Draft14 Predictions: Sixers’ 2nd Selection

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/01/14 1:50 pm EST

draft-lotteryIt’s May 1st and Philadunkia nation is now just 19 days away from the NBA Draft Lottery. As opposed to the first selection, which is still very much a question mark at the moment, the Sixers’ second selection isn’t nearly as unclear. The Sixers should have the tenth pick in the first round, barring a miracle Top 3 lottery win from the Pelicans who have a 1.1% chance at No. 1, 1.3% chance at No. 2 and 1.6% chance at No. 3.

The Sixers management can breathe easier knowing their 10th pick is pretty much set in stone, but predicting who will be available at No. 10 and who the team should select is a whole other story.

Philadunkia scribes Jeff McMenamin, Carey Smith and Alex Gorge break down their top targets for the Sixers’ second first round selection after the jump…


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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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PLAYOFFS, GM 13: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/26/12 11:39 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 75 FinalRecap | Box Score 85 Boston Celtics
Elton Brand, PF 34 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -8

Brand did about as much as you could reasonably expect from him in this stage of career. While Garnett, his charge for most of the evening, scored 18 points, it took him 17 shots to get them.

Andre Iguodala, SF 44 MIN | 5-11 FG | 5-8 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | -6

Iguodala was great. His defense was typical–which is to say excellent–he hit several clutch shots late that, had the Sixers won, would be celebrated, and he attacked the rim throughout the game with the sort of purpose fans, and bloggers, have been clamoring for. It was an outstanding end to a quietly outstanding season.

Spencer Hawes, C 18 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -10

Exiting the Chicago series, the story was that Spencer Hawes had returned to form–that after a second half of the season marred by injuries, had reemerged as the sharpshooting, near-All-Star caliber center who propelled the Sixers to their great start. No more. Hawes struggled to the point of invisibility for much of the Boston series and did the same in Game 7. It’s going to be an interesting offseason for the free agent.

Evan Turner, SG 31 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -23

Turner struggled, badly, from the floor for most of the series and mercifully stopped shooting in Game 7. It was a puzzling performance from a player who delivered a fistful of them in 2012.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 5-17 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | -7

It’s admirable that Holiday became more offensively demonstrative in some very large moments this postseason, but, dude, how about some discretion with your shots. Shooting itself doesn’t help the team if your shots aren’t falling.

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 2-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +3

Lou, again, struggled. When he isn’t able to score, whether it be from 3-points or on one of his patented driving layups, the Sixers are a very bad offensive basketball team. He shot 2-of-9 tonight, and the 7-6 scored 75 points.

Thaddeus Young, F 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -1

Like Lou, Thad really struggled to make an impact in the Boston series, save one 22-point anomaly, and the playoffs in general. His work on the glass was impressive, and welcome, but like everybody in a Sixers jersey, he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn from the floor.

Jodie Meeks, G 5 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +1

He scored the final points of the season, so he’s got that going for him.

Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +1

He was, as usual, very good when he was on the floor but didn’t spend nearly enough time out there. Doug Collins has some ‘splaining to do.

After the jump, six things we saw


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PLAYOFFS, GAME 9: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/16/12 10:19 pm EST
Boston Celtics 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 15 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -23

As he has been too often this postseason, Brand was a non-factor.  Well, maybe non-factor is too charitable: he had an impact on the game, but it was one that favored Boston.

Andre Iguodala, SF 32 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -16

Iguodala, after starting the game promisingly with a dunk in transition, was similarly impotent in the face of the Celtics attack.  If I were a guy who was facing an aging player with an MCL that was string cheese, I would probably challenge him defensively so I could 1.) get easy points and 2.) tire him our so he was less of a threat on the other end. Iguodala looked at this situation and decided, “I think I’ll take just six shots.”  The wounded Pierce outscored him 24-10.

Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -13

Entering Game 3, the word on Spencer Hawes was that he had returned to his early season form.  Entering Game 4, the word on Spencer Hawes will be, can he recover from his lousy Game 3?

Evan Turner, SG 35 MIN | 1-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -6

When the team you’re playing shoots 52 percent, and you take ten shots and hit just one of them, you’re not helping.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | -15

Jrue’s pretty final numbers mask the (frustrating, unfortunate) fact that he didn’t do much down the stretch.  In the final three quarters, he managed just five points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | -12

Lou, when things were getting out of hand – -which is to say, the second and third quarters — tried valiantly to breath some life into the Sixers.  He hit Thad Young with a well placed lob to, temporarily, shift the momentum, and did it on his own on a later possession when he took a bump and hit a leaner, then the subsequent foul shot.  Not that this made any difference.

Sam Young, SF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +3

*crickets*

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 10-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | -1

After averaging only 6.5 ppg in the postseason entering tonight, Thad had his first breakout.  This is the one real silver lining from a cloudy game: if that can continue to exploit favorable matchups against the Cs, the Sixers still might have a chance here.

Xavier Silas, G 2 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +3

Xavier Silas (not pictured here), evidently, was on the floor at one point.  Good for him.

Jodie Meeks, G 17 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -1

Meeks managed to do some damage in garbage time, turning what was a blowout into what will look, to the casual box score peruser, like just your run-of-the-mill loss,

Lavoy Allen, PF 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -2

After a very sound start against KG and Co, both in the game and the series, Lavoy came back down to earth a bit in the stretch run.  That’s okay.  He still looks like he belongs.

Nikola Vucevic, C 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | +3

Good to see you out there Nic.  It had been a while.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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THE DIFFERENCE IN GAME 1? EXPERIENCE

Posted by: Tim Parker
05/13/12 2:04 pm EST

Experience.

It’s a word that every young hungry, ambitious, and aggressive person loathes, but it the end, learns to accept. Around this time of the year, college graduates with grandiose dreams will have their goals and career hopes dashed by this very sentence:

“You’ve got to get some experience.”

Most of the Sixers are the same age of those same graduates currently receiving their degrees and they, too, received a rude awakening about experience in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in a heartbreaking 92-91 loss to the Boston Celtics.

It seemed that the Sixers did everything right. It seemed that that they had everything it took to win. It seemed that the Sixers had their game plan executed to perfection, and it seemed that they were about to take a big first step to their first Eastern Conference Finals in 11 years.

One thing stood in their way.

Experience.


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