GM45: Rapid (Learning Tree) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/27/15 9:03 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 74 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 New Orleans Pelicans
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -16 +/-Luc is a solid player, but I have come to realize that he is also a better than average defender.  He should be delay for an asset as soon as possible.  Maybe Embiid would go on a hunger strike after the trade and drop the 50+ lbs. he’s allegedly packed on.

Robert Covington, SF 30 MIN | 2-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -1 +/-I realize that NOP’s entire defensive scheme was built around stopping Cov and that may have impacted his shooting last night. Still, I felt he got a number of decent looks last night and simply didn’t convert.  Nights like these happen too often for Cov and thus I’m not sold that he is a keeper yet.

Henry Sims, C 19 MIN | 4-9 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -14 +/-Sims just punches the clock and most night delivers a more than respectable performance for Brown.  His 8 points in the 3rd Q is the only reason the Sixers weren’t trailing by 3o after that stanza. However, he too was helpless vs. Davis.

Nerlens Noel, C 31 MIN | 1-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -14 +/-See comments after the jump.

Larry Drew II, PG 32 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 4 PTS | -17 +/-Obviously he can’t shoot 2-9 every night and stay in this League, but I thought Drew did some nice things last night.  I especialy like the way he pushes the pace and his crossover on Eric Gordon and lay-in was a thing of beauty to watch.


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Race to the Bottom

Posted by: C. Smith
01/23/15 9:40 am EST

draft-lotteryWith 40 games remaining in Tank 2.0, it become obvious that the 76ers are not going to experience any Detroit Pistons-like push (9-3 in their last 12) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.  A roster that was built to lose, and has done so nicely, is now missing its key 6th man (Tony Wroten) for an undetermined amount of time.  Additionally, the starting power forward (Luc) will allegedly miss his third straight game tonight with a bruised knee.  Finally, the Sixers starting center (Noel) suddenly contracted a respiratory illness, could not play against the lowly New York Knicks on Wednesday and is questionable for tonight.

Still, the Sixers have collected 8 wins so far this season (4-6 in last 10 games) which is more victories than this scribe and most of the online “experts” dreamed Brett Brown’s team would haul in prior to the 2015 All-Star break.  However, with key players missing and a brutal upcoming schedule that features games — vs. TOR; @MEM; @ NOP; vs. DET; @ ATL; @ CLE and @ DEN — , it bears exploring just how bad the odds makers think this team might be.

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Mid-Season: More Questions Than Answers

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/20/15 1:19 pm EST

76ersaltlogoAfter an embarrassing 35 point blowout loss in their MLK Day matinee with the Wizards, the 76ers have now lost two straight games.  Still, they are 3-4 in their last seven contests, which given the current roster is a respectable stretch of play.  They are now halfway through (8-33) their 2nd season of…call it tanking or rebuilding, whichever you prefer…and trying to measure success or failure at this point has become a difficult task.

What we are watching both on and off-the-court is something, but what is it?  The reason it’s happening is understandable.  We can all agree that something drastic had to be done after the Bynum fiasco.  Honestly though, who could have predicted that Vucevic would be a better player than Bynum and that the entire 2012 off-season would set the team back at least 5 years?

With all the support and skepticism of Sam Hinkie as well as the 76ers organization, the important questions have not been asked or answered by anyone.  So at the halfway point of the second season under Hinkie’s master plan, Philadunkia scribes C. Smith and Steve Toll will look at six tough questions Sixers fans could be asking in the near future.

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Fo’ with the Foes: New Orleans Pelicans

Posted by: C. Smith
01/16/15 1:05 pm EST

Sacremento Kings v New Orleans PelicansThis 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 New Orleans 2-3 in their last five games and most likely will be without Jrue Holiday tonight, but still feature MVP candidate Anthony Davis.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this New Orleans team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Nick Lewellen at, as Nick will answer Fo’ questions on his Pelicans from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM38: Rapid (Shot Doc Needed) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/15/15 11:16 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 84 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Toronto Raptors
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 30 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -16 +/-3 points and 1 board in 30 minutes of run. C’mon. His minutes should be flipped-flopped with Furkan’s so we can see what this kid is capable of doing with steady burn.

Henry Sims, C 24 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -6 +/-Sims was back in the 1st-five last night and got off to a slow start (0 pts. in 1st Q). He rallied from that thanks to 6 poinst in the 3rd Q, but we know he’s capable of more.

Nerlens Noel, C 39 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -19 +/-I thought this was one of #4’s best all-around games of the season.  Noel played with a great deal of energy and was aggressive on offense.  Noel’s follow slam of a KJ miss in the 2nd Q ignited a Sixers push in that quarter.  His skills are just so raw on the offensive end of the court, it becomes frustrating to watch.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 41 MIN | 12-25 FG | 4-8 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 29 PTS | -15 +/-MCW posted a season 29 points thanks to a blazing hot 1st half — 18 points (11 in 1st Q) on 8 of 14 shooting from the field.  Without Cov and TWroe in the lineup, #1 was extremely agressive in getting the ball to the cup all night.  In fact, he was a man on a mission.  The drive and flush in 2nd Q was simply beautiful.  If MCW doesn’t run into foul trouble during the 3rd Q there is no telling how many points he could have put up.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 32 MIN | 2-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -14 +/-Yes, he had another block that will make the SC highlight package and posted a near double-double, but his shooting was awful and he looked tentative when he got the rock.  On a positive note, KJ hasnow scored in double digits in five of his last six games.


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GM37: Rapid (Reality Check) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/14/15 9:56 am EST
Atlanta Hawks 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 4-6 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +1It’s time to start answering phone calls (if there are any) on Embiid’s babysitter.

Robert Covington, SF 32 MIN | 2-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -20For the 2nd time in his last 5 games Cov registered single digit points and shot less than 16% from the field.  In his last 4 games #33 has hit on 8 of 30 3PAs (26%).

Nerlens Noel, C 31 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -19Do you know how painful it is to watch an athletic 7-footer grab only 6 boards and score just 2 points in 31 minutes of run against basically Atlanta’s second unit?  I can tell you it is VERY painful.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 30 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 20 PTS | -16MCW did not score his first points until there was 4:30 remaining in the 1st Q, but he still posted a near double-double night by getting to the rim for easy buckets. Still, his 4 assits vs. 5 TOs is a stat I DO NOT enjoy reading from my starting PG.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -20After he drained a 3-ball and scored 5 points early in the 1st Q, and then put up another 5 points in the 2nd Q, I thought KJ was one his way to a huge night.  Unfortunately the jaw-dropping, baseline, two hand slam he executed in the 3rd Q was his only note worthy play in the 2nd half.


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Sam — Where Do We Go From Here?

Posted by: C. Smith
01/12/15 1:56 pm EST

samUnless you were completely absorbed by the aftermath of the Chip Kelly – Howie Roseman power struggle down at the NovaCare Complex, you probably are aware that the 76ers won two straight games over the weekend and have now won 3-of-their-last-4.  Hell, this team has actually looked halfway decent at times over this recent four game stretch

Meanwhile in Gotham, the Knicks have lost 15 straight, now own the NBA’s worst record at 5-35 and are in full blown tank mode.  As you know, last week the Knicks traded Iman Shumpert as well as JR Smith to Cleveland and waived former 76er Samuel Dalembert.  This morning, is reporting that the “Zen Master” is, “actively trying to trade veterans Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani”.

Additionally, over the weekend the Celtics (12-23; but 2-8 in their last 10 games) traded Jeff Green, their starting small forward and leading scorer (17.6 ppg.) to Memphis in a three team deal that netted Boston Austin Rivers (Who reportedly will be waived or traded.) and a future 1st round pick.

Throw in the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves (5-31 and losers of 15 straight) and the 2014-15 tank track is suddenly very crowded. The additional bad news is that the upward trending 76ers are currently sitting 3rd in the race for the most ping pong balls.


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Philadunkia 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/09/15 1:53 pm EST

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

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on’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 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 Jeff McMenamin, Carey Smith, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and Tyler Cook will examine four hot topic questions surrounding our 76ers.

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GM34: Rapid (Arctic Blast) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/08/15 10:37 am EST
Milwaukee Bucks 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 77 Philadelphia 76ers
Robert Covington, SF 33 MIN | 1-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -17A 1- for 7 1st half did not get any better after the intermission. IMO #33 missed on a good deal of clean looks.

Henry Sims, C 18 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -11At least Sims had the good sense to basically stop shotting after he too went 1-7 in the 1st half.

Nerlens Noel, C 28 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -17I actually thought Noel played a solid game last night and appeared to be more aggressive on offense. He was the only positive I could find during a dreadful 1st half for the Sixers.  Still there were three bunnies that he missed last night which had me throwing the remote.  Of special not was the follow slam he missed in the 2nd Q.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 31 MIN | 1-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 5 PTS | -18His first bucket did not come until the 6:20 mark of the 2nd Q and he probably should have just gone to the showers after that FGM. MCW has shooting nights like this too often and I am starting to question if he is a franchise level PG. My favorite shot of the night was the 3PA he air balled in the late 2nd Q.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 30 MIN | 5-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | -14KJ was 1 of only 3 Sixers who could find the bottom of the net last night and he also did a nice job on the boards. However, he scored 4 points in the 1st Q and then did not post a FG again until the mid-3rd Q.  The game was out of reach by that point.  He also comitted 5 TOs.


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GM33: Rapid (Game Winner) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/06/15 11:11 am EST
Cleveland Cavaliers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 26 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -7At times last night Noel looked like a baby deer playing in traffic. That’s the best I can muster here.

Robert Covington, SF 39 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +3“Cov” hit several key threes during the 76ers big push in the 3rd Q and was a steady influence on offense througout the 2nd half (11 points after halftime).  At $1million per year, this guy is an absolute steal by Hinkie.  Until of course he trades Covington for a future asset.

Henry Sims, C 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +4A slow start by Sims (2 pts in 1st half) had me worried, but he played steady ball after halftime and posted 6 pts in 4th Q. Included in that 4th Q stretch was a huge jumper that tied the game again at 90 and a big DReb on Matthew Dellavedova’s second missed FTA.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 42 MIN | 8-19 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 13 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +1Carter-Williams scored 9 of his 18 points and recorded 5 of his 13 assists in the 4th Q.  Additionally, he only turned the ball over 1 time all night and had the same number of boards as Noel (6). This is the type of play we need from our starting PG.  But I hate that he deferred to Wroten on the final posession of the night (more on that later).

K.J. McDaniels, SG 32 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +11According to my notes, KJ scored 2 points in the 1st Q and 8 in the 2nd Q (2 threes) and looked to be headed for a big night. However he then simply went MIA in the 2nd half.


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