411 on Summer League Invitees

Posted by: C. Smith
07/03/15 8:20 am EST

summer_league15editedWe all know after the NBA Finals conclude and the Draft is over, that the summer sports schedule is so thin that USWNT soccer games on Fox Sports are must see TV.  That’s especially true in summer 2015 because the Phillies have been so difficult to watch.

But it’s time to stop complaining as NBA summer league action tips off next Monday and there will be plenty of 76ers basketball to watch in teh coming weeks.

Beginning July 6th, the 76ers will have a team participating in the Utah Jazz Summer. Then it’s on to Las Vegas where for the first time, the 76ers will have a squad entered in the highly competitive NBA Summer League.  As a bonus, summer League action in Vegas tips off on July 11th with a contest against D’Angelo Russell and the Lakers.

After the jump we will examine the players the Sixers have invited to their summer league “mini-camps” as the franchise preps for 2015 summer league action.


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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: Go Big; Or Go Home

Posted by: C. Smith
06/26/15 9:56 am EST

2015 NBA DraftThe 2015 NBA Draft turned out be one of the most boring draft nights in recent memory, but 76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie didn’t let the bland nature of last night stop him from using his six draft picks to bring home six players who stand 6’6 or taller.  Included in Hinkie’s haul for 2015 were a franchise level big man; two draft and stash European players; a first-team All-MAC Conference power forward; an ACC prospect who plays above the rim; and a third European prospect who many feel is NBA ready right now.

The 2015 NBA Draft will certainly not be remembered as an exciting, whirlwind, Hinkiepalooza style event that we have come to expect from the 76ers chief basketball decision maker. However when we look back years from now we could view the 2015 Draft as a key turning point in this franchise’s fortunes.

Analysis of the 76ers 2015 NBA Draft night after the jump…


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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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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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Draft15: The Impact of Embiid News

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/15/15 11:53 am EST

Philadelphia 76ers V Boston CelticsOver the weekend Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports rocked Philadunkia nation and set Twitter on fire with the news that League sources had informed him that Joel Embiid had “suffered a setback in the healing process of his right foot”.  Needles to say Woj’s report casue a great deal of concern among the 76ers’ fan base.

Woj’s breaking news even forced the 76ers to issue a statement of their own on Embiid’s recovery.  Part of the press release read, “Recently, Joel and Sixers personnel traveled to Los Angeles for a series of routine exams with a number of physicians who have been actively involved throughout this process.  During his visit with Dr. Richard Ferkel, a standard CT scan on Joel’s right foot revealed less healing than anticipated at this point.”

Obviously there is significant reason for concern about the long term health of Embiid’s foot and the impact the lingering injury could have on his career here in Philadelphia.  However, the immediate concern for us here at Philadunkia is what kind of impact will the Embiid news have on Hinkie’s strategy for the 2015 NBA Draft.

After the jump C. Smith and Jeff McMenamin examine that specific angle of the Embiid news.


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Interview: Jordan McRae

Posted by: C. Smith
06/08/15 9:49 am EST

jordanmcraesevenseditedIf you read this site on a regular basis or for that matter have access to the  ol’ inter web, then you probably know that 76ers’ 2014 draft day acquisition Jordan McRae played excellent basketball on two different continents this past season.  First, McRae went “Down Under” and quickly became the best option on the Melbourne Tigers of Australia’s National Basketball League.  McRae was the NBL’s second-leading scorer as he averaged 19.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per night.

After his very successful run in Australia was up, McRae came back to the States and played for the 76ers D-League affiliate, the Delaware Sevens.  In 13 games with the Sevens, McRae posted 18.9 ppg. on 45% shooting from the field and 38% from deep. The highlight of McRae’s brief time with the Sevens was a 39-point, 13-rebound, and 6-assist night against the Oklahoma City Blue back on March 22nd.

There’s no doubt that this Sixers’ prospect turned some heads with his play overseas as well as in the D-League and that he will be under strong consideration for a roster spot at training camp this fall.  With McRae on the verge of becoming a key piece to the Sam Hinkie’s rebuilding process, I decided to check in with the shooting guard.

Q & A after the J…


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