Player News - 76ers

Date: Team: Pos:

Sixers re-sign Larry Drew II to a 10-day contract.

Additionally, Drew will start at point guard on Monday with Michael Carter-Williams (illness) sidelined. It has to feel good for Drew to sign another deal and earn a start on the same day, and he'll get all of the minutes he can handle wit Tony Wroten (knee) done for the season.
Jan 26 - 12:33 PM

Henry Sims will start on Monday night against the Pelicans.

Sims is starting instead of K.J. McDaniels because New Orleans has a big frontline. When starting at center this season, Sims is averaging 10.3 points and 5.8 rebounds on 48.1 percent shooting.
Jan 26 - 12:31 PM

Michael Carter-Williams (illness) will not play on Monday against the Pelicans, and Larry Drew II will make his first NBA start.

Drew has been the backup point guard since Tony Wroten (knee) went down, but he hasn't eclipsed 24 minutes in any contest. He's got a great chance to do that on Monday without MCW available and nobody else behind him. His career-high for assists in a game is nine, the same number as his career-high in points. We're not expecting a miracle, but he's got a sizable opportunity in front of him.
Jan 26 - 12:29 PM

Detroit is reportedly strongly considering calling up Lorenzo Brown from their D-League affiliate.

Brown would be fighting for reserve minutes with Spencer Dinwiddie, so he'd be unlikely to get enough playing time to matter in most leagues. Until he actually signs a contract, Brown can remain on the waiver wire in all leagues.
Jan 25 - 3:05 PM

Robert Covington scored just eight points against the Grizzlies during a 101-83 loss on Saturday to go with one rebound, one steal and two 3-pointers.

The Grizzlies shut down wings all the time, so Covington gets a pass here. He's making 2.2 treys per game to go with 1.3 steals and 12.7 points per game this season. Covington should be owned in all leagues.
Jan 24 - 11:41 PM

Michael Carter-Williams scored just 10 points on 3-of-12 from the field against the Grizzlies on Saturday with three rebounds, six assists, five turnovers and two 3-pointers.

He just can't shoot. Carter-Williams is making a respectable 58.3 percent of his shots from inside of three feet, but he's useless everywhere else. In fact, MCW is making just 26.9 percent of his shots from beyond three feet this season. The trade rumors aren't going to be going away on MCW and he's probably not going to be a top-100 player in standard leagues. Just for fun, Kyle Korver's effective field goal percentage (70.7) is 30.1 greater than MCW's (40.6). MCW's usage rate (27.9) is almost double Korver's (14.4). That's a problem.
Jan 24 - 11:26 PM

Jerami Grant was aggressive against the Grizzlies on Saturday with a career-high 16 points, adding two rebounds, one assist, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

He is fitting right in with the 76ers for taking chances on both ends. Coach Brett Brown is a fan and the 76ers might as well develop him. Grant played 23 minutes in each of his last four games and stole the show on Wednesday with eight blocks, so he's certainly worth a look in 14-team leagues.
Jan 24 - 11:15 PM

K.J. McDaniels finally turned it around on offense against the Raptors during a 91-86 loss on Friday with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

In his previous five games combined, McDaniels made just 12-of-49 (24.5 percent) from the field. McDaniels has struggled all season from the field, but he's flirting with standard league value thanks to his blocks and treys. He's worth a look in standard leagues in hopes he can get it going offensively.
Jan 23 - 10:43 PM

Luc Mbah a Moute played 34 minutes in his return to the lineup on Friday with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

It was a nice game from him in his first game back since Jan. 17. Mbah a Moute does have some decent games under his belt, but the likelihood of him missing games is just too great to grab him in most formats. Plus, coach Brett Brown will probably want to play the young guns.
Jan 23 - 10:34 PM

Nerlens Noel grabbed a career-high14 rebounds against the Raptors on Friday with 12 points, one assist and two steals in 33 minutes.

He controlled the paint nicely tonight and has two double-doubles in his last four games. Noel's blocks are going down and he's still not shooting the ball well at 45 percent in 2015, but his arrow looks to be pointing up. His owners might be able to get someone to overpay for him because everyone loves rookies.
Jan 23 - 10:32 PM

Jerami Grant didn't block any shots against the Raptors on Friday with four points, five rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

While he does have some length, nobody saw his eight-block game coming on Wednesday. Grant seems to have his minutes locked in around 24 per game, but he's certainly going to be inconsistent due to his sub-par shooting. He's still worth a look in 14- and 16-team leagues.
Jan 23 - 10:27 PM

Robert Covington started hot against the Raptors during a loss on Friday, finishing with 18 points, six rebounds, two steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

He scored his first 14 points on an insane 116.7 effective field goal percentage in the first quarter, but then cooled off. Covington is easily the best offensive option on the 76ers and his usage rate and minutes are likely to increase as the year moves along. He could be a top-50 player the rest of the way in standard leagues.
Jan 23 - 10:21 PM

Luc Mbah a Mouta will replace Furkan Aldemir in the starting lineup for Friday's game vs. Toronto.

Aldemir is very raw, and was scoreless during his 19 minutes of action on Wednesday. Leave him on the wire.
Jan 23 - 6:25 PM

Nerlens Noel (upper respiratory infection) will play Friday vs. Toronto.

With Noel back in the lineup, Furkan Aldemir will head back to the bench. Noel has been racking up the steals and blocks lately, so he's looking like a fine play for owners trying to close the gap in those categories in a head-to-head league.
Jan 23 - 5:29 PM

Henry SIms (ankle) will play against the Raptors on Friday.

He had a double-double on Wednesday, but that was due to the 76ers missing Nerlens Noel and Luc Mbah a Moute -- both are back tonight. Sims is only a low-upside play in very deep leagues.
Jan 23 - 5:27 PM


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