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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Fo’ with the Foes: Cleveland Cavaliers

Posted by: C. Smith
01/05/15 2:48 pm EST

cavsdancerThis 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 are without LeBron as well as Kyrie tonight because of injuries and have lost 4 out of their last 5 games.  Included in this recent stretch of losses is last night’s 19-point loss to the Mavericks by the Cavs — in Cleveland.

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 colleagues Scott Sargent at, as Scott will answer Fo’ questions on the Cavaliers from us here at Philadunkia.

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GM29: Rapid (Brick City) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/28/14 11:23 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 71 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Utah Jazz
JaKarr Sampson, PF 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -17Two points on one thunderous dunk is not enough from your starting PF.

Nerlens Noel, PF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -14A solid game overall, but I would like to see Noel be more aggressive on offense and start looking at the rim immediately after he catches it,  That may take some time.  He left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury but returned and started the fourth.  According to multiple reports, Noel had X-rays taken after the game and appeared to be walking fine when he left.

Robert Covington, SF 36 MIN | 5-10 FG | 5-8 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -25It was an interesting night for Covington.  #33 was shut out in the 1st Q when the Sixers scored only 12 points.  He recovered to put up 5 points in the 2nd Q and then led the Sixers 3rd Q 15-2 push with 8 points. Still, Covington has to be the guy who steps up and gets buckets when the team is struggling on offense and he was MIA in the 1st Q.

Henry Sims, C 32 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -8A near double-double for Sims was tainted by two ill-advised 3PAs and some sluggish defense. Sims also did not attempt a shot in the 1st Q.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 2-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 8 PTS | -14Night’s like this (2-20 on FGAs and 6 TOs) are the reason why his critics out there belive MCW is NOT the PG of the future for this franchise.


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Dario Saric Update

Posted by: Tyler Cook
12/23/14 9:36 am EST

dario-saricWith the 12th pick in the 2014 NBA draft the Sixers picked Croatian native Dario Saric. With his current contract situation Saric will continue to play for Anadolu Efes of Istanbul, Turkey for possibly as long as two years while his NBA rights are assigned to the 76ers. As we all know, Saric has been making some big news over in the Euro League as Saric (20 yrs. Old) won the Euroleague’s MVP award for the month of November and became the youngest recipient of the that honor.

“It took a lot of practice and a lot of work to win such a special award as this,” Saric told  “It is very important to me, I am very happy to win it. It is amazing and a part of my dream has come true.”


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GM26: Rapid (Abracadabra) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/22/14 10:39 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 96 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Orlando Magic
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 9 PTS | -5If you look just at the box score, it reads like Luc was his solid self last night.  But I can tell you that he only scored 2 points during the big push n the 3rd Q and was completely MIA during the 4th Q — 0 points & 1 reb.

JaKarr Sampson, PF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | +1Sampson started in place of the ill Hollis Thompson, but received limited minutes last night.  His 3-ball in the mid-3rd Q ignited the 76ers huge run in the 3rd Q.  Overall I thought Sampson played solidly and he showed a couple nice moves on offense.

Nerlens Noel, PF 32 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -8Noel had some awkward moments last night — like when he was wide open under the rim in the 3rd Q, but shot the ball in to the underside of the backboard — but overall it was a very nice night by #4 (double-double). He only scored 3 points in the 2nd half and spent a good deal of the 4th Q on the bench.  However his defense and rebounding were key to the big push.

Robert Covington, SF 40 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +6A double-double by Rob was a big boost for the 76ers last night, but IMO #33 looked hesitant at times to shoot the three.  Let it fly Rob, let it fly.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 36 MIN | 7-12 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | -6Outside of his team high 6 TOs, I really loked what I saw from MCW last night.  He cut back on his 3PAs; distributed the ball nicely and took advantage of what scoring ops the Magic defense gave him.  His 9 points in the 4th Q helped the Sixers seal the win.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Charlotte Hornets

Posted by: C. Smith
12/19/14 2:06 pm EST

charlottegirlseditedThis 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 Charlotte Bobcats, who are unexpectedly awful this season (6-19) and feature Lance Stephenson who is currently the subject of numerous NBA trade rumors.

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


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Rondo to Dallas Is Great for 76ers

Posted by: C. Smith
12/18/14 3:00 pm EST

NBA Rookie Photo ShootUnless you have fallen “off the grid” in the last 48 hours, you are aware that Boston Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge listened to offers from a number of NBA teams for elite point guard Rajon Rondo.

It’s not official yet, but it is being reported that the front runner in these rumored talks, the Dallas Mavericks, have struck a deal for Rondo and willing send at least one future first-round pick; a 2nd round selection; Jameer Nelson and slowly developing power forward Brandan Wright to Beantown in exchange for #9.

Any way you slice it, Rondo leaving Boston is a good thing for the 76ers, and being traded out of the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference even, is a nice boost for the rebuilding process of the Sixers.


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