Player News - 76ers

Date: Team: Pos:

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that "some expect" Ben Simmons to go "all righty" next season.

Simmons shoots predominately with his right hand when he gets close to the basket, and is efficient around the rim. However, he shoots his jumpers and free throws lefty. Last season, he didn't make a single 3-pointer (0-for-11) and hit just 56.0 percent of his free-throws. There has been speculation that he would benefit by switching hands. It is something to keep an eye on during training camp and the preseason.
Aug 17 - 12:30 PM

Landry Shamet (ankle) has been cleared for light basketball activities.

Shamet sprained his ankle at Summer League, but he's pain-free at this point and should be cleared for full-contact work for training camp. He won't be an impact player in fantasy hoops, though.
Aug 13 - 2:09 PM

Shake Milton (back) has been cleared for light basketball activities.

Milton sat out Summer League due to a stress fracture in his back, but he's been asymptomatic for several weeks, so he should be good to go by the time training camp rolls along. We'll get another official update in roughly four weeks time.
Aug 13 - 2:08 PM

Zhaire Smith underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair an acute Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot.

Smith suffered the injury training in Las Vegas on Monday, August 6th. Per the Sixers official press release: "Additional information regarding Smith’s recovery and return-to-play timetable will be provided as available and when appropriate." We won't see Smith on the floor anytime soon, and he should be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 10 - 9:14 AM

An MRI has reportedly revealed a Jones fracture in Zhaire Smith's left foot and he's expected to undergo surgery.

Smith suffered the injury during a developmental camp for NBA players in Las Vegas on Monday, and with training camp right around the corner, this is terrible timing for Philly's No. 16 pick. A Jones fracture is a tricky injury that typically involves a lengthy recovery time, and if does indeed elect to go under the knife to correct this issue, that could do it for his rookie season. He'll meet with a foot specialist later this week to get a second opinion, but for now, he's completely off the radar in all re-draft formats.
Aug 7 - 2:19 PM

Zhaire Smith suffered a left foot injury while training in Las Vegas on Monday.

Per the Sixers statement, "Smith is returning to Philadelphia to be further evaluated and updates will be made available once a diagnosis is determined." Smith is a raw rookie and is not expected to a regular part of the Sixers rotation next season.
Aug 7 - 9:48 AM

Joel Embiid tallied 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Team Africa in their 96-92 loss to Team World on Saturday.

Embiid was brilliant, showcasing his remarkable ball-handling ability for a man his size, as well as a feathery touch around the basket. Embiid, who has stated publicly his goal for next season to win the MVP award, has a legitimate chance to return first-round fantasy value in 2018-19. Of course, it's imperative he stay healthy in order to deliver on his ultimate potential.
Aug 4 - 1:55 PM

Markelle Fultz's trainer, Drew Hanlen, said that he believes Fultz is "immediately an All-Star" is he's 100 percent healthy.

Hanlen is a very well-respected trainer and has been tasked with rebuilding Fultz's jumpshot this summer. By all accounts, the young Sixers PG has made tremendous improvements. "I literally think that, if he’s back to 100 percent, I think he’s immediately an All-Star," said Hanlen. "I know that’s a bold statement, but I work with a lot of other All-Stars. So, I think I have the right to say that." It will be fascinating to see how Fultz looks in training camp and the preseason.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 2 - 11:40 AM

Joel Embiid said his goal for the 2018-19 season is "to win the MVP," and that he's improved his 3-point shot and ball-handling this summer.

Never lacking for modesty, Embiid said of his own game, "I feel like I have everything. I just need to be more consistent ... I’ve already gotten so much better [this summer]." It wasn't all about himself, though, as Embiid also mentioned team goals and how he's excited about the addition of Wilson Chandler and for Markelle Fultz "to be back to himself." Whether or not he wins MVP, it's going to be a fun ride for Embiid's fantasy owners.
Aug 1 - 8:36 PM

Trainer Drew Hanlen says he and Joel Embiid have been focusing on low-post dominance, consistently making threes and taking care of the ball this summer.

Hanlen believes Embiid truly dominated when he was bullying in the low-post rather than the playing a mid-post game. He saw a sharp decline in three-point shooting last season, going from 36.7 percent in 2016-17 to 30.8 percent in 2017-18. Hanlen mentioned taking care of the ball as the No. 3 priority. It makes sense, as Embiid averaged 3.7 turnovers a game which was fourth most in the league. If he can reduce the turnovers and increase his three-point percentage his fantasy value will be even higher.
Source: Hoops Hype
Jul 29 - 10:09 PM

The 76ers have re-signed guard Demetrius Jackson on a two-way NBA contract.

He'll join Shake Milton as the 76ers two-way players. Both guys were banged up during Vegas with Jackson missing some of the late action and Milton not playing at all. Jackson is going to log almost all of his minutes in Delaware with the 87ers.
Jul 27 - 5:54 PM

J.J. Redick said he expects Markelle Fultz to make "a jump" in statistical production next year.

"I think Markelle, by all accounts that I’ve heard both externally and internally from the Sixers, he has progressed, he is in a good state mentally and physically, he is going to have a fantastic season," Redick said on his podcast. There has been a lot of buzz around Fultz from guys like Drew Hanlen as Fultz rebuilds his jumper from the ground up. The 76ers aren't too deep at guard, so Fultz could find himself getting the remaining backup PG minutes behind Ben Simmons -- if he can beat out T.J. McConnell -- and he could find himself getting 8-12 minutes as a wing with his seven-foot wingspan. He's a late-round flier in fantasy for now.
Jul 27 - 3:42 PM

The 76ers signed Shake Milton to a two-way contract.

We didn't get to see him in Las Vegas summer league due to a stress fracture in his back, but Milton did show some promise at the combine. The No. 54 pick projects to be a solid defender and he made 42.3% from three in his college career at SMU.
Jul 26 - 3:51 PM

Coach Brett Brown said Mike Muscala will be used as a "backup five and, at times, a power forward."

"His ability to shoot the ball and the energy with which he plays will help our basketball team," Brown said. It sounds like the 76ers will want to use their bench in the frontcourt situationally. We’ve seen Brown go with double-center lineups plenty, so Muscala could fit with several combinations of Dario Saric, Robert Covington, and Joel Embiid. There won’t be enough standard-league fantasy value to go around for Moose, Amir Johnson and Jonah Bolden while the team is healthy, though.
Jul 25 - 6:04 PM

Markelle Fultz has reportedly looked like a "vastly improved" player at recent workouts.

Fultz has been working with famed shooting coach Drew Hanlen this summer, and his jumper has reportedly been completely rebuilt. He's looked nice in the limited hype videos we've seen of him this summer, so the former No. 1 overall pick could make for a nice sleeper selection on draft day, as his stock will be somewhat deflated following an underwhelming rookie season.
Jul 22 - 6:12 PM


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