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 to help us examine Colangelo’s time in Toronto.


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Is Third Time the Charm???

Posted by: C. Smith
04/11/16 1:56 pm EST

bryancandjosheditYesterday — four days after Sam Hinkie shockingly resigned — Josh Harris and Bryan Colangelo held a press conference that was scripted like a Presidential address. They hit on the key points — Hinkie is obviously out; Jerry Colangelo will have a lesser role; and to no one’s surprise, announced Bryan as the new General Manager of the Sixers. Then they played defense against an unending wave of questions.

In the end, we got no real answers.  As I sat and watched Harris awkwardly squirm through another major press conference, I thought to myself, ‘this is third time I have listened to Josh Harris announce a change in the course of this franchise.  Why I am to believe that this ownership group has finally gotten it right this time?’

After the jump, a look at the three course changes Harris and Co. have executed in four short years.


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Losing Streak by the Numbers

Posted by: C. Smith
03/04/16 2:31 pm EST

jah&noelAs the 76ers get set to play the Miami Heat — who are 6-2 since Chris Bosh was lost– down at the Center tonight, the water cooler talk here at Philadunkia continues to revolve around the home team’s losing streak.  The streak now stands at 10 games (their 2nd double digit streak of the season) and with a match-up tonight vs. a Miami team that is installed as a 9-point favorite and features one of the stingiest defenses in the Association (96.8 points per game), the 76ers’ streak will likely extend to eleven games.

So as we prepare to deal with the mental anguish of another Sixers loss tonight, we thought we would review for you the reader ten items that we have taken note of during the latest stretch of growing pains in year three of “The Process”.


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Sixers Stream of Consciousness

Posted by: C. Smith
03/01/16 1:07 pm EST

As I watched the 76ers blow yet another fourth quarter lead (led by 7 points at mid-way mark last night),  and lose for the seventh straight night since the All-Star Game break and ninth in a row overall, I couldn’t help and think back to the amazing contest between the Warriors and Thunder I witnessed this past weekend.

As the Sixers were getting destroyed by John Wall (16 points in final stanza) during the fourth quarter it dawned on me that the Sixers were about to be “officially” eliminated  from playoff contention (Insert joke here).  For the fourth straight year the 76ers would not participate in the NBA’s post season and as I contemplated that idea as well as just how far away the 76ers are from being a competitive force, I jotted down several random thoughts about the 76ers that crossed my mind.


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What to Watch Down the Stretch

Posted by: C. Smith
02/19/16 1:12 pm EST

76ersaltlogoThe 2016 NBA trade deadline has come and gone quietly for the 76ers.  Even after receiving inquiries from teams such as the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, the front office team of Colangelo and Hinkie thankfully chose not to move any of the franchise’s valuable “assets”.  Instead Sam and Jerry settled for a very Hinkie-ish move in trading for veteran Joel Anthony and a 2nd round pick in 2017.  It’s a stone cold lock that Anthony will be waived this week.

With a nearly irrelevant trade deadline now behind us it’s time to take a look at the “official” second half of the 2015-16 NBA season.  The Sixers have 29 games remaining in the third year of “the process” and after the jump I will identify five items I will be watching for with this team as we count down to the 2016 Draft Lottery.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Sacto Kings

Posted by: C. Smith
02/10/16 11:44 am EST

sactodanceThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Sacramento Kings who are in an ugly slide right now (4 straight L’s; 2-8 in last 10) and feature enough internal drama to star in their own reality TV show.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Sacramento team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague William Griffith at, as William will answer Fo’ questions on his Kings squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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Rapid Reacts: 8 is Enough

Posted by: C. Smith
02/07/16 11:10 am EST
Brooklyn Nets 98 Final
Recap | Box Score
103 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 32 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-0 3FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -3 +/-A quick start (4 pts. in early 1st Q) lead to a big night for #4. He also had 4 pts. in the 2nd & 3rd Q’s. Talk about balanced scoring. I thought his on-ball defense was solid last night. His dive to the rim and dunk in the final minutes of the game was a huge play for the 76ers.

Robert Covington, SF 26 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-6 3FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +9 +/-This is now three straight gams that “Cov” has struggled. But they say that great shooters keep shooting and that’s what he did last night. #33 drained a key three with 1:13 remaining that gave the 76ers a 97-96 lead and posted 6 total points in the final minutes of the game.

Jahlil Okafor, C 33 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-0 3FG | 4-4 FT | 17 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +13 +/-A simply dominating night for Okafor against the Nets’ decent frontline. If a few calls had gone Jah’s way, I think he could have gotten to the 30 point mark last night. The ten point showing in the 3rd Q by Jah showed me once again that he can develop into an elite scoring threat in this League.

T.J. McConnell, PG 28 MIN | 7-10 FG | 2-2 3FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +6 +/-TJ filled in for the injured Ish Smith and did a tremendous job last night. He tied his career-high with 17 points and had a huge steal in the final minute of the game. TJ dropped 6 dimes and had only 2 TOs. Obviously his energy was at a very high level and teammates seemed to feed off of that.

Nik Stauskas, SG 20 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-4 3FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -4 +/-Ugghh

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FO’ with the Foes: Atlanta Hawks

Posted by: C. Smith
02/03/16 2:14 pm EST

atlhawksgirlThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Atlanta Hawks who are all over the place right now (5-5 in last 10), but feature streaking point man Jeff Teague and a formidable front line.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Atlanta team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Clayton Crowe at, as Clayton will answer Fo’ questions on his Hawks squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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Rapid Reacts: It’s Always Sunny…

Posted by: C. Smith
01/27/16 9:39 am EST
Phoenix Suns 103 Final
Recap | Box Score
113 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 30 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 3FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +9 +/-A quick start (6 points in 1st Q) propelled Noel to a very solid all-around night. Noel scored another 4 points in the 3rd Q and also helped close this one out be scoring 4 points in the 4th Q. I have to be honest here and say that while I love Jah’s low post scoring, the Sixers offense flows better with #4 in the game. He had several key blocks in this game as well.

Robert Covington, SF 32 MIN | 7-15 FG | 5-12 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | +10 +/-Cov is simply En Fuego.  Last night was the second game in a row that Covington drained five or more treys and he is shooting 40% from deep over his last 5 games (15.8 ppg.).  Cov is also averaging 8 rebounds per contest over his last 3 games.  The release on his jumper has never been quicker.

Jerami Grant, SF 29 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-2 3FG | 3-6 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +6 +/-IMO last night was a great example fo how Grant can be a key player for this team in the future. Grant played tough defense, doesn’t need plays run for him to contribute and will splash home the three once in a while.  Plus his knack for highlight reel dunks is an energy booster for the team.

Ish Smith, PG 32 MIN | 7-17 FG | 0-2 3FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +8 +/-A near double-double for the man who is steadily leading the Sixers out of contention for the No. 1 pick at Draft16.  10 of his points came in the 4th Q — 6 straight at one point late in the game and he scroed 8 of the last 10 Sixer points overall.  Smith simply closed this one out for the Sixers like an All-Star lead guard. Ish comitted only 1 turnover last night.

Nik Stauskas, SG 38 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 3FG | 6-7 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +8 +/-What I like about last night’s performance for Sauce Castillo is that he drove the ball to the rim aggressively. Stauskas absorbed a lot of contact in the lane last night and kept coming back for more. He also drained a key 3-ball at the 6 min. mark of the 4th Q and told the Suns bench about as he jogged back down the floor.  I like that moxy.  After returning from a three-game absence, Stauskas was ineffective off the bench against Boston, so IMO he desperately needed a performance like this one.


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