Player News - 76ers

Date: Team: Pos:

Nik Stauskas scored 15 points against Cuba on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

He was being much more aggressive and was even turning down some 3-pointers. Stauskas is the heavy favorite to start at shooting guard on an NBA team desperately seeking production from beyond the arc. Yes, his rookie season was a disaster, but the opportunity on his new team makes him an ideal late-round flier.
Sep 2 - 5:39 PM

Joel Embiid did not re-break the navicular bone in his right foot, according to GM Sam Hinkie.

The initial reports out of Philadelphia were that Embiid had experienced "less healing than anticipated," but a later report indicated that Embiid had indeed re-broken his navicular bone. According to Hinkie, who describes himself as a "nightmare in the doctor's office" due to the amount of questions he asks, the doctors told him Embiid would have been in "a shocking amount of pain" if he did re-break the bone in his foot, which was not the case. Either way, Embiid is expected to miss the entire 2015-16 season, so there's no reason to draft him in any league.
Aug 25 - 5:15 PM

Nerlens Noel is working on rebuilding his jump shot in Rhode Island.

Noel has been spending upwards of two hours a day working on his form shooting, followed by weight training and individual post-move development. "I think it's really going to help me as a basketball player overall, especially at [power forward]," Noel said of the daily workouts. "[It will] help space the floor with my ability and start hitting the jumper consistently and complement our whole offense." If Noel can take the next step after a solid rookie season, he'll easily return early-mid round value in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 25 - 11:04 AM

Dario Saric is hoping to play for the 76ers during the 2016-17 season.

We won't use direct quotes since it's a translation, but Saric made it clear that he is hopeful to make the jump to the NBA after the 2015-16 season concludes. If the Sixers can get Joel Embiid (foot) healthy ahead of next season, Philadelphia will finally have Embiid, Saric, Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor in the lineup together.
Source: Sportando
Aug 24 - 10:39 AM

The 76ers ranked dead last in efficiency on spot-up plays and led the NBA on that play type last season.

This isn't news, but it's a slow day. Based on the stat above, the 76ers very badly need a 3-point shooter, so maybe that can be Sauce Castillo. He's obviously coming off a bad year and only made 33.9 percent of his catch-and-shoot attempts from deep. Still, the opportunity for Sauce is huge, which makes him a late-round target.
Aug 22 - 6:10 PM

Former 76er James Nunnally signed to play with Sidigas Avellino in Italy.

Nunnally broke his thumb with the Pacers during the summer league, so he is going to have to wait for another shot at the NBA.
Source: Sportando
Aug 22 - 9:28 AM

The 76ers are hoping Joel Embiid will be ready to play in October 2016, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

That sounds about right. While Embiid is expected to miss 5-8 months with his foot surgery, there is no way he's going to play this season. Embiid's career is in jeopardy and he is really going to have to improve his work ethic.
Aug 21 - 2:08 PM

Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer said that Robert Covington may not be the starting small forward because the 76ers defense is too weak.

This would imply that Jerami Grant could have a legitimate shot to start at the three, but this is all speculation at the moment. Covington was phenomenal last season and his ability to stretch the floor will be crucial for them moving forward. Even if Covington ends up coming off the bench, he is still worth a look in the later rounds of drafts, while Grant could emerge as a decent option in deeper formats for his ability to rack up blocks.
Aug 21 - 1:58 PM

According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the 76ers believe that Nerlens Noel has a higher ceiling at power forward than he does at center.

Noel will need to improve his jump shot in order to be an effective power forward, especially considering the 76ers could lack a lot of floor spacing with Jahlil Okafor and Tony Wroten (knee) poised for big roles. Noel averaged 9.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.8 steals in 75 appearances last season, so he won't be cheap on draft day.
Aug 21 - 1:46 PM

Joel Embiid (foot) told head coach Brett Brown that he has grown two more inches.

While this hasn't been verified yet, Embiid is noticeably taller than Jahlil Okafor who is listed at 6'11", so this report does carry some weight. This would mean that Embiid now has a 7'2" frame, which is just another reason why it's so tough to see him dealing with such a difficult injury. Embiid is expected to miss the entie 2015-16 after recently undergoing bone graft surgery on his foot, but we will follow his progress every step of the way.
Aug 21 - 1:41 PM

Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer said that Tony Wroten's (knee) rehab is going well and that he is expected to be ready for the start of the season.

Pompey also said that Wroten is expected to be the starting point guard, but it's really just great to see him nearing a return after recovering from a torn ACL. Wroten could kill your percentages and turns the ball over for fun, but he could play heavy minutes this season. He is worth a look in points leagues, but owners in standard leagues should probably look the other way.
Aug 21 - 1:34 PM

According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Nik Stauskas is expected to start at shooting guard.

Additionally, Stauskas' ankle has fully healed and he will be 100 percent for training camp. Sauce Castillo was a huge disappointment in Sacramento, but the 76ers are going to give him every opportunity to succeed. There's nothing wrong with taking a late-round flier on him because of how desperately the 76ers need 3-point shooting, so feel free to give him a look.
Aug 21 - 1:28 PM

General manager Sam Hinkie said Joel Embiid's recovery from foot surgery is expected to be 5-8 months, but he is fully expected to miss the 2015-16 season.

His timetable was a lot less last season and he still didn't play. Plain and simple, fantasy owners should not be drafting Embiid this season in redraft leagues.
Aug 19 - 3:05 PM

General manager Sam Hinkie said the 76ers are still exploring another trade.

How many second-round picks can one team have? Kidding aside, the 76ers really need a point guard, so hopefully they can get one on the cheap. Preferably, it would be one with some range.
Aug 19 - 2:56 PM

General manager Sam Hinkie said Tony Wroten (knee) is "on track" to be ready for training camp.

Hinkie added he's "heard good things" about Wroten and the expectation is he'll be ready for camp. He suffered a partially torn ACL back in January, so nine months is a reasonable timeline to return. He is going to get plenty of chances for big minutes, but fantasy owners in standard leagues shouldn't be targeting him. After all, his unfriendly fantasy game last season gave him just ninth-round per-game value in eight-category leagues. He was not worth owning in standards.
Aug 19 - 2:48 PM


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