Rapid Reacts: Sooo Close, But No

Posted by: C. Smith
11/05/15 9:46 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 87 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Milwaukee Bucks
Nerlens Noel, PF 33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 3FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +9 +/-A double-double and 50% shooting from the field is a nice start to this two game road trip. Noel came out with an aggressive mind set again last night and scored 7 points in the 1st Q. The leap forward his game has taken is amazing.

Jerami Grant, SF 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-3 3FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +22 +/-I know his shooting stroke has been off (34% from the field; 14% from deep thru 4 games) but I really enjoyed watching Grant play last night. His ability to cut to the rim is a great compliment to McConnell’s passing skills. When his J returns he will be a great scoring threat off the bench.

Jahlil Okafor, C 35 MIN | 9-13 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-3 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | -4 +/-Forget about the points and 69% shooting from the field. What really impressed me last night was Jah’s ability to pass the ball.  The rookie made several great passes out of double teams last night.

T.J. McConnell, PG 35 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-1 3FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 12 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +4 +/-In his 1st NBA start, TJ posted a near triple-double and really had the Sixers half-court offense clicking. I also noticed that the Sixers played with a much faster pace (but under control) last night than I had seen in previous games. Last night TJ made that extra pass that teammates and coaches love so much. He has now posted 24 dimes and 1 TO in his last 2 games.

Nik Stauskas, SG 35 MIN | 5-19 FG | 3-14 3FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 14 PTS | +17 +/-The Bucks are one of the worst defensive teams in the League and are awful at guarding the three point line, so I really thought this would be the game that “Sauce Castillo” broke out. He got a slew of good looks last night, but his jumper was off and that kept Nik from a big night. 1 or 2 more made buckets from Nik and the Sixers win this game. Last night he again showed the ability to attack the rim.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Milwaukee Bucks

Posted by: C. Smith
11/04/15 1:01 pm EST

bucksgirleditThis Wednesday 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 Milwaukee Bucks who tonight will celebrate the return of Jabari Parker (ACL injury) and of course feature the latest most loved/hated former 76er, Michael Carter-Williams .

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


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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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Ready to Roll

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
10/14/15 9:05 am EST

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 8: Jahlil Okafor #8 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the 2015 NBA rookie photo shoot on August 8, 2015 at the Madison Square Garden Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York.High expectations exist for Jahlil Okafor’s rookie season.  He was labeled by many to be the most ‘NBA-ready’ player in the 2015 Draft, and his peers voted him most likely to be the League’s Rookie of the Year this season.

Okafor is a dominant low post player, who has found success at every level.  Equipped with an extremely advanced offensive arsenal, a soft touch that projects well professionally, and an innate feel for the game, Okafor is expected to find success (individual), at least offensively, almost immediately.  With a dearth of potentially dominant post-oriented players, Okafor could really develop into a nightmare matchup for defenses across the Association.


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Time to Take a Step Forward

Posted by: Tyler Cook
10/13/15 11:53 am EST

okafor-noelFor the past two seasons the word that has consistently been associated with 76ers basketball is “rebuilding” (some may claim the word is “tanking”).  Now in year three of General Manager Sam Hinkie’s master rebuilding plan, the City of Brotherly Love is expecting to see some progress. After all, rebuilds can’t last forever and eventually an improving product needs to be seen night in and night out on the court at The Center.

To his credit, Hinkie sounds optimistic about year three of trusting the process.  And he should…I mean they can only get better right?  During a fourteen-minute media session last week Hinkie covered a range of questions and hinted that he believes the Sixers will improve on the court in 2015-16.   A coachable group of young, skilled players who are willing to put the work in seems to be main reason Hinkie acknowledged that we should expect a step forward from the Sixers this season.

 


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Is Stauskas Injury Cause for Concern?

Posted by: C. Smith
10/08/15 1:41 pm EST

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers-Media DayThe 76ers announced on Monday that shooting guard Nik Stauskas has been diagnosed with a right tibia stress reaction, but will only be sidelined for the next two weeks as a “precautionary” measure.  Brett Brown maintained that despite the injury, Stauskas should be ready for the season opener later this month.

After practice yesterday Stauskas himself commented to a group of media members (Including Philadunkia’s @therealmkbizzy), “Obviously this is a little bit of a setback, but I’m not too worried about it.”

Raise your hand if you have heard these lines come out of the 76ers’ practice facility in the last few years.

While each injury is unique and each player heals differently, the Sixers and Stauskas may want to pump the brakes on a quick return to action for #11.


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