Feb 22 2014

Eight 76ers Deserve High Five

Dallas Mavericks 124 Final
Recap | Box Score
112 Philadelphia 76ers
Arnett Moultrie, PF Shot Chart 31 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -6Moultrie didn’t stand out in his first career start; he provided Lavoy Allen-like energy at times. He should have plenty of opportunities to fix that from here on out.

Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 43 MIN | 12-29 FG | 4-4 FT | 13 REB | 6 AST | 7 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 30 PTS | -3Young struggled at first with some careless turnovers. But with four minutes left in the first quarter, the cameras turned to him having a lengthy conversation with Brett Brown on the bench. Young was a different player from that point forward, posting a ridiculous 30-13-6-7 line. A day after seeing Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes traded, the 25-year-old displayed leadership and intensity on both sides of the court.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 38 MIN | 9-19 FG | 7-9 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 25 PTS | -22Carter-Williams is starting to bounce back. He played great basketball at times and attacked the basket ferociously. MCW got hammered in the paint.

Lorenzo Brown, PG Shot Chart 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5Despite his empty box score, Brown was the only player for the Sixers with a positive +/- rating. In addition, he led the Brown-Williams-Wroten-Thompson-Moultrie lineup, which was hilarious.

Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 6-14 FG | 9-13 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 21 PTS | -2″Wrecking Ball Wroten” (h/t Malik Rose) used his blazing speed to get to the hoop and draw what seemed like a dozen fouls.

By the Numbers
8 – Sixers available for tonight’s game.
0 – Times that the Sixers had the lead.
28 – Field goal attempts by Thad Young. His previous career-high was 24. (Via @ChrisVito)
10 – Losses in a row.

Tweet of the Game


Parting Shots
While getting blown out in the first quarter, GM Sam Hinkie joined Marc Zumoff and Malik Rose in the booth and spoke about the following:

  • Using cap room to gain “basketball assets” in trades.
  • Looking for “competitive, tough players” and integrating them.
  • Building a new practice facility.
  • Nerlens Noel and his status – “Let’s make a decision with Nerlens when there is a decision to be made.”
  • Thad Young’s expanded leadership role.
  • Player development and building a “pipeline of players”, particularly praising Hollis Thompson.
  • Spending time on the road evaluating draft prospects.

That interview was the highlight. But the game went well, given the circumstances. After falling behind quickly, the Sixers — and their eight dressed players — rallied back in the third quarter to make it interesting. It was good to see them playing with intensity and hustle.

Good job, good effort.

  • robbybonfire23

    Does Hinkie get out to the west coast on his scouting tour? Got guys named Wright, Anderson, Bachynski, Solomon, and some fine Arizona prospects too, worth a serious look.

    If he makes it out there I just hope he sees through all the hype re the LaVine kid at UCLA. OMG, what an over-rated prospect. Yes, a FR, so maybe in time…. but NOT close to ready for anything beyond college, right now. Screw “athleticism,” let’s get some real basketball players to Philadelphia so we can start winning, not just “looking good” while losing.