Player News - 76ers

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Joel Embiid is expected to start the preseason opener on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

Coach Brett Brown was planning on starting Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Ben Simmons (foot) and Embiid, but it's likely that Dario Saric replaces the injured Simmons. It's unclear how many minutes Embiid will see on Tuesday, but his fantasy arrow is clearly pointing up with this report. The outlooks of Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel aren't looking so great at the moment.
Oct 1 - 9:21 AM

Dario Saric is expected to have a bigger role to start the season.

The loss of Ben Simmons (foot) means Saric will now get most of his minutes at the four, which is where he saw almost all of his minutes in his professional career. Coach Brett Brown has talked about spacing the floor and Saric is a playmaker at 6'10", so he could have a solid start to his season. He's now worth drafting in all standard leagues to see what happens.
Sep 30 - 6:45 PM

Ben Simmons has suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

Oh no. The details are still coming, but the bad news just won't stop for the 76ers. It was believed Simmons just had an ankle sprain, but obviously the news is much worse. For now, Simmons should be considered doubtful for the regular season opener. Dario Saric just became a player worth drafting in all standard leagues while Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington and basically the entire rotation gains value. We'll pass along any information as it becomes available.
Sep 30 - 6:23 PM

Ben Simmons (right ankle) is unlikely to play on Tuesday against the Celtics.

He rolled his ankle in practice on Friday and the team is awaiting results on X-rays. The 76ers will obviously be very cautious with their franchise player and he could miss more time than just Tuesday's preseason opener. The results of his X-ray should be coming at some point today. Until then, expect to see more of Dario Saric at U Mass.
Sep 30 - 2:11 PM

Jerryd Bayless (wrist) did not scrimmage on Friday.

He's dealing with some soreness in his wrist and also sat out of Thursday's practice. For now, we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's preseason opener vs. the Celtics. Bayless is a sneaky late-round pick who's fully expected to start at PG for Philly this season.
Sep 30 - 1:30 PM

Gerald Henderson said he will take on a leadership role for the 76ers.

"We [the Blazers] weren’t as young," Henderson said, "but being one of the guys with more experience, you are put in a position to help the younger guys. Teach them what you know, how to be a pro. Different things like that." Henderson is the clear favorite to start at SG and should hold onto his job unless the 76ers tank at the end of the season. He's a career 31.9 percent shooter from deep and doesn't have much upside, so he's more of a deep-league guy.
Sep 30 - 1:03 PM

Jahlil Okafor (knee) will play in Tuesday's preseason opener vs. the Celtics.

The 76ers held him out of Thursday's scrimmage, but they were simply just managing his workload. Joel Embiid will also play on Tuesday, so it will be interesting to see how coach Brett Brown manages his frontcourt rotation. Okafor's outlook isn't very promising unless the 76ers move a big.
Sep 30 - 12:54 PM

Joel Embiid will play in Tuesday's preseason opener vs. the Celtics according to coach Brett Brown.

So it begins. Embiid has really impressed the 76ers at camp so far, though they have been limiting his workload and held him out of Thursday's scrimmage. While this news is obviously exciting, we're not expecting Embiid to see a lot of minutes in the near future. With that said, his upside is scary.
Sep 30 - 12:52 PM

Ben Simmons rolled his right ankle on Friday and will have precautionary X-rays.

He's going to be evaluated right away, so hopefully we'll get another update this evening. The 76ers are just being cautious, but this could impact his status for some of the early preseason action -- The 76ers play Boston on Tuesday.
Sep 30 - 12:40 PM

Nerlens Noel believes that he and Ben Simmons can make for a great defensive duo.

"I think we complement each other very well, especially on the defensive end," Noel said. "He's definitely a lockdown type defender that digs in." Noel's future with the 76ers franchise is uncertain, and he'll open up the year splitting minutes with Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid, so currently he's a rather dubious fantasy asset.
Source: CSN Philly
Sep 29 - 6:47 PM

Brett Brown confirmed that he intends to play Dario Saric and Ben Simmons together.

"I think the pluses are you have 6-10 do-alls that really can jump into a very versatile defensive world with perhaps a lot of switching," Brown said of the Saric-Simmons pairing. "I think they are elite defensive rebounders that can rebound, lead a break, and take off." Brown hopes that Saric can get comfortable playing out of position at small forward, and he's determined to use training camp to develop some chemistry between the two lottery picks. It sounds like Brown plans to give quality run to Saric his rookie year, so targeting him towards the later rounds makes sense given his upside.
Sep 29 - 6:01 PM

Jahlil Okafor (knee), Gerald Henderson (rest) and Joel Embiid (rest) were all withheld from competing in Thursday's scrimmage due to "load management."

Okafor has been experiencing some soreness in his surgically repaired right knee and was also limited during Wednesday's practice, although he maintains that he's healthy and that these maintenance days are simply precautionary. Embiid got in a full practice on Wednesday, so it's not surprising to see him get a day off as part of his maintenance program, and Henderson was simply given a rest day as one of the older guys on the roster.

Jerryd Bayless (wrist) didn't practice on Thursday due to soreness in his wrist.

Bayless is dealing with soreness in his left wrist, but his injury isn't thought to be anything serious. He's likely to head into the season as the 76ers starting point guard, but his fantasy value is limited to the later rounds as Philadelphia will primarily run their offense through Ben Simmons.
Sep 29 - 1:04 PM

Joel Embiid admitted after Wednesday's scrimmage that he is rusty and "it's going to take time" before he's fully comfortable at game-speed.

"Everything is kind of off right now as far as catching the ball and shooting," Embiid said. "I've still got to get in the flow of the game." Sixers coach Brett Brown has been raving about Embiid, particularly his potential to anchor the defense, and he didn't sound worried about the inevitable rust on display during training camp. It's uncertain who will be starting at center on opening night, but Embiid remains an intriguing late-round fantasy target.
Source: Philly.com
Sep 28 - 10:18 PM

Ben Simmons logged some minutes at the point guard position during Wednesday's scrimmage.

Simmons also spent some time at the two logging minutes alongside Dario Saric (at the three), and it's really no secret that the 76ers plan on putting the rock in Simmons' hands a ton as they utilize him as a primary creator on offense. That being said, shooting percentages, turnovers and limited production in the 3-point shooting category will more than likely be an issue for this year's No. 1 pick, so he's going be a more attractive asset in points-based leagues.
Sep 28 - 3:25 PM


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