Player News - 76ers

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Jahlil Okafor grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds during a 103-98 win over the Nets on Saturday, adding 22 points, one steal and three blocks in 33 minutes.

Perhaps the most interesting part of tonight is that he played 17 minutes next to Nerlens Noel, which is very unusual these days. Coach Brett Brown has shown some concern about Okafor at the four, but not tonight. "I thought he had a hell of a game," Brown said. Okafor should be a double-double threat most nights and could trend up.
Feb 6 - 11:26 PM

Kendall Marshall played 20 minutes on Saturday with four points, three assists and five turnovers.

He picked up a good chunk of Ish Smith's playing time. With Smith (ankle) likely back for Monday, there is no need to add Marshall almost anywhere.
Feb 6 - 11:19 PM

Robert Covington made 2-of-8 from the field for nine points with eight rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Nets on Saturday.

His shot is off and he snapped a streak of 12 straight misses during this game -- missed his last six shots before this game and his first six shots tonight. Covington did have a right wrist issue on Friday, but that isn't necessarily the reason why he's slumping again. We've seen him fall off in a big way before, but he's still a hold for now.
Feb 6 - 11:14 PM

Nerlens Noel (right ankle) scored 18 points with four rebounds, two assists, four steals and three blocks in 32 minutes against the Nets on Saturday.

He did go to the locker room to get re-taped and returned about five minutes later in real time. Noel did have something up with his left foot on Friday, but it was very minor -- he just took his shoe off. Noel is grooving since Ish Smith (ankle) arrived and even T.J. McConnell held the offense together.
Feb 6 - 11:11 PM

T.J. McConnell got his first start of 2016 against the Nets on Saturday, scoring 17 points with two rebounds, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on 7-of-10 from the field.

On top of that, he actually went to the line and made both free throws. As great as McConnell has been lately for an undrafted free agent, Ish Smith (ankle) is likely ready to go for Monday. He's only a deep-league add.
Feb 6 - 11:08 PM

Nerlens Noel (ankle) limped to the locker room during the third quarter of Saturday's game vs. the Nets, but he is available to return after getting re-taped.

He fell awkwardly on his right ankle and was in obvious pain, but he only stayed in the locker room for a few moments and is back on the bench. It sounds like he is good to go, but we will have an update after the game to let you know how he holds up.
Feb 6 - 9:10 PM

Richaun Holmes (ankle) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

He was always expected to miss this game and now it's official. We barely saw lineup combos with Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor on Friday, which will probably continue tonight. Holmes isn't a fantasy option.
Feb 6 - 6:01 PM

T.J. McConnell will get a start on Saturday against the Nets.

It's his first start of 2016 and he should see a nice bump in playing time. McConnell has actually played well in the second unit and is a fantasy option for DFS for those not wanting to double-dip on the main event later tonight.
Feb 6 - 5:59 PM

Ish Smith (ankle) will not play against the Nets on Saturday.

Smith tweaked his ankle in the last 90 seconds of a blowout on Friday, so the 76ers will keep him out in a very important game to lose for tanking purposes. Expect Smith to be ready to go next week. Besides McConnell, there could be some Kendall Marshall at the point tonight.
Feb 6 - 5:56 PM

The 76ers will continue to experiment with Jahlil Okafor at the four and Nerlens Noel at the five.

"We're trying some things with Jahlil, trying to see if he can guard perimeter four men-types and let Nerlens block shots," Brown said in regards to Friday's game. "We tried that at the start and even persevered even in the third period to start the second half. That hurt us, but it's something I don't regret. That's what our job is. We've got to see how to pair those two up. So we're trying different things." Okafor has struggled in his last three games with averages of 10.7 points and 3.7 boards, but the 76ers are determined to find out if he can coexist with Noel. He's not a must-start player at the moment.
Source: CSN Philly
Feb 6 - 11:17 AM

Ish Smith said that he sprained his left ankle on Friday vs. the Wizards.

"I don't know," Smith said when asked if he would play on Saturday vs. the Nets. "I should be fine. I should be, but I just rolled it, sprained it." We will consider him questionable to play, but his availability will likely depend on whether or not his ankle swelled up on him overnight. If Smith is held out, expect T.J. McConnell and Isaiah Canaan to benefit.
Feb 6 - 11:09 AM

Ish Smith made 11-of-25 from the field for 22 points with five rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in 32 minutes during a 106-94 loss to the Wizards on Friday.

That's a lot of usage, but the efficiency wasn't too bad despite no makes from deep. Smith's lack of efficiency has put him near top-150 value, but he's close to top 50 if you don't care about percentages. His value has a lot to do with the construction of your team, so keep that in mind if you have Ish and your trade deadline is approaching.
Feb 5 - 11:32 PM

Jahlil Okafor got the start on Friday against the Wizards with nine points, four rebounds and one turnover in 21 minutes.

He made Marcin Gortat's list and he probably will want to stay off it for now. Okafor did only play 8.0 minutes next to Nerlens Noel tonight and the 76ers looked pretty bad in that playing time. He'll likely be around top-100 value going forward.
Feb 5 - 11:27 PM

Jerami Grant scored nine points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in 27 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

The highlight reel was on as usual and he turned in a really nice game on top of that. Robert Covington lost some playing time to open a window for Grant, but we'll still need to see Jerami do it again before suggesting him as an add.
Feb 5 - 11:24 PM

Robert Covington did not score in 19 minutes against the Wizards on Friday with four rebounds and one block.

Not again. Isaiah Canaan played well in the comeback attempt and Jerami Grant was solid as well. Covington's minutes are starting to come down again, but his owners should still stick with him in almost all cases. He may have hurt his arm on a fall, but he did play through it for a few minutes and it didn't seem like that was why he missed time.
Feb 5 - 11:17 PM


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