Player News - 76ers

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The 76ers rested Nerlens Noel as a precaution for Friday's Summer League finale.

Noel finishes with averages of 13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 3.0 blocks in 25 minutes per game, gaudy numbers by any standard. He looked perfectly healthy and showed encouraging development offensively -- with Joel Embiid (foot) out somewhere around 5-8 months, Noel will be an intriguing fantasy option as the Sixers' de facto starting center.
Jul 11 - 11:51 AM

Michael Carter-Williams says his rehabilitation is going better than expected and that he's already shooting, and ahead of schedule after right shoulder surgery on May 6.

"I'm back to shooting," said MCW. "I have full extension and everything. So I'm ahead of schedule." While there have been some random trade rumors out there about the Rookie of the Year, all signs point to the Sixers being committed to him. We're not expecting him to go anywhere. Additionally, his shoulder has been bothering him for two years, so this procedure should have a big impact on how he feels on the court going forward.
Jul 9 - 11:09 PM

Nerlens Noel blocked five shots in 25 minutes vs. the Nets on Wednesday, adding 14 points, nine boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover on 4-of-8 from the field.

He also played on Tuesday, so the back-to-back speaks volumes here. Noel has been one of the most impressive players in summer league and has been able to dominate in the paint. Of course, this is summer league and he'll have a much tougher time making his presence felt down low against the bigger, more polished players in the big league. That said, he's picking up some major momentum as a pick in fantasy drafts.
Jul 9 - 8:07 PM

K.J. McDaniels rolled his left ankle vs. the Nets on Wednesday and will not return.

He tried to play through it, but he went to the locker room with a little hitch in his giddy up after a few possessions. McDaniels has played terrific ball while in Orlando and he's put himself on the radar in several formats.
Jul 9 - 5:41 PM

Nerlens Noel had eight points, six rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 24 minutes of Tuesday's Summer League game against the Rockets.

He also tweaked an ankle but was able to play through it, although he might get Wednesday off because of it. Noel looked good and is finally healthy for the first time in his short NBA career. Look for him to be a relatively late fantasy flier for those owners looking for a cheap center this fall.
Jul 8 - 9:12 PM

Nerlens Noel will play in Tuesday's Orlando Pro Summer League game vs. the Rockets.

The 76ers rested him on Sunday in the second half of a back-to-back set. Noel was fantastic in his debut on Saturday, scoring 19 points with four steals and a block. He looked spry and showed some decent offensive moves. He's a good bet to start for the 76ers next season and is on the radar as a value pick in fantasy drafts.
Jul 7 - 10:47 AM

Sixers SF Hollis Thompson (sore left knee) will not play in Sunday's Summer League game.

There is no indication that Thompson's injury is serious and it makes sense to rest him in a mid-summer exhibition with nothing at stake but player development. Philly is also holding out Nerlens Noel for purely precautionary reasons.
Jul 6 - 5:07 PM

The 76ers will rest Nerlens Noel for Sunday's summer league game vs. the Thunder.

The 76ers organization will handle Noel with kid gloves, and not much should be read into this, as it's just a precautionary move and a summer league game. Noel was impressive in his summer league debut, racking up 19 points, fours steals, and a block. The 76ers next game is on Tuesday, and Noel should be considered probable for that one.
Jul 6 - 11:11 AM

Sixers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce liked what he saw of Nerlens Noel during his summer league debut.

"He had a couple of steals in the pick and roll coverage," Pierce said. "That was one of the things that we talked about. He’s got great hands. We want him to be disciplined, we want him to be quick, we want him to be athletic. He’s got great quickness with his hands and his feet and he’s got great timing as a defender." Noel was projected to be the No. 1 overall pick of the 2013 draft, but injury caused him to slide. That doesn't change the fact he is an extremely talented young big man, and he may be ready to contribute solid defensive stats in his first NBA season.
Jul 6 - 8:55 AM

Nerlens Noel was outstanding in his first professional action on Saturday, scoring 19 points with two boards, three assists, four steals and one block.

He shot 6-of-11 from the field and made all seven attempts from the line. Noel had some quickness to his game and his offense was much better than anticipated. If all goes well, he could be a big factor in an up-tempo Philly offense. His prospective fantasy owners shouldn't overreact, but he may have put himself in the mid-round conversation.
Jul 5 - 3:02 PM

Pierre Jackson suffered a torn right Achilles on Saturday.

It didn't take long to confirm and sadly it sounds like it was a complete rupture. Jackson was acquired by the Sixers on draft day in exchange for Russ Smith and he probably would have been in the rotation, but he's likely going to be out for the season. He scored 58 points in a D-League game last year and it's unfortunate we'll have to wait a while to see him in the NBA.
Jul 5 - 2:12 PM

Pierre Jackson left Saturday's game with a possible Achilles injury.

It did not look good. Jackson needed to be carried off the court by his teammates and could not put any weight on his foot whatsoever. The team will likely give him an MRI in the coming days, but it sounds like he could be out for a while.
Jul 5 - 1:44 PM

K.J. McDaniels has been added to the summer league roster.

The 76ers play in Orlando and Las Vegas, so McDaniels seems like he'll be getting action in both events. Chances are the team will give him a long look and he'll look to solidify his spot in the rotation.
Jul 5 - 9:42 AM

Nerlens Noel is excited to make a return to the court following knee surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2013-14 season.

"I'm very excited," Noel said. "I know there will be a lot of eyes on me, but I'm definitely coming in with a team mentality and to get better. I haven't played in a year and a half, but I'm staying focused and being patient with the process of coming back to organized games." Noel was named the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year back in 2013 after averaging 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.1 steals and an NCAA-best 4.4 blocks per game. He has no competition for the starting center spot, and he could provide solid late-round value in fantasy drafts.
Source: USA Today
Jul 4 - 12:52 PM

Nerlens Noel (knee surgery) will play in the Orlando and Vegas summer leagues.

While he's not out of the woods just yet, this comes as great news to impatient 76ers fans who were having a tough time dealing with the team drafting an injured Joel Embiid and a Turkey-bound Dario Saric. Noel will essentially serve as the 76ers' first-round pick this season and could end up being a solid late-round value in fantasy drafts as long as he doesn't experience any setbacks in his recovery.
Jul 1 - 12:59 PM


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