Category Archive: Analysis

Dec 10 2015

Man Of Science, Man Of Faith, And Why The Sixers Are Lost

jackandlockehatch2Remember the middle of the third season of Lost? That was when Sawyer and Kate spent a ton of time chilling in bear cages, Jack was off tossing the pigskin with The Others, and two-dimensional, peripheral characters like Nikki, Paulo, and Phil Pressey were given major screen time. After two seasons of captivating mystery, the show was still providing more questions than answers. Viewership was dipping and even loyal fans were finally becoming anxious.

That’s when ABC executives brought in show-runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and said, “Hey, we should really start planning an ending to this thing. … Read the rest

Nov 24 2015

The Sixers’ Turnover Problem Is So Bad That It (Almost) Makes You Miss Doug Collins

The Sixers set a franchise record with 31 turnovers in last week’s loss to the Pacers, and in case you missed it and need a good cry, CSN Philly made a video of every single one. Two nights earlier against Dallas they committed 17 turnovers, a totally normal team total for a game. Except that was only in the first half. They finished with 27.

The combination of the turnovers and the 12th straight loss to start the season against the Pacers was so bad that it left some of the most dedicated Processors wondering if it it was Read the rest

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

Nov 04 2015

What’s The Deal With That Lakers Pick? An Explainer

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Kobe Bryant sucks, and so do the Lakers (0-4). That’s great news for the Sixers, who own LAL’s 2016 first-round pick. Sort of.

Philly acquired the then-2015 first-rounder in the three-way trade at the 2015 deadline that sent Michael Carter-Williams to Milwaukee and Brandon Knight to Phoenix. It didn’t convey last summer because it was top-5 protected (Lakers picked D’Angelo Russell second), and it’ll be top-3 protected in 2016 and 2017, then unprotected in 2018.

There’s a good chance that those protections could take effect given how bad the Lakers have looked. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook gave LAL an … Read the rest

Oct 27 2015

The Sixers’ Ongoing Chemistry Challenge

Entering Year Three of the Brett Brown-Sam Hinkie era, the time has come for the Sixers to begin showing progress in their long-term rebuild. Key to that mission will be the development of a team-wide identity and culture, which, given the realities of the roster, could be a considerable challenge.

NBA.com’s David Aldridge touched upon the difficulties Brown faces in that mission back in April:

Yet, as Noel does more and more on the court, the reality of the 76ers’ plan makes developing chemistry with his teammates difficult. Brown will certainly be a part of the team’s future. Noel will

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Jul 30 2015

Time Is Running Out … Sort Of

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Jordan Clarkson is as good a second-round pick as you’ll find. The Lakers guard had an impressive debut season — he was named to the All-Rookie First Team — and his strong play continued into Summer League. Sure, he just turned 23; he’s older and more developed physically than most of his Las Vegas competition. But at 6-foot-5, he possesses the size, skill and athleticism to excel as a combo guard for the better part of the next decade.

Jordan Clarkson is also on the last year of his contract, diminishing some of his value and making him a potential … Read the rest

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