Player News - 76ers

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Markelle Fultz said his shoulder is "getting close" to 100 percent.

He only played 18 minutes in his season debut on Wednesday with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one block, but coach Brett Brown liked what he saw. "For his first NBA game, given the limited amount of practice time he has had and [being] in his backyard, I thought he was really good," Brown said. "He's elusive in his ability to change directions in a very fluid way." Brown also said after the game that he's going to slowly give him more minutes with the first unit, so his fantasy owners will need to be patient early on.
Oct 19 - 10:04 AM

Joel Embiid said he was "surprised" by Wednesday's workload of 27 minutes.

Fantasy owners were also surprised, as coach Brett Brown said before the game that his minutes would likely be in the teens. Following his 18-point, 13-rebound effort, it sounds like the 76ers are going to be more flexible with his minutes going forward. "We’ve got to stop calling it 'minutes restrictions,'" Embiid said. "There’s a plan with that — it’s just go out and play. If you’re tired, get out because injuries happen more often when you’re tired." There will be nights when Embiid plays fewer minutes or sits out completely, but his fantasy owners have to be encouraged right now.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 19 - 9:57 AM

Robert Covington scored 29 points during Wednesday's 120-115 loss, making 9-of-15 shots with seven 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist.

Covington fell one point shy of his career-high tonight, despite playing a modest 29 minutes. He's going to get a ton of open looks with teams distracted by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, and this certainly helps answer lingering questions about his role this season.
Oct 18 - 10:18 PM

J.J. Redick scored 12 points in his Sixers debut, going 4-of-10 from the field with four assists, four 3-pointers two rebounds and one steal.

Redick did his damage in 32 minutes, which was second-most on the team behind Ben Simmons. All but two of his shot attempts came from beyond the arc tonight, and he's a terrific 3-point and FT% specialist in category leagues.
Oct 18 - 10:17 PM

Joel Embiid finished Wednesday's season opener with 18 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and one block in 27 minutes of action.

He made 7-of-15 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs tonight, and even attempted four 3-pointers. Embiid's minutes were supposed to be limited to the teens as a precaution, but coach Brett Brown said afterward that it's "more of a plan ... than a [medical] restriction]." Even if his minutes stick in the 26-30 range, that would be more than enough for Embiid to mine fantasy gold. The next hurdle comes this weekend, when the Sixers play back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday.
Oct 18 - 10:17 PM

Ben Simmons looked great in his NBA debut on Wednesday, making 7-of-15 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs for 18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block.

Simmons is a force to be reckoned with and the Sixers are going to be a blast to watch all season. The biggest takeaway for fantasy owners is that Simmons played under control as a true point guard and he committed just one turnover in 35 minutes. The playing time and across-the-board production are ideal, and he's already looking like a potential draft-day bargain in re-draft leagues.
Oct 18 - 10:14 PM

Jerryd Bayless had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, three 3-pointers and one steal in 28 minutes as a starter on Wednesday.

The Sixers want plenty of shooting around Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, which might be why Bayless got the nod at PG ahead of Markelle Fultz. Their roles could easily flip if Fultz starts knocking down jumpers, and it's hard to get excited about Bayless' fantasy upside on a youthful Sixers squad. That said, he's worth a look in the unlikely even that his minutes settle in the 26-28 range.
Oct 18 - 10:13 PM

Markelle Fultz (shoulder) finished his NBA debut with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one block in 18 minutes on Wednesday.

Fultz's shoulder impacted his shot during the preseason, and his form shooting free throws tonight was awkward at best. His upside is tremendous but Jerryd Bayless is starting at PG, for now at least, and Fultz's owners should sit tight while he gets up to speed in the NBA.
Oct 18 - 10:12 PM

Jahlil Okafor (illness) didn't play vs. the Wizards on Wednesday.

Okafor's absence could have been related to his recent illness, but he's not a lock to make the rotation with Amir Johnson and Dario Saric getting backup-center minutes. Until we get an update, we'll consider him questionable for Friday's game.
Oct 18 - 10:10 PM

Dario Saric was quiet in 23 minutes vs. the Wizards, going 1-of-5 from the field for three points, three rebounds, two assists and one block.

Saric was great in recent preseason games, so we'll give him a pass here. He's likely to continue earning some backup center minutes with Richaun Holmes sidelined, which should prop up his value in most fantasy leagues. Give him a week or two before making any moves.
Oct 18 - 10:08 PM

Jerryd Bayless will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's season opener against Washington.

Joining Bayless in the starting five for tonight's game will be Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington and Joel Embiid. Bayless will likely remain in the starting lineup until Markelle Fultz (shoulder) is fully up to speed, but it's tough to see him earning enough minutes to make a difference in most leagues.

Joel Embiid (knee) will play in Wednesday's season opener against the Wizards.

Brett Brown said that he'll keep Embiid's minutes in the teens to start the season, so don't expect to see The Process on the floor for much more than 16 minutes tonight. Jahlil Okafor will likely pick up most of the center minutes while Embiid is eased into the rotation, and guys like Amir Johnson and Dario Saric could also spend some time at the five-spot.
Oct 18 - 11:10 AM

Joel Embiid said that he believes he'll play approximately 16 minutes vs. the Wizards on Wednesday night.

Embiid was upset when he was informed of coach Brett Brown's plan to keep him on a minute restriction "in the teens." Embiid told reporters after practice on Tuesday that he thought he would be playing at least 24 mins on opening night, based on how he felt in the preseason. "They know that I'm frustrated, but once again you've got to trust the doctors," said Embiid. "They care about me. It's all about the long-term view."
Oct 17 - 1:56 PM

Joel Embiid said that he feels great and hopes to convince coach Brett Brown that he can play more than 20 minutes a night.

On Monday, Brown said that Embiid would be limited to minutes "in the teens" at the start of the season. Embiid was unhappy when reporters informed him of Brown's comments. "I didn’t know about that. But that’s disappointing," said Embiid. "I feel great, and hopefully that changes based on this practice and tomorrow’s practice." Embiid added: "My body feels great and my knee is fine, I should play 30 minutes or more. I definitely have my opinion on that."
Oct 17 - 10:27 AM

Jerryd Bayless will likely be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Wizards.

The 76ers will initially be bringing Markelle Fultz off the bench as he recovers from his shoulder issues, so it looks like Philly will be going with a starting five featuring Ben Simmons, Bayless, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington and Joel Embiid on opening night with Fultz and Dario Saric working with the second unit. Bayless probably won't be receiving many minutes as a starter, though, so he's not a great target in most settings.


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