Apr 17 2014

Season Wrap-Up: Sixers Top Heat, Because of Course

Philadelphia 76ers 100 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Miami Heat
Thaddeus Young, PF 30 MIN | 9-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | 0Say what you want about Thad as trade bait — which he might be come draft night – this guy is a terrific player with heart and Grizzlies-level grit and grind. Wherever he plays next year, he’s going to succeed. His hustle was off the charts tonight, which is certainly a testament to his career as a Sixer.

Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -3Won’t be saying this about too many of the guys on this team, but he’s a keeper. Turns out Spencer Hawes ended up being worth something of value.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 3-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -2He shot just 30 percent tonight — guarded by Toney Douglas most of the time — but at least they were all threes. Herb Magee will have himself quite a project this summer.

James Anderson, SG 18 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +6Not sure whether he’ll be back next year, but he’s proven he can be a serviceable role player, in moderation. He certainly did his job tonight.

Adonis Thomas, SG 5 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +1Thomas dislocated his finger in the first half and didn’t return. It was his first career start. Long live Adonis.

Brandon Davies, PF 19 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +16The season ended with an airballed three from him, so he gets an A. Well done, Brandon.

Jarvis Varnado, PF 16 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +13Varnado has a team option for next year, so we’ll have to see about him. I think he has the floor awareness of a piece of lint, but perhaps Hinkie/Brown see something I don’t (which is likely).

Casper Ware, PG 14 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +15Casper Ware embodies the spirit of this season, and there’s no other way to put it.

Elliot Williams, SG 23 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | +10Elliot Williams can jump pretty high. That’s about it.

Tony Wroten, SG 22 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 4 PTS | +9Wroten is an interesting piece. The 20-year old has all the physical tools, but he is incredibly reckless. Who knows what role, if any, he’ll have next year. Anyways, he had six assists and five steals in his season finale. Not bad.

Hollis Thompson, SG 27 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | 0Hollis ends his spectacularly Hollis-y year with the Hollis-est line ever: 3-3-3 on four shots in 27 minutes with an even +/-. He, like Sims, is a likely keeper.

Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | …Thanks, Doug.

Byron Mullens, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | The Sixers were 0-18 in games that Mullens played in. An A for you as well, Byron.


By the Numbers

29 – The amount of minutes allotted to Toney Douglas tonight.

Quote of the Game

“True love stories never have endings.” – Richard Bach

Tweet of the Game

Parting Shots

It was fun, everyone. Lottery night is just 34 days away. That’s when the real season starts.

  • robbybonfire23

    The more I hear talk about somebody being “the greatest athlete,” the more I know he is light years removed from being “the greatest player.” I am betting that Hinkie will look elsewhere for his first pick, even if “the greatest athlete” is available, understanding that I could be wrong and Mr. Hinkie has assembling the world’s greatest gynastics clinic in mind, and screw putting a bona fide basketball team in place, anyway.

    The second “greatest athlete,” by acclamation, in this draft is one Zach LaVine. Doesn’t that suggest something? Or do guys who cannot shoot and cannot defend get a pass for possessing high-wire dexterity? I am thinking that if this past regular season was painful, it could be just a drop in the bucket relative to the chronic dementia this draft may induce.

    • Kevin

      If the above scenario were to take place, I would be willing to bet that
      the 76ers would attempt to move up and swap places with Detroit in
      order to acquire Noah Vonleh as opposed to staying put and drafting Gary
      Harris. Simply because it would not only give them a young PF prospect,
      but also provide them with a potential replacement for Thaddeus Young if they
      were to deem him to expensive to keep past next season.

      • robbybonfire23

        That would be great for us, but it makes you wonder how any other team could be so moronic as to go for that.

        And yes, Kevin, if you are suggesting that Young is expendable, he cashed in poorly, from a statistics perspective, as regards his all-around game this year. I mean, 2.02 points per XFGA, that is B. Mullens country, Mullens scoring at the rate of 2.05 total points per missed FGA. I agree with those who think Young is highly-overrated – displaying more effort than results by a wide margin. At 25-26, even understanding that this season was an aberration, how much upside is remaining for him, before his decline sets in?

        • Kevin

          I definitely think Young is viewed as expendable. While he can be a valuable commodity for a team knocking on the door, the 76ers are not going to be that team for at the very least a few more years. Because of that I think Hinkie will look to move him either this summer or at the trade deadline to help further develop the younger talent by getting them playing time. Of course, this could also backfire, as Young seems to be a level headed individual and a “glue” type of guy in the locker room.

          As far as the draft, I have no idea who has who at the top of their boards, so I cannot touch too much on how easily I think it would be for the 76ers to move up in the draft. With the scenario given above however I would think it would an easier maneuver, since Detroit would still be able to get the PG they want by moving back 2 picks and could take a 2nd rounder or 2 off of the 76ers for doing so. Pretty much a win-win for both teams and a dream scenario for myself, hehe.

    • tbowman

      Robby – A few questions for you: 1) Who were you (based on your statistics) pining for prior to last year’s draft? 2) What did your stats tell you about MCW & Noel after last year’s draft? Were you happy with these choices? Did your statistics anticipate MCW’s fantastic season?

      • robbybonfire23

        I did some retro stats on the season both Noel and MCW had their last year in college. They graded well, don’t have the specifics in front of me.
        One concern re Noel was his ranking 30th in the nation in the DR dept. – big drop-off from his ranking first among players with major program teams in the shot-blocking department.

        I made the observation, a while back, that in my time compiling NBA stats, dating to 1988, I have seen the impact of shot-blocking almost cut in half, since then. On a regression basis, in the late 80’s, a blocked shot had a value of over 2.0 points. This NBA season, it was down to 1.18 points per block.

        This is the reason I want to see Noel utilized for his high scoring floor shooting percentage. His college team mostly bypassed him in their offensive scheme, despite the fact that he was a 55 per cent shooter from the floor. I am hoping the 76ers, even if we land Embiid, give Noel a balance of offensive and defensive responsibility. He will not, and cannot become Bill Russell ll, because big men, much less in evidence during Russell’s time, are everywhere to be found, today.

        My recall as regards MCW is not as clear. I will see if I can still obtain his numbers from last season and if something stands out as worth sharing, I will post that information.

      • robbybonfire23

        Ok, I found the MCW and Noel stats from college at: http://www.sports-reference.com.

        Noel grades A, close to A+, approaching Joel Embiid Country. Noel scored 251 points at KY, on 68 missed floor shots. That is 251/68 = 3.69 PPX, as I call it. This college season just three major program players averaged over 3.0 PPX, Embiid at 4.41, Doug McDermott at 3.23; and one guard, a young man by the name of Delon Wright, who came in at 3.12.

        Noel, combing his totals for DR, Assists, Steals, Blocks, and Turnovers, came in with a regression-value score of 20.68 for his floor game, slightly better than Embiid, at 20.24. So Noel’s bottom-line score, 3.69 x 20.68 = 76.31. Embiid, this season, closed at 89.27, with no one else on the planet even close to this rarified air.

        As for MCW, it is not a happy story. Look it up – he had the lowest floor-shooting percentage on the team, this year, lower than even Allen Iverson’s career mark. His last season in college was rough, here, too, with just a 1.98 PPX, way below par. His floor game in college was outstanding, 18.13. Marcus Smart was at 17.73; Delon Wright was at 16.11 – all great numbers.

        So the deal with MCW is that he must improve his marksmanship, or dish off, and focus on all the other things he does so well. Wiggins, by the way, was a mediocre 2.35 PPX, and bested only Zach LaVine for lowest floor game score, coming in at 9.27.

        So I like Noel to exceed MCW, for career accomplishment, and it’s not even close. MCW, in fact, would be expendable, but all the guards in this draft either cannot shoot, or cannot defend, or both, Mr. LaVine.

        MCW’s is so much like Marcus Smart, great floor game, but struggling, offensively. MCW’s floor game score this year is