Player News - 76ers

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Nerlens Noel (illness) returned to practice on Tuesday and he will be available for Thursday's preseason finale.

Noel battled an upper respiratory infection for nearly a week but seems to have recovered, and he said he didn't lose any weight due to the illness. His durability is a question mark, given his lanky frame and high-flying style, but he has tantalizing upside as a rebounder and defensive menace.
Oct 21 - 3:05 PM

Henry Sims scored 13 points in Monday's 99-88 loss to the Nets with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and five fouls in 20 minutes.

His numbers haven't been great over his past four, making just 37.1 percent from the field with 0.5 blocks. Sims does have some decent point and board totals this preseason, but he certainly hasn't solidified his case for more minutes. Fantasy owners can look at him as a middle-class man's Zach Randolph for his output in points and boards, but there isn't a lot of upside. Plus, Arnett Moultrie isn't falling on his face either, which we thought he would.
Oct 20 - 11:00 PM

Alexey Shved was his usual self on Monday against the Nets, making 1-of-8 from the field for four points with six rebounds, no assists and three turnovers.

What else does he have to do to not get minutes? Coach Brett Brown said he is going to look at Shved as a point guard, but he has just two assists in his last three games.
Oct 20 - 10:53 PM

K.J. McDaniels had a block party at Barclays Center with four swats against the Nets on Monday to go with five points and three boards in 16 minutes.

Three of the blocks were highlight-reel quality and he now has eight blocks in his last three games. Coach Brett Brown is a defensive coach at heart, so he has to like the idea of throwing his rookie out there. Although, he'll help himself with a lower foul rate. He's a high-ceiling target late in drafts.
Oct 20 - 10:47 PM

Arnett Moultrie made 5-of-7 from the field for 10 points with three rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Nets on Monday.

He had a couple crafty passes which led to free throws and looks pretty comfortable out there. Moultrie was such a no-show last season that it's going to take a lot more out of him to be on the standard-league radar. He's going to be in the rotation on Philly, so that has to count for something, right?
Oct 20 - 10:43 PM

Elliot Williams cooled off against the Nets on Monday, making 5-of-15 from the field for 11 points with two rebounds, four assists, three steals and three turnovers.

As ugly as this shooting line is, it wasn't as bad as it looked. He was getting plenty of clean looks and just missed all five shots from beyond the arc. Williams was remarkably efficient coming into tonight, so we still like his chances as a deep sleeper. It's a total guessing game for what the 76ers are going to do on the wing, but Williams could be part of the solution and certainly deserves a chance.
Oct 20 - 10:38 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute is a game-time decision on Monday due to a lower back injury.

He's been hurt a lot and already had an ankle injury limit him earlier in the preseason. The team probably views him as more of a Joel Embiid (foot) mentor than an asset on the court. He can be ignored in almost all fantasy leagues.
Oct 20 - 12:25 PM

Malcolm Lee (ankle) will not play against the Nets on Monday.

He was on his way to his biggest game before spraining his ankle in his 10th minute of action on Saturday. Lee could wind up making the team, but that has a lot to do with how the 76ers handle the Jason Richardson situation.
Oct 20 - 12:11 PM

Ronald Roberts (quad) will not play against the Nets on Monday.

He's probably going to be cut any day now. Roberts has no fantasy value.
Oct 20 - 12:09 PM

Nerlens Noel (illness) will not play against the Nets on Monday night.

Coach Brett Brown said that he's not concerned about Noel missing time because the rookie has been practicing. Noel has been out since Oct. 15 and has missed three games, but he should be ready for the season opener. Fantasy owners can target him in the middle rounds. Arnett Moultrie has stepped it up while Noel has been out.
Oct 20 - 12:08 PM

Malcolm Lee suffered a left ankle sprain on Saturday and did not return.

He has a chance to make the team, but he's falling behind guys like Elliot Williams and K.J. McDaniels for minutes. Lee can be ignored in all leagues.
Oct 19 - 12:11 AM

Arnett Moultire provided some nice defense against the Magic on Saturday with two blocks and two steals to go with six points, eight boards and two assists in 19 minutes.

He was roasted for his conditioning last season, but coach Brett Brown has praised Moultrie so far this year. The big man has a solid mid-range game and seems like a lock to be in the rotation. Just keep an eye on him for now.
Oct 18 - 10:47 PM

K.J. McDaniels blocked two shots in 26 minutes against the Magic on Saturday to go with 11 points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal.

The blocks are going to be there and he'll have a chance to make around 1.5 triples per game. Those two assets alone would put him on the map in standard leagues, so he's certainly worthy of a late-round pick.
Oct 18 - 10:43 PM

Elliot Williams continued his outstanding October against the Magic on Saturday with 13 points, three rebounds, five assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

He's coming off a 17-point game on Thursday and he has a sterling 67.2 effective field goal percentage in the preseason. This has really been a great story because of his injury history. During his career, he's torn his Achilles, dislocated his patella and needed shoulder surgery. Williams has a long way to go, but the lack of playmakers on the Sixers make him someone who's certainly capable of producing value in standard leagues. To be clear, he's not quite ready to draft in standard leagues.
Oct 18 - 10:39 PM

Tony Wroten (personal) is out on Saturday against the Magic.

He is excused from this game to deal with a family matter and the 76ers are expecting him back shortly. He has played really well during preseason and definitely had his moments when he filled in for Michael-Carter Williams last season. Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench, we expect Wroten to get plenty of minutes in an up-tempo Philly system, so he will be worth a look late in standard drafts.
Oct 18 - 6:06 PM


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