PHILADUNKIA 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/08/13 9:40 am EST

It’s time for another edition of Philadunkia 4on4…

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 key questions that are currently facing our 76ers and some answers from four Philadunkia scribes.  Included in this week’s edition are some opinions on yesterday’s Bynum “update”.


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ANALYZING THE SIXERS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/02/13 8:44 am EST

A relatively new and popular way of analyzing sports teams and players is through the use of advanced statistics.

Around the NBA, you’ve seen teams hiring their own stat guru’s to better evaluate talent based on their findings.  Early in December, the Memphis Grizzlies hired ESPN’s highly popular analyst, John Hollinger, as their Vice President of Basketball Operations.  At the beginning of the season, the Sixers hired Aaron Barzilai, creator of the website basketballvalue.com, as the team’s director of analytics.

The most famous stat-guy in the front offices of an NBA team is Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets. He was the first NBA general manager to be hired through the Moneyball concept of thinking.  This past offseason, he famously signed Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik while also trading for James Harden.  The Rockets are now one of the most intriguing and exciting teams to watch in the League, currently holding the NBA’s second-best offense.

Being relatively new to the subject of advanced statistics I couldn’t think of a better way to both enlighten myself about the topic and to give readers a better understanding as well then to interview one of the more popular number-crunchers out there today.

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GM 30: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/29/12 10:54 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Golden State Warriors
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -6

How many almost double-doubles can one guy post in a year??  Despite his offensive output, Allen was part of a host of Sixers that had significant trouble with GSW’s David Lee.

Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -53

Hopefully it was just playing against his former team that threw Wright’s shooting stroke off for a night.

Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 9-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | -58

Another monster night for Thad on the stat sheet, but he too could not keep GSW’s Lee in check.  However, GSW had no answer for this dunk by Thad either.  One of the best Sixers dunks of the year.

Evan Turner, SF 33 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | -10

He’s scored 11 points in his last two games and is 5-18 on FGAs in those two runs.  ET is one more poor perfromance away from officially being in a slump.  He also was 0-2 from the FT line last night. But I did like the way he took the ball to the hoop, especially in the 1st half.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 7-19 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 10 AST | 21 PTS | -60

A solid night from Jrue on the stat sheet, but I thought he forced a couple of ill-advised shots.  Also if you combine Curry’s and Jack’s numbers, GSW’s point men accounted for 27 points, 12 dimes and 9 boards.  How much of that stat line was Jrue’s fault at the defensive end is debatable.

Spencer Hawes, C 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -7

Coming off a season-high 20 points in the win over Memphis, Spence had two points last night.  Reality —  she is a cold hearted biyatch.

Kwame Brown, C 16 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +4

As always I’m grading on the “Kwame-Curve” here and in that case 8 boards in 16 minutes is stellar for this guy.  However, David Lee treated him like an orange practice cone last night.

Royal Ivey, PG 25 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -39

The fact that he is playing 25 minutes for the Sixers is scary.  It also tells you why the Sixers are looking for a back-up point guard (see note after the jump).

Nick Young, SG 26 MIN | 5-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -46

For all you Swaggy P lovers out there, here’s a basketball fact…Scoring 13 points on 17 FGAs is not efficient offense and will NOT help your team win games.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure DC could have done anything to prevent the Sixers from losing this game. The Sixers looked tired, Lee was a beast and the GSW got a big night from their bench.  Although I would like to have seen the very athletic, long and quick Moultrie take a shot at guarding David Lee, but he’s playing for Sioux Falls right now.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night


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A THIRD OF THE WAY HOME

Posted by: Steve Toll
12/23/12 9:44 am EST

The 76ers are now twenty seven games into the season and by conservative estimations, at least another 27 or so until Andrew Bynum possibly starts his first game of the year.  

That would be poetic, as game #55 on the schedule is against the Orlando Magic featuring “Big Nik” and Maurice Harkless.  A return to action by Bynum before that game vs. the Magic would be a pleasant surprise, no make that an epic surprise, for the team and Philadunkia nation.  

But now is not the time to dwell on the Bynum drama.  No, now is the time to look at this team and assess where they sit in the NBA landscape and how the 7-6 project to look going forward.

After the jump, I’ll take a look at this season up to this point and how this team has done as well as take a look at the road ahead for the Sixers. 


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GM 23: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/15/12 9:25 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Indiana Pacers
Evan Turner, PG 42 MIN | 9-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 22 PTS | -8

Throughout this game I found myself bouncing between being thrilled with ET’s play and wanting to strangle him.  He hauled 42 solid minutes at the point, posted a double-double and I liked the way he responded after he got T’d up.  On the other side of things, he had 5 turnovers (including a killer one with 1 minute left in the gm), should never had gotten the T in the first place, his defense was suspect and I didn’t think he did a great job of getting others involved.

Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -11

A tough night for Thad as he had major match-up problems on the defensive end.  Still, his steal and dime to Turner in the 2nd Q was sick.  He also kept the Sixers in this one with 10 & 6; 2 steals and 2 blocks in the 1st half.

Kwame Brown, C 21 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -11

Obviously I am grading Kwame on a severe curve here, but this was the best basketball we have seen from him all year (That’s not saying much).  To open the 2nd half, he executed a nice pick-n-roll that led to 2 FTs.  His pump fake, drive and slam in the 3rd Q was awesome.  However if you think back to the 2nd Q, he also dropped a sweet behind the back pass from Hawes on which he was wide open and would have scored easily.  Lastly, in 21 mins. of play he grabbed 1 rebound.  That’s right 1.  Sad.

Jason Richardson, SF 20 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -13

Again he’s here to do two things — provide veteran leadership and hit open jumpers.  Last night he did not hit those J’s.

Nick Young, SG 37 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -16Swaggy came out hot and hit for 6 points in the opening minutes, but it was all down hill from there. His shot selection was suspect all night and the runner / floater he missed in the 4th Q with the Sixers down 86-83 was a killer.  Hopefully his days in the starting lineup are now over.
Lavoy Allen, PF 13 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -3

Not sure why he got the demotion to the bench, but he did a nice job overall last night.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 9 PTS | -1

Overall, I really liked what I saw from Wright last night, but he did miss several WIDE OPEN jumpers last night and had 2 TOs in the 4th that were brutal.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 8-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | +5

Hawes had a very nice night and posted a season high 18 points.  His FG at the 1st half buzzer was a momentum changer for the Sixers.  He also had several other clutch FGs for the 7-6 and a sweet behind the back pass to Kwame in the 2nd Q, but the fact that he only grabbed 3 rebs in 24 minutes just kills me.

Maalik Wayns, PG 11 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | 0

A short and brutal stint in the 4th Q may bury Wayns in the Do(u)g-house.

Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +8

He grabbed the same number of rebounds as Kwame in roughly 1/5th of the minutes.

Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

REALLY?!?  We get killed on the boards in the 2nd half and DC can’t find a way to get this kid in the game.  C’mon man.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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GM 22: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/13/12 10:20 am EST
Chicago Bulls 96 Final

Recap | Box Score

89 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +14

Lavoy had a very solid night on the boards, especially considering the front line he was up against.  He threw in 2 blks for good measure.

Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-4 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -14

A big 1st Q for Thad included a an amazing rejection of a Boozer shot.  However, Thad had some issues with guarding Noah (To be expected) and his missed FTs ripped my heart out.

Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | -3

A decent all around night by ET and I love the direction his is headed in overall, but IMO Turner has fallen in love with his own game and it is costing the Sixers at times.  Specifically with regards to last night’s game, he forced and missed two ill-advised mid range runners in the 4th Q.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 13-28 FG | 0-3 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 26 PTS | -7

Jrue was one quarter away from possibly having his best game of the year.  Unfortunately the Q he went MIA in was the all important 4th Q.  During that stanza Jrue was 1-4 on FGAs, 0-2 on FTAs and had 2 turnovers.  Still he came out on fire in the 1st Q (8-2-2); in the 3rd Q he dropped a dime to Turner on the fast break that was ridiculous; he got into the lane at will (as planned vs. Nate Robinson); and killed it on the pick-n-rolls.  FYI…Holiday is 4 for his last 24 from behind the arc.

Jason Richardson, SG 32 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3

Not a good night for J-Rich. Obviously he struggled with his shot and the 3PA he took and missed with 1 minute remaining in the game was a terrible decision.  But more depressing for me was the way Belinelli carved him up on the defensive end.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -8

A solid 4 minute run by Moultire. Now let’s triple those minutes and see what this kid can do for us.

Dorell Wright, SF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

The Do(u)g-house is a lonely place.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6

My only issue in what was otherwise a very good night for Spencer is his 3-point shooting.  We have enough long range gunners on this squad, I don’t want my 7-footer launching from behind the arc.  The one he shot in the 4th Q with the game at 78-77, nearly killed me.  I thought he was especially active on the boards vs. CHI, which makes me wonder why he can’t play like that on a nightly basis.

Maalik Wayns, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

It was a hell of a 1 minute…With the pace of the 2nd half falling right into the tired Bulls hands last night I would have put Wayns in the game to see if he could push a more favorable tempo for the Sixers.  But I’m crazy like that…

Nick Young, SG 28 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6

He has one job — make shots.  Last night he did an okay job of that and that’s all I have to say here.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

That’s four straight DNP-CD’s for Kwame. $2 million well spent.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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THE EVAN TURNER BACKLASH, BACKLASH

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
12/12/12 9:02 am EST

There aren’t a whole lot of areas, in sport or otherwise, where the opinion of the casual observer and the studied wisdom of the experts dovetail, so it’s worth noting that entering this season the two occasionally warring factions were in almost perfect agreement on this point: Evan Turner’s awfulness.

The reasoning went like this: he hurt his team directly by being a poor shooter and missing shots, then indirectly because the opposing player tasked with covering him could, secure in the knowledge that if ET hazarded an FGA he’d likely miss it, drift off him and into the lane; shrinking the floor and undermining scoring opportunities for his teammates.

The things Turner did well — like being the best defensive rebounding guard of all-time last season, for starters — were either glossed over by these critics, or explained away as insufficient to offset the harm he did to the Sixers’ offense. There were numbers involved in some of these arguments.

Sometime in early November though, the sentiment swung; slowly at first, then more abruptly. 

Something like a pro-Turner consensus began to emerge.


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GM 21: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
12/10/12 10:35 pm EST
Detroit Pistons 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +16

Allen, who’s sneakily been a force on the boards of late (he had 43 in his last five games coming in) continued his strong interior play on Monday; grabbing five rebounds with a pair of blocks in limited minutes.

Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 9-13 FG | 2-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +9

Though in the digital age there are surely better options available, in a pinch, you could set your watch to Thad Young.  Despite banging with bigger bodies night in and night out (insert your own joke about your college roommate), Young’s been the most consistent Sixer in the season’s first 21 games. He was awesome on Monday.  His eight third quarter points were, almost invariably, of the “Piston Rally Quashing” kind.

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 8-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 7 AST | 18 PTS | +7

The “Evan Turner is getting better” narrative continues to gain steam.  Turner isn’t really great at anything, which is unfortunate, because it obscures the fact that he’s pretty good at everything.  The jack of all trades posted an 18/11/7 line against a single turnover.  Ants are specialists.  ET is a basketball player.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 11-20 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 25 PTS | +8

Jrue rebounded from a slow start to play what might have been his best half of the season in the second frame, scoring 21 after the break — including 12 in the fourth — to keep the Sixers afloat when they sprang leaks.

Jason Richardson, SG 36 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +9

This is what Jason Richardson does.  Pair of threes?  Check.  YMCA/playground/general backyard style veteraness?  Check.  Weird that he’s, up to this point, arguably been the biggest difference maker of all the players that traded hands on August 10. (This is almost certainly not true.  Still.)

Dorell Wright, SF 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | 0

Doug Collins: Give Dorell Wright more minutes. Seriously.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -8

The last time Spencer Hawes was not terrible was on November 18, so his not being terrible tonight was a very pleasant surprise.  And the jump shot he hit in the waning seconds of the third quarter to reclaim the lead for the Sixers: very pleasant indeed.

Nick Young, SG 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -3

Swaggy, back in action, was unusually passive tonight.  It was kind of…nice?

After the Jump, (7)6 Things We Saw


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/06/12 1:20 pm EST

Good news for the Sixers…Rajon Rondo spent his suspension relaxing in Mexico so he is now well rested for our back-to-back set this weekend.

In Yahoo Sports’ NBA power rankings, the Sixers somehow find a spot in the Top 10

Conflicting reports on the financial status of Allen Iverson.  As we mentioned previously, earlier this week TMZ made it look like Iverson is broke.  Well, veteran NBA scribe Peter Vecsey writes that his sources say Iverson is okay financially

Derek Bodner of libertyballers.com analyzes the sad state of the Sixers bigs, but doesn’t want Tony & Doug to panic and make a stupid trade.

John Finger at csnphilly.com looks at how the pick-n-roll is trending up in the NBA.  That’s bad news for the 7-6 who struggle to defend the classic basketball move. 


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HELP WANTED

Posted by: C. Smith
12/04/12 10:35 am EST

It’s no secret that so far in 2012-13 season that our 76ers are having issues rebounding the basketball.  The 7-6 are ranked 21st in the League in rebounding with a -3.71 statistical differential and to be honest, via the “eye test” it seems a lot worse. 

Like ten times worse. 

FYI…those numbers won’t improve tonight vs. the Timberwolves who thanks to Kevin Love and Co. are absolute beasts on the boards — 4th in the NBA in rebounding with a +4.53 differential.

Since there’s seems to be no point in hoping that a return by Andrew Bynum will cure this ill and Doug simply refuses to play Arnett Moultrie who was a rebounding machine in college, it’s time to consider some realistic solutions for the Sixers.

After the jump, we provide a look at some of the guys who are “on the street” and could possibly help the Sixers compete on the glass.


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