The 3-Ball & This 76ers’ Roster

Posted by: C. Smith
10/21/14 11:45 am EST

brown-brettYesterday on Philly.com there was a story by Joe Juliano about the 76ers their struggles from behind the 3-point.  In the article/post coach Brown basically acknowledged that the Sixers don’t have the shooters to be successful from deep, but also noted that he will continue to encourage this roster to hoist up 3-point attempts.

Here are a couple of interesting quotes by Brown on the Sixers and the 3-pointer:

“I hope we make more.”

“I know we’re not really a three-point shooting team.”

“We knew it was going to be a problem…It’s just part of development to encourage them to shoot.  I want them shooting threes and I want them feeling that they can.”

Why I ask?


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TC14: Question No. 8

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/13/14 4:11 pm EST

noelandmcwComing off Friday night’s loss in Minnesota to the Thad Young led T-Wolves, it’s obvious the 76ers have a great deal to work on. So, Brett Brown’s “all of October” training camp continued yesterday with a 3+ hour practice over at the Sixers practice facility on the PCOM campus.  Since Brown and the team are still in training camp mode, 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 regular “double tank” season.

As you probably know by now, this Philadunkia series 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 we present the 8th installment in our series with the question…“What player has the most to prove during this training camp / preseason?

 


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D-FENSE…D-FENSE…D-FENSE

Posted by: Tyler Cook
10/03/14 1:06 pm EST

defenseedited“Offense wins games.  Defense wins championships.”

That classic sports quote has interesting applications inside the 2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers locker room.  Obviously the Sixers love offense, but they do not want to win very many games during the season of the “double tank”.

However, Sam Hinkie and Brett Brown are looking to foster a winning culture with long term NBA championship aspirations during this rebuilding process and that will be difficult to achieve as the L’s pile up.  One way the Sixers’ brass can promote this culture in 2014-15 is to start stressing better play at the defensive end of the floor.


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TC14: Question No. 5

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/02/14 9:32 pm EST

moultrieDay 3 of Training Camp 2014 for Philadunkia’s home team is in the books and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (“Year of the Double Tank”) is already sealed, we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team continues to improve their fitness level over at Stockton College.

Today we present the fifth installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing during Training Camp 2014.  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…“Should Arnett Moultrie be worried about making the 76ers roster out of training camp and preseason?”


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TC14: Question No. 3

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/30/14 1:17 pm EST

opslgm4editedToday is the first day that Philadunkia’s home team will take the court for Training Camp 2014 and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (“Year of the Double Tank”) is already sealed we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined as the team hits the floor over at Stockton College.

Today we present the third installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing during training camp 2014.  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 an comment on.

Today’s training camp question is…“Many people have written about the possibility of Sims/Noel to start in the paint for the Sixers, but would that pairing give the team a better chance to win than Noel/Roberts Jr. or some other pairing?”


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TC14: Question No. 2

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/26/14 9:48 am EST

jason-richardson-fatWe’re exactly 4 days from Philadunkia’s home team taking the court for Training Camp 2014 and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (Year of the Double Tank) is already sealed we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined before the team hits the floor over at Stockton College.

Today we present the second installment in our new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing heading in to training camp 2014.  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 an comment on.

Today’s training camp question is…How will Jason Richardson’s return affect the playing time of guys like Hollis Thompson or Tony Wroten this season?”


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TC14: Question No. 1

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/23/14 1:01 pm EST

2getherwebuildmantracopyWe’re exactly 7 days from Philadunkia’s home team taking the court for Training Camp 2014 and while we realize that the team’s fate for this season (Year of the Double Tank) is already sealed we still feel there are number of topics that deserved to be examined before the team hits the floor over at Stockton College.

So, today we are kicking of a new series here at Philadunkia that will ask and analyze key questions Sam Hinkie, Brett Brown and the Sixers will be facing heading in to training camp 2014.  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 an comment on.

Today’s training camp question is…”Given the interesting off season the 76ers franchise had, what do you think the tone and atmosphere will be like at training camp 2014?”  


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The Scoop on Jordan McRae

Posted by: C. Smith
09/18/14 9:34 am EST

Cleveland Cavaliers v Philadelphia 76ersOn June 27th the 76ers announced they had officially acquired the draft rights to Jordan McRae (6-6; 185; 7-7 wingspan), the 58th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, from the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for the 54th overall pick.  The announcement brought a big smile to a number of faces here at Philadunkia.

Based on his outstanding college career (two-time All-SEC First Team Selection), his unique skill set, the fact that Sam Hinkie traded for McRae and the show he put on at the NBA Summer League (21 ppg.), most of us here at Philadunkia believed that with a solid training camp performance, McRae was a lock to make the 76ers roster this fall.

Thus, it came as a big surprise to us in late August when the news broke that McRae had signed to play for Melbourne United in Australia.  In fact, it was too much of a surprise to let the story go unexplored and the news we have learned may surprise you.


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George Karl’s Harsh Words on the 76ers

Posted by: C. Smith
09/10/14 3:33 pm EST

george-karledited“What is happening in Philadelphia should not be called ‘tanking’; rather, it should be called ‘destruction.’  The Sixers are at least three to five years away from even being a respectful — respectful — NBA roster.  They are worse than they were at the end of last year.  Three of the five starters barely played last season.  I understand building around talent, but people have to understand that sometimes young players just don’t develop.  You put all your eggs in that basket, but if the kids don’t pan out, you’re sunk.”

Those are the words of former NBA coach and current ESPN basketball analyst/expert George Karl put out to the World Wide Web on Tuesday via the ongoing “Front Office” series in ESPN.com’s Insider section.

While I may not agree with everything the former NBA Coach of the Year had to say on the 7-6, the article did have me asking, “What if Karl is right?”


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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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