Grading Brett Brown On This Season

Posted by: Alex Gorge
05/08/14 10:56 am EST

brown-brettI walked into Moe’s Southwest Grill this week to order a burrito called “The Home Wrecker” that I had not eaten before.  The only problem was I choked big time when ordering it.  While the burrito was almost done being made, at the last second, I said to add extra jalapenos.

The employee asked me if I wanted pickled or fresh jalapenos.  I don’t know about you but I had never heard of pickled jalapenos, so naturally, I opted for the fresh.  I mean “Fresh” always beats “Pickled” when it comes to food right?  Wrong.

Pickled actually means normal, where as fresh means organic.  I’m well aware that the organic jalapenos are better for you but I just don’t like the taste of them.  The burrito was ruined and I wasn’t going to be “that guy” that holds up the entire line and demands a new one.  I couldn’t even judge the burrito because it wasn’t a true sampling of the product.  Now granted, there were some good components to the burrito, but I now have to go back a second time to get a real sense.

The same can be said about 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown’s first season in charge of the team.


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ROY — Indicator of Future Success??

Posted by: C. Smith
05/07/14 10:20 am EST

Philadelphia 76ers Michael Carter Williams receives the 2014 KIA Rookie of the Year AwardYesterday, as we predicted, Michael Carter-Williams was named the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year. MCW captured 104 of the 124 first place votes and joined Allen Iverson as the only two rookies in 76ers’ franchise history to take home that award.

To be honest, Carter-Williams had more than a great year, he had a historic year.  MCW became just the third player dating back to 1950-51 to lead rookies in points per game (16.7), rebounds per game (6.2) and assists per game (6.3).  Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76) are the other names on that list.  MCW also joined Robertson and Magic Johnson (1979-80) as the only players to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in their rookie season.

While there’s no doubt that MCW still has work to do (His detractors will point out that he struggles on defense and his shooting stroke needs help.) and there’s still no guarantee that he is a “franchise” or “all-star level” player, after the jump I will show you that winning the Rookie of the Year Award has been a springboard for some of the finest NBA careers in the history of the game.
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Honoring Dr. Jack

Posted by: C. Smith
04/30/14 2:02 pm EST

RAMSEY-obit-master495I was in the Raleigh, NC airport on Monday morning when the sad news of Dr. Jack Ramsay’s passing reached my smartphone.  I don’t need to tell you that Dr. Jack was a Philadelphia basketball icon with a superior basketball mind that influenced people in the game as far away as Zimbabwe.

As a St. Joe’s alum (Yeah, I refuse to spell it the new way.), a dedicated 76er supporter and the founder of Philadunkia.com, Dr. Jack has always held a special place in my hoops heart.  But I also had the pleasure of working with Coach Ramsay on several occasions over my career in sports journalism and I own a tremendous respect for his talents, basketball IQ, work ethic and professionalism.

In honor of his passing I’d like to share a quick story with you that will give you some insight into this great man off the court.


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Draft14 Predictions: Sixers’ 1st Selection

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/24/14 11:18 am EST

WinlessforWigginsWith the NBA Playoffs now in full force, there’s only one thing on the mind of Sixers fans at the moment — the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. The Sixers were able to secure themselves with the second-worst record in the NBA this past season (19-63) but that only gives them a 19.9-percent shot that the No. 1 overall pick and just a 55.8-percent chance at a Top 3 selection.

Assuming the ping pong balls to fall in their favor, here’s a ranking of the potential selections the Sixers will be targeting on draft night.

Philadunkia scribes Jeff McMenamin, Carey Smith and Alex Gorge break down their top targets with the Sixers’ first selection after the jump…


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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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GM 82: Rapid (Win Streak) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
04/17/14 8:42 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 87 Miami Heat
Thaddeus Young, PF 30 MIN | 9-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | 0Thad came out and played with his usual energy against the Miami reserves and scored 10 points in the opening quarter.  #21 also scored 6 straight when the Sixers pulled away from the Heat in the 3rd Q. T he fade away Thad hit in the late 3rd Q was ridculous.  Thad was a true professional all season despite the tank job he was subject to this year.  He averaged a career- and team-high 17.9 ppg. overall and in the month of March he was good for 20/5/3 along with 2 steals a night.

Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -3A near double-double for the San Hinkie’s diamond in the rough.  Sims had AND 1 plays in the 2nd and 3rd Q’s.  Additionally, Sims hit a big bucket in the 4th to keep the Heat at arm’s length.  He also did a nice job on the glass.  If anyone should be wearing “The Keeper” label, it’s this guy.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 3-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -2After shooting 55% from the field in the last 7 games and not attempting any threes in the previous six contests, MCW posted an odd box score — 30% shooting form the field, but 3 of 5 on 3PAs.  He only attempted 3 FGs in the 1st half yet managed to score 8 points.  His rejection of a Toney Douglas floater in the 4th Q was tremendous.  JUst 3 TOs last night!

James Anderson, SG 18 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +6Anderson was brought here to knock down open jumpers and last night he actually did his job.  Although watching him try to defend the Miami perimeter players was hilarious.  There was a funny sequence last night where JA got switched off onto Wade and the former All-Star put Anderson on skates.

Adonis Thomas, SG 5 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +1I was shocked that Thomas got the start over Hollis “The Keeper” Thompson and I’ll be even more shocked if we ever see Thomas in a Sixers uniform again.


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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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Fo’ with the Foes: Memphis Grizzlies

Posted by: C. Smith
04/11/14 9:13 am EST

laurengrizzThis Friday 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 upcoming 76ers’ games – features tonight’s opponent, the Memphis Grizzlies, who defeated the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, own a 6-4 record in their last 10 games and are currently 1 game back in the standings for the eight seed in the Western Conference playoff race.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Memphis team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague  Chip Crain at 3 Shades of Blue.com, as Chip will answer Fo’ questions on his Grizzlies from us here at Philadunkia.
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