The 76ers Offense is Struggling: Are More Post-Ups the Answer?

By Bill Gorman, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Bully ball. It has been a popular refrain among local media, 76ers fans and even the organization since general manager Elton Brand signed 6-foot-10 Al Horford, traded for 6-foot-6 Josh Richardson and brought back 6-foot-9 Tobias Harris to form the largest starting lineup in the NBA along with the 6-foot-10 Ben Simmons and 7-foot Joel Embiid.

Heading into this season, fans and analysts alike had visions of five defenders all with enough quickness and length to switch on any and every pick and roll or screen action. With defensive-minded reserves like rookie first-round pick Matisse Thybulle (6-foot-5 with a 7-foot wingspan), James Ennis III (6-foot-7 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan) and Kyle O’Quinn (6-foot-10 with a 7-foot-5 wingspan), predictions that Philadelphia would shut every opponent down and keep opponents from clearing the 100-point mark on a regular basis ran rampant among fans. Through nine games so far this season, the team is sixth in the league in defensive rating (points per 100 possessions) at 102.4: Things are going as expected on that end of the floor.

The 76ers offense this season was always going to present the larger question. Losing players who had accounted for 48% of the team’s 3-point attempts in 2018-19 presented a challenge the team will be facing all season. Making the floor spacing work with a lineup consisting of Simmons (a non-shooter), Richardson (career 3-point percentage in the mid-30s), Harris (the lone "shooter" in the starting lineup) and the twin-towers of Embiid and Horford was always going to be an issue for head coach Brett Brown to figure out. The hope is that, as the season goes along, the starting lineup will gel together and as a result floor spacing will not be as much of an issue.

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Are the 76ers Finally Receiving the Version of Furkan Korkmaz They Have Been Waiting For?

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Through the opening eight games this season, there are a good amount of takeaways for this new look Philadelphia 76ers team. One takeaway nobody expected was the play of Furkan Korkmaz, who looks like he is ready to be a part of an NBA rotation on a nightly basis. 

After an impressive run this summer for the Turkish national team in the World Cup, Korkmaz looks like he has come into this season with newfound confidence. In his third season, he is posting career highs in both scoring and shooting. Three-point shooting has been looked at as a weak point for this team, but Korkmaz has been playing like he can be the floor spacer that the Sixers will need moving forward. 

So far this season, Korkmaz is averaging 8.9 points per game on 46.0% shooting from the floor and 47.1% from deep. He has scored in double figures in four of the team’s first eight games. He scored a career-high 20 points in Philadelphia's 114-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Monday night.

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No Snipers, No Problem. 76ers' Defense, Bully-Ball Mentality Make up for Perceived Lack of Outside Shooting

By Scott Cashin, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The adage in business teaches us to buy when everyone else is selling. When going against the crowd, there is less competition for resources and an abundance of trade partners where favorable terms can be found. It has become a three-point shooting league. The team to emerge from this offensive movement will be the one that can force the opposition off the arc with elite defense and into the unfamiliar mid-range game where the reward is 33% less.

The lost art of defense, once highly valued in the NBA, has been replaced with three-point shots at volume. Teams are too eager to trade quick attempts in the hope of putting up rapid points on the scoreboard. But when teams are cold – they are freezing. If you take away the three-point shot, do they even know how to play in the mid-range? Successful teams take and convert the open shots given to them.

The Philadelphia 76ers underwent an overhaul this offseason. The team got taller and longer. Along the way they parted with JJ Redick and Jimmy Butler, leaving many to wonder where will the shooting come from? While still armed with an abundance of players who can score, none on the roster shoot above average from deep. This may sound alarming given the style of today’s game, but I am going to tell you that it is okay that the team is lacking the traditional outside threat. Redick certainly had games when he would catch fire and that should not be dismissed, however, it can be easy to romanticize the past and forget that:

  • Redick was cold for stretches shooting, also;
  • he had a below average handle for a guard that resulted in turnovers;
  • he was not a threat to drive the lane, allowing lesser defenders a position on the court; and
  • he could not stay in front of quick players on defense.

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Sec 247 Pod 60: Hindsight is 20-20

 


Lipinski & Watkins discuss the decisions made my DeSean Jackson and the Philadelphia Eagles regarding the WR's injury. Like they say...hindsight is 20-20.

Plus

  • Disney is going to remake the Might Ducks...stop the madness!
  •  Watkins was angry after the Eagles victory over the Bears
  •  J-Matt returns, why did he leave, and would Dez be a good fit
  •  Ben Simmons is a damn liar
  •  Should fans have faith in the Flyers
  •  And fatherly advice on dealing with crap in the tub...literally! 

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Krystle Rich of #SixersOutsiders Joins The Show

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By Victor Williams, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

After an aggressive season opener, Ben Simmons has seemed to shy away from scoring. Should we be concerned about Ben's offensive development? Tune in as Victor Williams & Krystle Rich of #SixersOutsiders discuss the emergence of Furkan Korkmaz, the importance of Al Horford, what to make of Ben Simmons so far & much more!

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76ers Remain Undefeated With Comeback Victory Over Portland Trail Blazers, 129-128

By Matt Gregan, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Philadelphia 76ers remain a perfect 5-0 to begin the season after a 129-128 come-from-behind victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Furkan Korkmaz hit a three from the corner with 0.4 seconds remaining to win the game.

Philadelphia did not have a lead until there were 10.1 seconds left in the game, and Portland was up by 21 points at one point in the third quarter. However, none of that mattered as the 76ers fought through a barrage of Portland threes to move to 5-0 on the young season. 

Here are some observations from the victory.

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Potential or Production: The Looming 76ers Draft Question

By Bill Gorman, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Over the past two seasons, the Philadelphia 76ers have made it an organizational priority to add defensive specialists through the draft. Head coach Brett Brown highly values players who can play defense, and the organization has surely made strides in adding players over the last two offseasons, beginning in the 2018 NBA Draft, that fit his defensive philosophy. 

The team selected Villanova forward Mikal Bridges with the 10th pick of the 2018 NBA Draft. Bridges was thought to be a potential three-and-D player with lockdown potential and the ability to shoot 40% from beyond the arc, all while also possessing enough ball handling skill to run a team’s offense in short spurts. He had also played three years of college basketball, meaning he was seen as a ready-made NBA prospect.

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sec247pod 59: Joe Girardi Impresses, Eagles Win & ...


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#2Mikes are ready to run through a wall for Joe Girardi! They discuss the impressive first impression of the Phils new skipper plus breakdown the Eagles win in Buffalo & a look at Da Bears!

On the show:

  • Joe Girardi impresses
  • Eagles-Bills Recap
  • A look at Da Bears game
  • Lackluster NFL trade deadline
  • Results of the D-Jax poll
  • Boobies at the World Series
  • A potential return for EA Sports NCAA Football
  • Sixers are undefeated
  • Flyers are a mess

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76ers Stand Tall in Battle of Undefeated Teams, Defeat Atlanta Hawks 105-103

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

Monday night featured a battle between the only two undefeated teams in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks. The 76ers traveled to Atlanta and came out on top in a gritty contest, 105-103, to move to 3-0 on the season. 

It was all Atlanta to start off the game as the home team came out on fire from three-point range. The Hawks would put go on to outscore the Sixers 40-31 in the first quarter. However, the Hawks' offense would cool off and the Sixers jumped on the opportunity to get back in the game. They were down 65-63 heading into halftime.

The second half went back and forth, with Philadelphia pulling out the victory in the final minute of the game. Here are our observations from the Sixers' victory in Atlanta.

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The Eagles Are Alive & The Sixers Are Back

By Victor Williams, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Carson Wentz & the running game avoided disaster on Sunday with a much needed win in Buffalo. Al Horford & the new look Sixers are a force defensively. Tune in as Victor Williams & Ryan Rothstein give their initial reactions to the Eagles reviving their season & what to make of the Sixers so far.

 

#FlyEaglesFly | #HereTheyCome 

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