Iverson: The Ultimate Competitor

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
07/09/15 10:43 am EST

iversonnmascoteditedThe back tab of the right Air Penny V displays a simple message:

‘The Storm is Over’

The epitaph is a nod to the fact that Penny’s career has passed, hence the storm being over. The shoe released in 2012, well after Hardaway’s retirement from the NBA, and served as an ode of sorts (It was clearly modeled after the Air Penny II – Penny’s most popular model).

The sentiment is nice, but realistically it probably would have been better-suited for Allen Iverson.  Iverson blew through the NBA like an unprecedented, unrelenting tornado, felt by everyone across the league’s landscape.  And, like some squalls of such magnitude, the storm that was Allen Iverson –the dominant NBA player –ended rather abruptly.

 


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Summer Sixers GM2: R U Furkan Kidding Me?

Posted by: C. Smith
07/08/15 10:07 am EST

furkaneditedIn Game 1 of the Utah Jazz Summer League, rookie Jahlil Okafor scored 20 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and a blocked a pair of shots, so it came as no surprise that all of Philadunkia nation was watching closely to see what Jahlil would do last night against the Celtics in Game 2 of Summer Sixers action.  Okafor played solidly last night (13 & 9), but it was Turkish legend Furkan Aldemir that pushed the Summer Sixers to a 76-62 victory over the C’s.

Aldemir, who showed limited abilities in 41 games with the 76ers in 2014-15, scored 11 points (all in the 4th Q and thanks to 3 of 5 shooting from deep), snagged 14 boards and blocked 3 shots.  In short, Aldemir was impressive and stole the show from Jahlil.

After the jump, observations from Game 2 of the Utah Jazz Summer League.


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411 on Summer League Invitees

Posted by: C. Smith
07/03/15 8:20 am EST

summer_league15editedWe all know after the NBA Finals conclude and the Draft is over, that the summer sports schedule is so thin that USWNT soccer games on Fox Sports are must see TV.  That’s especially true in summer 2015 because the Phillies have been so difficult to watch.

But it’s time to stop complaining as NBA summer league action tips off next Monday and there will be plenty of 76ers basketball to watch in teh coming weeks.

Beginning July 6th, the 76ers will have a team participating in the Utah Jazz Summer. Then it’s on to Las Vegas where for the first time, the 76ers will have a squad entered in the highly competitive NBA Summer League.  As a bonus, summer League action in Vegas tips off on July 11th with a contest against D’Angelo Russell and the Lakers.

After the jump we will examine the players the Sixers have invited to their summer league “mini-camps” as the franchise preps for 2015 summer league action.


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DRAFT15: Thoughts from Fraschilla & Penn

Posted by: C. Smith
06/23/15 7:44 pm EST

franandpennEarlier today ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla and ESPN NBA analyst Tom Penn conducted a media call to discuss the 2015 NBA Draft, which as we all know is Thursday night.  Among the 76er related topics that Fraschilla and Penn discussed were DeAngelo Russell, Kristaps Porzingis, Mario Hezonja and what the Lakers may do at No. 2 overall.

On Thursday night, Fraschilla will deliver analysis on international players and Penn will provide NBA Draft front office perspective for the mothership on site at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, so I decided to pull some of their best Sixer connected quotes and post them after the jump.

 


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Embiid Hangover Still Lingers

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
06/16/15 11:18 am EST

embiidslameditedIt was Saturday night at 10:09, and I was in the midst of throwing my arm out on the NFL quarterback challenge at the Dave and Buster’s in Plymouth Meeting when a received text message caused my phone to vibrate in my shorts pocket.

“Well man. Something ain’t right about Embiid,” the text read.

What… The…

A quick scroll-through of my Twitter timeline further clarified the text.

A “setback”.


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Key Year Coming Up for MCW

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/14/15 10:57 am EST

mcwbuckseditedMichael Carter-Williams has had an interesting start to his NBA career.  He was the main attraction on an under-talented, up-tempo Sixers team his rookie year, and the unbridled opportunity provided for him to put up stats on that squad led to him being selected as the League’s Rookie of the Year.  Despite the accolade, the Sixers were never completely sold on him and his trade to Milwaukee was simply confirmation of such a fact after months of speculation that dated back to the 2014 Draft.

Whether or not Carter-Williams could have eventually thrived on a contending Sixers team is a moot point at this point, as he is now the playing for Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks.  Heading into his third season in the League, and his first full season with the Bucks, several questions still surround Carter-Williams and his ultimate potential as an NBA player.  The upcoming season will be huge for the former Sixer in terms of establishing himself, and demonstrating exactly what kind of player he can be in his career moving forward.


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Philadunkia 4on4: Playoffs/Lottery Edition

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/11/15 10:47 am EST

76erscrystalballIt’s time for another edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribes C.  Smith, Michael Kaskey-Blomain, Jeff McMenamin and Tyler Cook will examine four questions surrounding our 76ers this time with a focus on the NBA Playoffs and the 2015 Draft Lottery.



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GM68: Rapid (Frickin’ Winning) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/19/15 10:39 am EST
Detroit Pistons 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 26 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +7 +/-Luc did his best to shoot the Sixers into the loss column, but the weary Pistons were unbable to take advantage of the poor effort from Embiid’s babysitter.

Nerlens Noel, C 22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +2 +/-With the hops and energy Noel diplayed early on, it’s a good thing for the Pistons that he got hurt and missed most of the 2nd half.  Otherwise the Sixers may have won this game by 20.  I felt like very time he came on the TV Noel was flushing a dunk or swatting a Detroit shot.

Ish Smith, PG 26 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +10 +/-A near double-double from the journeyman was has supplanted Canaan (who the Sixers traded for by the way) as the starting PG.  He pushed the pace last night on the tired Pistons and unleashed a couple of floaters that were amazing. 50% shooting from the field; 8 dimes; only 3 TOs and +10 rating!  Too bad he isn’t 6’3 or taller.

Jason Richardson, SG 25 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +1 +/-JRich struck back at Father Time last night with a much needed solid shooting effort.  Previous to last night’s game, #23 was 6 for 37 from the field in his last 4 games and I had pretty much written him off for the season.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -6 +/-After 4 points in the the 1st half, I don’t have a single note on JaKarr for the rest of the game.  I like Sampson’s long range potential, but his is not a starting NBA guard and why Brown insists on trotting him out with the first-five is beyond me.

 


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GM37: Rapid (Reality Check) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/14/15 9:56 am EST
Atlanta Hawks 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 4-6 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +1It’s time to start answering phone calls (if there are any) on Embiid’s babysitter.

Robert Covington, SF 32 MIN | 2-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -20For the 2nd time in his last 5 games Cov registered single digit points and shot less than 16% from the field.  In his last 4 games #33 has hit on 8 of 30 3PAs (26%).

Nerlens Noel, C 31 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -19Do you know how painful it is to watch an athletic 7-footer grab only 6 boards and score just 2 points in 31 minutes of run against basically Atlanta’s second unit?  I can tell you it is VERY painful.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 30 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 20 PTS | -16MCW did not score his first points until there was 4:30 remaining in the 1st Q, but he still posted a near double-double night by getting to the rim for easy buckets. Still, his 4 assits vs. 5 TOs is a stat I DO NOT enjoy reading from my starting PG.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -20After he drained a 3-ball and scored 5 points early in the 1st Q, and then put up another 5 points in the 2nd Q, I thought KJ was one his way to a huge night.  Unfortunately the jaw-dropping, baseline, two hand slam he executed in the 3rd Q was his only note worthy play in the 2nd half.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Atlanta Hawks

Posted by: C. Smith
12/10/14 4:52 pm EST

hawks-a-town-dancer-opoc-45643This 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 key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Atlanta Hawks who are a riding a hot streak right now having won 7 straight games, and 9 of their last 10.  Still, I like the 76ers chances of stealing a win tonight for reasons that I will discuss after the jump.

(I can’t believe I just typed that line.)

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Atlanta team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague David Menze at Soaring Down South, as David will answer Fo’ questions on his Hawks squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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