Drama Is Not What the Sixers Need

Posted by: C. Smith
12/14/15 3:22 pm EST

dantoniThe 76ers record stands at 1-24.  They have dropped 7 straight games.  The last four loses have been by an average of 23 points.  Brett Brown’s roster does not boast  an NBA starting caliber point guard or shooting guard and features two dynamic bigs that may not be able to play together. They lead the NBA in turnovers (17.4 per game). Lastly, the Sixers have been awful on defense, ranking at the bottom of the League in points allowed (102.8 ppg.– 23rd).  In short, the 76ers are an absolute mess on the court.

Still, despite all the losing, makeshift lineups and embarrassing statistics, I have been impressed that this roster and coaching staff have stuck together in the locker room and that even during the lowest point of “the process” there appears to be no internal drama on this team.  Which is why this past weekend’s rumors regarding former Lakers/Knicks/Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni possibly joining the 76ers staff are raising significant issues in my basketball mind.


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Process This…

Posted by: C. Smith
12/08/15 11:35 am EST

colangeloEven for those of us who completely “trust the process”, there is no denying that the 76ers last 2+ seasons have been painful to live through (Last night’s 51-point loss to the Spurs was possibly the most painful moment.). Every individual no matter how mentally and physically tough, has a specific threshold for tolerating pain and once that point is exceeded, you will plead for mercy. Well, apparently a 1-20 record, a host of off-the-court issues from prized rookie Jahlil Okafor and allegedly a push from NBA commissioner Adam Silver have forced the 76ers’ ownership group to finally cry “mercy”.

Thus, on Monday, the Sixers announced that Jerry Colangelo — a Hall of Famer and the man responsible for resurrecting USA Basketball — will join the franchise as a special advisor and chairman of basketball operations.

After the jump, are three different takes I have assembled from my NBA contacts on the most recent move by Josh Harris & Company in “the process” .


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Rapid Reacts: Beat LA, Beat LA…DONE

Posted by: C. Smith
12/02/15 10:16 am EST
Los Angeles Lakers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Philadelphia 76ers
Robert Covington, SF 34 MIN | 8-16 FG | 5-11 3FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | +18 +/-Cov continues to play at a very high level (21 ppg. over his last 3 contests) and last night he was simply on fire. His 9 points in the 3rd quarter helped the 76ers grab the lead in this game. Then in the 4th Q Cov drained a huge 3-ball that pushed the Sixers to close out a game for once.

Jerami Grant, SF 31 MIN | 6-7 FG | 0-1 3FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +7 +/-I’m not sure what got into Grant coming out of the locker room after half time, but Brett Brown may want to bottle it up for future use. Grant scored 8 points in the 2nd half, but to me it seemed like he simply took over the game with his athletecism and energy.

Jahlil Okafor, C 30 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +13 +/-A solid night for Jah, especially considering this was his first home game since all of the off-the-court issues came to light. However it have become obvious to me that right now the rookie struggles when matched up against true centers such as Hibbert and D12.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-7 3FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +13 +/-Canaan is a shoot first player and tonight because his shot was “on”, so mentality that worked for the Brown and the Sixers for three quarters. However, if you watched the 4th Q closely, you probably noticed that after a few ill-advised plays by Canaan, Brown replaced him with McConnell for clutch time.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 19 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 3FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | +10 +/-Between Stauskas and Sampson, it’s like nobody wants top grab the starting SG job and own it.

 

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: LA Lakers

Posted by: C. Smith
12/01/15 1:17 pm EST

lakerhottieThis special, Moses Malone Tribute Night 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 Los Angeles Lakers who own a record of 2-16, have lost six straight games, but feature D’Angelo Russell, former 76ers Louis Williams and Swaggy P as well as the soon-to-be-retired Kobe Bryant.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Los Angeles team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Darius Soriano at forumblueandgold.com, as Darius will answer Fo’ questions on his Lakers squad from us here at Philadunkia.

Fo’ with the Foes: Minnesota TWolves

Posted by: C. Smith
11/23/15 4:07 pm EST

Alisa-MinnesotaeditedThis 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 Minnesota Timberwolves, who have lost 6-of-their-last-7, but feature a rising star in their highly entertaining second year guard Andrew Wiggins.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Minnesota team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Jonah  Steinmeyer at howlintwolf.com, as Jonah will answer Fo’ questions on his T-Wolves squad from us here at Philadunkia.

Fo/ with the Foes: Charlotte Hornets

Posted by: C. Smith
11/20/15 12:26 pm EST

honeybeeseditedThis 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 Charlotte Hornets (6-6), who have won 6-of-their-last-9 and feature a rejuvenated Nicholas Batum as well as our man Spencer Hawes.

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

 


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Not That Big of A Surprise

Posted by: C. Smith
11/18/15 10:33 am EST

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston CelticsOn Monday night the 76ers put up a respectable fight against the Dallas Mavericks, but were eventually bested by the Dirk and Company.  The loss dropped the Sixers record to 0-11 and with a brutal schedule the rest of the month, my prediction of a 2-16 start to this season now seems like a pipe dream.

Still, for the most part I have truly enjoyed watching this group of rookies and undiscovered “prospects” play basketball. Additionally, there have been a few positives revelations we can take from the first 11 games of the season.  It’s become very obvious that Jahlil Okafor is a low post beast on offense.  There’s little doubt that Nerlens Noel has improved his offensive game.  TJ McConnell can be a rock steady point guard at this League.  To most, the last positive item is the biggest revelation of all.

Nearly everyone in Philadunkia nation and around the Association in general has been shocked by McConnell’s ability to compete at the NBA level.  The undrafted rookie out of Arizona boasts stats line of 7.8 ppg. and 6.2 apg., while shooting 52% from the field and has held his own in difficult matchups with former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, 2015 All-Star Kyle Lowry and former All-Star Deron Williams.   However, if you look at McConnell’s basketball resume, talk to his dad and his former college coach, you’ll find that we should NOT be the least bit surprised at the success McConnell is achieving with the 76ers.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: OKC Thunder

Posted by: C. Smith
11/13/15 11:17 am EST

thundergirleditedThis 8-game losing streak 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 upcoming 76ers’ games – features tonight’s opponent, the Oklahoma City Thunder (5-3), who have won two straight games but will be without superstar Kevin Durant (out 7-14 days with hamstring injury) again tonight.  But have no fear Sixers fans, Russell Westbrook will play tonight.

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

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Toronto Raptors

Posted by: C. Smith
11/11/15 12:48 pm EST

dancepakeditedThis 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 upcoming 76ers’ games – features tonight’s opponent, the Toronto Raptors, who are currently on a three game losing streak, but remain in 1st place in the Atlantic Division.

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

 


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Rapid Reacts: Injuries & Poor Shooting

Posted by: C. Smith
11/10/15 10:04 am EST
Chicago Bulls 111 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Philadelphia 76ers
Richaun Holmes, PF 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-3 3FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +5 +/-Another rookie enters the first-five for the 76ers and posts a respectable performance. With his hops and quick second jump, I’d like to have seen Holmes grab a few more boards, but his energy and hustle are amazing. He is falling in love with his jumper a little too much for my tastes.

Jerami Grant, SF 29 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-2 3FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -26 +/-Grant was very aggresssive going to the rack last night and I hope he continues to play that way this season. Grant scored 6 points in the 1st Q and I thought he was headed for a big night, but like a number of the Sixers, he went ice cold.

Jahlil Okafor, C 31 MIN | 9-25 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-8 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | -22 +/-

A 2-10 start to the game di not prevent Jah for putting up a monster night (7-14 in 2nd half). Honestly, Jah got some great looks at the hoop because of his low post moves, he just couldn’t get the ball to roll in. There was a stretch in the 1st Q were on 3 consecutive trips Jah could not get lay-ins to fall. His 8 defensive rebounds in Noel’s absence were huge.

T.J. McConnell, PG 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-2 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -18 +/-

I know that TJ’s job in this lineup is to find open shooters and not turn the ball over, but with the Noel and Cov out last night, I’d like to have seen TJ look to score a bit more in the 1st half. Still an 8/2 assist to turnover ration is amazing and if Stauskas could shoot at all last night, TJ has double digit assists.  I thought he battled former MVP Derrick Rose to a draw last night.

Nik Stauskas, SG 33 MIN | 2-13 FG | 1-7 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -23 +/-Stauskas was 1-7 from deep last night and miss fired on a host of wide open looks. He is now hit 9 for 37 on 3-balls acorss his last 4 games. “Jesus,” Stauskas commeneted post game when informed of his recent shooting stats. My thoughts on his struggles during the game last night were significantly more volatile.

 


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