Player News - 76ers

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Jerami Grant (illness) will return from a one-game absence on Wednesday vs. the Wizards, and he will rejoin the starting lineup which will shift Robert Covington to the bench.

Grant has averaged just 4.3 points, 3.0 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.3 blocks in his last four appearances, so there is not a lot to get excited about here. As for Covington, Jason Richardson (knee) is still sidelined, so he should be able to get plenty of run off the bench and is still worth owning in most leagues for his elite 3-point shooting.
Apr 1 - 12:20 PM

Nerlens Noel called Ish Smith the first true point guard he's ever played with.

In what can also be construed as a shot at former teammate Michael Carter-Williams, Noel said, "I love that kid. He just finds me whenever I’m open and honestly, he’s the first true point-guard I’ve ever really played with." Smith has taken the Sixers' starting point guard job and ran with it with averages of 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers over his last five games. Smith has been averaging 30.4 minutes per game over that span and is currently a must-start player in all fantasy leagues.
Mar 31 - 10:38 AM

Robert Covington scored 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with five rebounds, four assists and five turnovers in the Sixers' 113-111 loss to the Lakers in Monday's Tank Bowl 2015.

Yeah, the Knicks out-tanked both teams despite the fact they were trying to win for much of the year, but let's give credit where credit is due. The Sixers have embraced the tank organizationally for years now and the Lakers are now resting anybody with a pulse so they don't have to give their first round pick to ... you guessed it ... Philadelphia. In case we weren't clear, both teams are losing games on purpose so they can get better draft picks. Covington should be owned in most standard formats.
Mar 31 - 1:11 AM

Isaiah Canaan scored 18 points off the bench in Monday's overtime loss, hitting 4-of-9 shots (3-of-7 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with zero rebounds, three assists and three steals in 27 minutes off the bench.

Canaan has his head back above the water in 12-team standard leagues, but owners shouldn't expect more than some threes and steals at this point.
Mar 31 - 1:04 AM

Luc Mbah a Moute will not play against the Lakers on Monday.

There's no word as to why just yet, but he missed Wednesday's game due to a shoulder issue. The 76ers will give most of their forward minutes to Nerlens Noel, Robert Covington, JaKarr Sampson, Thomas Robinson and Hollis Thompson.
Mar 30 - 6:34 PM

Jerami Grant (illness) will not play against the Lakers on Monday.

So that's at least three players in the Lakers at Sixers game who are out with an upper respiratory illness. With Grant out, JaKarr Sampson is going to get the start, but he's not a fantasy option. No Grant should help Robert Covington and Hollis Thompson. Fantasy owners in almost any league can't start Grant this week.
Mar 30 - 6:31 PM

Jason Richardson (knee) will miss a few games due to knee soreness and swelling.

The 76ers have just eight games left this season, so Richardson will likely miss at least half of them. The team will likely start Nerlens Noel, Jerami Grant, Robert Covington, Ish Smith and Furkan Aldemir going forward. Richardson can be dropped everywhere while Grant, Covington and Aldemir benefit slightly.
Mar 30 - 5:27 PM

Henry Sims is doing his best to stay focused while playing a lesser role.

"I've been in this league, and for the short amount of time I've been in it, I've been through it all - trades, bench, starting, sitting in a suit - I just look at it as another thing that I've just got to be a pro about," Sims said. "I'm just trying to sharpen my fundamentals so when my name's called, I'm going to be ready." Sims actually played 12.5 minutes on Sunday, but he's had a nonexistent role since the Sixers have turned to their other frontcourt options. He's not on the fantasy radar.
Mar 30 - 1:47 PM

Furkan Aldemir is working to adjust to the NBA.

"I'm learning to play with my teammates and in the NBA. But still I'm just trying to learn what they are doing, what I need to do. Every day, I'm working on my individual things - my shooting, my post moves - and I think I improved my body and my skills. I want to use this opportunity." Adelmir has lost about 10 lbs and lowered his body fat since playing for the Sixers, and he said "the running" is the hardest part of his transition. Aldemir is coming off a career game with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes on Sunday.
Mar 30 - 1:19 PM

Robert Covington led the 76ers' balanced attack on Sunday, scoring 19 points with five 3-pointers, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in a tough loss to the Cavs.

He shot 7-of-13 from the field overall and only turned the ball over once in 31 minutes, the first time he's exceeded the 30-minute mark since Feb. 23. This was a stellar bounce-back for Covington, who had just two points on Friday, and he has a high enough ceiling to be active in all but the shallowest leagues.
Mar 29 - 7:15 PM

76ers big man Furkan Aldemir started Sunday's game and finished with a career-high 11 points, 10 rebounds, one steal and zero turnovers in 27 minutes.

Aldemir is a tenacious rebounder whose overall rebound rate of 18.1 percent ranks second on the Sixers, behind only Thomas Robinson (23.1 percent). Unfortunately, Aldemir doesn't score (his previous career-high was four points) or contribute enough defensive stats to be a viable option in standard leagues. Just keep an eye on him for now.
Mar 29 - 7:14 PM

Ish Smith had another solid showing on Sunday, racking up 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 31 minutes during a one-point loss to the Cavaliers.

Smith has wrested away the starting PG job from Isaiah Canaan (eight points in 17 minutes) and he's been a solid top-100 point guard since mid-March. Don't hesitate to start him if you need a burst of scoring (13.7 points), 3-pointers (1.0), assists (6.8) and steals (1.5).
Mar 29 - 7:14 PM

Jerami Grant struggled on Sunday with two points and two boards in a road loss at Cleveland, missing all four of his field goal attempts while going 2-of-4 at the free throw line.

Grant's starting job is nearly irrelevant for fantasy purposes -- in three previous starts he averaged 6.7 points on 30.4 percent shooting, and was only worth owning for blocks (2.7). His defensive upside and 3-point range may be enough for ownership in deep leagues, but everyone else should steer clear of his FG percentage (37.8 percent) and FT percentage (59.7 percent).
Mar 29 - 7:13 PM

Nerlens Noel moved to PF during Sunday's game vs. the Cavaliers, posting eight points (4-of-12 FGs), 11 rebounds, three assists and two steals before missing a potential game-winner with two seconds remaining.

The prospect of a Noel-Embiid frontcourt next season gives 76ers something to look forward to, and it makes sense for coach Brett Brown to give Noel more game experience at the PF spot. He's been a top-20 fantasy value over the past month, thanks to mounds of defensive stats, and should maintain that pace as long as he's playing 30+ minutes per game.
Mar 29 - 7:12 PM

JaKarr Sampson had nine points, three boards and one assist without any defensive stats or turnovers off the Sixers' bench on Sunday, as Furkan Aldemir took his spot in the starting lineup.

Brett Brown may continue to tinker with his lineups over the Sixers' final nine games this season, but Sampson isn't a fantasy asset whether he's starting or coming off the bench. He logged 17 minutes tonight, fewer than fellow backups Luc Mbah a Moute (eight points in 25 minutes) and Hollis Thompson (seven points in 24 minutes).
Mar 29 - 7:11 PM

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