Steve Nash’s Final Run in Philly

Posted by: C. Smith
10/24/14 12:44 pm EST

nashvsixerseditedLate yesterday we all learned that Steve Nash has officially been ruled out of the 2014-15 season for the Los Angeles Lakers because of the nerve damage that has led to years of back and leg pains.  The announcement was a bit of a shock given that in late-September at the start of training camp, Nash had the following to say about his health, “A lot better.  A lot different, even…I feel healthier mentally for sure.”

Still, Nash had seen limited minutes for the Lakers in this preseason and there were rumors swirling about continued health issues for #10.  So there was some writing on the wall prior to the official announcement.

This setback has likely ended the playing career of a certain first ballot Hall of Famer and one of the most entertaining floor generals in modern NBA history.  However, 76ers fans who truly love the game can take solace in the fact that in what was likely Nash’s final game played here in Philadelphia, that star point guard put on performance that could go down as the best outing of his final season in the League.

After the jump, highlights and a few facts about Nash’s last game here in Philly.


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TC14: Question No. 6

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/06/14 2:07 pm EST

drjThe first week of Training Camp 2014 for Philadunkia’s home team wrapped up this weekend and the 76ers then traveled to Boston for tonight’s for preseason opener with the Celtics.  However, since Brett Brown views “all of October” as the training camp period, we are going to continue to discuss a number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team draws closer to the tip off of the “double tank” season.

Today we present the sixth installment in our series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing as the 2014-15 regular season opener approaches.  Each day a question will be posed to three Philadunkia scribes — Jeff McMenamin, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and C. Smith — and their insightful answers (hopefully) will be posted for you the reader to view and comment on.

Today’s training camp question is“At training camp, will Brett Brown and his staff make an honest effort to teach this group legitimate team defense?”

 


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More Equals Less in Recent Sixers History

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
10/01/14 3:34 pm EST

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers-Media DayLast season, the Philadelphia Sixers gave minutes to an astounding 23 players throughout the course of the season. The season ended up being one of the most futile in Sixers history, where as a team they finished 19-63 which included a record tying 26-game losing streak. That’s correct, the team had less wins throughout the course of the year than players on its roster.

The NBA rules state that a team must have 13 players on their active list before the beginning of an NBA season and throughout the course of the season. Teams can also have two players on their inactive roster. In the second week of January, teams also have the opportunity to sign free agents to 10-day contracts solely for the purpose of replacing an injured player. A team can renew a player’s 10-day contract, but must waive or sign the player for the remainder of the season after the player has fulfilled two such contracts.

Sam Hinkie obviously made use of his 10-day contract opportunity, signing six players to 10-day contracts (Dewayne Dedmon, Jarvis Varnado, Darius Johnson-Odom, James Nunnally, Casper Ware, Adonis Thomas). The Sixers acquired three more players for the Sixers in the 2013-14 through trades (Eric Maynor, Henry Sims, Byron Mullens) and since Nerlens Noel and Arnett Moultrie were out for nearly the entire season, Daniel Orton and Brandon Davies rounded out the final roster spots.

This isn’t the first time in team history that the Sixers have gone over 20 men on their roster, but recent history shows that when this happens, the results aren’t pretty.


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Where Will the Production Come From?

Posted by: Adam Gross
09/02/14 12:29 pm EST

brown-brettThe possibility of a fewer wins in the 2014-15 season for the 76ers has become a harsh reality in the recent weeks.  The departure of Thaddeus Young has put this team in a spot where in addition to scoring and defense, reliability and leadership have now been added to list of major concerns for this 2014-15 roster.  For most of 2013-14, players such as Young (17.9 PPG), Evan Turner (17.4 PPG) and Spencer Hawes (14.9 PPG) gave the Sixers relatively consistent production.

Making up that offensive production, along with a slew of other meaningful actions on the court, is a challenge that the Sixers simply cannot duplicate in 2014-15.   And in the season of the double tank, that may be just the way Sam Hinkie wants it.

After the jump, I’ll look at the various position battles headed into training camp and whether or not any of the candidates can improve on the production the 76ers got at that position in 2013-14.


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McDaniels: Possible Sixers “Glue Guy”

Posted by: Adam Gross
08/21/14 12:38 pm EST

kjmcdClemson basketball was not a powerhouse basketball program by any standards in 2013-14, but they did have a star in first team All-ACC selection, K.J. McDaniels. McDaniels was Clemson’s LeBron James, their savior if you will, as he led, or came close to leading the team in every statistical category.

McDaniels ranked first in scoring, rebounding, blocks,  steals and three-pointers made.  He was also second in assists, and so on and so forth.  He single-handedly led a 10 win improvement for the Tigers program in 2013-14 (23-13) and pushed Clemson to the the NIT semifinals. Yet, the dynamic wing player tumbled down the 2014 NBA Draft board thanks in large part to a couple of poor individual workouts.


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Sixers 2014-15 Schedule Analysis

Posted by: C. Smith
08/15/14 8:10 am EST

76ersaltlogoMuch to our excitement, the 76ers schedule for 2014-15 schedule was released yesterday.  And while the 76ers roster is still not complete and Thad Young may or may not be here next month, we took a stab at analyzing the upcoming 82-game slate.

Since most NBA rosters are not yet finalized, we had to make a lot of assumptions based on what the teams looked like last year and the pieces they have subtracted and/or added this off-season.  So we reserve the right to make some changes after the free agent season comes to a final halt.  But I doubt we will be making many changes as the Sixers are going to be terrible during the upcoming season of the “Double Tank”.

With those assumptions in mind we believe “In Hinkie We Believe” fans will be very pleased to learn that a brutal November in 2014-15 will be followed by a simply awful start to January, so the Sixers could be well on their way to an unprecedented double-tank effort well before All-Star Weekend.

After the jump, is a breakdown of what is sure to be a very long season for us here in Philadunkia nation.


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NBASL GM4: Crush and Advance

Posted by: C. Smith
07/17/14 11:28 am EST

nbaslgm4editedDespite not having Nerlens Noel, K.J. McDaniels and Jordan McRae — all out with ankle sprains — the Summer Sixers posted a  85-63 win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night to advance in the elimination round of play at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

After a stalemate first quarter (20-20l), Casper Ware and the 76ers summer reserves opened the 2nd qurter with a 16-0 run that extended out to a 24-4 stretch.  That 22 point cushion helped the Sixers (2-2) keep the Lakers at arm’s length for the rest of the game.   

The Sixers were led in scoring by Sean Kilpatrick and Elijah Millsap who each posted 19 points.


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OPSL GM3: Two Wins in a Row

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/09/14 12:11 pm EST

opslgm3With Nerlens Noel back in the line-up last night for the 76er’s the boys from Philadelphia were able to get another win against a struggling Houston team.  The Sixers beat down on the Rockets for the majority of the game winning 92-71.

Noel played again last night after getting a rest for Game 2 on Sunday.  Noel played an average game at best only scoring 8 points. At times he struggled grabbing rebounds and looked a little sloppy on transition defense.  He did however show signs of the great player Philadunkia nation hopes he will turn out to be.  Noel had three big blocks and a play in which he striped his defender and took it back the length of the court and threw it down with a two handed flush.

However there was some concern about Noel’s health as he seemed to tweak his ankle during the game.


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The Impact of Nerlens Noel

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
07/08/14 8:54 am EST

noelopsleditedFor Philadunkia nation, the Orlando Pro Summer League is worth watching for many reasons.  We get the chance to see our 2014 high 2nd round draft picks take the floor.  We get to see Travis Bader, the 3-point specialist, fight for a spot on the team.  Fans also get to see the emergence of high-flying, St. Joe’s product Ronald Roberts, Jr. making highlight reel plays.

All of these players are reasons why fans are tuning in to watch the 76ers in Orlando, but these rookies aren’t the main attraction.  What keeps fans glued to the television is the mystery that is Nerlens Noel.

The defensive center finally took the floor on Saturday afternoon for the 76ers after a year of rehabbing a torn ACL.  The debut of Noel was a sight for sore eyes, especially for Sixers fans, who struggled through the team’s 19 win season in 2013-14.

Not known for his offensive touch, Nerlens did a great job in his first action of the summer, finishing with 19 points and 4 steals.  .  Noel’s summer league debut was great, but what can we expect from him during the regular season?


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DRAFT14: Hinkiepalooza II = Mixed Emotions

Posted by: C. Smith
06/27/14 11:20 am EST

samhinkiepressereditedHere’s the way I look at Sam Hinkie and the 76ers 2014 NBA Draft:

You have been dating a woman for a significant period of time — let’s say 9 months.   She has some issues that need work, but overall the gal is cool.  There have been some bumps in the road along the way.  However, as a whole things have gone fairly well and you really like the long term potential of the relationship.

As you approach the relationship’s one year anniversary (June 2013 to June 2014) you plan a special night for the two of you.  It has been communicated to you (although not verbally) that she too is excited about this big happening (Draft night 2014) and that your loyalty and time over the last year will be greatly rewarded.

The night goes perfectly and as you arrive back at your place, she heads into the bedroom to change into something “more comfortable”.  When she returns your gal has on flannel pajamas.  Next she heads to the fridge and grabs a pint of ice cream.  Then she plops on the couch and puts on a chic flick.

 


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