Player News - 76ers

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Nerlens Noel scored a career-high 30 points on 12-of-17 from the field against the Clippers during 119-98 loss on Friday, adding 14 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 39 minutes.

His offensive game has soared to new heights and he continues to excel around the basket. In his last nine games, Noel averaged 16.9 points, 10.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.4 blocks on 57.5 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the line. Andrew Wiggins was lapping the field for Rookie of the Year at the break, but Noel may have caught him in the past two weeks. He's truly awesome for his fantasy owners right now.
Mar 27 - 11:21 PM

Robert Covington didn't make any of his four attempts from the field and made both free throws for two points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one turnover in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

Yuck. Covington was on fire on Wednesday with 25 points and on Tuesday with 21 points, but he was on the other end of the spectrum. He was dreadful in his three previous games before that hot stretch, so the inconsistency has been very annoying. He's still worth owning in standard leagues.
Mar 27 - 11:04 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute played 22 minutes off the bench against the Clippers on Friday with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers.

There were no clear reports of him playing tonight and L-MAM coming off the bench is unusual these days. He will likely get the Jason Richardson treatment and rest in some games to allow the younger guys to play more. When he's active, he's worth starting in standard leagues.
Mar 27 - 11:00 PM

Isaiah Canaan played 20 minutes against the Clippers on Friday with nine points, two rebounds and three 3-pointers.

Plus/minus isn't the best stat, but Canaan was a minus-22 in his 20 minutes tonight. He's clearly losing playing time to Ish Smith and he could be limited to minutes in the teens going forward. The former Rocket is a drop candidate considering he's not playing well right now.
Mar 27 - 10:57 PM

Ish Smith was effective on offense against the Clippers on Friday with 18 points, two rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

He has three nine-dime games in his last five, averaging 12.8 points, 3.6 boards, 7.2 dimes, 1.6 steals and 1.0 treys in that span. Smith has been a very nice option for owners needing some points, assists and steals, and he's showing no signs of slowing down. He should be owned in standard leagues.
Mar 27 - 10:54 PM

Robert Covington will return to the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. the Clippers.

Covington has been en fuego over the last two, draining 11 three-pointers while offering a little bit of everything. Make sure you have him in your active lineup. It's not clear at this point if Jason Richardson will be rested, or if he's simply coming off the bench, but he's been pretty awful lately so his status shouldn't matter in most leagues.
Mar 27 - 6:21 PM

Robert Covington stayed hot against the Nuggets during a 99-85 win on Wednesday, matching his career high of 25 points with six rebounds, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers.

He's getting hot at the right time for his fantasy owners with a 21-point game coming on Tuesday. Covington moved back to the bench, but he was still able to get 17 shots from the field and three from the line. He is a must-start player when he's on track like he is now.
Mar 26 - 2:16 AM

Jason Richardson returned from rest on Wednesday with eight points, four rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer on 3-of-13 from the field.

He's not going to play in back-to-back games and did not play on Tuesday. The 76ers have another back-to-back starting on Sunday, so keep that in mind if he's on your roster in a deep league.
Mar 26 - 2:10 AM

Nerlens Noel exploded against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 14 points, 15 boards, two assists, four steals, four blocks and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

This line in a win has to move him closer to catching Andrew Wiggins for Rookie of the Year. He is just ridiculous over his last four, averaging 15.0 points, 11.5 boards, 1.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 3.8 blocks on 56.1 percent from the field. He hasn't been great when he's not at the basket, but making 20-of-26 (76.9 percent) at the rim in that span explains the offensive surge. It's hard to believe how great he's become after struggling for two months.
Mar 26 - 2:05 AM

Jerami Grant started at power forward against the Nuggets on Wednesday with six points, four rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and five blocks in 32 minutes.

Can we please keep him in the starting lineup, Brett Brown? Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) missed tonight and perhaps he misses more time. Grant has 4.0 blocks per game in his two starts and he continues to post highlight-reel plays. He's still below 40 percent from the field and 60 percent from the line, so his ceiling is going to be capped for standard leagues. Give Grant a look if you're looking for some steals, blocks and treys.
Mar 26 - 1:55 AM

Jerami Grant will start against the Nuggets on Wednesday night.

It'll be his second start of his career. In his first start, Grant played 30 minutes for eight points, four boards, one assist and three blocks. He's worth a look in deeper leagues and could climb into the standard league convo with his high upside.
Mar 25 - 7:44 PM

Jason Richardson (rest) will play vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday, shifting Robert Covington to the bench.

J-Rich doesn't play in back-to-back sets which is why he didn't play on Tuesday, but he is ready to roll tonight. However, Richardson has struggled mightily for the 76ers, and he is only worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of scoring and 3-pointers. Covington's value takes a hit every time he comes off the bench, but he is still worth holing onto in most leagues for his ridiculous ability from beyond the arc.
Mar 25 - 7:43 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) will not play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

It'll be Jerami Grant in the starting lineup in what should be an up-tempo game. There should also be more minutes available for Robert Covington and Thomas Robinson -- both looked very good on Tuesday. Mbah a Moute can be cut in most formats.
Mar 25 - 7:42 PM

Head coach Brett Brown said that Joel Embiid has continued to look good in pre-game workouts and that he is headed in the right direction.

"He's ticking boxes in regards to increased time on the court, into reduced weight - his body weight is going down," Brown said. "It's a good sign that you're feeling pretty good about yourself. How about that, you see him drenched in sweat, he takes his shirt off. All fantastic signs that his needle is pointing in the right direction. We're trying to set the stage for a great summer. He sees that his reward will be summer league and trying to get ready for playing basketball again. He's most definitely heading in the right direction." The 76ers obviously aren't going to risk playing Embiid this season, but hopefully we will get a good chance to evaluate him during the summer. Outside of keeper leagues, leave Embiid on the wire.
Mar 25 - 9:11 AM

Nerlens Noel blocked six shots in a loss to the Kings on Tuesday while also adding 14 points, 10 boards and three assists.

He is on fire right now and is doing everything he can to compete with Andrew Wiggins for the Rookie of the Year Award. Over his last five games Noel has averaged a staggering 15.0 points, 8.4 boards, 1.2 assists, 3.0 blocks and 1.6 steals, and there isn't any reason to believe he will be slowing down any time soon. Even with the 76ers desperately trying to lose games, Noel is one of the few players on the team that should hold constant value for the rest of the season.
Mar 25 - 1:14 AM


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