Category Archive: Features

Apr 05 2013

Tank Rank Week 4

The 2013 All-Tank team: Viacheslav Kravtsov, Louis Amundson, Derrick Williams, Jan Vesely, Jermaine O'Neal, Luke Walton, DeMarcus Cousins, Sebastian Telfair, Kwame Brown. Image by Stacey Goldberg. Tank photo from tylermerrick.com

The 2013 All-Tank team:
Viacheslav Kravtsov, Louis Amundson, Derrick Williams, Jan Vesely, Jermaine O’Neal, Luke Walton, DeMarcus Cousins, Sebastian Telfair, Kwame Brown.
Image by Stacey Goldberg. Tank photo from tylermerrick.com

Last week, Piston Powered’s Dan Feldman enlisted the help of ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton to project how each lottery team would finish in the standings along with their likelihood of landing each pick in the draft. (Basically, it’s a cleaner, more scientific version of the Tank Rank.) As of last Friday, it gave the Sixers a 66% chance of landing the No. 11 pick and a 3.6% shot of Read the rest

Apr 04 2013

Hoop76 Chat: You probably think this franchise is about you

Eric: Happy Holidays! Why not celebrate with a Hoop76 chat? This week we discuss tankage, the rise of Spencer Hawes, and the Holiday Bros. The following is a loosely edited gchat convo.

You’re So Vain, Ol’ Pick

Eric: Last night I was looking through some Doug Collins photos – just a typical Wednesday evening – and I came across a gem from a 1973 Sports Illustrated. So that led me to checking out Curry Kirkpatrick’s story, “Ol’ Pick And A Lot Of Slick Comin,” which was written after the controversial gold medal game against the Soviet Union, but Read the rest

Mar 29 2013

What happened at the season ticket holder meeting on Wednesday?

I wasn't there, but I think it's reasonable to assume Rod Thorn was wearing a powdered wig. (Credit: TheLiberalOc.com)

I wasn’t there, but I think it’s reasonable to assume Rod Thorn was wearing a powdered wig.
(Credit: TheLiberalOc.com)

The Sixers held a town hall style meeting Wednesday for season ticket holders to air their grievances and talk shop with Adam Aron, Tony DiLeo, and Rod Thorn. As you might expect, tensions ran high.

Sixers fan and season ticket holder Corrado Aponte (@mrdangdang) live tweeted the event and caught the attention of the Sixers blogosphere. Below, he offers his firsthand account of the meeting for Hoop76.

It’s only my second year with season tickets, so I refrained from Read the rest

Mar 29 2013

Tank Rank

I have some bad news. I’m just going to get it out of the way now, and I’m going to do it quickly, like tearing off a Band-Aid. Are you ready?

(Are you sure?)

Okay, here we go:

DougCollinsisstilltryingtowingamesandtheSixershaveareallyeasyschedulethisweek.

Did that help at all? I hope it did. As Tom Sunnergren noted on Wednesday, Doug Collins still wants to win basketball games. Is it going to help in the short term? Nope. The Sixers definitely aren’t making the playoffs. Is it going to help in the long term? Nope. They’re throwing away ping pong balls.

To make matters worse, Read the rest

Mar 22 2013

The Tank Rank

The 2013 All-Tank team: Viacheslav Kravtsov, Louis Amundson, Derrick Williams, Jan Vesely, Jermaine O'Neal, Luke Walton, DeMarcus Cousins, Sebastian Telfair, Kwame Brown. Image by Stacey Goldberg. Tank photo from tylermerrick.com

The 2013 All-Tank team:
Viacheslav Kravtsov, Louis Amundson, Derrick Williams, Jan Vesely, Jermaine O’Neal, Luke Walton, DeMarcus Cousins, Sebastian Telfair, Kwame Brown.
Image by Stacey Goldberg. Tank photo from tylermerrick.com

When Hoop76 debuted the Tank Rank last week, I basically just eyeballed each team’s schedule and guesstimated which ones looked harder than others on paper, making slight adjustments based on which teams seemed amenable to various “tank” tactics (like shelving core players with exaggerated or bogus injuries). This didn’t strike me as the most scientific approach.

So this week, I turned to a nifty metric called Simple Rating System Read the rest

Mar 12 2013

We’re Talking About Practice

According to a leading sports physician, the Sixers could benefit greatly by rethinking how they train.

 

Allen Iverson may have had a better career if Sixers management had spent more time talking about practice. (Credit: becomeauthentic)

Allen Iverson may have had a better career if Sixers management had spent more time talking about practice.
(Credit: becomeauthentic)

With the amount of lip service paid to the gestalt of team sports—the way units mesh, the interactions, the granular “how this piece complements this one” analysis—it’s easy to lose sight of a plain fact: basketball teams are comprised of players. And when your five are better than the other guy’s five…well, the other guys better have a powerful gestalt working in their Read the rest

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