Sir Charles on the 76ers & Tanking

Posted by: C. Smith
03/06/14 12:02 pm EST

barkley12Sixers legend Charles Barkley has no shortage of opinions on the rebuilding process Sam Hinkie and this franchise have embarked on since early last summer.  Back in August 2013 “Sir Charles” told the WIP Morning Show crew that he was “disappointed” with the way the Sixers fired their assistant coaches; that he didn’t understand why they waited until after the draft to hire a coach; doesn’t think tanking works and that he doesn’t “believe in that analytical crap.”

Tuesday on ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show, Charles again was not at a loss for words when it came to the 76ers a well as tanking in the NBA.  The odd thing is, based on his comments to Mike & Mike, Barkley seems to have come full circle on Hinkie and the Sixers rebuilding techniques.


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THE ODDS of A TITLE ARE LONG

Posted by: Steve Toll
09/09/13 2:25 pm EST

samhinkiepressereditedWhomever the 76ers select at or near the top of the 2014 NBA Draft next year, that player will face the tremendous challenge in leading this organization to an NBA Championship.  Despite what Sam Hinkie and Joshua Harris have promised to everyone involved in the organization, the odds of a top 5 pick winning an NBA title with the franchise that drafted him are long – very long.

There is this thought that not only will Sam Hinkie draft the right guys, but that he will also do something that has been historically near impossible to do.

Look at the NBA draft from 1990 through 2009.  In the past 20 years, take a wild guess how many players picked in the top 5 have won an NBA title with their original team while contributing (here’s looking at you, Darko).

After the jump, I’ll give you the answer to that question as I take a realistic look at why Sam Hinkie and his To Be Determined player from the top of the 2014 Draft face the utterly impossible challenge of leading the Sixers to the Promised Land again.


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IN HINKIE I QUESTION

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
07/29/13 1:55 pm EST

062713_hinkie-sam_600With the Eagles officially opening up practice to their fans at a packed Lincoln Financial Field yesterday, the summer for the Sixers in Philadelphia will go as it usually does, as team irrelevant.

As critics and media personalities might argue that this under-the-radar style is the best thing for the organization and that it adds to Sam Hinkie’s “genius” GM style, I for one am not there with you.

I’m as skeptical as I’ve ever been to be a Sixers reporter and fan, and there’s no reason why anyone should be otherwise.

I’m not saying that there’s no hope for this franchise and that the moves which were taken this offseason will further drive the organization into the ground, but I do think it’s time for fans to wake up and smell the coffee and to think about some serious issues facing the franchise in the future. A simple slip-up at any point could be devastating enough to cause irreparable damage.

After the jump, I’ll discuss what issues will pose the biggest problems to the teams rebuilding process…


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BE PATIENT

Posted by: Jake Fischer
07/16/13 12:11 pm EST

Along with JK Rowling’s Casual Vacancy, Roger Ebert’s Your Movie Sucks, and a random book about LeBron leaving Cleveland, one of the books I’m reading this summer is When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball by Seth Davis.  On page 230, after Davis brilliantly depicts Magic Johnson and Michigan State’s 1979 NCAA Finals victory over Indiana State and Larry Bird, there’s a passage that really struck me.

“He is not superstar material for the NBA,’ Joe Falls wrote in the Detroit News.  “Maybe he can grow into it.  But he isn’t there yet, and some NBA scouts wonder if he will ever get there.”

Falls wrote that about Magic Johnson before the ’79 NBA Draft.  And, as a devout 76ers follower and a writer who spent all of last week sitting courtside in press row at the Orlando Pro Summer League, I couldn’t help but think that quote could easily describe Michael Carter-Williams as a rookie as well.

Now, I’m not saying MCW is the second coming of Magic Johnson.  But, I am saying that it’s far too early to label him anything but a project with a very high ceiling.


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2013 OPSL PREVIEW

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/04/13 11:55 am EST

We all know after the Finals conclude and the NBA Draft is over, that the summer sports schedule is so thin late night USA Ping Pong competitions on Fox Sports are a revelation.  That’s especially true in summer 2013 because the Phillies have been so difficult to watch.

But it’s time to stop complaining as NBA summer league action tips off this coming weekend.

Beginning July 7th, the Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League begins and this year the League has expanded from eight to ten teams.  The Sixers will be joined by Houston, Boston, Orlando, Miami, Utah, Oklahoma City, Indiana, Detroit and Brooklyn from the 7th to the 12th at the Amway center.  The 76ers first game will be Sunday at 9 am vs. Houston.

This year’s 76ers draft registered a seven on the NBA rebuilding Richter scale.  New GM Sam Hinkie made a tremendous splash with his first move by trading away All-Star guard Jrue Holiday for Kentucky center Nerlens Noel.

With a brand new roster that still has that new car smell, there is a lot to evaluate during this year’s OPSL.  Headlining the roster is Holiday’s replacement, Syracuse guard Michael-Carter Williams and the 54th pick, Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi. Given the Sixers thin frontcourt, Kazemi has the potential to be an immediate impact player on this team.  Noel, the new franchise centerpiece will not be able to play because of his knee injury, so there will be plenty of tick for Micheal Eric and Zeke Marshall, the two centers prospects on the Sixers summer league roster.

After the jump, a look at the names and bios of the players on this year’s summer league roster…


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DRAFT13: OUR 76ers PREDICTIONS

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/27/13 12:55 pm EST

The 2013 NBA Draft is just hours away and unless you have been living under The Commodore Barry Bridge, you know the 76ers have numerous holes they will be looking to fill tonight.  We have discussed in detail here at Philadunkia the Sixers’ ills – shooting guard, power forward and center.  Our hope is that tonight our new leader, Sam Hinkie, finds several players via the Draft (11th, 35th & 42nd picks) and/or trades that will solve some of these issues.

We have already showed you what all the “experts” and NBA scouts think of the players that should be available when the Sixers are put on the clock tonight.  Now it’s time for the scribes here at Philadunkia to predict what the 7-6 will do with the 11th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Will it be a SG with a smooth stroke?  Or an athletic power forward?  Has one of the “upside” 7-footers caught Hinkie’s eye and registered on his analytics? Maybe it’s another athletic ‘tweener that has impressed the Sixers?

Really, only Hinkie knows what is going to happen in Brooklyn tonight, but after the jump Philadunkia’s own take a stab at predicting who the 76ers will pick at No. 11.


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DRAFT13: “EXPERT” PREDICTIONS

Posted by: C. Smith
06/26/13 9:57 am EST

We are roughly 36 hours from the 2013 NBA Draft in which the 76ers hold the 11th pick.  Even at this late stage, there seems to be no consensus among the NBA Mock Draft “experts” on which prospect the Sixers will select near the end of the Lottery.

As you slide down the Draft Board to the Sixers it seems that most “experts” feel Sam Hinkie will take a “big” at number eleven.  However, depending on which ‘expert” opinion you are reading that “big” could be a power forward, or a center or even another ‘tweener (please God, not another ‘tweener).

Once again, we searched the world wide web and gathered up a host of “expert” opinions on what to expect from the Sixers on Draft Night 2013.  While we did find a lead candidate, we think you’ll surprised at the lack of agreement among the “experts” as to who will be the prospect selected by Philadunkia’s home team.


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DRAFT13: WORKOUTS UPDATE

Posted by: Jake Fischer
06/23/13 10:22 am EST

The Sixers are at it again! With the 2013 NBA Draft less than a week away, the organization held two more secret workouts Friday and Saturday mornings, a source told Philadunkia scribe Jake Fischer.

While other teams have been walking their draft prospects down media embroidered red carpets into practice facilities before workouts, the 76ers have been doing everything in their power to keep these workouts a secret. Even so, the team is now even making efforts to reschedule certain players’ workouts in order to through off the media.


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GM 32: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/02/13 2:17 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Los Angeles Lakers
Lavoy Allen, PF 18 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +6

He was effective and efficient in limited minutes tonight.  He also deserves some propers for overseeing Dwight Howard’s dreadful 1-for-7 effort.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +6

Thad struggled from midrange on Tuesday.  Despite getting reasonably good looks throughout the evening, he was just 1-of-8 from beyond three feet.

Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 8-14 FG | 4-7 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 22 PTS | +3

Tremendous night for Mr. Turner.  After a brutal three game stretch to close 2012 (he shot 7-of-25 and averaged just 5 points per game), he stuffed the box score in a way that he’s uniquely capable of; posting his eighth double-double of the season.  Plus: the 3-pointer he hit to push the lead to 92-85 after Kobe galvanized the crowd was super-sized.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 10-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 10 AST | 26 PTS | +2

In a triumphant return to his hometown, Jrue was terrific.  The driving dunk he made with 22 seconds left that put the Lakers down six and, effectively, iced it, might be my favorite Jrue Holiday moment ever.  Also: 10 assists against one turnover.  Think on that.

Jason Richardson, SG 27 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +1

Jason Richardson is three years younger than Kobe Bryant.  It didn’t look that way.

Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +4

While Wright was on the floor, he hit 3-point shots (especially helpful because of the extra point you get for them!) and grabbed rebounds.  Doug Collins, seeing this, played him a grand total of 23 minutes.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | 0

Spencer Hawes, sporting a fresh haircut that made him (finally) look more like a professional athlete than a cast member of MTV’s ‘Buckwild’, did good things against the Lakers for the second time in as many games.  He blocked Dwight Howard at least twice and has now shot 12-of-21 against the Lake show this season.

Kwame Brown, C 15 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4

Kwame Brown, who wasn’t (that) bad in LA, got booed when he stepped on the floor at Staples.  Kind of makes you wonder what the fans do when he returns to Washington: threaten his family?  Throw fruit at him?

Nick Young, SG 14 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 PTS | +2

Swaggy, who was playing for the home team the last time he played in front of an LA crowd, was unusually cautious against the Lakers, hazarding just three shots.

Doug Collins A 10:30 pm ET start, on the road, against a team with four future Hall of Famers: not exactly conditions conducive to victory.  It was a good win for a team that hasn’t had many of them this season.

After the Jump, (7)6 Things We Saw…


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TRIPLE THREAT

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/30/12 3:00 pm EST

Jrue Holiday (left) and Evan Turner have been crucial to the Sixers success this season.

As everybody already knows, the NBA is a star-centered league. It was never more evident then when one of the NBA’s most respected coaches, Gregg Popovich, was chastised for deciding to sit four of his star players in a game last night against arguably the NBA’s best team in the Miami Heat.

For the 2012-13 Sixers, it’s been more of the same. From the start of the campaign up until now, there’s been one man drawing the attention of the national media, while next to nothing has been said of the “team” that stands at 9-6, good enough for the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference. The focus has been on Andrew Bynum, the All-Star center who hasn’t been able to play a minute this season for the Sixers as he recovers from offseason knee procedures.

Before the Sixers’ first nationally televised game this season against the New Orleans Hornets, the Sixers were on ESPN.com’s front page. Instead of a story focusing on the promising youth and acquisitions the Sixers were able to make in the offseason, it was a story focused on questioning the Sixers ownership, calling the moves they made this season a “risk”. All of the negativity was built around the status of Bynum, the Sixers’ most talked-about offseason acquisition since Elton Brand.

Just 10 days later, as the Sixers stood at 5-4, another article came out about Bynum damaging cartilage in his knees while going bowling. Most recently, as the Sixers sat at 7-5, out came yet another article on Bynum only this time about him being out indefinitely for the 2012-13 season.

As the national media now steers its way away from Philadelphia (due to Bynum’s playing status being much clearer), maybe the NBA’s fans will be able to focus on the Sixers in a positive light and see who they really are this season as a team rather than who they’re not.


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