Player News - 76ers

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Nerlens Noel said he doesn't see a way for the 76ers logjam at center to work out.

"I don't think it makes too much sense to come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position," said Noel. He's not wrong. The 76ers were a disaster when using Noel next to Jahlil Okafor last year, posting a putrid minus-20.0 in net rating in those 696 minutes -- those minutes accounted for 43.7 percent of Okafor's playing time, too. On the nights Joel Embiid isn't resting, coach Brett Brown might have to split 48 minutes three ways.
Sep 26 - 8:24 PM

Ben Simmons said that he's gained 33 pounds since leaving LSU.

"I'm a lot stronger [now]," said Simmons, who now weighs 250 pounds. "I'm at the point where I want to cut down a little bit and play at a nice weight ... it's just about taking hits and bumps or whatever it is and finishing at the rim." Simmons will play big minutes with the ball in his hands a lot as a rookie, including minutes as a "traditional point guard," and he's an interesting target for owners who can live with poor shooting and high turnovers.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 26 - 6:01 PM

Jerami Grant said he likes the size advantage he'll have at the small forward spot.

This confirms the talk that Grant will slide over to the three more, which was obvious with Ben Simmons and Dario Saric joining the team. He is going to get minutes at three positions, but almost all of them should be at the three. Grant is a bit of a Vine superstar for his highlight-reel blocks and jams, but he really has to improve as a shooter. He'll play behind Robert Covington and is likely looking at minutes in the upper teens.
Sep 26 - 4:14 PM

Robert Covington said he wants to be more of a three-and-D player.

That's not a big change from what he is now. Whether the opposition's best offensive weapon is a shooting guard or small forward, it's usually RoCo stepping up for the tall defensive task. Regarding his treys, Covington ranked first among non-guards for attempts from deep after the break, making a respectable 37.3 percent from there. While the 76ers have added depth, it doesn't look like it'll hurt Covington. He's a very nice target in the late-middle rounds.
Sep 26 - 3:07 PM

Dario Saric said he could play some small-ball center and expects to play mostly power forward.

That sounds about right. Saric's skill set is more geared to be a power forward, but obviously Ben Simmons will get major burn at that spot. The 76ers could use Simmons as a point guard, so it's still possible Simmons and Saric could get a handful of minutes together. He will have to improve on his shooting, but Saric could have a decent impact in his rookie year. He's more of a last-round flier in standard leagues. We'll obviously be watching him very closely at camp.
Sep 26 - 2:07 PM

Jahlil Okafor said that he is "over" his knee injury.

This is good news and it doesn't like he will be limited in training camp. The 76ers currently have a huge logjam in the froncourt with Okafor, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid all vying for center minutes, so we won't be excited about Okafor's outlook unless a trade goes down.
Sep 26 - 12:45 PM

Jerry Colangelo confirmed that Joel Embiid will not play both games of back-to-back sets this season.

This was the expectation all along, as the 76ers aren't going to push Embiid after he sat out two full seasons. Colangelo wouldn't say if Embiid would play in the 76ers' first preseason game on Oct. 4, but his status should be updated after the first day of camp. The 76ers will more than likely try to trade either Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel, but we're still not expecting a major workload for Embiid right out of the gate. His massive upside makes him a worth a late-round pick, though.
Sep 26 - 12:12 PM

Nerlens Noel said on Sunday that the 76ers' "situation...with three starting centers" is "silly."

Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo admitted this summer that he is "absolutely not" comfortable with the logjam caused by Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid all vying for minutes. "I know I was shopped [in trades this offseason]," Noel said. "I would have figured that management would be able to get something done this summer." The Sixers' obvious need to unload a big man leaves them in a negative position, trade-wise, but it seems inevitable that one of their centers will finish the season in another jersey.
Source: Philly.com
Sep 25 - 10:56 PM

Bryan Colangelo denied during a recent interview that the 76ers have been aggressively shopping Nerlens Noel or Jahlil Okafor.

"Making a statement that absolutely something will be done is not necessarily the case," Colangelo said. "I think what I said over the course of the summer is there is no doubt that we got three talented players... But the notion that we were out shopping any of them and aggressively pushing to make a deal is not the case." What Colangelo actually said this summer was that the roster was "unbalanced" with a surplus of bigs being the problem, so his new statement is likely nothing more than a ploy to gain leverage in future trade talks.
Sep 21 - 2:00 PM

Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer expects Ben Simmons to play "30-plus" minutes per game this season.

The 76ers have a ton of competition at each spot on the roster, but Simmons is the safest bet to lead Philly in minutes played because of his versatility and ability to play multiple positions. He will have the ball in his hands a ton and will operate as a "traditional point guard" for stretches of the game, so his impact will be felt right away in DFS and points leagues. With that said, his standard-league value could be held in check by turnovers, a low FG percentage and a lack of a 3-point shot.
Sep 19 - 10:23 AM

Ben Simmons is expected to see minutes where he operates as a "traditional point guard."

"I feel there will be times you will see Ben Simmons with the ball as the traditional point guard," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. Although Brown is likely to begin the year with Jerryd Bayless as the starting point guard, Simmons should be doing a lot of ballhandling and could very well finish his rookie year leading the Sixers in assists.
Sep 17 - 4:13 PM

Brett Brown recently gushed about Nerlens Noel, stating that he has "elite gifts" on the basketball court.

"He is athletic, quick off the floor, and as quick to the rim as anybody I have coached, as any big man in the league," Brown said. Noel's offense remains a major work in progress, but there is no doubting his impact on the defensive end of the floor. Having said that, there's little question that the Sixers would move him if the right deal presented itself, but we think that could be a decision that comes back to bite the franchise if eventually executed. For what it's worth, the Sixers do not currently feature Noel on their team website, instead rolling with a trio of Ben Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid.

Jahlil Okafor's right knee is "fine" after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in March.

Okafor recently rolled his ankle, but the good news is that it's not serious and that his surgically-repaired knee is not an issue. Brett Brown expects the big man to be ready once training camp begins, but his role will be dependent upon his minutes, whether he's starting or coming off the bench and if (when?) one of Philly's 567 centers is finally moved elsewhere. For what it's worth, Brown also praised Okafor for being in "excellent physical condition."

Sixers coach Brett Brown said Joel Embiid (foot) will have "restrictions" upon finally getting onto the court.

"He will play and everybody understands there will be parameters, restrictions," Brown said. What those restrictions and parameters will look like—including the fact that he's unlikely to play on back-to-back nights—are expected to be determined during training camp, something that should be rather obvious given that the big man hasn't played in two years. It's not clear what Embiid's exact role will be to begin the year, and drafting him as anything more than a late-round flier in fantasy leagues is an incredibly risky endeavor.
Sep 17 - 3:57 PM

Keith Pompey of Philly.com is reporting that Joel Embiid "isn't expected to play on back-to-back nights."

Sixers coach Brett Brown has also stated that Embiid will be on a minutes restriction in games he does appear in this season. Although Embiid is supremely talented and will likely post impressive per-36-minute stats, it is risky to gamble anything other than a late-round flier on him in fantasy drafts this year because his upside will be capped by his limited opportunities.
Sep 17 - 10:04 AM


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