Noel Making Moves Off-the-Court

Posted by: C. Smith
06/05/14 12:42 pm EST

noelwithbrowneditIIBelieve it or not, 76ers big man Nerlens Noel has more going on right now than just rehabbing his knee and retooling his jump shot.  Off the court Noel is making a few business moves and recently signed on as as an athlete advisor with CoachUp, a Boston-based organization that utilizes an online marketplace to match athletes with private coaches.

Noel is the latest of a long line of Beantown area professional athletes who have joined the ranks of CoachUp to impart their wisdom.  The 76er with the classic high top fade will be working alongside other stars on CoachUp’s Athlete Advisory Council such as former Red Sox’s outfielder Gabe Kapler (CoachUp investor) and legendary Boston Bruins player, turned team president Cam Neely.

In a recent interview with Sara Castellanos of the Boston Business Journal, Noel said of his new appointment, “I wanted to be able to have an impact.”


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Perfect 10′s Are Rare

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
06/02/14 11:53 am EST

No10lotteryAs a general manager, having a top ten pick in the NBA Draft is something that could either make or break the future of your franchise.  It goes without saying then that having two selections in the top ten of the 2014 NBA Draft is a historic occurrence that Sam Hinkie can not afford to botch.

If Hinkie and the 76ers are  fortunate enough to grab a projected “future star” with the third pick in the draft, it doesn’t mean that he can afford to make a mistake with the 10th selection.  If Hinkie can walk away from this draft with two very good prospects he will have greatly accelerated the rebuilding process here in Philadunkia nation and provided a launching point for bringing the Sixers back to relevance on the Philadelphia sports landscape.

However, grabbing a prospect at No. 10 who can help improve a team that won only 19 games this season will not be an easy task. Since 2000, the NBA Draft has seen players ranging from the likes of Joe Johnson to Luke Jackson selected at the 10th overall spot. The object for Hinkie will be to avoid the Luke Jackson’s of the world.

After the jump, I’ll review and analyze the players selected 10th at the NBA Draft during the last thirteen years.


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10 Years of Movin’ On Up

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
05/19/14 10:00 am EST

2010draftlotterycard#2As we all know, the NBA Draft Lottery is only a few days away.  For Philadunkia nation, May 20th will be one of the most stressful nights of this long season due to its huge ramifications.  The 76ers have the second best odds of attaining the #1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft.  Unfortunately, having the second best odds doesn’t always seem to land a top pick.  Of course we have a 19.90% chance of grabbing the top selection, but our selection has a chance to slip all the way to the 5th spot.

Over the past ten years there have been a number of teams who have unexpectedly jumped into the top 3 on the draft board via the NBA Draft Lottery.  After the jump, I’ll review the last ten years and take a look and the teams who have been lucky enough to move up the board and I will also examine how that pick panned out for the franchise.


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’13 Free Agents: What Did We Miss?

Posted by: C. Smith
05/12/14 10:19 am EST

2getherwebuildmantraWhen the 76ers began the 2013 off season, the immediate future looked somewhat positive.  With All-Star point man Jrue Holiday leading the way as well as solid veterans like Thad Young, Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner on the roster, the franchise had a respectable core to build around.  Add the #11 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, factor in the removal of the burnt out Doug Collins and his prehistoric offensive scheme, then add a free agent or two and you had the makings of what could have been a decent, watchable 2013-14 NBA season here in Philadelphia.

Back then, the scribes here at Philadunkia assembled a list of players from the 2013 free agent class who we felt could help improve the Sixers for 2013-14. Of course after Sam Hinkie smartly pushed the tank button at the 2013 Draft, that exercise turned out to be a complete waste of time.

Still, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to look back at the 2013 free agents we wanted the 76ers to add and review what type of season those players turned in this year.
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What Will the 76ers Do with Moultrie?

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
04/23/14 12:29 pm EST

moultrieWhat will the 76ers do with Arnett Moultrie?

As well know, the former 1st round draft pick (27th overall in 2012 by the Miami Heat), was suspended on March 31st for violating the League’s drug ploicies.  The suspension capped off a two season roller coaster ride for Moultrie here in Philadunkia nation.

Since the suspension was announced, Arnett has completely fallen off the radar – outside of Instagram of course.  The season of the tank (which was a “huge success”) has come and gone, yet Sam Hinkie has had nothing to say about Moultire’s future with the Sixers.  In fact, outside of Brett Brown’s intial reaction to the suspension, “What I will say is, Arnett is still a part of the team and we will reach out to him and help him where we can,” it seems no one within the franchise is willing to acknowledge that Moultrie even exists anymore.

So is Arnett Moultrie a future 76er?

 


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How Do You Define “Success”?

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
04/22/14 8:38 am EST

josh-harris_600The 2013-14 season was quite the struggle for our Sixers as they finished out the year with a 19-63 record. This forgettable season included many players on 10-day contracts, a flury of deals at the NBA trade deadline and a 26 game losing streak.  Could this season really be considered a success?

Well, according to 76ers managing owner Josh Harris, this past season could be considered a “huge success”.

So, Josh Harris, you believe 19 wins in an 82 game schedule can be considered a success?  Sixers fans, the local main stream media and many on sports talk radio are quite upset at Josh Harris.  They have a right to be upset, but in all honesty, I agree with Josh Harris.  This season was a success for many reasons.


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ESPN Loves to Stir Things Up

Posted by: Alex Gorge
04/18/14 11:04 am EST

mcwsixersuniDo you ever watch ESPN or read ESPN.com and catch yourself thinking one or more of the following:

“This is not f@*%$*^ sports news.”   or “This has absolutely nothing to do with sports.”  

“This is a ridiculous argument.” or “No one would have reported this twenty years ago.”

Maybe it is just me but I constantly find myself yelling at segments I see on First Take and other speculative sports shows.  The thing about it is that once I yell, ESPN wins.  ESPN wins because even though the segment may have had no relevant sports importance or may be a completely ridiculous sports argument, it made me react.  Twenty years ago sports reporting was all real news and extremely professional.  Through social media arising and attention spans declining, the sports news world has completely changed.  Any average fan can now find the critical news they want in about two seconds on their phone.

So at a certain point what does ESPN have left to talk about that we haven’t already read or seen?  Controversy, that’s what.


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2013-14 Costly Wins List

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
04/14/14 9:00 am EST

draft-lotteryWith the 2013-14 season coming down to a close, it’s almost a 100% certainty that the Milwaukee Bucks will finish with the worst record in the League and have the most ping pong balls at the 2014 Draft Lottery.  The 76ers had their share of chances to slide past the Bucks into the Association’s basement, but a few wins this season prevented them from doing so.

We all remember the wins against the Miami Heat, Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls, that rcoketed the Sixers out to a 3-0 start.  Those are the obvious choices to make the “costly wins of the year” list.  But, let’s dig a little deeper into the season, and look back and several other victories that helped cost the 76ers the best odds at the #1 draft pick in the 2014 NBA Draft as well as made Sam Hinkie’s blood boil.


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GM72: Rapid (26ers) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/28/14 9:12 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 120 Houston Rockets
Thaddeus Young, PF 33 MIN | 6-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | -29A 9 point 1st Q nearly led a double-double for Thad, but if you watched the game last night you saw that he looked tired, did not shoot the ball well and was sloppy with the rock (6 TOs). There was a very un-Thad-like play last night where D12 blocked #21′s shot and Thad fell to the floor. By the time he got up, the Rockets were scoring at the other end.

Henry Sims, C 26 MIN | 6-11 FG | 6-8 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -12Sims only scored 4 points while this game was competitive (in the 1st half) but he hustled all night and has likley earned a roster spot ofr next year. That of course assumes Hinkie is not going for the double-tank.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 28 MIN | 2-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -17Casper Ware (5) scored more points in the 1st half than MCW (2)…Enuff said

James Anderson, SG 29 MIN | 11-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 30 PTS | -15Congrats, you lit up the Rockets again. Now try and do it vs. a team you don’t have a grudge against and one that plays defense.

Hollis Thompson, SG 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -7“The Keeper” started again and didn’t score a single point in the 1st half.


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Is the 76ers Defense Improving?

Posted by: C. Smith
03/24/14 2:39 pm EST

Hollis-ThompsonondeeditedfWith March Madness in full effect this weekend and the 76ers underdogs in their match up with the Knicks on Friday and the Bulls on Saturday, we decided to give the usual Rapid Reacts post the weekend off.

Despite the most recent set backs — a 1-point loss at the Garden against the Knicks  and a 10-point defeat in Chicago — as well as a losing streak that has now stretched to a historic 24 games, we found something positive to discuss about the 76ers.

That one item of sunshine we have noticed happens to be the Sixers’ recent play at the defensive end of the court.  That’s right, after months of bashing this team for their inability to play defense at a respectable level, it appears we may have to back off a little because the 7-6 have improved in that area over their last five games.


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