Iverson: The Ultimate Competitor

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
07/09/15 10:43 am EST

iversonnmascoteditedThe back tab of the right Air Penny V displays a simple message:

‘The Storm is Over’

The epitaph is a nod to the fact that Penny’s career has passed, hence the storm being over. The shoe released in 2012, well after Hardaway’s retirement from the NBA, and served as an ode of sorts (It was clearly modeled after the Air Penny II – Penny’s most popular model).

The sentiment is nice, but realistically it probably would have been better-suited for Allen Iverson.  Iverson blew through the NBA like an unprecedented, unrelenting tornado, felt by everyone across the league’s landscape.  And, like some squalls of such magnitude, the storm that was Allen Iverson –the dominant NBA player –ended rather abruptly.

 


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Summer Sixers GM2: R U Furkan Kidding Me?

Posted by: C. Smith
07/08/15 10:07 am EST

furkaneditedIn Game 1 of the Utah Jazz Summer League, rookie Jahlil Okafor scored 20 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and a blocked a pair of shots, so it came as no surprise that all of Philadunkia nation was watching closely to see what Jahlil would do last night against the Celtics in Game 2 of Summer Sixers action.  Okafor played solidly last night (13 & 9), but it was Turkish legend Furkan Aldemir that pushed the Summer Sixers to a 76-62 victory over the C’s.

Aldemir, who showed limited abilities in 41 games with the 76ers in 2014-15, scored 11 points (all in the 4th Q and thanks to 3 of 5 shooting from deep), snagged 14 boards and blocked 3 shots.  In short, Aldemir was impressive and stole the show from Jahlil.

After the jump, observations from Game 2 of the Utah Jazz Summer League.


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76ers SG: Now Who ya Got?

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/02/15 1:04 pm EST

stauskasWhen I woke up this morning and read the 76ers news on Twitter, I laughed…I smiled…and I cried a little (for Vlade Divac). In the over night hours, Hinkiepalooza struck again.  This time Sam fleeced the Kings of Nik Stauskas (fomer No. 8 overall pick in 2014 Draft); power forwards Carl Landry and Jason Thompson, a 2018 protected top-10 pick and the right to swap first-round picks in 2016 and 2017.

The Kings will receive the rights to two of  the Sixers’ 2015 second-round draft picks — Arturas Gudaitis (47th) and Luka Mitrovic (60th).

Obviously this a tremendous deal for the 76ers as they acquire a very good shooter and numerous  “assets” for the future.  Still, if you dig a little deeper and look at the trade’s impact on the 2015-16 season, the move does create a log-jam at shooting guard — Jordan McRae, Stauskas and Hollis Thompson (2015-16 is non-guaranteed) if you dare.

So, who ya got?


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Is McRae Headed for First Five?

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
06/30/15 11:28 am EST

mcraesevenseditedAs the 76ers head into July’s Summer Leagues, the team’s projected regular season roster remains filled with holes.  The recently-passed 2015 NBA Draft may have actually provided more questions than answers regarding the rebuild.

The organization’s selection of Jahlil Okafor with the third overall pick added to the team’s overall talent pool and frontcourt depth, but it did not address its overall lack of reliable perimeter play.  Okafor has monster potential, and was probably the right choice given the circumstances, as the team remains far from formed; he has a real chance to blossom into an All-Star in Philly.  But, while the team has now established considerable depth amongst its big men, there remains a dearth of guard play.

Early projections would likely have the team’s best long-distance threat, Robert Covington and the ever-improving Nerlens Noel slotted as the starting forwards, while newcomer Okafor holds down the center spot.  But what about the backcourt spots?

 


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DRAFT15: Last Man in the Green Room

Posted by: Tyler Cook
06/25/15 8:34 am EST

draftgreenroomeditedThe 2015 NBA Draft is just hours away and the top basketball prospects from around the world have gathered in New York City in hopes of hearing Adam Silver call their name tonight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Among the 19 players invited to gather in the green room during the NBA Draft are top talents such as Karl Anthony-Towns (Kentucky), Jahlil Okafor (Duke), D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State), and Emmanuel Mudiay (Congo).  There is no doubt all of these guys have earned their invitation to the green room and will be called on stage early tonight.

However, there is always one prospect sweating it out and cursing his agent as name after name is called and he is left to fiddle with his smart phone in the green room.  For that player, this draft night experience will be torture.  For us as viewers, it will be very uncomfortable to witness.  Think Jameer Nelson at the 2004 NBA Draft.

So the question here is who will be the last man sitting in the green room at the 2015 NBA Draft?


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DRAFT15: Thoughts from Fraschilla & Penn

Posted by: C. Smith
06/23/15 7:44 pm EST

franandpennEarlier today ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla and ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn conducted a media call to discuss the 2015 NBA Draft, which as we all know is Thursday night.  Among the 76er related topics that Fraschilla and Penn discussed were DeAngelo Russell, Kristaps Porzingis, Mario Hezonja and what the Lakers may do at No. 2 overall.

On Thursday night, Fraschilla will deliver analysis on international players and Penn will provide NBA Draft front office perspective for the mothership on site at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, so I decided to pull some of their best Sixer connected quotes and post them after the jump.

 


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DRAFT15: Thoughts from Bilas

Posted by: C. Smith
06/23/15 9:42 am EST

jay-bilaseditedYesterday ESPN college basketball analyst and NBA Draft guru Jay Bilas conducted a media call to discuss the 2015 NBA Draft in general, the upside of numerous prospects and his thoughts on what NBA franchises will do with their draft picks.  Needless to say, Bilas was not short on opinions and had some very interesting takes on Thursday night’s Draft.

Once the call concluded, I went and pulled some of quotes that I felt would apply to the 76ers or prospects that have been connected with Sixers.  After the jump are words of wisdom from Bilas, who once again this year will be on site at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as an analyst for the 2015 NBA Draft


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DRAFT15: “Expert” Predictions for 7-6

Posted by: C. Smith
06/22/15 9:21 am EST

76ersaltlogoWith the 2015 NBA Draft just three days away, we thought today would be a good time to check in with the “expert” online mock drafts and review what the predictions are for the 76ers at No. 3.

For the second straight June, Joel Embiid’s right foot injury could impact which direction the 76ers will go on Thursday night with the third overall pick.  Prior to Embiid’s “setback” or lack of healing, it seemed likely that Hinkie was going to draft whichever top backcourt prospect — Russell or Mudiay — was still on the board when the Sixers went on the clock.  Now, with Embiid on the shelf for who knows how long and a 7-foot Latvian skyrocketing up Draft boards, all bets are off as the Sixers appear to be the wildcard in the early Lottery portion of the 2015 Draft.

Thus, when I gathered the “expert” opinions from around the world wide web, I was very surprised to discover only two schools of thought on what Hinkie will do on Thursday night.

 


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Hey Dre’…Congratulations

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/17/15 11:42 am EST

drenbachampeditedEditor’s Note: The following article by former Philadunkia scribe Tom Sunnergren was originally posted in May of 2011 as part of this site’s 2010-11 season review / wrap up.  We are reposting the story today for two reasons.  The first is that it serves as smooth tip of the cap to former 76er Andre Iguodala, who is now an NBA Champion and NBA Finals MVP.  

The second reason is that given Dre’s role with Golden State Warriors this season and especially in the Finals, the content contained in Sunnergren’s fictitous interview style post is extremely fitting.   

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After a regular season that exceeded expectations, and a post-season that more or less met them, Andre Iguodala has already had a very trying offseason.

Always a lightening rod for controversy and never popular with the fan base, Iguodala skipped his exit interview with the 76ers front office executives and is said to be trying to force his way out of town.

Amidst these rumors swirling about the longest tenured Sixer, we at Philadunkia got an opportunity to sit down with him this weekend and get his take.

He looked pretty tired.


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Embiid Hangover Still Lingers

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
06/16/15 11:18 am EST

embiidslameditedIt was Saturday night at 10:09, and I was in the midst of throwing my arm out on the NFL quarterback challenge at the Dave and Buster’s in Plymouth Meeting when a received text message caused my phone to vibrate in my shorts pocket.

“Well man. Something ain’t right about Embiid,” the text read.

What… The…

A quick scroll-through of my Twitter timeline further clarified the text.

A “setback”.


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