’14-15: Similar Record; Better Team

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/09/15 12:59 pm EST

sam-hinkieThe 76ers will finish the 2014-15 NBA season with a record nearly identical to the one that they posted in 2013-14 – their first year under Head Coach Brett Brown and GM Sam Hinkie. The similarity in total wins and losses does not mean that there was zero progress from the first to second season under this regime.  It just means that the progress has yet to be reflected in the wins column.

In actuality, the Sixers are substantially further along in their rebuilding process at the end of the second season with Hinkie at the helm than they were just eleven months ago when current Milwaukee Buck, Michael Carter-Williams was named the league’s Rookie of the Year.

 


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6 for the Final 9 of Tank 2.0

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/28/15 9:26 am EST

76erscrystalballLast night, despite a super-human effort from emerging Rookie of the Year candidate Nerlens Noel (30 points; 14 boards; 70% shooting form the field), the 76ers lost their 55th contest of Tank 2.0.  Instead of analyzing the fact that Brett Brown’s squad missed their last 10 shots of the 3rd quarter last night or how they trailed the playoff bound Clippers by 32 during the final quarter, I thought we’d try something a little different on a Saturday morning.

Thankfully, the 76ers have only 9 games remaining in the 2014-15 season.  Seven of those contests are against playoff bound / caliber teams, while the other two games are against fellow tankers — the Los Angels Lakers and New York Knicks.  After careful consideration of the remaining schedule and the currents status of the Sixers, I have assembled a list of six items I want to see from Brett Brown and this 76ers roster over the last nine games of the season.

 


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GM72: Rapid (Mile High W) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/26/15 10:19 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 99 FinalRecap | Box Score 85 Denver Nuggets
Jerami Grant, SF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 5 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | +24 +/-Grant got the start last night and delivered a so-so offensive performance.  That end result was especially odd to me given that he came out of the gates red hot and scored all 6 of his points in the opening minutes of the 1st Q. Howver his effort at the other end of the court was outstanding.

Nerlens Noel, C 33 MIN | 5-8 FG | 4-7 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +22 +/-A jaw dropping double-double performance last night by Noel in which he was extremely aggressive on offense and displayed a nice ability to score with his left hand.  “I’m just playing basketball,” he said.  “My goal is to affect the game any way possible.  I just keep it going and come in with that mindset.”

Ish Smith, PG 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +21 +/-Obvioulsy only 2 assists is not a great stat from your starting PG.  However, only 2 TOs is something to brag about. But this is really all the Sixers need from Smith down the stretch of Tank 2.0.  Push the pace and play solid basketball.  His defense needs serious work.

Jason Richardson, SG 25 MIN | 3-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | +15 +/-Is Father Time back for round #2? Or was this just a single cold shooting night for JRich?

JaKarr Sampson, SG 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -16 +/-I thought Sampson played an overall solid game last night.  He was active defensively and his 3PM came a key moments.  I was a little surprised he ddin’t see more burn last night.

 


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GM71: Rapid (2nd Cousins) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/25/15 11:09 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 106 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Sacramento Kings
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 28 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +6 +/-ICYMI: 3 of Luc’s 5 total points came mid-way through the 1st Q when he splashed home a 3-ball. The rest of the night he was MIA.

Robert Covington, SF 27 MIN | 7-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +11 +/-The elbow mus be feeling much better because Cov got the start last night and despite not scoring in the 1st Q, he responded with a big performance.  His 12-point scoring barrage in the span of 1:11 during the 4th Q was simply amazing to watch.

Nerlens Noel, C 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 6 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +7 +/-Another double-double and 50% shooting from the field. With 6 swats last night, Noel now has 15 blocks over his last 5 games.  Noel also is averaging 15 points on 51.7% shooting over that same stretch of games.  He has to be entering the ROY discussion, correct?

Ish Smith, PG 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 13 PTS | +3 +/-Other than the 7 TOs and a 1:1 assist/TO ratio, I thought Smith played the solid game I asked for in my Fo’ with the Foes preview.  If he can play like this every night, the Sixers will at least be tolerable to watch down the home stretch of this season.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 19 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +1 +/-In the early 3rd Q I thought Sampson found a nice groove (5 quick points), so I was a little shocked that Brown did not play him more in the 2nd half.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Sacramento Kings

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/24/15 2:47 pm EST

marissamillerThis 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 smoked the Washington Wizards on Sunday night; have won two straight games and feature DeMarcus Cousins, who simply killed the 76ers (39 points and 24 rebounds) on Monday of last week.

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

 


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GM68: Rapid (Frickin’ Winning) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/19/15 10:39 am EST
Detroit Pistons 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 26 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +7 +/-Luc did his best to shoot the Sixers into the loss column, but the weary Pistons were unbable to take advantage of the poor effort from Embiid’s babysitter.

Nerlens Noel, C 22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +2 +/-With the hops and energy Noel diplayed early on, it’s a good thing for the Pistons that he got hurt and missed most of the 2nd half.  Otherwise the Sixers may have won this game by 20.  I felt like very time he came on the TV Noel was flushing a dunk or swatting a Detroit shot.

Ish Smith, PG 26 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +10 +/-A near double-double from the journeyman was has supplanted Canaan (who the Sixers traded for by the way) as the starting PG.  He pushed the pace last night on the tired Pistons and unleashed a couple of floaters that were amazing. 50% shooting from the field; 8 dimes; only 3 TOs and +10 rating!  Too bad he isn’t 6’3 or taller.

Jason Richardson, SG 25 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +1 +/-JRich struck back at Father Time last night with a much needed solid shooting effort.  Previous to last night’s game, #23 was 6 for 37 from the field in his last 4 games and I had pretty much written him off for the season.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -6 +/-After 4 points in the the 1st half, I don’t have a single note on JaKarr for the rest of the game.  I like Sampson’s long range potential, but his is not a starting NBA guard and why Brown insists on trotting him out with the first-five is beyond me.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Detroit Pistons

Posted by: C. Smith
03/18/15 4:55 pm EST

pistonsredheadThis 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 Detroit Pistons who defeated the Memphis Grizzlies last night, but have lost 10 of their last 11 and will be without Greg Monroe 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 Detroit team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Dan Feldman at pistonpowered.com, as Dan will answer Fo’ questions on his Pistons squad from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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GM67: Rapid (Simply Sorry) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/17/15 10:01 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Boston Celtics
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -18 +/-Luc led the Sixers with a -18 +/- rating last night.

Nerlens Noel, C 34 MIN | 7-15 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -15 +/-A much better effort this time from Noel in hometown of Boston. I like that he was extremely aggressive last night and took the ball to the tin, but his left hand finish still needs some work.  His 6 points in the 1st Q was one of the few highlights for the Sixers.  However he did NOT score another point in the 1st half.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -8 +/-This PG experiment should officially come to a close when this season is over. While his stat line was respectable last night, Canaan owns a shoot first mentality, does not see the floor well and plays ole’ defense.

Jason Richardson, SG 20 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -15 +/-As Charles Barkley once said, “Father time is undefeated.”  J-Rich is now 6-27 (22%) from the field and 0-12 from deep in his last 3 games.

Hollis Thompson, SG 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -7 +/-Thompson took advantage of his first start since December and posted a solid overall stat line.  Along with Noel, HT was one of the few Sixers who could find the basket in the 1st Q (4 points).

 


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GM65: Rapid (Reserves Rock!) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/14/15 11:28 am EST
Sacramento Kings 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 114 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 30 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +8 +/-Luc recovered from a slow start (2 points in 1st Q) to post a solid game. His 6 points during the 3rd Q surge assisted the Sixer reserves in bringing home this W.

Robert Covington, SF 29 MIN | 8-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +3 +/-Welcome back Cov!!  His hot shooting and 11 points in the 1st Q kept the Sixers from falling out of this game very early on.  Then Cov posted another 9 points in the 2nd Q (3-3 from deep). Still, it seems Cov was one of the few players who did not benefit from Brown’s halftime speech as he went 1-5 from the field in the 2nd half.

Nerlens Noel, C 28 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +5 +/-Just another double-double and 50%+ shooting from the field from Noel who’s play since the trade deadline continues to amaze.  Is anyone else disappointed that he had only had 1 steal?

Isaiah Canaan, PG 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -4 +/-Priority #1 for Sam Hinkie is to find a PG and a backup PG for 2015-16 because the undersized Canaan who has totaled 5 dimes and 4 TOs in the last 2 games while shooting 32% from the field is not the answer.  Still, his 5 points in the 3rd Q were huge last night, so he gets the C+ from me.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 17 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -7 +/-Sampson was very active early on in this game and thrilled the crowd with a drive to the rim that ended with a thunderous flush.  After 6 points in the 1st half, I thought he had finally found his stride again, but he went MIA in the 2nd half and I don’t have a single note on him from the 3rd/4th Qs.

 


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Noel on the Rise

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/13/15 11:43 am EST

NBA: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ersIf you’ve been paying attention to the Sixers lately, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the all-around improved play of Nerlens Noel.  Since the NBA trade deadline (and the departure of Michael Carter-Williams) Noel has taken giant steps in his development, on both ends of the floor.  In his last 10 games, #4 is averaging 11.4 ppg.; 10.6 rpg.; 2.2 bpg. and 2.7 spg., all while shooting 43% from the field.  With each passing game he looks less and less like the raw, out-of-place player he often resembled early on in the season.

Many expected Noel to be good, even dominant, defensively, but it’s safe to say that few expected him to be this good this quickly.

Aftre the jump, I’ll take a look at just how good Noel has been since the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities in New York concluded.


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