Mar 10 2014

At Least the Bucks Won

Philadelphia 76ers 110 Final
Recap | Box Score
123 New York Knicks
Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 20 MIN | 4-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -1I said it about Dedmon, and I’ll say it about Sims before his probably short tenure inevitably comes to an end soon: This guy can play. Malik Rose had a great point during the broadcast about Georgetown big men coming out of school with high basketball IQs (see: Ewing, Mutombo, Monroe, Hibbert). Sims isn’t as talented as those aforementioned bigs, but he’s smart and has a solid post-up game. He showcased that IQ tonight in his 20 minutes with some really nice plays inside against Stoudemire.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 8-12 FG | 6-9 FT | 13 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | 0Loved Dubs’ performance tonight. He’s always aggressive and attacking early, but this time it was different. Rather than just mindlessly and predictably dart to the rim and bank on using his elite length to finish (which sometimes works well), he utilized his improving floater game to get his shot over taller defenders.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -8Anderson quietly continued his also quiet respectable post-All-Star campaign. He had a couple pretty PUJITs as well. He’s playing for a job next year (perhaps somewhere else) and tonight he played like he deserves one.

Arnett Moultrie, PF Shot Chart 14 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -2He wasn’t awful, but he sure as hell wasn’t good either. Mullens is now ahead of him in the rotation, so thanks, Doug.

Tony Wroten, SG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 8-18 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 23 PTS | -15I don’t think Brandon Jennings 2.0 – erm, Wroten – is capable of scoring with his right hand, or outside 10 feet, for that matter. But I’ll take relentless, attack-heavy nights like this any day of the week (eight free-throw attempts).

By the Numbers

40 – The amount of days since the Sixers last won, on Jan. 29.

Quote of the Game

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson

Tweet of the Game

Parting Shots

The Sixers next nine games: SAC, IND, MEM, @IND, CHI, NYK @CHI, @SA, @HOU. If the Sixers lose all of them, which is not totally unreasonable (in fact, it looks likely), they will tie Cleveland’s record of 26 consecutive losses.

Tank Watch

With Milwaukee’s victory over Orlando tonight, the Sixers are just two games ahead of the Bucks for sole possession of the grand prize: 250 lottery balls. Hang tight. It’s almost over.

  • robbybonfire23

    May I give MCW an A+ for his brilliant game, last night? No one plays at this level every game, because this effort by MCW was possibly the best game any player has had in the NBA, to date this season.

    The reason I am going overboard with praise for MCW’s game is because of something I call, for lack of a better name, the total of a player’s Defensive Rebounds and Assists = “Pips.”

    MCW had 21 “Pips” in this game, 11 DR’s and 10 Assists. Anyone seen a box score this year with even close to 20 Pips for an individual player’s total? Because I have not. And the 8-12 shooting from the floor is the perfect complement to MCW’s magnificent floor game performance. Where has the real MCW been hiding the past two months? This is HOF country.

    • Neety

      Saying that it was possibly the best game any player has had in the NBA to date is absurd
      steph curry had 27, 11, and 11 last week… thats 22 of your pips
      kevin durant had 27,10 and 12 two days ago..thats another 22 of your pips
      ty lawson had 30, 17 and 4 four days ago… 21 pips
      So in the last week there are three guys (probably more i didn’t do much research) who had equal or better games as ET…triple doubles (which lead to at least 20 of your pips) have happened many times this year
      It was a great performance don’t get me wrong but don’t go overboard

      • robbybonfire23

        O.K., first of all, you are distorting my DR qualifier by combining DR’s and OR’s. I always specify DR’s for good reason. To date, this NBA season, D.R.’s have a regression value of 1.26 points/per; while OR’s are a wash, as they have been since I began keeping track of NBA game regression values in 1987.

        So, adding Curry’s 9 DR’s plus his 11 assists, we get 20 Pips, not the “22 Pips” you try to sneak by me as his total.

        Also, Curry shot 9-19 from the floor and scored a total of 27 points. That is 27/10 = 2.7 points per XFGA. MCW, going 8-12 from the floor, scored 23 total points. That is 23/4 = 5.75 points per XFGA!

        Now for Kevin Durant’s “flashy” game you allude to….

        Durant had 9 DR’s to go with 12 assists. So he ranks right up there with MCW, each with 21 Pips. However, KD shot just 8-19 from the floor, to go with his 27 total points. 27/11 = 2.45 points per XFGA. And KD plays a forward position, which is, overall, much better for FG percentage numbers than the guard positions.

        Ty Lawson had 19 Pips (not “21 Pips,” as you state), to go with 12-22 from the floor for 30 points = 30/10 = 3.0 points per XFGA.

        When you have a ~guard~ who gives you 21 pips to go with 23 total points scored on just 4 misses from the floor, you have one of the elite performances of this or any season.

        I stand on my statement, MCW’s game was one for the books, notwithstanding the pale carbon imitation games you cite as competing examples of highly skilled prowess. I invite you to do the research and see how many double-digit DR games you can find for guards in this league, this season? Do let us know what you come up with.

    • disqus_k1iKoxRUnE

      Cool….so we’re just making up words now to go with made-up stats. Adding together counting stats without regard to pace or context is downright irresponsible. Even if guard rebounds and assists combined correlate to winning (there’s no reason to believe they do, this game being a fine example), you don’t think there were other factors that led to this statline? You don’t think the absurdly high pace in this game (that resulted in 233 combined points), the barrage of 3’s from the Knicks (long caroms are more likely to end up in the hands of a guard than misses at the rim), and the lack of credible rebounders on the Sixers had anything to do with his collecting 11 defensive rebounds? And you don’t even factor in turnovers or usage rate. Not to mention that everyone the Knicks ran out there at point guard shot the lights out.

      All this shows is that MCW has an uncommon skill set. Which is great, I’m a fan. But as we saw with Evan Turner who must have led the league in inane counting stat comparisons (stuff like “Turner is one of 5 players to average 18-5-5”), rare skill sets don’t make good players.

      I’m not saying MCW isn’t a good (and potentially great) player or that this wasn’t a good game, but inventing random combinations of counting stats mixed with qualifiers like “he’s a guard” to proclaim this the best game of the year is pretty absurd.

      However I will absolutely concede to you that this was absolutely the best game from an Atlantic Division guard picked outside the top 10 in the draft from a college in northern New York on a Monday of a non-leap year. You got me there.

      • robbybonfire23

        You should know, if you visit here occasionally, that I strive to put matters into context one hell of a lot more than does “the media,” which wants you to fawn all over point scoring totals, in particular, because they have a deadline to get copy out there, and because they routinely talk down to the public they cover games for, rather than probing for in-depth meaning below superficial totals and impressions.

        Where I am coming from, in a nutshell, is my emphatic focus upon the three major components in every basketball game – starting with scoring efficiency as indicated by FG percentage as well as total points scored per missed floor shot, which, combined, give a good indication as to whether a player is driving to the hoop and drawing fouls and FT’s to go with that; also whether a player is hitting three’s.

        The other two major components are Defensive Rebounds and Assists, which have a regression value, so far this NBA season, of 1.26 points value per DR, and 1.43 points/per for assists. So that I do not get carried away with over-valuing minor components like steals, and blocks, and, God forbid, offensive rebounds, or turnovers. They are tie-breakers, yes, same as a stolen base can be a tie-breaker in a slugfest baseball game, but championships are won primarily via the consistent demonstration of major component ability, in all sports.

        You say it was a “fast paced” game that benefited MCW’s numbers. Great, so where the hell was everybody else, statistically, on the floor who was also benefiting from the “fast pace?”

        As regards my “making up words” to go with “making up stats,” I hope you never pick up a Sabermetrics work by Bill James, because he too renders considerable food for thought, and his highly-researched findings have revolutionized the way those who approach baseball in a scholarly fashion understand and appreciate the game.

        While I am no Bill James, I will say that my uncommon overview as to how I perceive players and teams serves my purpose of pursuing a deeper understanding of this NBA and 76ers’ subject matter, and I am happy to share my findings and my perspective with the literate basketball people who visit and contribute, here. I might ask what original research you have undertaken do you have to contribute, here? It’s easy to take pot shots at the perspective offered by others when not putting yourself on the line, night after night.

      • Kevin

        If you visited the site more often you would understand robby’s view on
        basketball and some of the way’s he evaluates talent and production.
        While you may not agree with his views or evaluations, it would probably
        be more beneficial for you to try and argue more about his methods and
        prove why they are inaccurate, as opposed to saying he is “inventing
        random combinations”. After all, he does use real stats that focus on
        particular elements and are essentially defined by advanced stats, which
        is the path the 76ers have also adopted when building this franchise.

        for MCW, I don’t really think his skill set is comparable to Turner’s.
        Yes, Turner had the ability to rebound and pass much like MCW. However,
        he was also a defensive liability. He could not create more than 1 foot
        of space between himself and the defender. He could not get to the rim
        at will (almost at all). He generally was not athletic enough to finish
        with defenders at the rim, rather had to rely on making the shot through
        contact, at which point he wouldn’t get a call because in 35 minutes of
        floor time he spent 29 complaining to the officials and holding his
        hands in the air. These are all things MCW can do. While I acknowledge
        MCW has a ways to go, his career is already brighter and packed with
        more upside than Evan Turner’s ever was, and it is because he has more
        more overall talent, skills, and athleticism. Either way, I will agree
        that having a rare skill set doesn’t guarantee a good
        player, but having one like MCW’s can’t hurt either, especially on a
        devoid of talent.

  • Dan

    Teams tanking in the NBA is a blatant disgrace to the game. I’m personally embarrassed as a 76ers fan. Other teams tank to an extent, but this is just pathetic. Try and win at least one game out of 10

    • Wesley Share

      Sorry to hear that. This is the way the team has been designed.

      Any other way you’d prefer the team go about their rebuild? This is the lowest-risk and potentially highest-reward rebuilding method, and it has the potential to bring a quick turnaround.

    • hk99

      That’s an interesting take. I’m personally excited as a 76ers fan…not so much about this year’s team as I am about the future although even with this year’s time, I find it worth watching a few minutes to watch MCW and to see if a Jarvis Vornado or a Henry Sims has a future in the league. As a fan, I can’t name 10 franchises whose situation I would take over the situation here now and for the future. Next year, the 76ers will add the de facto #1 pick from last year’s draft, (most likely) a top 3 pick in this year’s draft and (most likely) the #11 pick in this year’s draft. Add them to this year’s ROY and Thad Young – or whatever Thad fetches in a trade – and you have the makings of a future squad.

  • JulianW

    Olajuwon didn’t go to Georgetown, he went to (coincidentally) the University of Houston. I think you’re thinking of Patrick Ewing…

    • Wesley Share

      Ah, yes. Good catch. Thanks.

      • JulianW

        Late addition here but you could also add Alonzo Mourning to that list. Georgetown does a great job churning out pro caliber centers.

  • robbybonfire23

    HK99, you know who I like out of Utah in the draft. Also, and this boggles my mind, I see Ucla’s Zach LaVine ranked higher on mock drafts than Kyle Anderson. Anderson has one the best all-around games in the college ranks, this year, whereas LaVine is a zero-dimensional player who can leap around like Batman and Superman, while adding nothing to his team’s skill-level.

    We might be able to grab Anderson at #11. He is going to step in and help a franchise in a big way, right away. If we take a LaVine type, whoa, are we in trouble. He is averaging right around two points total per missed shot, OMG is that bad!!!

    • hk99


      I assume you mean out of UCLA, not Utah…I don’t watch the West coast teams much if at all, so I’ll take your word on Anderson. From what I’ve read, I agree that LaVine would be a bad choice. Somehow, some way, I’d love to see them end up with Noah Vonleh of Indiana with the pick they get from the Pelicans. He’s 18, 6’10” with a 7’4″ wingspan, is shooting 52.3% from the field and 48.5% on 3’s and is grabbing 9 boards per game in 26.5 minutes per. He’s also getting more points per xFGA than Anderson.

      • robbybonfire23

        HK, yes, Vonleh looks like he has the physical tools, and is rapidly developing his skills. I think he should stay in college one more year to really become a dominant force. So I agree with the new NBA commissioner, in that way.

        UCLA’s Kyle Anderson has it all, when you are talking about his shooting game and his floor game. Last night KA logged 7 DR’s and 7 Assists, a nice total of 14 “Pips,” or whatever anyone wants to call that combination, to go with 6-10 shooting from the floor, but with a modest total of 13 points.

        So now we are getting close to seeing these prospects for the final time before the draft. This is a bad time to have a bad outing or two for the top candidates. I see Jarbari Parker vs. Clemson was just 6-17 from the floor, 18 total points, to go with an “invisible” floor game starting with 3 Pips on 2 DR’s and 1 assist. Ouch! http://www.nbadraft.net has Parker ranked #1 prospect, now, ahead of Embiid and Wiggins.

        Wiggins, after a really fine game earlier in the week, reverted to form last night as Kansas got drubbed by Iowa State. Just 7-21 from the floor, 22 total points on 14 missed shots; along with yet ANOTHER zero assist game, #10 in that category this year, in 34 games, along with nine games with just ONE assist. Why the hell do I have to like this guy, anyway, to accommodate others? Wiggins did pull down a mediocre 5 DR’s, making his Pips total: 5.

        Doug McDermott is heating up at the right time from the floor, 10-20 for 32 points, last night. BUT, just 3 Pips, 2 DR’s plus 1 assist in 39 minutes of play. NOT GOOD! I am looking for a complete, all-around game performance from these young, budding multi-millionaires.

        • hk99


          I agree that Vonleh should stay in school for development purposes, but I doubt that he will if he’s guaranteed to go in the top 10. The 10th pick in the draft is guaranteed a minimum of ~$6M over the first three seasons of his career, which is a lot of money to pass up and risk losing to an injury sustained while playing the following season for free in the NCAA (see McGary, Mitch). Therefore, if he declares for the draft and he’s on the board when the 76ers use the pick that they acquired from the Pelicans, I would hope that they take him and develop him as opposed to pass him up for a more polished player who has less upside.

          • robbybonfire23

            This is surely the thinking of these players, too, HK, with a little input from their agents.

            I just jotted down the 10 freshmen listed on the top-60 http://www.nbadraft.net mock draft. (Actually, all 10 Fr. are listed in the top-26 positions.)

            Vonleh checks in in second position, in this class. Here are my regression scores for this group…

            1. Joel Embiid: 912
            2. Noah Vonleh: 575
            3. Julius Randall: 494
            4. Aaron Gordon: 415
            5. Tyler Ennis: 409

            6. Andrew Wiggins: 373
            7. Jabari Parker: 370
            8. Wayne Selden: 353
            9. Zach LaVine: 303
            10. James Young: 274.

            This draft is exciting to me because you, I, and everyone can see the disconnect between how these players are perceived and ranked as NBA prospects, and what they are actually accomplishing in college. I try to make an early line on the players I think will be “busts,” and the players I think will become pleasant surprises.

            So that I really like the top-3 ranked players, above. The rest have “upside” but they also have a lot to prove to get beyond their current performance level. Doing this in the NBA is NOT going to be easy, when you have not been dominant in college.

            The http://www.nbadraft.net ranking order of this freshman class is: Parker, Embiid, Wiggins, Vonleh, Randle, LaVine, Ennis, Selden, Gordon, and finally Young.