GM58: Rapid (Jameer-acle) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/27/14 10:10 am EST
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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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Wiggins Watch — Episode VIII

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/26/14 1:12 pm EST

wigginsblackbckdropBetter get a fire extinguisher.

Four games and four wins for the Kansas Jayhawks in the last nine days and suddenly freshmen sensation Andrew Wiggins is on fire — 18 ppg. in his last 4 contests on 52% shooting from the field.

Monday night in Lawrence, Wiggins got off to his slowest start of the four game win streak but made up for it in the second half of the Jayhawks win over No. 25 Oklahoma.

After just five points at the half, Wiggins had ten in the second period and iced the game with a dagger three at the 2:40 mark.  Wiggins finished the game with fifteen points on 5-14 shooting coupled with five rebounds.


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Don’t Buy Out Danny Granger

Posted by: C. Smith
02/25/14 12:15 pm EST

grangerThe moment rumors starting flying around the world wide web last week about a possible trade between the 76ers and Indiana Pacers that would send Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Pacers in exchange for Danny Granger and a 2015 second-round pick, discussion about that trade from the 76ers end has centered on what the Sixers would do with Granger.

Even before the deal was official, many assumed that the Sixers would simply buy-out the former All-Star and lethal scorer who thanks to knee issues is now a shell of the 20 ppg. player he was 4 years ago.  Starting this past weekend and continuing through this morning, it has been reported that the Sixers are either “working” on a buy-out for Granger or that the Sixers “may” buy him out.  Allegedly an announcement could come as soon as today.

Well, I am here to tell you that buying Danny Granger out is a mistake for the 76ers and I’m not the only one who thinks that way.


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An Enigma Until the End

Posted by: C. Smith
02/21/14 11:07 am EST

turnerblackbackdropeditedEvan Turner was perhaps the most frustrating and mystifying 76er I ever watched in my nearly 30 years of rooting for the franchise.

One night Turner would hang 34 points on the Knicks thanks to 59% shooting from the field and actually look like a player who should have been taken No. 2 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.  The next night he would shoot 2-10 and total 6 points against the Hawks while acting like an overly dramatic teenager towards the officials all night and his head coach at times.

Turner’s roller coaster level of of play and his highly emotional mind set are the reasons I dubbed him  “The Enigma”.  And that nickname served the combo-guard well right up to his final moments in a Sixers uniform as it appears executives around the Association found Turner just as difficult to figure out as we did.

 

 


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Hawes is a C-YA

Posted by: C. Smith
02/20/14 10:50 am EST

hawesstpaddysdayIn case you have not been on Twittter in the last 20 minutes, the 76ers have traded center Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers , Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting.  League sources told Woj that the Sixers will receive two second-round draft picks in exchange for Spencer.

As we all know, Hawes is having a career year — 13 points and 8.5 rebounds — for the Sixers this season.  However, as we documented here at Philadunkia, Spence’s production dropped off in January, has hit rock bottom in February and he played simply awful vs. Cleveland the other night.

I guess Cleveland chose to ignore those facts.

I would love to see Dion Waiters reaction when he hears this news.


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Time for Sam’s Club Pricing?

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/19/14 1:33 pm EST

samhinkiepressereditedThe swirling trade rumors haven’t let up regarding the Sixers’ big three as we’re now just a little over 24 hours away from the February 20th, 3PM trade deadline.

Last night’s matchup against the Cavaliers could have been the last time we see the Sixers’ core veterans on the same court together.  Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young, could have played their last game for an organization that they’ve given their blood, sweat and tears to for the past 4-7 years.

All eyes are on Sam Hinkie to try and make something happen, but it’s rumored that his asking price has been way too high for potential suitors, including the San Antonio Spurs.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Cleveland Cavaliers

Posted by: C. Smith
02/18/14 3:07 pm EST

ginny-cavsThis 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 Cleveland Cavaliers who won four straight games heading into All-Star weekend.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Cavaliers team the Sixers face tonight from our colleagues Scott Sargent at waitingfornextyear.com as Scott will answer Fo’ questions on the Cavs from us here at Philadunkia.


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Mamma Said There’d Be Years Like This

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
02/18/14 10:56 am EST

brown-brettWith the first half of the 2013-14 season thankfully behind the 76ers (54 games to be precise), and the NBA all-star break officially over, let’s take a minute to consider if Brett Brown ever questions what he has gotten himself into.

From the improbable 3-0 start to the season that saw the 76ers jump from last to first in numerous online power rankings, to the historically deplorable defense that has been played, to the career offensive stats put up by Thad, Turner and Hawes, to terribly poor 3-point shooting (31% – 29th in the NBA), Brown’s first season with the Sixers has been anything but normal.

 


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No Need To Panic on MCW

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/14/14 9:42 am EST

carter-williams_chest_upHeaded into the All-Star break the 76ers have lost eight straight and if you were one of the few in denial all season, than the gig is up.  The Sixers are in full blown tank mode.  Inside of those eight losses a long list of things have gone wrong.  One of the issues has been the fact that Sixers 2014 first round pick Michael Carter-Williams has been playing some of the worst basketball of his rookie year.

So a good deal of Philadunkia nation is probably wondering, “Is it time to be concerned with MCW?”  

In my opinion the answer is very simple….

HELL NO.


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Wiggins Watch: Episode VII

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/11/14 2:01 pm EST

wigginsblackbckdropMonday night in Manhattan, Kansas the Jayhawks fell to the Kansas State Wildcats in overtime, 85-82.  This loss is the second in their past four games for Bill Self’s sqaud, but in no way do these losses fall on freshmen star Andrew Wiggins.

Last week, I called for the freshmen to have a more cerebral game that didn’t involve him imposing pre-meditated shots, but rather, to take what the defense gave him.  Well in his past two games he has had 16 and 19 points respectively.  The freshman is a combined 10-26 from the field in his past two games and 0-7 from three.  You would think with shooting stats like that Wiggins would be averaging about 10 points but in fact he is averaging 17.5 in his last two contests thanks to free throws.  Wiggins was aggressive for the second straight game last night, going 8-15 from the free throw line and going 7-10 from the stripe two days prior.


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