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2004 Pistons = 2011 Sixers

Posted in 76ers on January 19, 2012 by derrickmslayton

If you look at NBA.com’s power rankings you will seem some familiar teams in the top five. Reigning MVP Derrick Rose has the Chicago Bulls there, last year’s leading scorer Kevin Durant has his Thunder team on the list, The experienced Spurs are always there, and the big three-quarters (Miami Heat) are ranked in the top five as well.

However if you take a closer look at the top five teams in the league, you will notice a team that has not been a top five team since, Allen Iverson’s MVP season back in the 2000-2001. Yes the same season the Sixers went all the way to the NBA finals. The casual fan would not understand why the Sixers are ranked fourth in the NBA according to nba.com’s power rankings. They would look at the lineup and say “There are no stars on that team”,  a statement 76ers fans hear way too often when discussing their favorite team. But remember in 2004 there was a Detroit Pistons team that did not have a superstar player, they have very talented and unselfish players that played for the team, and not for themselves. That Detroit Pistons won a championship and defeated the heavily favored LA Lakers team which suited 4 future hall of famers ( Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’neal). That Detroit Pistons team is this years Philadelphia 76ers team.

Sixers have dominated in all 10 of their wins so far this season and they do have bright young stars. They might not score as much as Carmelo Anthony or have as many assist as Chris Paul. They are smaller stars that fit well in a constellation to form a very powerful team (eight players averaging more than 8 points per game). A team that is third in the NBA in scoring offense (101.0 points per game) second in the NBA in scoring defense ( 87.43 points per game) and first in points differential (plus 13.57 points per game).

The one difference about the Detroit and the Sixers thus far this season, is the Sixers have not had a signature win against an “elite team”. Until they get that win naysayers will continue to say that the Sixers can not compete for a title without a “superstar.” They (Sixers) will have a chance to gain some respect with games against the Hawks, and the Heat in the next couple of days. Hopefully the experience that they have gained throughout the playoffs last season and this season will payoff.

Play of the Week

Posted in 76ers, Play of the Week on January 13, 2012 by derrickmslayton

Sixers star forward Andre Iguodala seems to always make a highlight play.

 

 

If you had one shot?

Posted in 76ers on December 28, 2011 by derrickmslayton

Andre Iguodala , Jrue Holiday, or Louis Williams who do you want to take the last shot? After a tough loss against the Blazers, that is the question on the minds of many 76ers fans.

Andre Iguodala had a terrific game to start the season, 22 points 8 rebounds 3 assist and 4 blocks. Also he hit two back-back three pointers which sparked a late fourth quarter run, after being down 17 points.  Iggy was the spark to the Sixers, but Lou Will “The Boss” himself was on fire NBA JAM on fire. Portland defenders could not stop him, even a robber pointing a gun at his head could not stop him. Lou Williams put the team on his back like only he (and Greg Jennings) could, scoring 10 points in the 4th quarter and hitting back to back impossible three’s to bring the team to within 3 points. Jrue Holiday was not having a good game, but to many people he is becoming the new face of the franchise. In addition he has the best three point shot out of people mentioned at the beginning.

So in the moment of truth, a Portland Trailblazer chokes at the line and misses the game clinching free throw. Andre Iguodala grabs the rebound pushes the ball down the court. Dribbles around the three point line then launches a deep three over the outstretched arms of 6″11 power forward LaMarcus Aldridge……Clank it hits the rim no good and the game is over. Leaving many people wondering who should have taken the shot.

The Divison is for the Taking!!

Posted in 76ers with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2011 by derrickmslayton

Since the “Big 3″ formed in 2008, the Boston Celtics have dominated the Atlantic Division. However last season the New York Knicks and the 76ers made significant strides and made the playoffs.

The Boston Celtics are not getting any younger while Rondo continues to improve the Big 3′s talent and health continues to diminish. Last season was a perfect example of that. Kevin Garnett only averaged 14.9 points per game almost five points less than his 19.5 career points per game average. Also he averaged 8.9 rebounds last season which is about two rebounds short of his 10.7 rebounds he has averaged per game throughout his hall of fame career. Furthermore Paul Pierce scored 18.9 points per game which is three points below his career average. Finally Ray Allen (aka Jesus Shuttlesworth) who is still in excellent NBA shape scored only 16.5 points per game last season which is four points below his career average. While it is crucial to note that each player performed better than the last regular season, than they did two seasons ago they failed to make it back to the Finals (unlike in 2009 when they faced the L.A Lakers). Also it is becoming increasingly apparent that they are not only past their prime but also at the end of their careers.

Last off-season the New York Knicks made a huge addition to their lineup by signing Amare Stoudemire one of the league’s best scorers. At first people were skeptical about how well Amare would perform without Steve Nash dropping “dimes” to the big man. However Amare silenced those doubters very quickly by dominating opposing teams’ big men and being the number one scoring option in the world’s most famous arena (Madison Square Garden). In addition to that, just before the trade deadline the Knicks acquired superstar Carmelo Anthony, Thus creating one of the most prominent one-two punch in the entire NBA. The Knicks will definitely be contending for the Atlantic title, having Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire together for an entire season (assuming that there will be an entire season of basketball) will be a nightmare for defenses who are trying to guard these two stars. The only reason why they won’t win the Atlantic Division is if the team’s defense lets them down like it did during the playoffs last year.

The city of brotherly love obviously have young talented players that love the game of basketball. Last season the 76ers made significant strides with new head coach and former 76er guard Doug Collins. The Sixers vastly improved defense and fast break scoring, was the key to the 76ers success last season. Their eventual demise came from youth, inability to close out games, and lack of a number one scoring option. Unlike the Knicks the 76ers have built their team primarily from the draft: Jrue Holiday, Louis Williams, Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, Jodie Meeks and more, as a result creating a good young core of talented players and good chemistry. If those young players can continue to improve and if either Jrue Holiday or Andre Iguodala becomes the much needed number one player; the 76ers will have a very good shot at winning the division.

Hopefully for our sake (76ers fans) the team will work hard during the prolonged off-season, maybe play overseas and then comeback with a good mix of youth and experience. If that happens then the Sixers might win something more valuable than the Atlantic Divsion title.

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Nate Robbing Iguodala

Posted in 76ers with tags on July 31, 2011 by derrickmslayton

Five years ago, Andre Iguodala got robbed on national television at the end of It was the Sixers high flyer vs. Nate “Kryptonate” Robinson in the final. To get to the finals Iggy performed some of the best dunks in the contest’s history. One of the best dunks of all time came when Allen Iverson passed the ball off the back of the glass and Igoudala caught it while gliding under the backboard and rim for a reverse-slam on the other side. In the final Andre threw the ball off the glass caught the ball, put it behind his back and dunked it. However Nate Robinson dunked over Spud Webb on his next dunk which propelled them into a tiebreaker. On Nate Robinson’s tie breaker dunk it took him 30 tries to complete as he put the ball between his legs threw it off the glass and finished with an athletic slam. Nevertheless to win the dunk contest Andre needed just a 46 to win and he initially got that exact score with his between the legs dunk. Unfortunately two of the judges lowered their scores to make Nate Robinson the Winner of the 2006 dunk contest.  Tonight’s Dunk Contest is the five year anniversary of Nate Robbing Iggy.

Poor Backboards

Posted in 76ers, throw back play of the week with tags , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by derrickmslayton

Darryl Dawkins was one of the most physically imposing players in NBA history. He was one of the first players to make the jump from high school straight to the pros a decision he made due to financial hardships. Dawkins was drafted fifth by the 76ers in the 1975 NBA Draft. He never met expectations that were set for him, but he still had plenty of great highlights.

In a game against the Kansas City Kings in November 1979, Dawkins threw down such a massive dunk that the backboard shattered into shards, sending the Kings’ Bill Robinzine ducking for cover (Darryl Dawkins called the dunk “The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam”). Three weeks later he did it again, a few days after that the NBA ruled that breaking a backboard was an offense that would result in a fine and suspension.

The very talented Darryl Dawkins only averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds in his career because of skipping college and injuries.

Newest Addition: Nikola Vucevic

Posted in 76ers with tags on June 27, 2011 by derrickmslayton

Everybody who followed the Sixers last season knew that they needed to fill a void at the center position. Many players that the Sixers were allegedly interested in was unfortunately drafted before the Sixers number 16 pick; the list of players included Tristan Thompson, the Morris twins, Bismack Biyombo , and Jonas Valanciunas. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise, with all of those big men gone it took a little pressure off of the 76ers to reach for Nikola Vucevic.  The former USC center  was the tallest player in the undersized draft measuring in at just under 7 feet with a 7-foot-5 wingspan. He was projected to be drafted in the early second round. However he stock risen tremendously after his Chicago pre-draft combine due to his size, work ethic, and basketball IQ.

The Montenegro center has soft hands, he can also finish with either hand around the rim, he will be able to stretch defenses out with his adapt jump shooting skills, and he also has solid post skills. athleticism is the biggest concern for him. He is a liability in pick and roll defense, doesn’t run the floor well, not a good shot blocker, and struggles against faster big men.

Overall this is a good pick, Nikola Vucevic will help the center position immediately, he is a scoring threat, and a good rebounder. Doug Collins really likes this guy and hopefully Vucevic can show us why.