Category Archive: Analysis

Mar 19 2014

538 Reasons to be Happy with Hinkie

In the heat of the 2012 presidential race—actually, in the summer—when pundits on both sides of the aisle were split on who of Barack Obama or Mitt Romney was most likely to assume control of the executive branch of our dysfunctional government, Nate Silver was refreshingly clear. Obama, he asserted on his then-New York Times-hosted blog each day, had about an 80 percent chance of winning.

And then Obama won, and won in precisely the manner Silver predicted.

urlThere was no magic here. Silver simply ran the numbers—well, simply may be understating it: he looked at all the … Read the rest

Feb 15 2014

5-on-5: Is This Rock Bottom?

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1. Is this rock bottom?

Anthony Calabro: I don’t really need a deep dive into the numbers to know that losing back-to-back games by more than 40 points is rock bottom. Good news for the Sixers: A 30-point loss is progress!

Eric Goldwein: Yes. The product will get worse if/when ET and Hawes bounce, but so will the competition. The last two weeks have been exactly what #TeamTank signed up for.

Alec Nathan: It certainly feels like it. The Sixers have lost eight in a row, nine of their last 10. And since ripping off four straight wins over … Read the rest

Jan 20 2014

Are the Sixers Clutch?

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On Wednesday, Thaddeus Young hit a game-winning shot in the closing seconds to lift the Sixers over the Charlotte Bobcats. It was a friendly reminder that Brett Brown’s squad, a 13-27 team with a league-worst point differential (-8.7), has been surprisingly effective in the clutch.

In fact, according to’s stats database, the Sixers own a winning record in all late-game situations:

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Situation Record
5 minutes remaining, game within 5 points 9-8
3 minutes remaining, game within 5 points 8-5
1 minute remaining, game within 5 points 6-4
30 seconds remaining, game within 3 points 5-2
10 seconds remaining,

Jan 06 2014

Thaddeus Young, And The Benefits of Perimeter Shooting

What’s gotten into Thaddeus Young?

That’s a question that the Sixers – and teams around the league – would like answered. Since Young’s reported trade request in mid-December, he’s been absolutely sensational for Philadelphia. Saturday’s win against Portland was the sixth time in seven contests that he scored 25+ points from the field, during which the team has gone 5-2.

At the center of Thad’s offensive outburst is a common theme: the “Doug Collins held him back” angle. This has been overused at times, but in Thad’s case it’s worth exploring. After attempting 138 threes in the season preceding Collins’ … Read the rest

Dec 16 2013

Aussie Rules


Much of the credit for the Sixers newly fast, 3-centric brand of basketball has gone to GM Sam Hinkie and the Rockets East mentality he’s imported to the City of Brotherly Love. Fine. But let’s not forget Brett Brown. The well-traveled New Englander likes the long ball, too.

art-brett_brown-620x349During his time at the helm of the Australian national team, the 76ers head coach demonstrated a decided preference for 3-point shots. Per, in the 2012 Olympics, where Brown coached Australia to a 7th place finish despite something of a talent shortage, 33.1% of the Aussie’s total field goal attempts came … Read the rest

Dec 13 2013

Tony Wroten, Driving Extraordinaire

Moonlighting as the Sixers starting point guard in the absence of Michael-Carter Williams, Tony Wroten has registered some impressive numbers as the team’s primary ball-handler. Across eight starts—admittedly a small sample size—he has amassed averages of 18.5 PPG and 5.4 APG on 44 percent shooting.

Devoid of context, those numbers would be fairly impressive for a player the Grizzlies practically gave away, and the assists tally seems to indicate Wroten is suited to be a floor general, at the very least in a complementary role. But is it possible the 6-foot-5 guard is better suited as a scorer than … Read the rest

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