Player News - 76ers

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K.J. McDaniels played 20 minutes against the Knicks during a 91-83 loss on Saturday, scoring eight points with one steal, two 3-pointers and two turnovers.

He committed three fouls and it's obvious he's trying to be a hero out there with his minutes. McDaniels is arguably the most talented perimeter player on the 76ers, but his coach won't play him right now. He's a solid stash candidate, but his owners shouldn't consider him a must-own guy at all.
Nov 23 - 1:01 AM

Robert Covington turned in a 100.0 effective field goal percentage against the Knicks on Saturday, making 4-of-6 from the field for 14 points with four rebounds and four 3-pointers.

He's leading the team in plus-minus and the 76ers are just a better team when he's out there. His minutes should be on the rise, so owners in deeper leagues might want to be a couple steps ahead of the curve and make a move. Covington does offer nice upside, as well.
Nov 23 - 12:56 AM

Alexey Shved made 1-of-7 from the field in eight minutes of action against the Knicks on Saturday.

He did not see the court in the second half and coach Brett Brown may have had an epiphany with Shved. He was their backup point guard, but that should probably change soon. Shved has no fantasy value and the fact that he's getting minutes is exhibit A for the tank conspiracy theorists out there.
Nov 23 - 12:54 AM

Tony Wroten had a rough outing as the starting shooting guard against the Knicks on Saturday, making 2-of-9 from the field for five points, two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and four turnovers.

The rest of the 76ers had just six assists and their guards look awful right now. Coach Brett Brown is getting a little too cute and he really needs to bring Wroten off the bench to help the second unit. Wroten's shooting woes will keep him from being a top-140 guy in standards.
Nov 23 - 12:51 AM

Michael Carter-Williams made 4-of-13 from the field for nine points against the Knicks on Saturday to go with four rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in 29 minutes.

Yikes. He is really struggling with his shot and there were about five shots that wouldn't have gone in with a rim two times the normal size. There's really no chance he is going to improve on his shooting this season, but the accounting stats will be there. Carter-Williams will really have to fill it up to be a top-60 guy.
Nov 23 - 12:47 AM

Nerlens Noel scored a career-high 17 points against the Knicks on Saturday with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 39 minutes.

The minutes were also impressive tonight. Noel was taking a lot of lazy jumpers in the early going, but he may have realized he had a chance to be able to dominate inside. He did only make 5-of-10 from the line tonight and that bugaboo will limit his upside.
Nov 23 - 12:44 AM

Michael Carter-Williams, Tony Wroten, Luc Mbah a Moute, Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims are starting again on Saturday.

They had the same lineup on Friday night, but we thought we'd just pass this information along. Wroten should have decent value in whatever his role is, but the awful shooting and high turnovers has ruined his value in standard leagues.
Nov 22 - 6:16 PM

Nerlens Noel may have premeditated the flagrant foul he delivered to Eric Bledsoe just after tip-off on Friday, as Bledsoe was "tipped off" that it was coming before the game.

Bledsoe said in a recent interview that his former school Kentucky could "definitely" beat the 76ers, to which Noel and his Philly teammates reasonably took exception. This is unlikely to go any further, but it's worth watching since the NBA wouldn't take kindly to a retaliatory flagrant.
Nov 22 - 9:53 AM

Hollis Thompson moved to the bench against the Suns on Friday, finishing with five points, three rebounds and one turnover in 18 minutes.

He did start the second half because Nerlens Noel was in foul trouble. Thompson has been an underwhelming starter throughout his career and he hasn't really done enough to keep his starting role even on the 76ers. He should not have been owned in most leagues to begin with and his arrow is pointing down in deep leagues.
Nov 21 - 9:43 PM

K.J. McDaniels scored a career-high 17 points against the Suns during an ugly 122-96 loss on Friday to go with three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer on 5-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line in 28 minutes.

His mom has yet to tweet about it as of the time this blurb was written. McDaniels has done quite a bit in the stat sheet with his 1.4 blocks and 1.1 triples in just 22.0 minutes on the season and he's likely going to get out there for more playing time. He's still more of a stash player right now.
Nov 21 - 9:40 PM

Nerlens Noel had a horrible game against the Suns on Friday with three points, five rebounds, two assists and four fouls in 28 minutes.

He did not start the second half because he had four fouls before the break. Noel's big preseason and impressive summer league seem like a distant memory, averaging just 6.0 points, 6.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks ad 2.2 turnovers on 39.4 percent from the field and 28.6 from the line over his last five. It's probably going to be a while before he's a top-100 contributor.
Nov 21 - 9:35 PM

Alexey Shved played 18 minutes off the bench against the Suns on Friday with 15 points, five rebounds, two steals and three 3-pointers on 6-of-9 from the field.

If the Sixers are indeed going to stick with Tony Wroten in the starting lineup, Shved will be the backup point guard. He actually has one of the highest usage rates among players with less than 20 minutes, but he's obviously only worth owning in deep leagues. After all, he was a DNP-CD on Wednesday.
Nov 21 - 9:27 PM

Tony Wroten played well in a start at shooting guard against the Suns on Friday, making 6-of-8 from the field for 13 points with two rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes.

He had a decent start in this game and continues to attack the rim. Wroten's usage and assist percentages look like they're clearly going to drop, so he's unlikely to be a top-150 player in standard leagues -- he wasn't already because of the turnovers and poor shooting. His fantasy owners should probably look elsewhere.
Nov 21 - 9:24 PM

Michael Carter-Williams had a typical line against the Suns on Friday, making 6-of-18 from the field and 6-of-11 from the line for 18 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, five turnovers and no turnovers.

He is going to get his points, rebounds, assists and steals, but the turnovers and weak percentages are really going to hurt him in standard leagues. Carter-Williams gets a great matchup on Saturday against the Knicks, who rank last in the Eastern Conference in defensive efficiency.
Nov 21 - 9:19 PM

Hollis Thompson will come off the bench Friday with Tony Wroten entering the starting lineup.

Thompson doesn't do much aside from take minutes away from K.J. McDaniels. He's currently averaging 7.9 points, 1.5 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers on the year while shooting 34.9 percent from the field, and he's not worth owning in standard leagues.
Nov 21 - 5:31 PM


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