Interview: Gerald Henderson

Posted by: C. Smith
08/19/16 3:44 pm EST

hendersoneditTwo weeks ago I authored a post on the signing of Gerald Henderson which discussed that with all the focus on Simmons and Saric, I believed the signing of the veteran free agent had flown completely under the radar. In short the analysis contained in the post said that Henderson’s 3-point shooting, solid perimeter defense and leadership skills would have a significant and immediate impact on the 76ers in 2016-17.

This weekend Henderson will make his first visit to Philly since signing with the 76ers to assist his good friend and former Episcopal Academy teammate Wayne Ellington (Miami Heat) with Ellington’s “Peace Games” event.  The “Peace Games” aim is to bring at-risk youth and young adults together while emphasizing gun violence prevention and advocacy.  The event will take place at Girard College on Saturday, August 20th (noon to 5PM) and will include a basketball tournament open to the public.  Henderson gave fellow Philadunkia scribe Michael Kaskey-Blomain and I a few minutes to discuss the “Peace Games” event and his role with the 2016-17 Sixers as well as Dario Saric and Ben Simmons.

As always, Q&A after the J…

 


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Breaking Down the Beast

Posted by: Joe Messineo
08/17/16 12:22 pm EST

simmonscloseupeditedPresident Barack Obama really likes him, even added the inflection “really.” Some think he may be the next generational talent in the NBA, LeBron James’ successor. That’s all well and good but neither the president’s praise nor the feelings of pending superstardom mean this stuff will come immediately to Ben Simmons as a member of our Philadelphia 76ers.

The key to analyzing Simmons is to first establish what the realistic expectations for his rookie season are. He isn’t going to be LeBron right away; he almost surely won’t even have the kind of rookie season Lebron had for the Cavs. “The King” was beyond amazing in his first season straight out of high school.

So what can we expect from Simmons during his rookie campaign?


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2016-17 Schedule Analysis

Posted by: C. Smith
08/14/16 8:57 pm EST

76ersaltlogoMuch to our excitement, the 76ers schedule for 2016-17 schedule was released late last week.  And while the 76ers roster is still not complete and Nerlens Noel may or may not be here next month, 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 final halt.  But I doubt we will be making many changes because even though the “tanking” is over and the team will be exciting to watch this season,  the Sixers will struggle for wins again this year.

After the jump, is a breakdown of what is sure to be a season of improvement and promise for us here in Philadunkia nation.


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76ers Roster is Still a Mystery

Posted by: Joe Messineo
08/05/16 9:48 am EST

nerlens-noel-joel-embiideditedThere is very little we know for sure about the future of our 76ers. We know Ben Simmons will be around for a long while; and after his AND 1 mix-tape exhibition, errr Las Vegas Summer League performance, fans are thinking his impact will be fairly immediate. We know the team will give Dario Saric a long chance at proving he’s an NBA talent. We know Jerryd Bayless will be around thanks to his brand new 3-year, $27 million contract. And that’s about it.

Despite all the assets on this roster, no one outside of the organization really knows who will stick with this team for the long haul. In fact, not even the team’s front office knows for sure since Colangelo and company don’t have access to all the potential trades that could come this way. The future is murky, which is just the way it should be for a team rebuilding essentially from scratch.


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Odd Man Out: Nik Stauskas

Posted by: Joe Messineo
07/28/16 11:50 am EST

Back in April the sudden resignation of Sam Hinkie and the immediate hiring of former Suns and most recently Raptors General Manager Bryan Colangelo signaled a drastic change in thinking for the 76ers rebuilding process. Colangelo’s focus on the roster for the near future can already be felt.   He added veterans like combo-guard Jerryd Bayless and wingman Gerald Henderson.  And of course Colangelo signed Dario Saric.

At Draft16 Colangelo used the No. 1 overall pick to select clearly the most talented prospect in Ben Simmons who will be in the starting lineup come November.  At the end of the 1st Round (No. 24) Colangelo also found a gem in French prospect Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot who should contribute in 2016-17.  These moves certainly were a split from the long term “process” thinking of Hinkie. The change in course by the Sixers’ front office and the addition of perimeter players who should have an immediate impact raised the question here at Philadunkia of, ‘What will happen with Nik Stauskas?’

 


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Welcome Home “G”

Posted by: C. Smith
07/19/16 10:06 am EST

hendersoneditOvershadowed in the pandemonium Dario Saric caused by coming to America to sign with the 76ers as well as Simmons-palooza out in the Las Vegas, was the two-year $18million deal Philly native Gerald Henderson inked with the franchise.  The 7-year NBA veteran (28-years old) who attended Episcopal Academy (back when the Main Line prep school was located on City Ave.), spent last season with the Portland Trail Blazers where he averaged 8.7 ppg. while shooting 44% from the field and 35% from deep.

The exciting news on Saric and Simmons’ eye-popping play out in the desert are certainly causes for celebration, but for me the addition of Henderson was a fantastic move that did not receive the attention it deserves.  I believe Henderson will have an immediate positive impact on this team and thus help the franchise take a step forward in 2016-17.  After the jump we present an analysis of Henderson’s game that includes insights from Portland Trail Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool.

 


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What’s My Name?…Sergio Rodriguez

Posted by: John Woodson
07/05/16 8:42 am EST

04SergioeditThere was a huge free agency announcement made Sunday afternoon.  It nearly broke the internet.  Reports of it first came in the midst of an insignificant Western Conference signing that you may have read about on The Players Tribune.com. Oh yeah, I’m talking about the 76ers coming to terms with Euroleague star and former NBA draft pick, Sergio Rodriguez. The 6-foot-3, 180 pound point guard will reportedly join the club on a one year deal worth $8 million.

A first round pick by the Suns in 2006 (27th overall), Rodriguez played three seasons with Portland before splitting 2009-10 between Sacramento and New York.  While never receiving consistent minutes, he showed flashes of the ball handling brilliance that brought the Tenerife, Spain native to the States and earned him the nickname “Spanish Chocolate” (after passing and dribbling wizard Jason “White Chocolate” Williams).

 


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Time to Complete the Backcourt

Posted by: John Woodson
07/02/16 3:04 pm EST

The Sixers have been very active in this young free agency period and have been connected to a dozen or so free agent rumors.  The Colangelos have yet to land that “big-name” free agent and it is highly likely that trend will continue as players of that elite caliber are unsure about Philadelphia as a destination.  However, the amount of money and playing time the 76ers are in position to offer will be enough to lure younger and cheaper players into “the process”.

Look for Colangelo and Co. to continue to add players on the level of Jerryd Bayless, the 27-year old veteran the club has reportedly reached an agreeement with to the tune of $27 million over the course of three years. With combo-guard Bayless allegedly in the fold, a direction for the 2016-17 backcourt is now partially set.  So let’s take a look at some of the routes the front office could take to complete the reshaping of Brett Brown’s backcourt.

 


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Back to the Future

Posted by: C. Smith
05/19/16 12:23 pm EST

draftlottery2016editThe topic of which top prospect (Simmons or Ingram) Bryan Colangelo will select at No. 1. will continue to dominate 76ers talk until Draft Night 2016 (June 23rd) and we will discuss it a length on this site over the next four weeks.  But today I want to take a few minutes to look back 20 years in Sixers history to the spring of 1996 — the last time the 76ers held the No.1 slot in the NBA Draft.

If you recall, in 1996 Pat Croce was running the 76ers and Brad Greenberg was the franchise’s General Manager. The list of top college prospects in ’96 included the likes of Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Marcus Camby, Ray Allen and a local high schooler named Kobe Bryant.  Much like the Draft16, the 1996 Draft was a critical event for the future of the 76ers franchise.

I reached out to Brad Greenberg, who is currently coaching in Turkey, and via email he discussed with me some of the inner workings of the Sixers leading up to the 1996 NBA Draft.


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Getting to Know You

Posted by: C. Smith
04/13/16 9:41 am EST

bcolangeloeditOn the heels of the 76ers getting drubbed (122-98) by the Toronto Raptors last night — a team Bryan Colangelo had a hand in building — we present a close -up look at the new Sixer GM…

After a highly successful but controversial coup by his father Jerry, newly installed General Manager Bryan Colangelo hit the local airwaves on Monday and Tuesday to deliver his message to Philadunkia nation.  In his orchestrated media blitz, Colangelo basically continued his my regime is “not about a departure from a strategy” mantra and added that the next phase of the Sixers rebuild will be focused on “sustainable winning”.  Tuesday morning on SiriusXMNBA Colangelo continued his media marathon and threw out this zinger, “The time has come to accelerate the process”.

Over the last two days, Colangelo, in general has said all the right things during his numerous appearance on the sports airwaves.  A little part of me was actually impressed with his words.  However, I still don’t believe he is the right man for finishing “The Process” and leading this franchise back to relevancy.  So today in an effort to get a less biased opinion of Colangelo, we turn to our colleague Sam Holako of raptorsrepublic.com to help us examine Colangelo’s time in Toronto.

 


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