Posts Tagged ‘KJ McDaniels’

411 on Summer League Invitees

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

summer_league15editedWe all know after the NBA Finals conclude and the Draft is over, that the summer sports schedule is so thin that USWNT soccer games on Fox Sports are must see TV.  That’s especially true in summer 2015 because the Phillies have been so difficult to watch.

But it’s time to stop complaining as NBA summer league action tips off next Monday and there will be plenty of 76ers basketball to watch in teh coming weeks.

Beginning July 6th, the 76ers will have a team participating in the Utah Jazz Summer. Then it’s on to Las Vegas where for the first time, the 76ers will have a squad entered in the highly competitive NBA Summer League.  As a bonus, summer League action in Vegas tips off on July 11th with a contest against D’Angelo Russell and the Lakers.

After the jump we will examine the players the Sixers have invited to their summer league “mini-camps” as the franchise preps for 2015 summer league action.

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Is McRae Headed for First Five?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

mcraesevenseditedAs the 76ers head into July’s Summer Leagues, the team’s projected regular season roster remains filled with holes.  The recently-passed 2015 NBA Draft may have actually provided more questions than answers regarding the rebuild.

The organization’s selection of Jahlil Okafor with the third overall pick added to the team’s overall talent pool and frontcourt depth, but it did not address its overall lack of reliable perimeter play.  Okafor has monster potential, and was probably the right choice given the circumstances, as the team remains far from formed; he has a real chance to blossom into an All-Star in Philly.  But, while the team has now established considerable depth amongst its big men, there remains a dearth of guard play.

Early projections would likely have the team’s best long-distance threat, Robert Covington and the ever-improving Nerlens Noel slotted as the starting forwards, while newcomer Okafor holds down the center spot.  But what about the backcourt spots?

 

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Embiid Hangover Still Lingers

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

embiidslameditedIt was Saturday night at 10:09, and I was in the midst of throwing my arm out on the NFL quarterback challenge at the Dave and Buster’s in Plymouth Meeting when a received text message caused my phone to vibrate in my shorts pocket.

“Well man. Something ain’t right about Embiid,” the text read.

What… The…

A quick scroll-through of my Twitter timeline further clarified the text.

A “setback”.

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Draft Lottery: Iverson > Noel

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Iverson-2editedOne way or another, the 76ers will continue to add to their young core in this summer’s NBA Draft.  Depending on how the ping-pong balls bounce in the upcoming Draft Lottery, the Sixers could own as few as one or as many as three 1st round selections at the 2015 NBA Draft.  The organization obviously needs a lot of luck in said Lottery.

After the news broke that Julius Erving, who represented the team at last year’s Draft Lottery, was unavailable to attend this June, the team announced that Nerlens Noel would be taking his place.

I love Nerlens Noel, and was beyond impressed with his development throughout his rookie season.  I think he has great things ahead of him in his NBA career, and I legitimately believe that he will compete for, if not win, multiple Defensive Player of the Year awards. With that said however, I would have preferred the team to send Allen Iverson.

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6 for the Final 9 of Tank 2.0

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

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

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
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: Sacramento Kings

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

marissamillerThis 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 Sacramento Kings who smoked the Washington Wizards on Sunday night; have won two straight games and feature DeMarcus Cousins, who simply killed the 76ers (39 points and 24 rebounds) on Monday of last week.

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

 

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GM68: Rapid (Frickin’ Winning) Reacts

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Detroit Pistons 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 26 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +7 +/-Luc did his best to shoot the Sixers into the loss column, but the weary Pistons were unbable to take advantage of the poor effort from Embiid’s babysitter.

Nerlens Noel, C 22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +2 +/-With the hops and energy Noel diplayed early on, it’s a good thing for the Pistons that he got hurt and missed most of the 2nd half.  Otherwise the Sixers may have won this game by 20.  I felt like very time he came on the TV Noel was flushing a dunk or swatting a Detroit shot.

Ish Smith, PG 26 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +10 +/-A near double-double from the journeyman was has supplanted Canaan (who the Sixers traded for by the way) as the starting PG.  He pushed the pace last night on the tired Pistons and unleashed a couple of floaters that were amazing. 50% shooting from the field; 8 dimes; only 3 TOs and +10 rating!  Too bad he isn’t 6’3 or taller.

Jason Richardson, SG 25 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +1 +/-JRich struck back at Father Time last night with a much needed solid shooting effort.  Previous to last night’s game, #23 was 6 for 37 from the field in his last 4 games and I had pretty much written him off for the season.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -6 +/-After 4 points in the the 1st half, I don’t have a single note on JaKarr for the rest of the game.  I like Sampson’s long range potential, but his is not a starting NBA guard and why Brown insists on trotting him out with the first-five is beyond me.

 

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GM67: Rapid (Simply Sorry) Reacts

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Philadelphia 76ers 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Boston Celtics
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -18 +/-Luc led the Sixers with a -18 +/- rating last night.

Nerlens Noel, C 34 MIN | 7-15 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -15 +/-A much better effort this time from Noel in hometown of Boston. I like that he was extremely aggressive last night and took the ball to the tin, but his left hand finish still needs some work.  His 6 points in the 1st Q was one of the few highlights for the Sixers.  However he did NOT score another point in the 1st half.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -8 +/-This PG experiment should officially come to a close when this season is over. While his stat line was respectable last night, Canaan owns a shoot first mentality, does not see the floor well and plays ole’ defense.

Jason Richardson, SG 20 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -15 +/-As Charles Barkley once said, “Father time is undefeated.”  J-Rich is now 6-27 (22%) from the field and 0-12 from deep in his last 3 games.

Hollis Thompson, SG 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -7 +/-Thompson took advantage of his first start since December and posted a solid overall stat line.  Along with Noel, HT was one of the few Sixers who could find the basket in the 1st Q (4 points).

 

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Noel on the Rise

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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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