10 Years of Movin’ On Up

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
05/19/14 10:00 am EST

2010draftlotterycard#2As we all know, the NBA Draft Lottery is only a few days away.  For Philadunkia nation, May 20th will be one of the most stressful nights of this long season due to its huge ramifications.  The 76ers have the second best odds of attaining the #1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft.  Unfortunately, having the second best odds doesn’t always seem to land a top pick.  Of course we have a 19.90% chance of grabbing the top selection, but our selection has a chance to slip all the way to the 5th spot.

Over the past ten years there have been a number of teams who have unexpectedly jumped into the top 3 on the draft board via the NBA Draft Lottery.  After the jump, I’ll review the last ten years and take a look and the teams who have been lucky enough to move up the board and I will also examine how that pick panned out for the franchise.


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ESPN Loves to Stir Things Up

Posted by: Alex Gorge
04/18/14 11:04 am EST

mcwsixersuniDo you ever watch ESPN or read ESPN.com and catch yourself thinking one or more of the following:

“This is not f@*%$*^ sports news.”   or “This has absolutely nothing to do with sports.”  

“This is a ridiculous argument.” or “No one would have reported this twenty years ago.”

Maybe it is just me but I constantly find myself yelling at segments I see on First Take and other speculative sports shows.  The thing about it is that once I yell, ESPN wins.  ESPN wins because even though the segment may have had no relevant sports importance or may be a completely ridiculous sports argument, it made me react.  Twenty years ago sports reporting was all real news and extremely professional.  Through social media arising and attention spans declining, the sports news world has completely changed.  Any average fan can now find the critical news they want in about two seconds on their phone.

So at a certain point what does ESPN have left to talk about that we haven’t already read or seen?  Controversy, that’s what.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Chicago Bulls

Posted by: C. Smith
03/19/14 2:24 pm EST

luvabulls-cheerleader-kafiThis 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 Chicago Bulls, who on paper are significantly better than the 76ers, but come to the WFC off a loss last night at home to OKC and are 3-3 in their last six games.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Chicago team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Nick Friedell at ESPNChicago.com as Nick will answer Fo’ questions on the Bulls from us here at Philadunkia.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Indiana Pacers

Posted by: C. Smith
03/14/14 3:25 pm EST

pacersshelbyeditedThis 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 Indiana Pacers who have lost 4 of 5 and as we all know now boast Evan “The Enigma” Turner and Andrew Bynum as a key members of their rotation.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Pacers team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Jared Wade at  EightPointsNineSeconds.com as Jared will answer Fo’ questions on the Pacers from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM63: Rapid (17 & Counting) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/11/14 9:43 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 110 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 New York Knicks
Thaddeus Young, PF 40 MIN | 8-22 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -11Thad started the game by scoring 9 points in the 1st Q, but he ended the 1st half shooting 4-12 from the field.  He scored only 2 points in the 3rd Q.

Henry Sims, C 20 MIN | 4-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -1I thought Sims played outstanding during the 1st half which included him shooting 4-4 from the field and playing with high energy. Which is why his limited minutes in the 3rd Q are so frustrating to me. I know he quickly picked up two fouls to open the 2nd half, but who cares. Leave Sims in there and let him play. If he fouls out, big frickin’ deal you are trying to lose games anyhow.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 8-12 FG | 6-9 FT | 13 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | 0We could look back at this night as the game where MCW got his ROY campaign back on track with a stellar triple-double (His 2nd of year).  Thank you Raymond Felton.  MCW did a great job of driving to the tin and finishing last night.  It’s also the 2nd straight game he has led the team in rebounding.  That’s good and bad news.

James Anderson, SG 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -8A solid shooting night from Anderson included 10 points in the 1st Q.  But don’t get too excited, the NYK are simply horrible on defense. However we should not that in his last 3 games JA is averaging 18 points per on 48.7% shooting.

Hollis Thompson, SG 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +3A return to the starting lineup by “The Keeper” has not helped his shooting stroke.  The two early in the shot clock, 3PAs he bricked on back-to-back offensive trips during the 3rd Q were simply laughable.


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Tempering Expectations for Hollis

Posted by: Alex Gorge
03/07/14 11:02 am EST

Hollis ThompsonIn the last week two articles have been published online discussing how Brett Brown believes wingman Hollis Thompson is “a keeper” and foreshadowing a potential vital role in the future of this franchise for this 76er rookie. At the end of January, I wrote a post saying that Thompson deserved a roster spot next year and maybe, just maybe, if he put in a great deal of work, Thompson could become a James Posey type player.

While I still believe that is a possibility, I am also cautioning Philadunkia nation to temper their expectations for the former Georgetown Hoya, because in reality Thompson is simply a decent young prospect in one of the worst rookie classes in recent NBA history.


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GM60: Rapid (Close One) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/03/14 11:00 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Orlando Magic
Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 13-25 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 29 PTS | -3Thad continues to fight the good fight and it’s fun to watch #21 whenhe has the green light on every trip down the floor.  His dribbling skills in the open court continue to impress me as did the two tough buckets he scored with his right hand last night.

Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -1After witnessing years of Lavoy Allen’s act, it’s an absolute pleasure to watch a Sixer big play with energy and heart.  As a bonus he has a nice shooting touch, plays physical and owns a high basektball IQ.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 32 MIN | 7-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 8 TO | 17 PTS | -9Carter-Williams got off to a red hot start in this one draining his his first five shots of the night.  However, his 8 turnovers were alarming and he missed all 4 of his FGAs in the 4th quarter.  In defense of MCW I would say that he could have posted a triple-double if his teammates could have converted his passes into buckets.

James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +1Somewhere Khalif Wyatt is just having a laugh that this guy made the Sixers roster over him.

Hollis Thompson, SG 25 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4Thompson is quickly playing his way back to the D-League.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Washington Wizards

Posted by: C. Smith
03/01/14 4:18 pm EST

iverson&mjThis 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 much improved Washington Wizards who are playoff bound in 2013-14.  But tonight’s not really about the 76ers and Wizards.

Nope, tonight is all about Allen Iverson.

Still, we have to show the game itself a little love, so after the jump I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Wizards team the Sixers face tonight from our man Abdullah Sharif at HoopDistrict.net as Abdullah will answer Fo’ questions on the Heat from us here at Philadunkia.


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Big (Milwaukee) Buck Hunters

Posted by: C. Smith
02/28/14 12:56 pm EST

deerhunterDespite a respectable three quarters of play by a rag-tag roster against Orlando the other night, the 2013-14 76ers have become unwatchable on the court.  So with 24 games remaining in this season for the Sixers, it’s time to REALLY start watching the race between the Milwaukee Bucks and the 76ers for the most pingpong balls at the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.

The 76ers  (15-43) sit 3.5 games behind Milwaukee (11-46; 25 games remaining) in this season’s tanking quest.  However, thanks to the recent stellar play of Brandon Knight, the Bucks are 2-3 since the Alll-Star Game (1-1 after the trade deadline) and lost in respectable fashion to the mighty Pacers last night.

Obviously the Sixers have some work to do if they are to track down the Bucks and secure the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery pingpong ball crown.  However there is an outside chance they can do it.

After the jump, I breakdown the details of this Buck hunting adventure.


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GM58: Rapid (Jameer-acle) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/27/14 10:10 am EST
Orlando Magic 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 35 MIN | 7-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -16Thad’s shot was a little off last night (0-fer on 3PAs), but his defense and ability to get to the rim were very impressive.  In the 2nd Q he had a nice play on the secondary break where he pinned his man under the rim, opened up for the ball and scored the bucket. His behind the back dribble that led to a floater in the 3rd Q was super smooth and his coast to coast drive for a finger roll in the 4th was nice as well.

Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +4I’m trying not to get too excited about what I have seen from Sims in the last two games because who knows if it will last.  His energy, hustle and defensive presence are a refreshing change.  He scored 8 points in the 1st half while displaying a variety of offensive skills including a pump fake and drive to the rack for a slam.  Yet Brown gave him limited minutes in the 4th Q.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -15MCW’s inability to stay in front of his man is staggering and the Sixers defense will never improve until he learns to guard the ball.  His shooting woes continue.  The ROY award is slipping away.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -7Last night was a prime example of why JA has had trouble sticking with an NBA team.

Hollis Thompson, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -6If Thompson put up this stat line coming off the bench, I would be very pleased.  Problem is I need more out of an NBA starting wing player.  But HT clearly is not a starter in this League.  See my dilemma here?  His block on Oladipo’s coast to coast drive as the 3rd Q expired was a fantastic play.


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