Fo’ with the Foes: Indiana Pacers

Posted by: C. Smith
02/20/15 3:14 pm EST

pacersgirlThis first game back from All-Star Weekend 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 Indiana Pacers who won 4 of their last 5 games headed into the break and are two games back of the 8th playoff spot in the East.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Pacers team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Jared Wade at as Jared will answer Fo’ questions on the Pacers from us here at Philadunkia.

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Hinkiepalooza IV — Pros & Cons

Posted by: C. Smith
02/20/15 10:47 am EST

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers-Media DayA record 39 players were moved at yesterday as well as more than a dozen potential draft picks in what can only be labeled the most entertaining trade deadline day in history.  Personally, I have never had so much 76ers related fun on Twitter.

Of course 76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie was mixing it up something fierce yesterday as the Sixers were part of three significant trades.  As you know by now, starting point guard Michael Carter Williams and rookie sensation KJ McDaniels are departing, along with the draft rights to Cenk Akyol.  On the way to the Sixers are two protected 1st round draft picks and big man JaVale McGee. Depending on which online “expert” review you read, Hinkie is either a genius or has set the Sixers’ rebuild back another 3 years.

After the jump I’ll provide Pros & Cons analysis of each trade Hinkie pulled off yesterday.


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Former 76er Check-In

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
02/16/15 2:14 pm EST

76ersaltlogoWith NBA All-Star Weekend hangover in full effect today, we thought it would be a solid idea to kick back, relax and check in with several of our favorite former 76ers.  Whether it was via trade of free agency, these players all departed the City of Brotherly Love without a proper send off and have found varying degrees of success around the League.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribe Michael Kaskey-Blomain will give us with a brief analysis of how selected former 76ers are performing this season.  But we’re not stopping with just MKB’s words.  Ohhh no.

We texted and Tweeted our online colleagues around the Association who cover these former 76ers on a daily basis and we will provide you with those “insider” thoughts on each player’s performance so far in 2014-15.


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Stay or Trade?

Posted by: Philadunkia
02/11/15 11:05 am EST

sam76ers General manager Sam Hinkie has already stated for the record that the Sixers will be “very active” in the days leading up to the February 19th NBA trade deadline and the anticipation of another draft day-ish, Hinkie-palooza event is simply killing the the scribes here at Philadunkia.

The 76ers have a 12-41 record on the books heading in to All-Star Weekend and we all know that Hinkie’s focus is on the long range future of this franchise.  With those facts in mind, Jeff McMenamin and C. Smith will examine several 76er players caught up in the trade deadline rumor mill and offer an opinion as to whether that player will STAY with the Sixers for at least the remainder of this season or be involved in a TRADE prior to the 3pm deadline on February 19th.



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GM52: Rapid (Streaking) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/08/15 10:56 am EST
Charlotte Hornets 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +12 +/-Once again, Embiid’s babysitter puts up a solid, but inefficient stat line.  Still, I have to admit his defense is one of the resons the Sixers got this game turned around last night.

Robert Covington, SF 33 MIN | 7-15 FG | 3-5 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +4 +/-After a slow start to this game, Cov poured in 11 of his 22 points in a pivotal 3rd Q and 19 overall in the 2nd half.  His ability to splash threes on the secondary fast break is amazing.

Nerlens Noel, C 34 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +9 +/-A very solid night from #$ who scored several buckets with his left hand and put up 6 points during the Sixers run from the late 2nd Q into the mid 3rd Q.

Tim Frazier, PG 37 MIN | 0-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 0 PTS | +15 +/-Obviously Frazier needs some work on his shooting stroke, but I have to give the kid credit, with little to no practcie he has performed very well in his two games with the 76ers.  Last night his ability to push the ball up the floor, get into the defense and then kick the ball out to the 3-point line to an open shooter was a thing of beauty to watch.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +3 +/-I felt that thie biggest issue last night for Sampson was that he forced some ill-advised shots and that led to a poor shooting night.


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Thanks for the Memories

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
02/05/15 10:29 am EST

thadwhitebackgroundThe scene was familiar.  Thaddeus Young sat in front of his locker in a locker room on the event floor of the Wells Fargo Center after a loss.  He had done it many times before.  However, this time, it was different.

There was no name plate above Young’s head at the locker where he sat, and the reclining chair each player is afforded in the home locker room, where they usually conduct post-game interviews from, is absent.

The locker is noticeably empty behind him. When he leaves the Wells Fargo Center, he won’t be able to drive mere miles back home to his wife.  Instead, he has to fly back to Minnesota to prepare for a home game against the Cavaliers.

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GM50: Rapid (Hollis Friendly) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/04/15 10:46 am EST
Denver Nuggets 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 105 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3 +/-Luc doesn’t usually allow himself to have a quiet game like he did last night, but I only have one note on him from the entire game and that was about a nice jumper he banged home in the 1st Q. Obvioulsy the stat sheet says he did a nice job on the boards

Robert Covington, SF 29 MIN | 4-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -2 +/-I think that stat line for Covington last night can be a little misleading.  Cov had a near double-double, but scored only 2 points in the 1st half as the Sixers built a 21 point lead and he was 1-for-his-first-4 on the game.  However, his 7 pts in the 4th Q helped keep the Nuggs at arm’s length in this one.  If you remove the Cavs game from the equation (6-13; 46%), Cov is shooting 28.3% in his last 3 contests.

Nerlens Noel, C 27 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -8 +/-A near double-double was highlighted by Noel being more aggressive on offense last night, operating in traffic and getting to the FT line where he was nearly perfect.  His failed attempt at a follow slam that some how rolled in, was comical.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 4-12 FG | 6-10 FT | 8 REB | 12 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -1 +/-A near triple-double in what was an excellent performance for 3 quarters by #1.  The stat line indicates that MCW did not shoot the ball well from the field or from deep, but really he was having a great game until a stretch in the 4th Q where he forced a number of ill advised shots and drives to the basket.  During that run in the 4th Q, it was if MCW had lost his mind and reverted to his old way of playing.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 18 MIN | 3-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -3 +/-I have to admit that I was not a big fan of Sampson’s move to the starting lineup, but I was wrong.  The kid played well again last night and a quick 5 point burst in the 1st Q by Sampson was a big boost for the Sixers.


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GM47: Rapid (Solid L) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/03/15 10:53 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 84 Final
Recap | Box Score
97 Cleveland Cavaliers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 32 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -13 +/-Overall a decent night by Embiid’s babysitter.  I don’t like that he jacks up threes at the worst times, but that’s an issue for another post.  It’s no secret that I am not a big fan of the fact that Luc is receiving 30+ mins a game and stunting the development of the kids on this roster.

Robert Covington, SF 34 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 7 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -16 +/-Welcome back…After some serious struggles with his jump shot of late, including 1-9 on threes vs. ATL, “The Cov” was on fire last night.  In fact in the 4th Q where Cov scored 8 points early (12 total) you could see that LeBron switched onto #33 defensively in hopes of slowing Cov’s roll.  The 7 steals is simply ridiculous as well.

Nerlens Noel, C 33 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -9 +/-I can accept that Noel is raw offensively and has trouble defending the pick-n-roll, but it is ridiculous to me that an athletic 7-footer only grabs 4 boards in 33 mins of play.  Mozgov pushed him around all night.  Hit the weight room, please.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 20 MIN | 1-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -14 +/-Is it too much if we refer to this game a “Shin-gate”?

JaKarr Sampson, SG 18 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +2 +/-JaKarr has found a nice role in teh starting lineup for this team and after slow start last night (2 pts. in 1st half) he found his stride in this one by draining two 3-balls in the 3rd Q.  It had to be weird for Sampson to be matched up against LeBron — his idol and a fellow Akron, OH native last night.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Cleveland Cavs

Posted by: C. Smith
02/02/15 2:18 pm EST

cavsdancersThis 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 Cleveland Cavaliers who since the 76ers beat them last month, have added Iman Shumpert and JR Smith as well as Timofey Mozgov and currently own a 10-game winning streak.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Cavaliers team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Scott Sargent at, as Scott will answer Fo’ questions on the Cavaliers from us here at Philadunkia.

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If MCW Gets Traded…

Posted by: Tyler Cook
01/30/15 11:55 am EST

mcw76ers-media-dayeditedThe 2015 NBA Trade Deadline is now just twenty days away.  If between now and February 19th Sam Hinkie decided to pull the trigger on one of the numerous Michael Carter-Williams trade rumors circulating around the League, that would leave Nerlens Noel as the only 1st Round pick taken by the 76ers between 2007-2013 remaining on this roster.  The cold truth is in fact that every Sixers’ 1st Round pick since 2004 has either been traded or cut, but for purposes of this post I”ll only look at the years between 2007 and 2013.

The NBA draft is designed for franchises to improve their rosters with young talent and promising ball players.  A great deal of research, scouting, and film time are put in by team’s front offices and personnel departments to ensure that valuable 1st Round picks picks do not go to waste.   Unfortunately for the 76ers, several trades as well as poor decisions and bad luck in the Draft have left this roster devoid of any 1st Round selections with tenure.

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