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We’re Back, and so are the Magic

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Ok, so its been a while, but tonight the Sixers, mired in a four game losing streak take on the Orlando Magic, who are pretty evenly matched with our Sixers.

In the past two weeks things have happened. Spencer Hawes has been hurt. Kendall Marshall, who was once a lottery pick is now with the 87ers.  Andrew Wiggins has played poorly, Jabari Parker has been a beast and the Sixers have started traveling down the most common-sense path for the organization. Happy trails Sixers, who are now the seventh-worst team in the NBA. 

The Starters:
The Magic (6-11)
PG Jameer Nelson
SG Victor Oladipo
SF Aaron Affalo
PF Glen Davis
C Nikola Vucevic

The Sixers (6-11)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C   Spencer Hawes

 

More Cavs

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The Sixers, who notched an impressive victory over the Cavs last night, head to Cleveland to try and sweep the home and home.

The starters:

The Sixers (4-2)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

The Cavs (2-4)
PG Kyrie Irving
SG Dion Waiters
SF Earl Clark
PF Tristan Thompson
C Anderson Varejao

The Sixers Are Going Patriotic Tonight

Who’s This Guy?: Brandon Davies

Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Since we last met on here, two new players have been added to the mix. Today, BYU Honor Code violator Brandon Davies.

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Name: Brandon Davies

Position: PF

Number: 20

Age: 22

Height: 6’10

College: BYU

2013-14 Salary (per basketball-reference.com): $490,180

2012-13 Stats: (BYU) 33.4 MPG, 20.5 PPG, 4.0 APG, 1.7 SPG

How Acquired: Signed by the Sixers as an undrafted free agent.

Pros: Davies is big at 6’10, 240. He has long arms and will play in the post. He doesn’t complain about doing dirty work and won’t drift out to the perimeter like some other big men on the team tend to do. Playing one-on-one with his defender down low he can use his length to get the ball into the basket. He is long enough to change shots in the lane and disrupt passes.

Cons: He isn’t a great passer or ball handler. He isn’t incredibly athletic and doesn’t have great balance, so he gets moved easily by his defender and can be bumped around on defense. He doesn’t shoot free throws well, and can’t really shoot from the perimeter, which goes both ways. If the first three games are any indication, Davies will probably play sparingly.

Davies was born in Philly, then adopted by a woman in Provo, Utah which is where he grew up. He went to BYU, had sex with his girlfriend and was suspended for it.  Fun fact: the last BYU athlete who went from an honor code suspension to Philadelphia was Eagles RB/ Chickie & Pete’s Host Reno Mahe.

Tomorrow: Daniel Orton  

How to Lose Enjoyably

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Philly Mag published a guide to cheering for the tanking Sixers. They did beat the Heat though….

Allen Iverson Officially Retires

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Allen Iverson officially announced his retirement today during an emotional press conference today at the Wells Fargo Center.

Has anyone else noticed that AI still dresses like its 2000? Good for him.

Today in Camp: Spencer Hawes’ Knee Hurts

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Spencer Hawes suffered a knee injury Monday when he slipped on a wet spot on the floor at St. Joe’s. Luckily, he has his eye on the prize and plans to be healthy when he hits free agency after this season.

Hawes isn’t planning on having a down year. In fact, he’s planning on giving it his all, which is about a 60% effort most of the time.

Today in Sixers’ Camp Coverage

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The Inquirer’s Bob Brookover gives his take on what should be one of the worst seasons in Sixers’ recent history here.

Meanwhile, it looks like the media is picking “leaders” for the team, and its the guy who didn’t dunk against the Heat.

Winless for Wiggins, according to Grantland

The folks at Grantland gave their opinion of tanking and the NBA and pop culture and obscure sports references. Check it out here.

Basic Metric Stats

Sam Hinkie loves to use advanced metrics when he is rating players. Basketball metrics have really come a long way in recent years. Basketball-reference.com offers advanced metrics for every player in the league and NBA.com has gone so far as to offer a metric look at all games played since 1946. NBA2k ranks players in season and career mode using basic metric stats as well. In short, what was once available only to those who subscribed to exclusive newletters is now available to anyone at all times.

I don’t claim to understand the metrics inside and out and I certainly don’t have access to formulas and programs that Hinkie uses. I was late to the party and I’m playing catch-up now. It seems that metrics and basketball are a very good fit because players are involved in some way on every possession on both side of the court. APBRmetrics (Association for Professional Basketball Research metrics) are the standard used by people inside and outside of the game to break it down for analysis. They involve what are essentially complex mathematical equations which are applied to every facet of the game. They look at what a team does for every 100 possessions it has and every 100 possessions it defends.

They also look at what a player does during each minute he is on the court. Again, they rate what he does on offense and what he does on defense. This is known as his player efficiency rating (PER). John Hollinger, formerly of ESPN, now the VP of Basketball Operations for the Grizzlies is the father of this statistic. The Grizzlies made radical moves, including trading Rudy Gay based on Hollinger’s statistical analysis of the team. Its been said that Lionel Hollins, the team’s former coach was dismissed partially because of his unwillingness to factor numbers presented by Hollinger into his game plan. That’s power, the same kind of power that Sam Hinkie has been given by Sixers ownership.

So what are these stats and what do they mean? Here’s a basic breakdown:

Offensive Efficiency

This is a team metric which simply measures how often a team scores during a game. It does not take free throws into account because they are not considered a possession. It also does not take offensive rebounds into account because they simply allow a team to keep possession.

Defensive Efficiency

This is another metric which just measures points allowed, excluding free throws, per every 100 possessions.

Player Efficiency Rating

This is a player specific metric which breaks down what a player does every minute he is on the court. It looks at scoring, broken down into type, from free throw to three pointer, assists, rebounds, blocks, steals, missed shots, turnovers and personal fouls. An average player has a PER of 15.00 and the stats go from there. Michael Jordan is the all-time leader in PER coming in at 27.91. However, the stat does not work for anyone prior to 1978 because the league did not keep stats on turnovers, so all you Wilt fans still have a leg to stand on. A PER of 30 in a given season is considered the gold-standard, and it has been accomplished only 18 times.

Effective Field Goal %

Three-pointers are worth more points than inside shots and lay-ups. This is a fact, but proponents of analytics feel that this fact is often hidden by shooting stats. Basically, a player will shoot a lower percentage on three-point shots because they are harder to make, but will benefit his team just as much or more by making those shots because they are worth one more point than a layup. The stat basically evens the playing field as far as shooting percentage goes.

True Shooting %

This is essentially Effective Feild Goal % with free throws added to the mix.

Rebound Rate

This looks at how many rebounds a player grabs in a game vs. how many rebounds were available to grab in a game.

Win Shares

Win Shares basically try and put a number on how an individual player’s performance on both offense and defense in a game contributes to each win. They can be positive or negative, meaning they measure how much a player helps and hurts his team throughout a season on each end of the court. They are a stat used by Basketball-Reference.com derived from Bill James’ baseball formula. Follow the link for a much better and more detailed explanation of the stat than I can provide or understand.

Again, I’m sure Sam Hinkie and other GMs use more advanced and secretive analysis than are available to the likes of a part-time blogger who sucks at math. I think though, that these metrics are pretty easy for the layman to understand and apply. Now the question is, how do these apply to the Sixers? Stay tuned…