Category Archive: Notes

Jun 10 2016

‘Chasing Perfection’ While Chasing Pingpong Balls

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As much as it makes Doug Collins want to blow his brains out, the NBA has entered the era of Big Data. Gone are the days where basic counting statistics take precedence over shooting efficiency, per-possession averages and defensive metrics.

As Andy Glockner notes in his new book, Chasing Perfection, the league’s analytics revolution is hardly limited to players’ on-court output. In particular, teams across the Association are placing an increased emphasis on every aspect of player development and wellness, something which former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie prioritized during his three-year tenure.

In speaking with Glockner, Dr. … Read the rest

May 18 2016

5-on-5: Who Do You Choose at No. 1?

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On Tuesday evening, the lottery gods smiled upon Philadelphia, bestowing the No. 1 overall pick upon the Sixers. After a night of jubilant celebration, the Hoop76 crew got together to weigh in the lottery aftermath.

1. Soooo… Simmons or Ingram?

Bryan Toporek (@btoporek): Although Brandon Ingram is undeniably the better fit with the current roster, I’m going with Simmons here. The value of having that type of offensive creator at the 4 outweighs the concerns about his nonexistent jumper and his questionable attitude. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Brett Brown has long-lasting ties to the Simmons family, as Read the rest

May 17 2016

The Definitive 2016 Sixers Draft Lottery Primer: 1, 4 (?), 24, 26.

The 2016 draft lottery — Sixers Twitter’s Finals Game 7 —  is finally here. This is THE single most important night of the Sam Hinkie era, even if Hinkie isn’t a part of the franchise anymore. His legacy and the team’s fate will be determined by what is essentially a coin flip.

Because lottery-related stress has already driven me to the brink of insanity, I’ll be conducting a self-interview breaking down everything you need to know.

Explain the lottery to me.

The CliffsNotes version: Each team gets a certain number of four-digit combinations of pingpong balls based on their final … Read the rest

Apr 18 2016

Sam Hinkie Wasn’t Blameless In His Professional Demise

It’s no secret many Sixers fans are furious about the recent events that ultimately culminated in general manager Sam Hinkie stepping down from his post. (Many of us are very much included in that group.) On the surface, it appears as though the team’s owners simply lost patience with Hinkie’s multi-year rebuilding model and began acting impetuously, first by hiring Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations (aka shadow emperor) in December, and then by attempting to hire a “basketball person” to complement Hinkie in the front office.

Before placing too much blame on the team’s owners for their recent … Read the rest

Apr 14 2016

Recapping Every Single Horrible Sixers Game

So you may have noticed that we haven’t been recapping games at Hoop76 this season. Sorry about that. But to make up for it and catch you up to speed, here’s a one-sentence summary of every single game — all 10 wins and 72 losses.

October 28th at Boston: L 95-112 – Jahlil Okafor receives the Rookie of the Year award.

October 30th vs. Utah: L 71-99 – The Sixers place Jahlil Okafor on the trade block.

November 2nd vs. Cleveland: L 100-107 – TJ McConnell, in an effort to outshine LeBron’s 25,000th career point, grabs seven rebounds.

November 4th Read the rest

Apr 08 2016

5-on-5: Farewell, Sam Hinkie

1. Why are you so mad?

Bryan Toporek: The altering of the timeline is what gets my blood boiling the most. As Hinkie said on Zach Lowe’s podcast Tuesday, he asked the Sixers’ owners what route they wanted to go while interviewing for the job before delivering his tank-into-oblivion pitch. He presumably made each of his moves — particularly the Joel Embiid and Dario Saric picks in 2014 — with that long-term frame of view in mind. Suddenly shifting course after two-and-a-third miserable seasons, the second of which actually ended on an optimistic note (Nerlens beasted after the All-Star break, Read the rest

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