INTERVIEW: SWAGGY STAR(TER)

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/11/13 8:00 am EST

Fashionable?  Check.

Exciting to watch?  Check.

Catchy nickname?  Check.

There’s a lot of reasons to like Nick “Swaggy P” Young.  After a miserable start to the season, Young found himself riding the almighty pine.  He registered five DNP’s from coach Doug Collins and fans became uneasy with the idea of giving any kind of minutes to Young for an already offensively challenged team.

Then January rolled around.  Young strung together a few solid performances off the bench, even though the Sixers still piled up losses, and coach Doug Collins felt like it was time to make a switch.

He inserted Young into the starting lineup and the Sixers have gone 5-2 ever since.  He’s had four games of over 15 points during that span, including 20 in a 97-80 domination of the Knicks.

Over the weekend, Philadunkia scribe Jeff McMenamin, got a chance to talk to Young about his recent success as well as his intricate personality that fans are getting to know and love.

 


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GM 43: (ROLLER COSTER ) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/29/13 9:27 am EST
Memphis Grizzlies 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 11-19 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +5

Forget about his tremendous stats for a second and look at the fact that Thad held Z-Bo to 4 points last night.  I dropped him to an A- because of the ill-advised 3PA down the stretch and the fact that he faded away on that last possession when he should have gone strong to the tin for a lay-in and/or to get a foul.

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 12-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 27 PTS | +5

One of his best nights of the season and in the 3rd Q he was tremendous, but…(more on this after the jump)

Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -3

I need more from my starting center, but as far as Hawes goes this was a decent outing vs. a much bigger front line.  Still his defense on Gasol was pitiful.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 9-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | -2

A double-double is nice, but he hoisted up too many jumpers last night.  I thought he and the Sixers would learn from the NYK game, but I was wrong.  His defense on Bayless also left something to be desired.

Nick Young, SG 33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -4

A red-hot 1st Q (9 points) did not lead to a big not from Swaggy.  I need more from my starting SG. But that’s something I have been saying for years now while covering the Sixers

Lavoy Allen, PF 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2

Anyone want to bet that Lavoy is dealt at the deadline?

Kwame Brown, C 11 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +1

We have a Kwame sighting and outside of dropping two passes that would have led to sure fire dunks, he played well.  So on the Kwame curve he gets a “B”.

Royal Ivey, PG 17 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -4

A very solid night from Royal (with cheese).  He was especially huge in the early 4th Q when he drained a 3PA and then had a steal and dime that led to a Thad slam.

Damien Wilkins, SG 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8

Last night the jump shot disease even infected the most physical player on the Sixers.

Doug Collins

I liked that he stuck with the “new” starting five.  I also liked that he got Jrue some extra rest with a 15 point lead in the 1st Q.  I didn’t like that he rested the red-hot Turner in the early 4th.  And I did not see any adjustments to slow down Gasol who was simply killing the Sixers.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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HELP WANTED

Posted by: C. Smith
12/04/12 10:35 am EST

It’s no secret that so far in 2012-13 season that our 76ers are having issues rebounding the basketball.  The 7-6 are ranked 21st in the League in rebounding with a -3.71 statistical differential and to be honest, via the “eye test” it seems a lot worse. 

Like ten times worse. 

FYI…those numbers won’t improve tonight vs. the Timberwolves who thanks to Kevin Love and Co. are absolute beasts on the boards — 4th in the NBA in rebounding with a +4.53 differential.

Since there’s seems to be no point in hoping that a return by Andrew Bynum will cure this ill and Doug simply refuses to play Arnett Moultrie who was a rebounding machine in college, it’s time to consider some realistic solutions for the Sixers.

After the jump, we provide a look at some of the guys who are “on the street” and could possibly help the Sixers compete on the glass.


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HOLIDAY: ALL-STAR SG ?!?

Posted by: Steve Toll
11/27/12 10:04 am EST

Doug Collins has the rare distinction of coaching Michael Jordan, the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.).

For a short period of time Collins also coached the best PG of All-Time.  A player who was like a maestro, who would make CP3 and Magic seem ordinary.  However, this player didn’t last long as a point guard, because that player was Michael Jordan.  

Asked to play the point, Jordan had a 21 game stretch over the 1989 season, where he averaged 11.4 assists and 3.6 turnovers, while having 11 triple-doubles in 13 games at one point.  Over the course of that season, Jordan averaged 8 assists per game and had a 2.25 : 1 assist:turnover ratio.  That MJ-point guard experiment of course did not last.  Still, Jordan’s time as a floor general makes me think when I see Holiday play, that Jrue is being miscast.

Through some research, I have discovered as my eye test has hypothesized: Jrue is an All-Star combo guard 

 
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GM 13: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
11/24/12 10:24 pm EST
Oklahoma City Thunder 116 FinalRecap | Box Score 109 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 28 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | -5During a fourth quarter in which the Sixers outscored OKC 19-13, LA was large on both ends. He scored six points on three shots, grabbed three rebounds, and blocked a pair of shots. Thing is, there were other quarters.
Thaddeus Young, SF 44 MIN | 13-23 FG | 3-3 FT | 15 REB | 4 AST | 29 PTS | +5A career night in every sense. Thad set a new career mark with 15 rebounds and fell just four shy of setting a new personal standard for points scored. He was tremendous.
Evan Turner, SG 41 MIN | 10-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 26 PTS | -4Another very good night for ET. He made plays large and small (blowing by Sefolosha to tie it at 100 early in OT fits neatly in the “large” category) and effectively manned the point in the third quarter while Holiday was riding the pine with foul trouble.
Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 13 AST | 6 PTS | -17The 13-2 assist to turnover ratio was, especially considered against his early season struggles, impressive, but not a whole lot else went right for Jrue tonight. The offense was better when he was off the floor.
Jason Richardson, SG 18 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -3Before he reaggravated his sprained ankle, J-Rich was very good and very efficient.
Dorell Wright, SF 33 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +1After the Sixers win over the Raptors, Doug Collins made a point of telling the media he intended to play Wright more often. His playing time tonight: more often. The forward’s 33 minutes were the most he’s played since Nov. 9 against Boston.
Spencer Hawes, C 19 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -3Spencer had a great third quarter but didn’t do much else.
Nick Young, SG 25 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +7Say what you want about Nick Young: he does not turn the basketball over. Swaggy is averaging 0.7 per game on the season and has committed just one in his last eight outings.

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DEFENDING THE EXTENSION

Posted by: Hank Allingham
11/20/12 9:17 am EST

As fellow Philadunkia writer Steve Toll will tell you, the 4 year, $41 million extension given to Jrue Holiday was met with mixed feelings from fans of the 76ers.  First, let’s agree that $41 million is certainly a lot of money to guarantee a player that has only one season under his belt with a PER higher than the league average of 15. 

However, because Jrue is in the middle of his fourth NBA season, it is often overlooked that he is still just 22 years old, meaning jumps in both productivity and efficiency are not only possible, they are likely.  Combine this with the fact that at least a dozen teams will have enough cap space to add a max contract this off-season, and it’s safe to say that Jrue would’ve gotten a larger offer as a restricted free agent than he signed with the 76ers. 

Thus, if the team had let Jrue enter restricted free agency, which some argue they should have, they would have two options: Let him walk to another team, or pay him at a higher level than they locked him up for now.

 


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GM 10: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
11/18/12 9:18 pm EST
Cleveland Cavaliers 79 FinalRecap | Box Score 86 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +1

Thad had his hands full with Anderson Varejao and was invisible for most of the night.  Next to Detroit, his worst performance so far.

Evan Turner, SG 40 MIN | 8-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 19 PTS | +10

Wow. Just a superlative performance by ET.  His shot was falling early (he was 5-of-7 at the half ), and as it often does, it galvanized him.  He chipped in six rebounds (all in the second half) and a career high nine-assists.

Kwame Brown, C 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -8

“Kwame Brown is just a big body” I think I remember Mark Zumoff tossing off at some point.  That was the best you could say about him tonight.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 14 PTS | +5

From the first quarter onward, Jrue scored 11 points with six assists against a single turnover and held Kyrie Irving to two points on 1-of-8 shooting.  He was, obviously, tremendous defensively. His strip of Kyrie with 1:50 left was the icing on the cake.

Jason Richardson, SG 34 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +5

Another very good, very balanced performance by the guy who’s been, so far, the best piece the Sixers landed in the Iguodala trade.  Feels like it’s been ages since the Sixers had a consistent veteran perimeter threat, doesn’t it?

Lavoy Allen, PF 22 MIN | 0-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | +12

After a pair of encouraging performances against the Pistons and Jazz (24 points and 14 rebounds in total) LA returned to form against the Cavs.

Dorell Wright, SF 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -7

After an occasionally terrific start to the season (better than advertised defensively; intermittently explosive on O) Wright seems to have found his way back into Doug Collins’ doghouse.  He’s played just 17 minutes combined the last two games after never playing fewer than 20 in the first eight. Someone please explain this to me.

Spencer Hawes, C 28 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | +9

Spence was an assassin down the stretch on Sunday, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter with a pair of blocked shots and a 3-pointer for good measure.  Each time the Cavs threatened, he did something improbable and helpful.

Royal Ivey, PG 6 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +3

Everyone’s least favorite backup point guard scored just a bucket, but it was a big one.  With the Cavs charging early in the fourth he scored a layup off an Evan Turner assist to push the Sixer lead back to seven.

Nick Young, SG 16 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +5

It was falling tonight.  Swaggy was in the midst of his best performance of the season until what’s been reported as a “dizzy” spell took him from the game.  He scored ten of his 13 in 11 very good first half minutes.

After the jump, (7)6 Things We Saw…


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KNEE JERK REACTS

Posted by: Philadunkia
11/16/12 1:32 pm EST

Earlier this week the 76ers announced that Andrew Bynum’s debut will not occur until January as Bynum continues to recover from a bone bruise in his right knee.  The 7-6’s medical staff is taking a very cautious approach to his recovery and is hoping that he can begin practicing in December and the finally see game action in the middle of January.

As we all know, Bynum was acquired by the Sixers in a four-team deal this past summer, but has yet to even practice with the team because of his knee issues.  The lingering knee problem Bynum is experiencing has a been a big topic of discussion here at the Philadunkia offices for weeks and this latest news has only fueled our fears that Bynum is not remotely close to taking the floor.

So, we decided to assemble some of our thoughts on Bynum’s knee into a post and vent them to you the readers after the jump.


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LIFE WITHOUT BYNUM

Posted by: Tim Parker
11/14/12 9:36 am EST

Here’s the simplistic story of the 76ers in the infancy stages of the 2012-2013 season:

The 76ers brought a shiny new, sleek, trendy and swanky SUV, otherwise known as Andrew Bynum.  While, the SUV was coveted and much desired, it did come with a strong manufacture’s warning.  Despite this, the buyer, a.k.a. the Sixers, still believed that if they made the purchase, they’d have the best set of wheels on the road; or at the very least the best ride they’ve had in nearly 7 years.

Now, two weeks into the NBA season, their much ballyhooed new vehicle will not leave the dealership for at least another month, and once again they are forced to depend on their old, dependable 4 door sedan with dents on the side.  It’s a car that still gets you to and fro; but at the very best of times the ride will ultimately be a bumpy one. 


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GM 7: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/13/12 10:45 am EST
Milwaukee Bucks 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 96 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -4

Lavoy is caught in a vicious circle right now.  He’s in a slump, no doubt.  That slump has put him in DC’s doghouse (13 mins last night) which of course makes it hard to shake out of said slump.

Thaddeus Young, SF 35 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -5

I would like to have seen Thad’s number called more often last night.  But with how quickly the Sixers were hoisting up jumpers, calling sets was a tough task vs. MIL.  Thad’s hustle-dive-on-the-floor rebound in the 2nd Q was simply awesome.  I feel like he is on the verge of really breaking out if he can just get some more looks.

Evan Turner, SG 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -16

Two steps forward one step back, but not an awful night for The Kid.  The most disturbing part of last night’s game was that ET was on the bench for almost all of the 4th Q.  Why must DC toy with this guy’s head?  However his lob to Thad for a dunk in the 1st Q showed great court vision.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 10-18 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 25 PTS | -4

If it wasn’t for the 8 turnovers Holiday would have gotten and A+ and continued his push for elite guard status in this League.  However 8 TO’s from your starting PG is simply unacceptable.  Holiday has to know that and needs to improve in this area.  I was particularly disturbed at the trouble he had with MIL’s trap action.  Even my 9-year old knows you pass out of a trap, you don’t attempt to use the bounce to split it.  It was his fourth straight game of at least seven turnovers.  Still I was very pleased with the way he took the ball to the tin in the 2nd Q and wish more of the Sixers would follow his lead.

Jason Richardson, SG 36 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +12

Jason’s 10 points in the 1st Q was the only thing that kept the 7-6 from getting blown out of this one early.  He also flashed some classic J-Rich hops with his 360 dunk in the same Q that made me leap off the couch.  But he only scored 10 the rest of the way and had zero in the 4th Q when the Sixers offense went MIA.

Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -17

After every game I become more pleased with his signing.  When Wright caught fire in the late 1st / 2nd Q and helped the Sixers claw back into a game they had no right being in, I thought they might actually pull out a W.  But like all of the Sixers, Wright disappeared in the 4th (zero pts.) and this one got away from the team.  His defense continues to be better then expected and his block on the Sanders lay-in attempt in the 4th was huge.

Spencer Hawes, C 26 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +1

I know, his game is in the 12-17 foot range, but right now he’s our only legit big and he needs to give us some sort of an interior presence.  With all the shooters we have on this team, the last thing we need is Hawes jacking up 3PAs.  Spence (along with his mullet and patriotic headband) need to stay closer to the paint, which would help our post scoring and rebounding as well.  FYI…there was a 3 minute stretch last night where Hawes shot an air ball; got called for 3 seconds and then bricked a “hook” shot.  That series reminded me of why Hawes drives me crazy.

Royal Ivey, PG 18 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -14

Ivey just brings the lunch pail and goes to work very night.  That’s his role, he knows it and fills it nicely.  But that’s it!  And my back-up PG has to bring more to the table then that if he’s going to see 18 mins a night.  Not signing a more productive back-up for Jrue will haunt this team all year.

Nick Young, SG 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 7 PTS | +2

I’m done on this front.  I knew he was a high volume shooter that took a lot of bad shots, but his low basketball IQ astounds me.  In the 2nd Q, he led a 4-on-1 fast break and took the ball to the rim for a tough finger roll instead finding one of the 3 other open guys for an easy lay-in.  His defense is simply brutal, especially his rotations.  FYI…Swaggy was 0-4 in the 4th Q when the Sixers offense went MIA.  And they were key misses — all 4 of his missed FGAs came with the score tied or the Sixers trailing by 3 or less.

Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

He did a great job cheering on the team last night.  Unfortunately that’s all he got to do.  Even though the Sixers were getting murdered on the boards, DC chose not to play this rebounding machine.

Kwame Brown, C DNP LEFT CALF STRAIN MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

How long can a calf strain possibly take to recover from?!?

Maalik Wayns, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

I know that DC doesn’t love rookies, but with Jennings simply killing Holiday and Ivey, how could it have possibly hurt to have given Wayns, the quickest guard on the Sixers roster (bar none) a chance to slow down #3 on MIL?  What’s the worst thing that could have happened?  Jennings scores 35 instead of 33.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night


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