Bryan Toporek

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Name: Bryan Toporek
Date registered: 14 April, 2013
URL: http://hoop76

Latest posts

  1. The Case for Maxing Out Jordan Clarkson — 30 June, 2016
  2. Reports: Embiid Cleared to Scrimmage, Simmons Going No. 1 — 21 June, 2016
  3. ‘Chasing Perfection’ While Chasing Pingpong Balls — 10 June, 2016
  4. 5-on-5: Who Do You Choose at No. 1? — 18 May, 2016
  5. The Definitive 2016 Sixers Draft Lottery Primer: 1, 4 (?), 24, 26. — 17 May, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Was All the Sixers’ Tanking Worth It? — 20 comments
  2. George Karl Goes Off on Sixers’ Rebuild — 16 comments
  3. Analyzing Sam Hinkie’s Trade-Deadline Approach — 16 comments
  4. Will the Sixers Lose Out? Don’t Bet On It. — 14 comments
  5. Sorting Through Sixers Trade Rumors — 13 comments

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Mar 12 2016

Sports Science and the Sixers’ Process

For those who haven’t done so already, check out this piece from’s Tom Haberstroh, which details how the Sixers are helping Joel Embiid recover from his second foot surgery.

In the article, Haberstroh spoke in length with Dr. David Martin, a sports scientist who joined the Sixers organization this past July after working at the Australian Institute of Sport. While the whole thing is well worth your time, this section in particular jumped out at me, as it seems emblematic of “The Process” as a whole:

The Sixers operate in the language of probability. Within that lives the understanding

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Feb 24 2016

JaKarr Sampson and the Sixers’ Impending Roster Crunch

Thanks to the Detroit Pistons’ decision to void the three-team trade that sent a second-round pick to Philadelphia at the trade deadline, the 76ers effectively waived JaKarr Sampson for no reason.

There’s no sugarcoating it: That sucks.

But with an impending roster crunch, Sampson’s time in Philadelphia was almost certain to come to an end this summer one way or another. His diminishing role in the last month should’ve been a warning to us all that the end of the Point JaKarr era was near.

Barring any trades, the Sixers already have eight spots almost certainly accounted for next season: … Read the rest

Feb 18 2016

For a Change, the Sixers Stay Relatively Quiet on Deadline Day

Since Sam Hinkie took over as the Philadelphia 76ers’ general manager in May 2013, the day of the trade deadline has been a national holiday for Sixers fans.

In 2014, he shipped out Lavoy Allen, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes for a half-dozen second-round picks and some roster flotsam. (No offense, Henry Sims.) Last year, Hinkie flexed his trade-deadline muscles, acquiring an Oklahoma City Thunder first-round pick in a salary dump involving JaVale McGee before shipping out K.J. McDaniels and Michael Carter-Williams at the buzzer for Isaiah Canaan, a second-round pick that would become Richaun Holmes, and the lightly … Read the rest

Jan 28 2016

Sam Hinkie’s Second-Round Success Rate Is Pedestrian, And That’s OK

Sam Hinkie’s insatiable thirst for second-round picks has been a defining characteristic of his tenure as Philadelphia 76ers general manager, and rightfully so.

In three drafts, he’s already been on the clock 12 times in the second round, and he acquired six second-rounders at the 2014 trade deadline alone (see below).

Incoming Outgoing
2/20/2014 Byron Mullens
2018 2nd (LAC)
2014 2nd (protected 31-40 and 46-60)
2/20/2014 Danny Granger
2015 2nd (GSW via IND)
Evan Turner
Lavoy Allen
2/20/2014 Eric Maynor
2015 2nd (WAS)
2016 2nd (DEN)
2014 2nd (protected 31-45 and 51-60)
2/20/2014 Earl Clark
Henry Sims
2014 2nd (CLE)
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Nov 17 2015

Could An Old Guy Help The U-24 Sixers?

On opening night, the Sixers trotted out a starting lineup devoid of any players above the age of 24. Only one player on the roster—Carl Landry—was born prior to 1990, and he has yet to play since he’s recovering from a wrist injury.

With the Sixers off to an 0-11 start for the second straight season, that naturally begs the question: How much is the team being harmed by its complete lack of veterans?

Writing for The Cauldron, Seth Partnow recently highlighted one way the absence of a proven point guard could have long-term ramifications for Jahlil Okafor:

Okafor, in

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Nov 13 2015

#SmallSampleSizeTheater: Early-Season Sixers Stats Of Note

Eight games into the season, it’s far too early to determine which statistics are trends and which are small-sample-size outliers. Last year, after all, the Atlanta Hawks started off 5-5 before notching 38 wins in their next 43 games. It often takes a bit of time for offseason additions to grow comfortable with their roles, leading to some particularly eyebrow-raising results in the first few weeks of the season. (See: The Nets beating the Rockets on Wednesday.)

Unsurprisingly, the Sixers once again have the league’s worst net rating (minus-13.8), largely thanks to a middling offense and a severe … Read the rest

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