GM 45: (B2B Ws) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/02/13 11:05 am EST
Sacramento Kings 80 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 43 MIN | 11-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +16

An outstanding night from Thad was capped with a huge 4th Q.  With the Sixers trailing by 1, Thad scored 6 straight to right the ship.  He also grabbed 6 boards in the Q which helped him tie a career high with 15.

Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | +12

ET is in a wicked funk right now and I am not sure what the answers are for Turner.  Watching him get abused by Tyreke Evans was awkward.

Spencer Hawes, C 26 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -10

I like that Spence came out with an aggressive midnset in the 3rd Q and took the ball to the tin for 4 straight points.  However, I didn’t like that my 7-foot tall starting center grabbed only 1 rebound in 26 mins. and continues to launch 3PAs.

Jrue Holiday, PG 44 MIN | 9-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 8 TO | 21 PTS | +13

Obviously 8 TOs is not acceptable from you starting PG. So that needs to be corrected and it will be. But overall a solid game from “The Jruth”.  However, his overall night was solid.  Jrue’s spin move that led to a baseline jumper in the third was smooth.

Nick Young, SG 34 MIN | 6-12 FG | 7-7 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -7

All aboard the Swaggy P bandwagon.  I am more impressed with his ability to score off the bounce then anything else.  Still 1-5 from deep is not good for a starting NBA SG.  Nick is playing care free right now as with J-Rich out and Wright in the Do(u)g-house he knows DC has no other choice at SG.

Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +15

The tongue lashing he received from Philadunkia earlier this week must have inspired Lavoy as he has played much better in the last two games.  Again all I am asking from Lavoy is 6-8 points and 10 rips a night.

Dorell Wright, SF 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -7

So our reserve SF grabs 5 boards in 17 mins, but our starting center…I’d like to see DC get this guy 20+ minutes per game.

Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +13

Mehhhh

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

At least Kwame will be well rested to battle Vucevic on Monday night.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure how much DC is at fault for the Sixers blowing a 19-point lead, but he has to share in the blame.  I would also like to have seen more pick-n-roll action for Jrue last night to help him shake off Tyreke Evans who gave Holiday some issues last night.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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JRUE vs. THAD: WHO YA GOT?

Posted by: Steve Toll
02/01/13 9:55 am EST

Jrue is an All-Star and Thad has been the best player on the team.  It’s clear as night and day, but that doesn’t make it right.  Fans of mine know that I don’t think very highly of the average NBA coach and GM.  For that reason, this post has nothing to do with Jrue being selected as an All-Star. 

Holiday seems like a hard working, nice kid with a good deal of talent, and if he was my best friend, I’d still say the same things to him about my thoughts on his place in the NBA pecking order. 

However, the post for that topic is not this one.  No, this one is about Jrue and Thad. 

Who has been the better player this year, and who is more important to the team’s success?

After the jump, I present the numbers for the entire season. 


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GM 44: (RELIEVED) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/31/13 9:26 am EST
Washington Wizards 84 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +2

I have no real complaints about Thad’s night vs. the Wiz, but to my eyes he looked tired at times and lacked his usual ultra-high level of energy.  DC confirmed my suspicions in the post game PC when he described yungsmoove as “simply tired”.  He did however drop his first 3PA of the year (1-4 on the season).

Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | 0

The roller coaster continues.  Poor shooting night and in the 2nd Q especially the offense came to a screeching halt with ET at the helm.  Even Malik Rose was exasperated with the way Turner pounded the ball into the floor last night.

Spencer Hawes, C 38 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -2

If his stroke had been “on” at all last night and he could have defended Okafor better, this could have been a scary good game for Hawes.  All I ask is that he continue to grab 10 boards a night.  FYI…the breakaway dunk he had blocked by Wall was simply embarrassing.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 10-22 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | +6

Not the most efficient scoring night for Jrue (21 points on 22 shots), but a solid effort overall.  The left handed dunk he had blocked back in his face was hard to watch as well.  Still Jrue was steady for most of this game and he stepped up in the 4th Q.  He scored the Sixers final 7 points.  He also ended the Wiz’s big run during the very late 4th Q with a FT and a FGM.  That combo delivered this game to the W column for the Sixers.

Nick Young, SG 36 MIN | 7-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | 0

Enjoy your moment in the sun all you Swaggy P lovers.  He shot 7-17 from the field (not awful) and produced a solid all-around game.

Lavoy Allen, PF 22 MIN | 7-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +14

Is it possible that all the trade talk on Philadunkia yesterday inspired Mr. 500 to go out there and dominate?  There were two stretches of this game where he simply took over.  He scored 6 straight in the early 2nd Q and then did the same thing in the final minutes of the 3rd Q.  Any chance this production can be sustained?  I say NOPE.

Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +10

Considering he received two straight DNP-CD this was an amazing effort from Wright.

Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +10

He played some tenacious defense and handed out a few dimes.  I’d love it if my back-up PG could add some scoring to the stat sheet, but I’m happy with this from Ivey until we locate a legit back-up PG.

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

He was probably exhausted from the 11 minutes of burn he received vs. Memphis on Monday night.

Doug Collins

I liked that he stuck with the “new” starting-five and that the team seem inspired on defense.  However I still cringe every time he put the ball in Turner’s hands at the offensive end and allows him to “direct” this team.  I also am not a big fan of the way DC has had the team wind the shot clock down on each possession while leading in the late 4th Q of the last two games.  This squad does not execute well in those situations.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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WRONG NIGHT TO HAVE A BAD NIGHT

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/23/13 4:44 pm EST

In an underwhelming, frustrating, and (so far) disappointment filled  season for the Philadelphia 76ers, there was been one thread that has held the fabric of the team together.  It’s been the all star candidate Jrue Holiday, who is having the best season of his career and quite frankly is the captain of a basketball ship treading through muddy water.  But, when that thread comes apart, and when the captain steers off course, the fabric tears itself and the ship finds itself completely lost.  There’s no better illustration of this then in the Sixers’ 110-102 loss to Milwaukee Bucks last night.

While, another Sixers loss was disheartening enough for a city starving for wins from anybody – anywhere (Villanova notwithstanding), Holiday’s failing performance in what was an all star selection audition against Brandon Jennings sunk their emotions even lower.

After all, if a basketball team is going to roam in the world of sub-mediocrity, at least it’d be nice to do so with an all star to boast about.  But, as Kyrie Irving cemented his all star spot with a 40 point outburst against the Celtics, Holiday looked  just as dull as the team he would represent in Houston, in their final game before all star reserves are announced. 

 
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GM 40: (PUMPED UP) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/19/13 9:28 am EST
Toronto Raptors 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +7

One of Lavoy’s best games in a long, long time.  He was aggressive offensively — taking and hitting open shots that he had been passing up of late.  His 6 points in the early 3rd Q were huge.  Which is why I am a little curious about how little tick he got in the 4th Q and OT.

Thaddeus Young, SF 45 MIN | 13-19 FG | 1-2 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | +8

A mammoth game form Thad.  On top of the usual energy and hustle he delivers, Thad also was a huge part of the Sixers 19-5 run in the 3rd Q and his 14 4th Q points were a big key to completing this amazing comeback.

Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +11

He really struggled in the 1st half (1-4 for 3 pts.) and IMO Turner is still a little lost.  I am especially concerned with the way he continues to pound the rock into the ground and does not move the ball quickly in the face of a double team.  However his dime to Lavoy in the 3rd Q was a thing of beauty.

Jrue Holiday, PG 46 MIN | 13-23 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 14 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 33 PTS | +7

Simply put, Jrue was ridiculous last night and may have played his way into the ASG.  Two things really stick out for me.  First, on the final play of regulation Jrue took the ball to the tin and did not settle for a long J or off balance runner (I’m looking at you Dre and Louis).  That was refreshing to witness.  Second, he wanted to be “the man” last night and simply took over this game down the stretch.  He scored the Sixers final 14 point and all 12 of the team’s points in OT.

Jason Richardson, SG 28 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +13

Ugggghhhh…But we’ll give him a pass b/c of the knee problems he is apparently battling.

Dorell Wright, SF 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11

I guess it’s back to the Do(u)g-house.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +4

A solid night from Hawes, but the 3PAs he keeps launching are ripping up my insides.  The 3PA he launched in the 4th Q with Sixers down 1, was just brutal.

Royal Ivey, PG 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11

Jrue needed a quick breather and Ivey did a nice job of getting him just that.

Damien Wilkins, SG 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6

Wilkins did not stuff the stat sheet, but I thought his pressure defense was excellent last night.

Nick Young, SG 29 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +13

Aside from a few ill-advised shots, I thought Swaggy contributed nicely last night.  DC must have thought so as well because he left Young in the game for most of the 4th and the OT session.  However, I wouldn’t mind if had hit a few more 3PAs last night.

Kwame Brown, C DNP SINUS INFECTION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

So J-Rich gets his knee drained and still takes the floor, but a sinus infection keeps Kwame sidelined?!? C’mon man…

Shelvin Mack, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Welcome aboard…enjoy your seat.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure what was said at half-time, but he should bottle it up and keep it in his pocket for future use.  Still DC has to be held responsible at some level for the terrible 1st half the Sixers played and I would like to have seen Lavoy in the game during the late 4th and OT.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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INTERVIEW: XAVIER SILAS

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/18/13 1:43 pm EST

In the eyes of most basketball fans as well as NBA analysts and experts, the game has changed from a half-court, big man dominated game, to an up-tempo League focused on exemplary guard play.

While the Sixers have found their point guard of the future in Jrue Holiday, the question remains of who can fill the role as a serviceable backup to our borderline All-Star floor general.

There have been number of ideas suggested by the scribes here at Philadunkia as to what the Sixers should do to cure their problems at back-up point guard.  Of course all of them have fallen on deaf ears over at PCOM. 

The Sixers have also tried their own ideas.  Royal Ivey who was signed as a free agent this past summer was unable to grab the job during his brief audition.  Then there was a failed attempt to let the undrafted Maalik Wayns win the spot.  Of course “the Evan Turner as the back-up point guard experiment” continues nightly with lukewarm results. 

Yesterday, the Sixers cut Wayns and signed free agent Shelvin Mack to a 10-day contract.  As you probably know, Mack was just waived by the Washington Wizards after his disappointing rookie season.   It was a curious move to say the least.  Obviously the chances of Mack playing significant minutes for Collins, much less solving this nagging problem for the Sixers are nil.  To be honest we here at Philadunkia have become totally worn out trying to figure out why the Sixers have failed to address this issue.

So in order to hear a fresh take on the 7-6 and their back-up PG situation I decided to conduct an interview with a subject who has a unique view on the inner working of the Sixers back-court.  Earlier this week I sat down with former 76ers guard, Xavier Silas.  If you recall, Silas had a long cup of coffee with the 7-6 in 2012-13, but only appeared in two games.  Silas was also with Philadunkia’s home team for the Orlando Pro Summer League team and was in camp with Collins & Co. this past fall. 

Silas now plays for the Maine Red Claws, of the NBA’s D-League organization where he is averaging 10.8 points, 3 boards and 2.8 dimes per night.  He also was a teammates with Shelvin Mack for a stretch up in Maine.

Aftre the jump some Q&A withXavier Silas…


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TRADE BYNUM ?!?

Posted by: Steve Toll
01/17/13 12:22 pm EST

While many in Philadunkia nation were simply giddy over the fact that Andrew Bynum shot some free throws at the Sixers practice facility earlier this week, I would argue that now is the time to trade Bynum and improve the team’s future.

Through no fault of his own, Bynum isn’t the answer for the 7-6’s woes.  50+ losses is where this team is heading and not even Lebron makes this team a contender.  No cap space and a lack of cheap talent is a pretty bad place to be in the NBA, regardless of whether or not Bynum is healthy going forward.  As the halfway point of the season is nearing and the trade deadline is a month away, here is the first look at getting Bynum out of here.

This is not an indictment on Bynum.  Instead what I am Iooking out for is long term future of the 76ers.  I recognize more is needed to compete for an NBA title and I am taking a no lose risk in the long run. 

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GM 39: (PISSED OFF) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/15/13 10:30 pm EST
New Orleans Hornets 111 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 15 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -9

A nice shooting night by Lavoy, but his defense was atrocious and he grabbed ZERO rebounds in 15 ticks.  Unreal.

Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 6-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -4

A terrible night shooting from Thad.  I’m not sure if the length of the Hornets bigs bothered him, but tonight he missed a lot of the mid-range shots he usually drills.  His energy and hustle were on par.

Evan Turner, SF 35 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -9

Offensively tonight was an improvement over the way Turner has been playing over the last ten games.  However, his defense has become suspect at best.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 10-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 11 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 29 PTS | -22

Coming off a great outing vs. HOU, Jrue posts an outstanding double-double (10th of the year) while committing only 4 turnovers.  The haters out there will say that he got toasted by Vasquez (IMO one of the most underrated PGs in the League), but I would argue that he had absolutely no help on the defensive end stopping the pick-&-roll and dribble penetration and that contributed heavily to Vasquez’s stats.

Jason Richardson, SG 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -12

I guess J-Rich needs two nights in a row off to produce anything of value.

Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -9

21 minutes — 2 boards…That’s simply ridiculous to me.  When you’re 7-feet tall you should grab 10 every night by accident.

Kwame Brown, C 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +9

(Graded on the Kwame curve of course) I’m not sure if I should make fun of Hawes here for grabbing the same number of boards as this stiff in triple the minutes or make a Kwame has a pulse joke.  I’ll just move on.

Royal Ivey, PG 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -8

Mehhhh

Damien Wilkins, SG 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -7

I was expecting more, especially on the defensive end.

Nick Young, SG 12 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +6

All of you in the Swaggy fan club can puff your chest out for one night.  I will admit that he was fun to watch tonight, but let’s make a note that his scoring outburst came in the 4th Q with the game out of reach.  Even with Swaggy’s amazing display of scoring in the 4th, the Sixers were only able to get the Sixers within 9.

Doug Collins

I’m giving DC an “A” for simply putting up with this inconsistent group.  I would have lost my mind and quit by now.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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WHAT IS TURNER’S TRADE VALUE???

Posted by: C. Smith
01/15/13 10:12 am EST

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding Andrew Bynum shooting some free throws and actually breaking a sweat on the basketball court was an interesting article by philly.com’s John Mitchell in which he stated that the Sixers should “at least explore the possibility” of trading Evan Turner.  Trading Turner is a topic that has been written about and debated many times here at Philadunkia over the last year.

Of course Mitchell’s article indicated that Sacarmento’s problem child DeMarcus Cousins would be his top choice for the Sixers to receive in return for Turner.  Again, the Turner for Cousins trade is another topic that has been discussed at length here at Philadunkia.com.

Inspired by the “trade Turner” momentum that continues to build here in the comments section on Philadunkia and Mitchell’s article, I reached out to my colleagues and contacts in various NBA front offices to discover what exactly is Evan Turner’s worth on the NBA trade market.

After the jump, I’ll reveal what those NBA folks had to say.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

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

Many of us have wondered, is there a long term backup plan for Andrew Bynum?  Some talking heads at csnphilly.com discuss that issue.

Meanwhile, the Twitter-sphere is going crazy with news and photos of Bynum shooting FTs after prac today.

Great article via Grantland writer Jonathan Abrams on how former Sixer Jerry Stackhouse (BKN) and Philly native Rasheed Wallace (NYK) are both playing in New York 20 years after they left UNC.  Stack has some interesting comments on Allen Iverson and why he is no longer in the League.

Over at hornets247.com they’ve posted a podcast looking at the NOH recent success and previewing the game vs. our Sixers on Tuesday night.

John Mitchell of philly.com writes that the Sixers should trade Turner for a big man.  Preferably Demarcus Cousins.

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com brings up this must have for every Sixers fan this winter.  Reminds me of the Starter jackets that were so popular in the early ’90s.


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