Fo’ with the Foes: Boston Celtics

Posted by: C. Smith
04/04/14 2:15 pm EST

mariaThis 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 who have lost six straight and took their worst beating of the season (26-point loss to Wizards) on Wednesday night, but boast the lovely Maria Menounos (pic at left) as their #1 fan.

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 (23-52) the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Kwapt B at red’sarmy.com, as Kwapt B will answer Fo’ questions on his Celtics squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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OPSL: A LOOK AT THE FOES

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/06/13 9:44 am EST

If the NBA off-season was a beauty pageant, then the month of June would be the swimsuit part of the competition and July would be the talent portion of the event.

It’s time for this year’s beauty pageant to enter the talent part of the competition.

Beginning Sunday at Orlando’s NBA summer league event, it won’t be the wins and losses that matter the most, it will be individual performances.  Talent, hard work and hustle will determine who makes NBA rosters this fall.

For the 76ers summer team roster now is the time to impress GM Sam Hinkie.  It wont be easy however as there is no shortage of big names at this year’s OPSL.  Hopefully the 7-6 gained some momentum from their scrimmage yesterday vs. the Utah Jazz and are ready to showcase their skills.

After the jump, a look at the foes in Orlando as well as the Sixers schedule for the OPSL…

 


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2013 OPSL PREVIEW

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/04/13 11:55 am EST

We all know after the Finals conclude and the NBA Draft is over, that the summer sports schedule is so thin late night USA Ping Pong competitions on Fox Sports are a revelation.  That’s especially true in summer 2013 because the Phillies have been so difficult to watch.

But it’s time to stop complaining as NBA summer league action tips off this coming weekend.

Beginning July 7th, the Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League begins and this year the League has expanded from eight to ten teams.  The Sixers will be joined by Houston, Boston, Orlando, Miami, Utah, Oklahoma City, Indiana, Detroit and Brooklyn from the 7th to the 12th at the Amway center.  The 76ers first game will be Sunday at 9 am vs. Houston.

This year’s 76ers draft registered a seven on the NBA rebuilding Richter scale.  New GM Sam Hinkie made a tremendous splash with his first move by trading away All-Star guard Jrue Holiday for Kentucky center Nerlens Noel.

With a brand new roster that still has that new car smell, there is a lot to evaluate during this year’s OPSL.  Headlining the roster is Holiday’s replacement, Syracuse guard Michael-Carter Williams and the 54th pick, Oregon’s Arsalan Kazemi. Given the Sixers thin frontcourt, Kazemi has the potential to be an immediate impact player on this team.  Noel, the new franchise centerpiece will not be able to play because of his knee injury, so there will be plenty of tick for Micheal Eric and Zeke Marshall, the two centers prospects on the Sixers summer league roster.

After the jump, a look at the names and bios of the players on this year’s summer league roster…


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DRAFT13: WITH THE 11th PICK…

Posted by: C. Smith
06/27/13 9:01 pm EST

..in the 2013 NBA Draft Sam Hinkie and the Philadelphia 76ers selected point guard Michael Carter Williams (6-6; 185) out of Syracuse.

Wait.  What????  C’mon.  You can’t be serious.

It’s no lie, but honestly — who cares.

The even bigger news is that Hinkie traded Jrue Holiday to the Pelicans for Nerlens Noel (Picked #6 — He dropped down the draft board like Ryan Howard when he tore his Achilles) and a 1st round pick in 2014.

BAM. POW.  Nice to meet you Sam Hinkie.

That’s right, in one of the more chaotic drafts I can ever recall, the Sixers made a huge trade that sent the face of their franchise packing and in return received an athletic 7-footer and an extra Lottery pick in 2014.  They then selected the 21-year old Carter Williams (6-6; 185) at #11.  Not one of the online “experts” we researched nor a single scout that I talked with prior to the draft predicted the Sixers would go in these wild directions.

Sam Hinkie is owning this 2013 Draft.

After the jump some reviews on and video of MCW…


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DRAFT13: OUR 76ers PREDICTIONS

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/27/13 12:55 pm EST

The 2013 NBA Draft is just hours away and unless you have been living under The Commodore Barry Bridge, you know the 76ers have numerous holes they will be looking to fill tonight.  We have discussed in detail here at Philadunkia the Sixers’ ills — shooting guard, power forward and center.  Our hope is that tonight our new leader, Sam Hinkie, finds several players via the Draft (11th, 35th & 42nd picks) and/or trades that will solve some of these issues.

We have already showed you what all the “experts” and NBA scouts think of the players that should be available when the Sixers are put on the clock tonight.  Now it’s time for the scribes here at Philadunkia to predict what the 7-6 will do with the 11th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Will it be a SG with a smooth stroke?  Or an athletic power forward?  Has one of the “upside” 7-footers caught Hinkie’s eye and registered on his analytics? Maybe it’s another athletic ‘tweener that has impressed the Sixers?

Really, only Hinkie knows what is going to happen in Brooklyn tonight, but after the jump Philadunkia’s own take a stab at predicting who the 76ers will pick at No. 11.


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DRAFT13: IT’S YOUR MOVE

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/26/13 1:14 pm EST

What could Sam Hinkie possibly have up his sleeve for Draft Night 2013?  That’s the question everyone following the Sixers has been asking themselves for the past month.  Of course it’s hard to have any clue what Hinkie is considering for tomorrow evening as he hasn’t made any public statements or comments since his introduction as GM back in the middle of May.

Hinkie has adopted an omerta approach when it comes to the media/fans and the Sixers plans for the future.  On the other hand, we here at Philadunkia decided to to assemble a few blockbuster ideas for the 76ers in the 2013 Draft and share them with you.  Hopefully the new General Manager takes one or two of these ideas into consideration.

For this post, we asked the Philadunkia scribes to take over Hinkie’s seat in the war room  and submit an original idea for “a move” the Sixers should make on Thursday night.  There was only one guideline for this exercise — the idea could not involve the Sixers simply standing pat at #11 and making a pick.

After the jump, some Draft Night ideas for the Sixers that could change the face and fortunes of this franchise.


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DRAFT13: “EXPERT” PREDICTIONS

Posted by: C. Smith
06/26/13 9:57 am EST

We are roughly 36 hours from the 2013 NBA Draft in which the 76ers hold the 11th pick.  Even at this late stage, there seems to be no consensus among the NBA Mock Draft “experts” on which prospect the Sixers will select near the end of the Lottery.

As you slide down the Draft Board to the Sixers it seems that most “experts” feel Sam Hinkie will take a “big” at number eleven.  However, depending on which ‘expert” opinion you are reading that “big” could be a power forward, or a center or even another ‘tweener (please God, not another ‘tweener).

Once again, we searched the world wide web and gathered up a host of “expert” opinions on what to expect from the Sixers on Draft Night 2013.  While we did find a lead candidate, we think you’ll surprised at the lack of agreement among the “experts” as to who will be the prospect selected by Philadunkia’s home team.


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HELPING BOSTON REBUILD

Posted by: Steve Toll
06/24/13 1:46 pm EST

$21,592,641

Now that the Clippers have made the colossal error of picking Doc Rivers over Kevin Garnett, the time to strike is now.

The above dollar amount is the minimum in salary the 76ers need to ship to Boston to get Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.  The NBA is about luck and the 76ers happen to be in the right place at the right time.

Think about how many teams (A) Have quality assets to trade, and  (B) Can (if healthy) give Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett a punchers chance at an NBA title.  The list is very short, and Philadelphia sits at the top as the lone dog.

After the jump, let’s look at how this trade actually comes to fruition.


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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: C. Smith
06/18/13 10:15 am EST

In our continuing efforts to keep you posted on the off-the-court life of 76ers icon Allen Iverson, we actually have a little bit of good news to report today.

It seems Allen will be avoiding jail time — for now.

According the the celebrity gossip juggernaut TMZ.com, shortly after Iverson’s ex-wife Tawanna Iverson filed paperwork stating that Allen owed her $40,000 in child support, Tawanna was back in court filing additional docs insisting Allen had all 5 of their kids holed up at an Atlanta hotel and refused to hand them over to their mother on the designated exchange date.

I am not a an attorney, but that does not sound like a positive series of events for Iverson.

However, according to TMZ’s sources, “The Answer” has in fact returned his kids to their mother.  Allen also testified in court that he was never holding them hostage in the first place.

More from TMZ on Allen’s latest court appearance after the jump.


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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: C. Smith
06/10/13 10:38 am EST

Here at Philadunkia we have attempted to keep you updated on the life and times of 76ers legend Allen Iverson now that his playing days are over.  Unfortunately, today there is more bad news.

Over the weekend, the celebrity gossip powerhouse TMZ provided us with some “breaking” news on one of our favorite 76ers of all-time.  Twelve years after his tremendous performance in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals, Iverson has a date this week with the same judge who earlier this year basically described #3 as the worst parent on the face of the earth.

According to court papers obtained by TMZ, Iverson’s ex-wife ex, Tawanna is claiming that “The Answer” owes her $40,000 in child support.  Since the judge that will preside over this new hearing is not a big fan of Iverson’s – and that’s putting it lightly – this court date will probably not go very well for Iverson.

More details from TMZ after the jump…


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