Avoid the Mistakes Made By the Lake

Posted by: Josh Newman
04/02/14 9:43 am EST

anthonybennett76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie entered this season with a very specific plan on where he wanted to take the franchise and so far, he has done a phenomenal job.

He’ll never admit it, nor will the word ‘tanking’ ever come out of his mouth, but Hinkie wanted the 2013-14 Sixers to be bad.

Historically bad.

Which they are.

The plan was to bottom-out, stock up on draft picks and build from the ground up.  As the regular season moves inside its final 10 games and teams are jockeying for position, both in the playoffs and the Draft Lottery, the Sixers currently are in line for a ridiculous seven draft picks.


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GM74: Rapid (LouWilVille) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
04/01/14 9:43 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 95 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Atlanta Hawks
Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 7-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | -11A hot start included Thad drilling 3 of his 4 3PAs in the 1st Q and 11 points total in the Q.  But it was his play in the 2nd Q that really stood out for me last night.  In that Q Thad blocked shots; had a couple steals; handed out several pretty dimes and drained a 3-ball.  Thad hit another big three to get the 7-6 within 92-89 in the 4th Q.

Henry Sims, C 27 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +11The stat sheet says Sims played a decent game last night, but I don’t have a single note jotted down for him.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +1Three things really impressed me about MCW’s near triple-double last night. (1) He took smart shots and that produced a 50% shooting night; (2) He didn’t get his first bucket until the 7 minute mark of the 2nd Q and still contributed nicely to the Sixers scoring effort; (3) MCW had only 3 TOs…MCW’s drive and kiss for two in the 3rd Q was beautiful.

James Anderson, SG 35 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | -3JA had 6 points in the 2nd Q and 10 overall in the 1st half.  He drilled a big 3PA in the 3rd Q, but could not make one during clutch time when the Sixers desperately needed a big hoop.

Hollis Thompson, SG 25 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -4“The Keeper” played solid considering the few looks he got last night, but I need more from a starting SG.  Sorry.


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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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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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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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A DIFFERENT APPROACH

Posted by: Steve Toll
07/23/13 10:14 am EST

Every summer NBA free agency is filled with good deals and bad deals.  Unfortunately, 76ers fans were witness to a catastrophe of epic proportions last summer (Bynum), that will be felt for years to come.

Shortly after being appointed the new General manager of the Sixers, Sam Hinkie chose a direction for this franchise nad laid out a plan for this off-season.  I vehemently disagree with how he is going about things.

In a later piece, I’ll delve into the topic of how difficult it is for very bad teams to turn into championship contenders.  Today, we’re going to take a leap of faith and assume that players gravitate towards the money in this world and for now I’ll look at this off-season after the Jrue trade, MCW’s selection and the moves that should have been made post-2013 Draft to make the 76ers relevant instead of a team that is 5 years from potentially becoming a winning basketball team.


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WHAT IF TANKING GOES WRONG…

Posted by: C. Smith
07/22/13 10:40 am EST

…in a winning way?

I think it’s safe to assume that everyone in Philadunkia nation has screened the classic baseball movie “Major League” in which Rachel Phelps the owner of Cleveland Indians assembles a roster of has-beens and never-will-be’s in an effort to tank a MLB season and drive attendance so low that she can move the team out of Cleveland.

One problem: Crafty, veteran manager Lou Brown takes Rachel’s extreme tanking efforts and uses them to unite his team under an “us against the world” flag.  As a result several of the players post career seasons and in the film, the Indians miraculously make the playoffs.

What if something similar, but less Hollywood-ish,  happens with the 76ers next year?

What if Hinkie’s “Winless for Wiggins” plan backfires and the Sixers manage to win a decent number of games in 2013-14?

After the jump I’ll take a look at how this “Major League” scenario could play out here in Philadelphia.


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OPSL GM 5: WINNERS…FINALLY

Posted by: Jake Fischer
07/12/13 8:54 pm EST

The Sixers’ week in downtown Orlando was pretty tumultuous for the most part.  Rumors swirled about the team’s head coaching vacancy, sources confirmed and then de-confirmed and then confirmed again that the Jrue-for-Noel trade became official.  On the court, the team failed to win any of their first four games and found themselves matched up with their fellow 0-4 Brooklyn Nets in the final game of the Orlando Pro Summer League.

In a week that featured some impressive performances and very competitive games, the Sixers struggled to hold their own until the second to last day of the entire league.  On Thursday, the Sixers narrowly fell to the Orlando Magic on a long Victor Oladipo step-back two-pointer.  The Sixers again found themselves in a 1-possession game in the final minute on Friday.

This time it was different, though, as the team’s string of perimeter players carried the load offensively and Arnett Moultrie, Micheal Eric and Zeke Marshall protected the basket well down the stretch, too.


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OPSL GM 3: ANOTHER L

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/10/13 5:18 pm EST

Despite a fast start by the 76ers on Wednesday, Oklahoma City, behind second year guard Jeremy Lamb’s 32 points, proved to be too much for the Curry & Co. and prevailed 74-62.

Game 3 was like watching two Olympic sprinters start out at an even pace, only to watch the opposing sprinter blow by you and there isn’t much you can do about it.

Most people when given the option choose to hear the good before the bad, so first let’s go over the positives from today’s game.  It was easily the best defensive performance of the week for the Sixers, allowing only 74 points and forcing 23 turnovers.  Philadunkia’s home team also out rebounded Oklahoma 30 to 27 thanks in part to the extended minutes of rookie Arsalan Kazemi.  Kazemi finished the game with 29 minutes, 6 points, 3 assists and 9 rebounds but not all of what he does reflects on the stat sheet.


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JONNY FLYNN TALKS MCW

Posted by: Jake Fischer
07/10/13 9:34 am EST

The 76ers’ coaching staff and front office knew that Michael Carter-Williams would face some steep point guard competition in the Orlando Pro Summer League.  In the team’s first game on Sunday, he was matched up against the rising Houston Rocket Patrick Beverley.

Then, in the team’s second matchup of the OPSL on Monday, MCW went up against a slew of feisty backcourt men from the Indiana Pacers. Among them were Luke Hansbrough, Orlando Johnson and another former Syracuse guard, Jonny Flynn.

Flynn, who was the 6th Overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, played last season with the Australia Tigers after playing with three teams in as many seasons in the League.  Now back from his hiatus, Flynn is competing with the Pacers in Orlando and then with the Clippers in Las Vegas next week. And, while he’s trying to make a good impression on NBA scouts to try and make his own NBA roster, Flynn has definitely noticed MCW and several other Syracuse alumni playing hard and performing well in the Amway Center.


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