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DC Council 42: Wizards vs 76ers —  One of These Teams Isn’t Rebuilding

Updated: January 20, 2015

Truth About It.net’s D.C. Council:
Grading Washington players from Game No. 42: Wizards versus the 76ers in DC.
Contributor: Sean Fagan from the Verizon Center.



To go on record, the grand Philadelphia experiment in “targeted” tanking is most likely going to end in failure. There is a fine line between rebuilding and being designed to lose and the 76ers fall into the latter camp, a bizarre experiment by a new-age GM who is seeking to rig the system. The problem is, despite the brilliance of the ploy, it is doing incalculable damage to the players already suiting up for Philly, especially those such as Nerlens Noel who are intended to be building blocks. These players are not developing and the way the entire team shut down during the third quarter reminded me of the “bad” Wizards, with Andray Blatche hoisting ill-advised jumpers and JaVale McGee attempting to drive the length of the floor. The 76ers haven’t displayed the same level of boneheadedness as those Wizards, but one can only wonder at the lasting damage that “intended” losing will have on the team and its fan base.







Nene Hilario, PF

18 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +11 +/-

Nene seemed to have a bit more in the tank for an afternoon game, as he took whichever nameless 76er power forward was thrown at him and bullied said person on the block whenever the chance presented itself. However, Nene could have ascended to heaven on the night and it still would not have been as impressive as … NENE 3-POINTER! That was the story of the game.

Paul Pierce, SF

22 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +9 +/-

At one point late in the third quarter Paul Pierce was so alone behind the arc that he look almost bemused that no 76er made an effort to close-out. Left alone with his thoughts, he had a full five seconds to write a haiku, plan his evening’s formal wear and made a point to call Mark Blount. He then hoisted his trey and made it.

Marcin Gortat, C

29 MIN | 9-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +16 +/-

Marcin was a tad disparaging of the 76ers’ frontline following the game, noting that the Wizards had an obvious advantage in size and that it should be expected that the Wizards would overpower a crew of small pints. Gortat himself was engaged in a fascinating battle with rookie Nerlens Noel, who gave Gortat a good game, but appeared flummoxed whenever Gortat decided to rip out his version of the “Dream Shake.”

John Wall, PG

29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 11 PTS | +19 +/-

John Wall appeared to be having the most fun of any Wizard, tearing off crossovers that left 76ers flatfooted, assisting to wide-open teammates and basically letting others carry the offensive load. Wall got rest for the entire fourth quarter, which will only benefit him when he faces off against Russell Westbrook on Wednesday.

Bradley Beal, SG

23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +5 +/-

With the exception of a tomahawk jam, Big Panda looked more like a Sad Panda as he floated in and out of the offense and took a number of plays off. While the result of the game was never truly in doubt after the Wizards opened up a 20-point lead, it was a bit disconcerting to see Beal basically zone out until the bench replacements checked in for the fourth quarter.

Kris Humphries, PF

25 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +20 +/-

Like a cog in the machine, Humphries logged his minutes and did what is normally expected of him: tallying a nice rebound total and chipping in a half bushel of points. The 12-foot jumper continues to both giveth and taketh away, but with the starters sitting for a majority of the second half … who else gon’ shoot?

Otto Porter Jr., SF

26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +26 +/-

Randy Wittman praised Otto’s “improvement” in the game and the stats would tell you it was a solid effort. However, it was rather awkward, like watching a baby giraffe run across the savanna. Porter had one inadvertent assist, one inadvertent layup and one inadvertent steal, which is the perfect hat-trick of unintended circumstances.

Kevin Seraphin, C

19 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | +19 +/-

If Nene’s 3-pointer was not the story of the game then the story was the small moment in the third quarter when Kevin Seraphin missed a shot and then crashed the boards to grab his own rebound for a put-back. This is not to discount Seraphin’s effort or his efficiency, but the 76ers had already packed their bags at that point to go home.

Randy Wittman

Wittman was all smiles following the game and did his best to praise a moribund 76ers team that “took one from New Orleans” before breaking out into #CoachSpeak about how “you can be beaten on any given night.” True enough, but one can only imagine what type of address the media would have received had the Wizards managed to kick away a game against a team “designed” to lose.



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Sean Fagan
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Based in Brooklyn, NY, Sean has contributed to TAI since the the dawn of Jan Vesely and has been on the Wizards beat since 2008. His work has been featured on ESPN, Yahoo and SI.com. He still believes that Mike Miller never got a fair shot.