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 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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Rapid Reacts GM3: The King was Here

Posted by: C. Smith
11/03/15 10:47 am EST
Cleveland Cavaliers 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Philadelphia 76ers
Robert Covington, SF 22 MIN | 1-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -25 +/-After his prolonged abscence, we’ll chalk this up to”Cov” being rusty and move on…

Nerlens Noel, C 33 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 4 TO | 14 PTS | -13 +/-I really like the aggressive mind frame Noel has taken on offense through the first week of the season. He is forcing defenses to guard him in the 12-15 foot range and that is opening up the floor for everyone. Obviously his one-man fastbreak gone wrong was off the charts on the unintentional comedy scale.

Jahlil Okafor, C 27 MIN | 11-21 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | -15 +/-Okafor had his polished post game on display last night as he became the fourth Sixers rookie to score at least 20 points in two of his first three games. He simply abused Tristan Thompson and Mozgov struggled to guard Jah as well. To he honest, I thought he should have gotten more touches last night.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 31 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -19 +/-I am not and never have been a fan of Canaan as the starting point guard, but I am not sure McConnell is ready for that role yet. Canaan showed again last night that he can score with ease, but he never makes the extra pass and cannot get the ball into the post.  With only 5 assists in 3 games it might time to give someone else a crack at the job.

Nik Stauskas, SG 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -16 +/-“Sauce Castillo” asserted himself early last night and the result was 5 quick points in the 1st Q. But he did not attempt a FG in the 2nd Q. In the second half he put up 10 points, but the 3-ball was not falling for #11. Still, last night he showed flashes of the handles we saw during his play with Team Canada this summer, so that is encouraging.

 


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Rapid Reacts GM1: Some Things To Smile About

Posted by: C. Smith
10/29/15 9:58 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 95 FinalRecap | Box Score 112 Boston Celtics
Nerlens Noel, C 35 MIN | 5-13 FG | 4-7 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -2 +/-Noel kept his great preseason game rolling last night with an agressive effort on the offensive end that led to a double-double. He even displayed the ability to use his off-hand with a lefty flip hook attempt in the 1st half. Last night’s effort by #4 has me excited for this season.

Jahlil Okafor, C 38 MIN | 10-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 8 TO | 26 PTS | -9 +/-A blazing hot start 5 for 5 from the field led to the best scoring rookie debut by a 76er since Allen Iverson. I’ll take that from Jah, especially afer missings much of the preseason with nagging injuries. I loved that he was perfect from the FT line last night.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 38 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -3 +/-Canaan hit several big threes last night, but we know that he can shoot. What concerns me is the low assist number (2) and his inability to run the team in the half court last night.

Hollis Thompson, SG 36 MIN | 3-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -15 +/-An 0-9 start to this game had me laughing out loud. As I said on Twitter last night — I’ll never undestand this franchise’s infatuation with #31.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +1 +/-When Sampson slows down a little bit and lets the game come to him he could be really good. His 5 point outburst in the 3rd Q was encouraging that he may actually take that step forward this season.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Boston Celtics

Posted by: C. Smith
10/28/15 1:44 pm EST

mariaThis 2015-16 season opening 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 Boston Celtics a team many “experts” are predicting will be a playoff bound squad (AGAIN) at the end of the 2015-16 season.

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


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Six Predictions for 2015-16

Posted by: C. Smith
10/26/15 11:49 am EST

76ersaltlogoOn Wednesday night in Boston the 76ers will tip off what should be a very interesting 2015-16 season against the hated Celtics. If you believe all the online “experts”, Wednesday night’s contest against the C’s will begin yet another season of rebuilding/tanking that will produce little more than another high Draft pick for Sam Hinkie.

However, a number of us here at Philadunkia firmly believe that in 2015-16 the 76ers will actually show growth and take a significant step forward on the court. If Hinkie’s plan works and the Sixers become Eastern Conference contenders in the not so distant future, I am of the opinion that Phialdunkia nation will look back at year three of the “process” as the turning point in this long rebuild.

After the jump I present six predictions for the 76ers in the highly anticipated 2015-16 season.

 


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Opening Month Will Require Patience

Posted by: C. Smith
10/19/15 1:48 pm EST

brown-brettIn year three of Sam Hinkie’s “process” I am fully expecting the 76ers to take a noticeable step forward on the court.  The additions of Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and Kendall Marshall as well as training camp surprise Christian Wood have provided Brett Brown with a much deeper roster than he has had in the last two seasons of this rebuilding process.  Additionally, with a year of seasoning under his belt and an improved jump shot, Nerlens Noel’s should be ready to contribute on offense from the opening game of the season.  Lastly, I am expecting Robert Covington to take his game to the next level.

The combination of added talent and improvement among the players who return from the 2014-15 season should provide for better results on the court — 25 wins is a distinct possibility.  However I am writing this post to warn Philadunkia nation that because of injuries, learning to play together and an unfriendly opening month of the NBA schedule, a high level of patience with this team may be required at the start of 2015-16.


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