Interview: Jordan McRae

Posted by: C. Smith
06/08/15 9:49 am EST

jordanmcraesevenseditedIf you read this site on a regular basis or for that matter have access to the  ol’ inter web, then you probably know that 76ers’ 2014 draft day acquisition Jordan McRae played excellent basketball on two different continents this past season.  First, McRae went “Down Under” and quickly became the best option on the Melbourne Tigers of Australia’s National Basketball League.  McRae was the NBL’s second-leading scorer as he averaged 19.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per night.

After his very successful run in Australia was up, McRae came back to the States and played for the 76ers D-League affiliate, the Delaware Sevens.  In 13 games with the Sevens, McRae posted 18.9 ppg. on 45% shooting from the field and 38% from deep. The highlight of McRae’s brief time with the Sevens was a 39-point, 13-rebound, and 6-assist night against the Oklahoma City Blue back on March 22nd.

There’s no doubt that this Sixers’ prospect turned some heads with his play overseas as well as in the D-League and that he will be under strong consideration for a roster spot at training camp this fall.  With McRae on the verge of becoming a key piece to the Sam Hinkie’s rebuilding process, I decided to check in with the shooting guard.

Q & A after the J…


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76ers & the FA Market

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
06/04/15 11:12 am EST

sam-hinkieAlong with the piles of draft picks, one weapon that the 76ers have amassed throughout their recent rebuild is a copious amount of salary cap space.

With Sam Hinkie at the helm over the past couple years, the team has unloaded a number of chunky contracts – Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young – while not taking on anything significant back.  In making these moves, Hinkie virtually cleared the books for the Sixers, providing them with ample space to sign free agents, both now and down the road, while not having any substantial financial ties moving forward.

Theoretically, this ample amount of cap space should provide the Sixers with a tactical advantage over other teams with less space when it comes to acquiring free agents.  With all the space amassed, the Sixers could potentially offer more money than other suitors, or sign a couple of high-priced talents simultaneously.


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Draft15: Backup Plan at No. 3

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/02/15 9:49 am EST

russellLast week Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Byron Scott made the following comment on the Jim Rome show,  “Obviously in this draft, you got two great bigs and you got a great point guard in Russell, as well. We got to wait and see what Minnesota does.  So we are going to do our due diligence to bring them in and work them out and go from there.”

That one little quote regarding our favorite 2015 Draft prospect nearly gave all of Philadunkia nation a heart attack and of course set the Internet on fire with ‘The Lakers like Russell’ rumors.  It also got the scribes at Philadunkia thinking, what if Lakers do in fact decide to solve their point guard issues through the Draft (Russell) instead of free agency?

What is the Sixers move if Russell is gone when Sam Hinkie is on the clock?


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Thibs & the 76ers: Coulda-Shoulda

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/29/15 11:52 am EST

tom-thibodeauThe Chicago Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau with authority on Thursday, saying that a change at the head coaching position was necessary because Thibodeau was behind a “departure” from an “organizational culture” that is responsible for the Bulls success on and off the court.

Reports are that the true reason behind the firing was that Thibs did not get along Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf  and others in the front office as well as the rumor that numerous players on the Bulls were unhappy with the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year’s stern methods and hard driving ways

Whatever the reasons for his firing, after five straight playoff appearances, Thibs is no longer the hea coach of the Chicago Bulls. For us here at the Philadunkia offices the news made us think back to two posts by Philadunkia scribe Jeff McMenamin on the topic of Thibodeau and the 76ers’ head coaching position.


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The History of No. 3

Posted by: C. Smith
05/21/15 10:25 am EST

052014-sixers-three-600Next month, the 76ers have the number three overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.  All of us here at Philadunkia are hoping and praying, just like all of you, that Sam Hinkie will select a player that has a huge impact on this franchise for years to come (cough…D’Angelo Russell..cough) and one would think that type of player would be very easy to find and draft at No. 3.

However, when we reviewed the list of No. 3 selections from the last twenty-four years of the NBA Draft, we found plenty of evidence that the Sixers (or any team for that matter) are just as likely to misfire badly with the No. 3 overall pick as they are to get it right. 

To be honest, this Draft history crash course made our stomachs a little queasy, so of course we thought we’d share it with our readers.


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No. 3…Please

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/20/15 1:09 pm EST

15draftlotteryeditedThe 76ers didn’t walk away from the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery with a slew of first round selections.  Hell, they didn’t even end up with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 Draft.  Nope, the Timberwolves won the lottery last night, marking the first time since 2004 that the team with the worst record earned the No. 1 pick.  The hated Lakers finished second which made Magic Johnson giddy on Twitter.

In the end, the 76ers could not defy the odds and finished third last night in New York.  Sam Hinkie described the scenario as a, “a good outcome”.  That certainly is one way to describe the events of last night, but it’s not enough for the scribes here at Philadunkia. When you go from the long-shot dream of “One. Six. Eleven.” to the reality of having the third pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, a few more words are necessary.

After the jump, our reactions to last night’s Lottery outcome.


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Draft Lottery: Iverson > Noel

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/15/15 10:11 am EST

Iverson-2editedOne way or another, the 76ers will continue to add to their young core in this summer’s NBA Draft.  Depending on how the ping-pong balls bounce in the upcoming Draft Lottery, the Sixers could own as few as one or as many as three 1st round selections at the 2015 NBA Draft.  The organization obviously needs a lot of luck in said Lottery.

After the news broke that Julius Erving, who represented the team at last year’s Draft Lottery, was unavailable to attend this June, the team announced that Nerlens Noel would be taking his place.

I love Nerlens Noel, and was beyond impressed with his development throughout his rookie season.  I think he has great things ahead of him in his NBA career, and I legitimately believe that he will compete for, if not win, multiple Defensive Player of the Year awards. With that said however, I would have preferred the team to send Allen Iverson.


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Key Year Coming Up for MCW

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/14/15 10:57 am EST

mcwbuckseditedMichael Carter-Williams has had an interesting start to his NBA career.  He was the main attraction on an under-talented, up-tempo Sixers team his rookie year, and the unbridled opportunity provided for him to put up stats on that squad led to him being selected as the League’s Rookie of the Year.  Despite the accolade, the Sixers were never completely sold on him and his trade to Milwaukee was simply confirmation of such a fact after months of speculation that dated back to the 2014 Draft.

Whether or not Carter-Williams could have eventually thrived on a contending Sixers team is a moot point at this point, as he is now the playing for Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Heading into his third season in the League, and his first full season with the Bucks, several questions still surround Carter-Williams and his ultimate potential as an NBA player.  The upcoming season will be huge for the former Sixer in terms of establishing himself, and demonstrating exactly what kind of player he can be in his career moving forward.


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Philadunkia 4on4: Playoffs/Lottery Edition

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/11/15 10:47 am EST

76erscrystalballIt’s time for another edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribes C.  Smith, Michael Kaskey-Blomain, Jeff McMenamin and Tyler Cook will examine four questions surrounding our 76ers this time with a focus on the NBA Playoffs and the 2015 Draft Lottery.



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Talkin’ Draft…2015 NBA Draft

Posted by: C. Smith
04/30/15 11:45 am EST

drusselleditedWhile the entire city of Philadelphia is focused on the NovaCare Complex and whether or not Chip Kelly can swing a deal for his boy Marcus Mariota, we thought why not take a quick peek at the 2015 NBA Draft and what the 1st Round could hold for our 76ers.

We don’t know yet what will happen in the NBA Draft lottery in May, but we know there are decent odds the Sixers will end up with a pick in the top four of the Draft, and from there the pressure is on Sam Hinkie.   Now that D’Angelo Russell has declared he will leave Ohio State and has joined Emmanual Mudiay (Guangdong of the China Basketball Association) in the draft prospect pool, it appears to be a two-horse race for what is an obvious position of need for this franchise — point guard.

 


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