It Can’t Be the Shoes

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/05/14 1:37 pm EST

TonyWroten76ersThe Sixers haven’t played the most competitive basketball over the past two seasons (That’s especially true in 2013-14), but they have remained relevant in the shoe game. The team has had a couple of the League’s most notorious sneakerheads in today’s NBA on their recent rosters.  From Nick Young last year to Tony Wroten this season, the Sixers have come strong in the shoe department.

Wroten has a deep kick collection, and pulls out new heat almost every game.  The combo-guard is in only his first season with the Sixers, and his long-term future with the franchise is uncertain, but that hasn’t stopped him from shooting the rock at an alarming rate and repping the franchise with his footwear.


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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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OPSL GM 2: WYATT SHINES IN L

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/08/13 8:22 pm EST

Three after three after three, the Indiana Pacers put on a shooting clinic Monday as the Sixers were stuck playing catch up and eventually fell 96-75 in Game 2 of the 2013 OPSL.

Following yesterday’s porous interior defense, coach Michael Curry decided to use a no hedging policy on pick and rolls to limit points in the paint.  Curry accomplished that goal but the only problem was the 76ers gave up 15 three’s in the process.

Second year forward Arnett Moultrie commented on the Pacers shooting, “They made a couple and then the rim just got bigger for them.”

The Sixers kept the game close in the first half on the shooting of un-drafted free agent Khalif Wyatt.  Wyatt kept the offense under control in the first half scoring 15 points off of 6-11 shooting.  Wyatt got whatever shot he wanted making two three’s, floaters and driving to the lane for lay ups in the first half.


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BIRD WATCHING

Posted by: Jake Fischer
07/08/13 10:15 am EST

Now that Dwight Howard has signed with the Houston Rockets, it’s pretty clear that the top 6 spots in the West belong to, in no particular order, the Rockets, Thunder, Grizzlies, Clippers, Spurs and Warriors. Thus, only the 7th and 8th seeds will really be up for grabs during the regular season

The Portland Trailblazers are probably going to be one of teams fighting for the last two spots.  Signing former 76er Dorell Wright to a two-year deal Saturday, drafting CJ McCollum, trading for Thomas Robinson and Robin Lopez will likely help Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge contend.


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OPSL GM 1: SHAKY START

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/07/13 10:02 pm EST

It was too little too late.

Poor first half shooting and a lack of defense enabled Houston to take a sizable halftime lead and defeat the Sixers 88-80 in the opening game of the 2013 Orlando Pro Summer League.

The 76ers got off to a slow start offensively.  Former Syracuse guard and first round selection Michael Carter-Williams looked nervous in the first half.  MCW’s nerves produced a host of turnovers which led to a Houston 13-3 lead.  After settling down, he finished with fifteen points in the first half.

MCW had little help in the first half.  The team’s second leading scorer at halftime was Center Michael Eric with 6…who saw that coming.  Former Temple guard Khalif Wyatt was 1-6 while Rodney Williams, Trevor Mbakwe and James Southerland shot a combined 2-9.

Philadelphia’s first half defense was like a safe with no lock.  Houston’s guards penetrated the lane at will and the Sixers had no answer for former Kentucky power forward Terrence Jones.  Jones transformed into a one man wrecking crew scoring 24 points and adding 12 rebounds.


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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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5 KEYS TO SIXERS OFFSEASON

Posted by: Jake Fischer
07/02/13 2:48 pm EST

At the glorious stroke of midnight and the arrival of the month of July, Sam Hinkie fervorously rubbed his hands together and cackled into the quiet night that surrounded PCOM.  The NBA calendar had flipped to 2013-2014 and Spencer Hawes and Kwame Brown immediately became “Spencer Hawes’ and Kwame Brown’s expiring contracts.”

While the rest of the League is paying attention to what asinine delicacies and ridiculous riches several teams will offer Dwight Howard over the next several days, Hinkie and the Sixers are going to lurk in the shadows of the NBA’s crazed free-agency period like a vicious lion and wait for the opportune moment to pounce on a stupid team with a bad front office.

We know they still exist in the NBA, despite having a lockout to correct the absurd financial landscape of the entire corporation just two years ago. Yesterday, it became widely reported that the New Orleans Pelicans (aka Jrue’s new team) signed Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans to a four-year/$40-48 million offer sheet.

Yet while all of these bad owners keep tossing their money around to overrated free-agents and hardly stars like Evans, it’s safe to say that Hinkie won’t be one to overpay for a “hot commodity” this summer.  He wouldn’t think that offering Kwame Brown a lucrative, long-term contract is a smart idea either.

What can we expect from Hinkie this offseason now that free agency has began? There’s five things stand out in my mind:

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DRAFT13: IT’S YOUR MOVE

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/26/13 1:14 pm EST

What could Sam Hinkie possibly have up his sleeve for Draft Night 2013?  That’s the question everyone following the Sixers has been asking themselves for the past month.  Of course it’s hard to have any clue what Hinkie is considering for tomorrow evening as he hasn’t made any public statements or comments since his introduction as GM back in the middle of May.

Hinkie has adopted an omerta approach when it comes to the media/fans and the Sixers plans for the future.  On the other hand, we here at Philadunkia decided to to assemble a few blockbuster ideas for the 76ers in the 2013 Draft and share them with you.  Hopefully the new General Manager takes one or two of these ideas into consideration.

For this post, we asked the Philadunkia scribes to take over Hinkie’s seat in the war room  and submit an original idea for “a move” the Sixers should make on Thursday night.  There was only one guideline for this exercise — the idea could not involve the Sixers simply standing pat at #11 and making a pick.

After the jump, some Draft Night ideas for the Sixers that could change the face and fortunes of this franchise.


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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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HELPING BOSTON REBUILD

Posted by: Steve Toll
06/24/13 1:46 pm EST

$21,592,641

Now that the Clippers have made the colossal error of picking Doc Rivers over Kevin Garnett, the time to strike is now.

The above dollar amount is the minimum in salary the 76ers need to ship to Boston to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.  The NBA is about luck and the 76ers happen to be in the right place at the right time.

Think about how many teams (A) Have quality assets to trade, and  (B) Can (if healthy) give Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett a punchers chance at an NBA title.  The list is very short, and Philadelphia sits at the top as the lone dog.

After the jump, let’s look at how this trade actually comes to fruition.


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