richardson’s.

In short, you don’t need advanced analytics to determine that Sullivan was the newcomer of the year in Philadunkia nation.

The lovely and talented (borrowing that line from David Letterman) Sullivan recently gave Philadunkia editor C. Smith a few minutes via email to answer a number of Sixers related questions.  After the jump, Sullivan talks Andrew Bynum, the Holiday trade, the end of the DC era and racing Ryan Lochte in the pool.


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SIMILAR, YET VERY DIFFERENT

Posted by: Jake Fischer
08/01/13 11:17 am EST

Bynum-NoelNerlens Noel is not Andrew Bynum.

He never has been and he never will be.

But to behoove those who believe strongly that the above statement is false, here are the few things the two young men actually have in common:

They’re both African American; they both are from the East Coast; they both attended more than one high school; they both were big names on the grassroots hoops scene; they both were first round NBA Draft picks, they both play center, they both have interesting hair; and they both had knee injuries upon arriving in Philadelphia via a trade for an All-Star caliber 76er.

But that’s where the extremely vague comparisons end.


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