Philadunkia 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/15/14 9:45 am EST

76erscrystalballIt’s time for another edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4 series…

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 look at four pressing 76ers topics.

 


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Wiggins Watch: Episode V

Posted by: Alex Gorge
01/14/14 12:43 pm EST

wigginsblackbckdropIn baseball, scouts describe complete prospects as “5 tool” players.  In Ames, Iowa Monday night, Kansas freshmen sensation Andrew Wiggins took a step closer to being a complete player.  The new skill set he displayed — rebounding.

The 14th ranked Jayhawks escaped Ames with a 77-70 win over 7th ranked Iowa State.  The difference in this highly anticipated conference match-up was that the Jayhawks out rebounded Iowa State 53 to 36.

Nineteen of those rebounds came from Wiggins.  The mark was one short of the KU freshman record (20, Eric Chenowith vs. Texas A&M, 1/14/98).  Wiggins grabbed 12 of those boards in 1st half on his way to posting his second double-double of the season.


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Notes, Links & Tweets

Posted by: C. Smith
01/13/14 11:30 am EST

JaneenMasiejczyk_SixersDanceTeamMemphis head coach Josh Pastnor has some deep Philly roots and ohhh yeah…his family may have video tape of Wilt’s 100-point game.

For ESPN.com…David Thorpe of scout.com ranks the rookies in the Association.  Hint: MCW does well in this ranking.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Australian draft lottery prospect Dante Exum has met with agents and may be headed to the NBA.

Speaking of the 2014 Draft, nbadraft.net has the Sixers selecting Julius Randle in the 5th spot and a PG at #12.

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com pulls up hundreds of ticket ads and this ball signed by Barkley and Iverson.


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GM37: Rapid (Tank-a-rific) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/12/14 9:23 am EST
New York Knicks 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 7-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +2A fast start by Thad did not produce the big night I was looking for from #21.  He was solid on offense and had two great hustle steals that led to FB lay ups in the 2nd Q and another in the 3rd, but that’s all I have in my notes for Thad.  He had trouble guarding Amare, which was to be expected.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 12 PTS | 0ET drilled a 3-ball in the st Q and totaled 6 points in the opening Q and then he went MIA.  Turner only attempted 1 FG in the deciding 2nd Q. In the post game media time, he was one of the first to complain about the slippery condition of the floor.  Go figure.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 41 MIN | 6-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | -15How Spence managed nearly a double-double last night is beyond me.  He was 1-for-his-first-5 from the field and at another point in the game missed 6 straight FGAs.  In addition to poor shooting, he spent the majority of the game riding the refs.  Eventually he got T’d up.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 3-6 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -2There’s nothing wrong with the game MCW had last night (a near triple-double), I just thought he would have more success against the NYK backcourt.  The dunk he flushed in the 1st Q was nice.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -5I really felt Anderson had found a role as the a scoring guard off the Sixers bench, so I was not a big fan of moving him back into the starting lineup.  But he has produced during his first 2-games back in the first-five (13 & 7 per), so I tip my cap to him. 10 of his points came in the 4th Q.  However he is 1-6 from deep in the last two Sixers L’s.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Detroit Pistons

Posted by: C. Smith
01/10/14 12:30 pm EST

pistonschelseyThis 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 Detroit Pistons, who have lost 6 straight and are in as bad of shape as the 76ers, but feature Andre Drummond one of  the best young bigs in the NBA.

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

How to Fix the NBA Tanking Situation

Posted by: Steve Toll
01/09/14 9:52 am EST

pingpongballsMuch has been written on the Internet about the plague of NBA tanking.

Most recently, the 76ers poor level of play during their last two games has brought the #WinlessFor Wiggins and #SorryFor Jabari campaigns back to the front burner on this site.

Without being overly harsh, tanking is a joke.

Outside of a few bright spots: the development of Michael Carter-Williams; Spence’s trade value bolstering 3-point shooting; and Thad’s career best level of play, the 76ers have been a train wreck during the tanking process.

They have sucked the joy out of the NBA season for me.

Rather than have a number of teams tanking every year, I’d much prefer a full NBA redraft each season with a strict salary cap that can’t be exceeded.


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GM35: Rapid (Tanking is Back) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/08/14 11:32 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 111 Cleveland Cavaliers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 0-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -25I did not think Thad looked tired last night.  I believe it was just one of those nights where his shot was not falling and that is going to happen occassionally if you play in the NBA long enough.  Unfortunately the Sixers are not going to win / compete in many games when Thad is off this badly.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 2-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -11Turner couldn’t play his way out of a 1-5 1st Q funk and that was one of the big reasons the Sixers were doomed last night. That’s now two straight games where Turner has been MIA.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -19His bucket early in the 1st Q came as a surprise to me and I thought we might see a “big night” out of Thompson.  I was wrong.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -23Despite his 5 points early in the 1st Q, I thought Hawes looked very sluggish and his quotes post game about needing a day off supported my observations.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 13-25 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 33 PTS | -30Forget that MCW scored a career high 33 points on 52% shooting. The most amazing item from last night is that he only turned the ball over once. ONCE!  The kid is special.


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GM34: Rapid (Heat Check) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/07/14 10:58 am EST
Minnesota Timberwolves 126 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -22The Eastern Conference Player of the Week got off to a qucik start with 13 points in the first quarter.  #21 also had a great swat in the 1st Q.  Unfortunately Thad had little support from his teammates and this one got away from the Sixers in the 2nd Q.  Brown rested Thad for most of the 2nd half.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -27ET only scored 5 points in the 1st Q last night and his first FGA/bucket did not come until the 7:56 mark. During the 4-game win streak, Turner was much more aggressive during the opening minutes of the game. Turner was 0-2 during the deciding stretch of this game (mid to late 2nd Q).  He recovered to shoot 3-5 and score 8 points in the early 3rd Q, but it was too late for the Sixers.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -19Arguably Thompson’s best game in weeks. That tells you all you need to know.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 7 PTS | -21Spence scored 5 points in the 1st Q and there’s not much else to say.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | -23MCW scored 8 points in the 2nd Q, unfortunately he got zero help from his teammates during that stretch and the Wolves put together a 24-8 run to end the 1st half and essentially the game.  In the future, I’d like to see more trips to the FT line from my starting PG.


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GM33: Rapid (SMH) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/05/14 12:24 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Portland Trail Blazers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 41 MIN | 14-20 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 30 PTS | +6I’m not sure I have any words for how well Thad plaayed last night against one of the best teams in the NBA.  He matched his season high with 30 points, thanks to a quick start (8 points in the 1st Q) and 70% shooting.  He closed strong as well — 10 pts. in 3rd & 8 pts. in 4th.  Thad had a huge lay-in with 1 min left in the game and his tip-in with :36 remaining was a game saver.  Young has at least 25 points in six of his last seven games.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 36 MIN | 9-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | +8It seems of late that Turner is making an effort to be more aggressive on offense after the opening tip and it is working.  last night his 10 points in the 1st Q helped the Sixers to an early 18-4 lead.  ET also posted 7 pts. in the 4th Q including 2 huge FTs in the final ticks.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4I realize his defense is solid, but again, I have to ask, “Isn’t there someone in the D-League or Europe with enough talent to bump this guy out of the first-five?”

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 33 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +11When Hawes bruied that early 3PA in front of a host of family members and friends in attendance, I thought he was going to have a huge night.  Instead Hawes was simply solid and came close to a triple-double.  In Spence’s defense, with Turner, Thad and MCW shooting the ball a combined 56 times, there just weren’t that many looks for Hawes last night.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 33 MIN | 5-16 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -5Not a great shooting night for the Sixers’ rookie, but I like that he got to the FT line and knocked down the freebies. Hopefully he does not have a concussion.


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GM32: Rapid (3 Str8 Wins) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/03/14 10:24 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 113 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Sacramento Kings
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 36 MIN | 9-16 FG | 9-9 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 6 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 28 PTS | +9Simply amazing again.  Young had 11 points in the third quarter (including 7 straight) when the Sixers pushed their lead to 15 points.  Thad also had a great follow dunk on TWroe’s misssed lay up in the 4th Q.  In his past nine outings, Young is averaging 22+ points per night on 55% shooting.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 42 MIN | 11-22 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +21ET got off to a quick start with a couple of nice left handed buckets and put up 10 pts. in the opening Q (13 1st half points). He was steady the rest of the night and racked up a double-double.  Is it me or is Turner suddenly on a mission to score the ball in bunches?

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +2I have nothing against Hollis personally, I just find it hard to believe that Hinkie can’t find a better player for the Sixers first-five somehwere out there in the basketball world.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 17 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -10Hawes, who played his first 3 seasons with the Kings, was booed all game. Apparently the Sacto faithful were not happy with Spence’s comments last season when the city was trying to keep the team in Sacramento and he publicly stated he wanted the Seattle group to buy the Kings and move them. The reception seemed to have an impact on Hawes’ game last night.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 27 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | +3MCW looked tired last night and I wonder if the rookie’s first ever west coast swing has gotten to him.


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