76ers & the FA Market

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
06/04/15 11:12 am EST

sam-hinkieAlong with the piles of draft picks, one weapon that the 76ers have amassed throughout their recent rebuild is a copious amount of salary cap space.

With Sam Hinkie at the helm over the past couple years, the team has unloaded a number of chunky contracts – Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young – while not taking on anything significant back.  In making these moves, Hinkie virtually cleared the books for the Sixers, providing them with ample space to sign free agents, both now and down the road, while not having any substantial financial ties moving forward.

Theoretically, this ample amount of cap space should provide the Sixers with a tactical advantage over other teams with less space when it comes to acquiring free agents.  With all the space amassed, the Sixers could potentially offer more money than other suitors, or sign a couple of high-priced talents simultaneously.


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Draft15: Backup Plan at No. 3

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/02/15 9:49 am EST

russellLast week Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach Byron Scott made the following comment on the Jim Rome show,  “Obviously in this draft, you got two great bigs and you got a great point guard in Russell, as well. We got to wait and see what Minnesota does.  So we are going to do our due diligence to bring them in and work them out and go from there.”

That one little quote regarding our favorite 2015 Draft prospect nearly gave all of Philadunkia nation a heart attack and of course set the Internet on fire with ‘The Lakers like Russell’ rumors.  It also got the scribes at Philadunkia thinking, what if Lakers do in fact decide to solve their point guard issues through the Draft (Russell) instead of free agency?

What is the Sixers move if Russell is gone when Sam Hinkie is on the clock?


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Thibs & the 76ers: Coulda-Shoulda

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/29/15 11:52 am EST

tom-thibodeauThe Chicago Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau with authority on Thursday, saying that a change at the head coaching position was necessary because Thibodeau was behind a “departure” from an “organizational culture” that is responsible for the Bulls success on and off the court.

Reports are that the true reason behind the firing was that Thibs did not get along Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf  and others in the front office as well as the rumor that numerous players on the Bulls were unhappy with the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year’s stern methods and hard driving ways

Whatever the reasons for his firing, after five straight playoff appearances, Thibs is no longer the hea coach of the Chicago Bulls. For us here at the Philadunkia offices the news made us think back to two posts by Philadunkia scribe Jeff McMenamin on the topic of Thibodeau and the 76ers’ head coaching position.


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The History of No. 3

Posted by: C. Smith
05/21/15 10:25 am EST

052014-sixers-three-600Next month, the 76ers have the number three overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.  All of us here at Philadunkia are hoping and praying, just like all of you, that Sam Hinkie will select a player that has a huge impact on this franchise for years to come (cough…D’Angelo Russell..cough) and one would think that type of player would be very easy to find and draft at No. 3.

However, when we reviewed the list of No. 3 selections from the last twenty-four years of the NBA Draft, we found plenty of evidence that the Sixers (or any team for that matter) are just as likely to misfire badly with the No. 3 overall pick as they are to get it right. 

To be honest, this Draft history crash course made our stomachs a little queasy, so of course we thought we’d share it with our readers.


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No. 3…Please

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/20/15 1:09 pm EST

15draftlotteryeditedThe 76ers didn’t walk away from the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery with a slew of first round selections.  Hell, they didn’t even end up with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 Draft.  Nope, the Timberwolves won the lottery last night, marking the first time since 2004 that the team with the worst record earned the No. 1 pick.  The hated Lakers finished second which made Magic Johnson giddy on Twitter.

In the end, the 76ers could not defy the odds and finished third last night in New York.  Sam Hinkie described the scenario as a, “a good outcome”.  That certainly is one way to describe the events of last night, but it’s not enough for the scribes here at Philadunkia. When you go from the long-shot dream of “One. Six. Eleven.” to the reality of having the third pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, a few more words are necessary.

After the jump, our reactions to last night’s Lottery outcome.


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Key Year Coming Up for MCW

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/14/15 10:57 am EST

mcwbuckseditedMichael Carter-Williams has had an interesting start to his NBA career.  He was the main attraction on an under-talented, up-tempo Sixers team his rookie year, and the unbridled opportunity provided for him to put up stats on that squad led to him being selected as the League’s Rookie of the Year.  Despite the accolade, the Sixers were never completely sold on him and his trade to Milwaukee was simply confirmation of such a fact after months of speculation that dated back to the 2014 Draft.

Whether or not Carter-Williams could have eventually thrived on a contending Sixers team is a moot point at this point, as he is now the playing for Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Heading into his third season in the League, and his first full season with the Bucks, several questions still surround Carter-Williams and his ultimate potential as an NBA player.  The upcoming season will be huge for the former Sixer in terms of establishing himself, and demonstrating exactly what kind of player he can be in his career moving forward.


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Philadunkia 4on4: Playoffs/Lottery Edition

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/11/15 10:47 am EST

76erscrystalballIt’s time for another edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribes C.  Smith, Michael Kaskey-Blomain, Jeff McMenamin and Tyler Cook will examine four questions surrounding our 76ers this time with a focus on the NBA Playoffs and the 2015 Draft Lottery.



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Talkin’ Draft…2015 NBA Draft

Posted by: C. Smith
04/30/15 11:45 am EST

drusselleditedWhile the entire city of Philadelphia is focused on the NovaCare Complex and whether or not Chip Kelly can swing a deal for his boy Marcus Mariota, we thought why not take a quick peek at the 2015 NBA Draft and what the 1st Round could hold for our 76ers.

We don’t know yet what will happen in the NBA Draft lottery in May, but we know there are decent odds the Sixers will end up with a pick in the top four of the Draft, and from there the pressure is on Sam Hinkie.   Now that D’Angelo Russell has declared he will leave Ohio State and has joined Emmanual Mudiay (Guangdong of the China Basketball Association) in the draft prospect pool, it appears to be a two-horse race for what is an obvious position of need for this franchise — point guard.

 


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Future Celtics or Sixers: Who Ya Got?

Posted by: C. Smith
04/27/15 10:53 am EST

Celtics-76ersBrad Stevens and the “scrappy” Boston Celtics just got swept by the heavily favored Cleveland Cavaliers in their 1st Round Eastern Conference Playoff matchup and while Boston is a long way from title contention, you have to tip your cap to the C’s for a respectable year on the court.

Meanwhile, Brett Brown and the 76ers have been booking tee times, developing their skill sets and rehabbing injuries for nearly two weeks now.

Both franchises are admittedly in rebuild mode.  The question is, ‘Which of these long time Eastern Conference rivals is in a better position to once again become a relevant NBA team (a team that finishes above .500 in regular season and is at least a No. 6 seed in playoffs) over the next three years?’

After the jump, I’ll take a look at the assets (future and present) both franchises own and give you my opinion.

 


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MCW is in the Playoffs

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/22/15 10:57 am EST

mcw76ers-media-dayeditedMichael Carter-Williams and his Milwaukee Bucks are down 2-0 in their 1st round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls and even though Game 3 is in Milwaukee, the odds of the Bucks coming back to win this series are long.  Still, as Carter Williams sat in front of his locker in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center back on April 13th and spoke to the media, first few inquiries revolved around the progress of his own game, his teammates’, and the organization’s solid season.

Such questions had become a familiar refrain for the former 76er.  However, after the Milwaukee Bucks bested the Sixers ten days ago in the season’s second-to-last regular season game, the questions Carter-Williams faced quickly took on a very different tone.

“It’s really exciting,” he replied when asked about his upcoming inaugural playoff appearance.

“It’s my first playoffs and a lot of these guys first playoffs,” he furthered, nodding his head toward his teammates.

 


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