Mar 25 2014

Going Streaking: Sixers’ Slump Extended To 25

Philadelphia 76ers 91 Final
Recap | Box Score
113 San Antonio Spurs
Thaddeus Young, PF 35 MIN | 7-20 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -3

The tragedy of the Sixers’ veteran being lost in the abyss of this historically awful team chugged along for another night. After the game, Thad commented that, “It felt like they [Spurs] were running 100 miles per hour. You take one thing and they pick you apart with something else.” Unsurprising, given some of the handy work that he confronted by the bosomy Boris Diaw. The Spurs effortlessly dissected this defense with an array of deft passes, and Young had a front row seat to some of the finer exhibits. Seventh time on the season that Thad has launched at least four shots from the outside and failed to net a single one.

Henry Sims, C 33 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -8

The Mayor of Sims City continued his encouraging play, diligently putting together a nice line. Sims did encounter a little difficulty guarding Tim Duncan on the low block early, and was ultimately a stakeholder in Duncan’s 19pts on 9-12 shooting in 23 minutes. If nothing else, it’s pleasing to witness one of the team’s roster-filling fliers show legitimate signs of progress and growth.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 5-20 FG | 5-7 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -5

Oh to be a fly on the rookie wall. Another game, another miserable shooting night for Philly’s bewildered point guard prodigy. Tonight served as the 13th time on the season that MCW shot 30% or below from the field. Yeesh. I guess we can be thankful that Tony Parker wasn’t present to rub a hefty dose of French seasoning into the gaping wound that is Carter-Williams’ confidence.

James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -15

As a former Spur, Anderson carries a certain familiarity with the confines of the AT&T Center. He drilled a pair of threes late in the third as part of a push to trim the deficit from double digits. It was not to be, an admirable evening at the office, nonetheless. Anderson, who is only shooting 33.8% on catch-and-shoots on the perimeter, managed to cushion his game with a hint of versatility, which was nice. He was involved in perhaps the highlight (*sigh*) of the night, with a fast break leading to his setup of Byron Mullens for an alley-oop throw down at the end of the third.

Hollis Thompson, SG 37 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | 0

Not the former Hoya’s finest Daye. In addition to being directly responsible for two Patty Mills trebles in the fourth quarter, Thompson spent time on rangy journeyman Austin Daye, who somehow totalled 22pts for the game. File this one under “forgettable.”

Byron Mullens, C 18 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -15

Avert your eyes! “Don’t-call-me-B.J.” had it going beyond the arc. Yes, you read that correctly. The honorary figurehead of the tank characteristically lurked on the outside, and characteristically lumbered around aimlessly on the opposing end. Uncertainty as to whether or not to help off of Aron Baynes led to Mullens “flooring,” the Spurs’ Cory Joseph — who converted a circus shot regardless. Mullens took us all for a ride back in time to the 2011-12 Bobcats with the blissful blend of his outside attack and soaring to the rim for an alley-oop jam. Poetry in motion.

Casper Ware, PG 10 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -17

Casper Ware made his NBA debut tonight, becoming the 27th different player on the Sixers’ roster since opening night, per John Schuhmann of NBA.com. Good for him. Let’s hope he can find the bottom of the basket next game.

By the Numbers

  • 1: The Sixers now need a solitary loss to match the 2011 Cavaliers’ record for the longest losing streak in league history.
  • 22: Austin Daye finished with 22pts on 6-10 3PT shooting. That about sums things up.
I'd like to purchase real estate from Austin Daye.

I’d like to purchase real estate from Austin Daye.

Tweet of the Night

  • robbybonfire23

    Why the hell does there have to consistently be an inverse correlation between player low game floor shooting percentages and the outlandish number of shots taken? What is MCW’s mantra now, “Allen Iverson Lives” or something?

  • robbybonfire23

    Deliberately setting the NBA-record losing streak for the purpose of drafting Wiggins or Parker is going to be celebrated as the all-time worst organizational stupidity in sports history. And that covers a lot of ground, even considering this imbecilic franchise’s track record for brain-dead futility.

    • Kevin

      I’m more with the thought that since they were regarded as the best prospects (by everyone else) it would be considered as a failure that most didn’t expect, and therefore receive a pass…However, not drafting them and having them succeed at all time levels would be considered organizational stupidity. If these other guys that you believe are franchise players are going to be available later in the draft (except Embiid and Exum), why would the 76ers not take a chance on one of the players regarded by almost all others to be future franchise type of players with their 1st pick? Especially since the “scouting report on Exum is similar to MCW’s and they have Noel at C?

      • robbybonfire23

        I would like to see the statistics and the scouting report, anyone’s scouting report, on Exum, Kevin. If Exum cannot shoot from the field for a considerably higher percentage than MCW, he will not be an improvement over MCW, who really is outstanding in all other facets of the game.

        Excellent point, re the price an organization will pay for bypassing primarily Parker and Wiggins, should either make the grade, big time. And someone like Doug McDermott is no acceptable substitute, either, he just disappears when it comes to his floor game. And what about Embiid’s physical problems, now? Back pain is a lot more serious than an ankle sprain. So that, as HK suggested, maybe someone like Vonleh would be a good compromise choice. To that I would add, of course, Delon Wright, who may even be back in college next year; certainly Juwan Staten, who is the real deal, but at 6’1″ his lack of stature is a major concern.

        I also like Kyle Anderson, a lot, light years more than his mock draft more highly rated teammate Zach LeVine. And I am really warming up to Marcus Smart. He looks almost like the second-coming of MCW, where his all-around floor game is concerned. Now if he, like MCW, could just add a few points to his floor-shooting percentage, he will be a special player, with that leadership/chip on the shoulder personality “edge” you like to see in a young athlete, too. Marcus Smart is the one player in this draft who is below par where FG percentage is concerned, whom I would not be a bit disappointed to see us draft him. Here is a player with an interesting personal profile and with lots of upside, plus that perfect 6′ 4″ frame.

        This draft could become the key for major change in the way these players are evaluated. This is to say, if Wiggins and Parker struggle throughout their NBA career, I predict “athleticism” will finally, and deservedly take a back seat to on court demonstrated results. Same as Sabermetrics, in many circles now, have come to dominate the old “five tools” thinking, whereby many baseball players were drafted in the old days, as though baseball was a “track meet,” and not a highly-skilled sport. Basketball, in that regard, is where baseball used to be, and at least 20 years behind the curve in so far the evolution of modern player evaluation methods in all sports.

        • Kevin

          I couldn’t be more on board with the 76ers selecting Vonleh assuming they have that opportunity. Also, as much upside as Embiid has, he is the one who I would not take, simply because I don’t like the fact that he is experiencing back issues at such a young age. Back issues are what essentially ended Tracy McGrady’s career, albeit at a much later age. Either way, It is a road I’d prefer to be left untraveled.

          As far as Exum, while I cannot show you his stats and we both can acknowledge we won’t learn anything of validity through the highlight reels, I can give you this:

          1. ESPN’s Chad Ford – “An inconsistent shooter from the perimeter”
          2. nbadraft.net – “An inconsistent, but improving, shooter. Shot tends to be flat and needs more arch”
          3.draftexpress.com – “At this stage, Exum’s perimeter shooting remains his most glaring weakness.”
          4.SI.com – “Unfortunately, Exum has the same issue as another elite point guard in
          this draft, Marcus Smart: the mechanics on his shot are not consistent,
          and as a result, neither is his jump shot.”
          5.” Exum’s stroke has definitely improved over the past year—after shooting it only 17 percent from three during the 2012 FIBA World Championships, he went on to shoot 33 percent in 2013 on 1.9 makes per game. His mechanics aren’t always on point—contested shots can alter his form and balance. But this is an area where he has promise and room to grow. Exum also looks much more comfortable shooting off the catch then off the dribble, an area of his game he must improve for NBA play.The pull-up jumper is an important weapon for point guards when you consider how far they typically play from the basket. When a driving lane isn’t available, Exum will need that pull-up jumper as a counter to traffic and rim protection.Shooting consistency will clearly be on Exum’s must-improve list moving forward, though you could probably say the same for just about every other prospect on the planet.”

          All those excerpts are pretty much the only thing negative you read about him. Personally, I would be excited about bringing in a player like Exum because he seems to have every other tool you could want (according to the scouting reports I’ve read). I like that he attempted almost 10 FT’s per game at the FIBA World Championships. Although it’s not a great percentage, I like to see that his 3 point shot improved, at least tournament to tournament. I like his length, athletic ability, etc. etc. I just understand why the 76ers would elect to take Parker or Wiggins over him as well, which is what will almost certainly happen at this point.

  • robbybonfire23

    I had to go back to the Stanford – Kansas box score, for the thrill of again staring at Young Mr. Prodigy’s numbers, almost in disbelief.

    The positives: 2 blocks and 1 steal.

    The negatives: (Where to start?) In 37 minutes playing time all of 2 DR’s; 1 assist (and just this one assist in two tournament games); 4 turnovers; and the Abyss Now reality of 1-6 from the floor, to go with 4(???) total points, a derelict 0.80 points per missed floor shot in a 3.0 world.

    Oh yes, if our man-child had not been waltzing around in a Twilight Zone stupor, it is for certain his team, which lost by three points, would have reversed that losing outcome. But with Joel Embiid sidelined, and most of the burden/pressure falling to him, he did a Houdini number that would have made ole Harry proud, back in the day when people got paid for “disappearing.”

    You tell me – do we REALLY want this “Flying Wallenda” who cannot play basketball to save his buns, as our resident “savior” for the next decade or so? O.K., if you say so, but this young man is the sinkhole of draft picks.

  • robbybonfire23

    Great break-down, Kevin, highly informative and much appreciated. I am hoping our G.M. is adventuresome and not predictable as regards some G.M.’s just “knee-jerking” their selections along “popular perception” lines. Vonleh or Smart over Parker and Wiggins would be cause for celebration for me, in that it would indicate that our G.M. is his own man, not some robot for media hype and the scouting combine, as too many of them are.

    Too bad re Embiid, but having back problems before you get out of college is a dreadful harbinger of chronic problems ahead. Rather mercurial career, in that he came “out of nowhere” and is fading back into that oblivion just as fast.

    • Kevin

      I would think if the 76ers were in a position where Wiggins was gone and they were on the clock that they would heavily consider taking Exum, simply because he possesses similar length and athleticism to Wiggin’s, the player they apparently covet. Also, with a bit of work, you have 2 interchangeable pieces moving forward who would cause matchup problems for opposing teams daily.

      With Vonleh, there is a long way to go, but unless the Pelicans start losing games I wonder if he’ll be around for their 2nd pick. Chad Ford’s last mock (Early March) had him going no.10 to the 76ers, but every updated mock draft I see has him going somewhere between 5-8, so unless the Pelicans start losing or these people are clueless, acquiring him w/o a trade would seem unlikely. However, it is the end of March and a ton can happen between now and June 26th. Either way, I think it is going to be an exciting and interesting next few months, full of a ton of speculation and rumors.

      • robbybonfire23

        Of course we don’t know, at this point, how these player’s careers will turn out, so that while we may be happy over this selection, puzzled by that selection, etc., we could be just plain wrong in our assessment. We all recall how “happy” we were over taking one of the biggest draft day busts in recent history, at number two.

        Accordingly, my hope for this draft, since it is the first for our new G.M., is that he will demonstrate “original thinker” tendencies, and make some bold and unexpected choices. So that if he takes Smart or Vonleh first, over Parker or Wiggins, while I will be happy re his “independent” philosophy, that will be tempered by a “wait and see” attitude, my having been among the crowd that thought there was not much qualitative difference between getting Evan Turner and John Wall.

        Having said that, my longshot pick for success, maybe even stardom, is going to be Kyle Anderson, whom I think will be a bargain being taken in the outside the top-10 selections grouping. But that is just speculation, for now.