September 21, 2018, 4:54 pmMarkelle Fultz - G - Philadelphia Sixers
Markelle Fultz denied having the “yips” last season and said his struggles shooting the ball were due to his shoulder injury.
This is the opposite of what shooting guru Drew Hanlen said over the summer when he asserted that Fultz had the “yips” and “completely forgot how to shoot.” We’re thinking as a young player, Fultz probably wants to protect his ego and maybe his image- despite recent headway made in the NBA dealing with mental health issues, nobody wants to admit to being psychologically ‘soft.’ At this stage it’s rather irrelevant as to why; we just want to see if Fultz can shoot it or not. Preseason games start soon and we’ll have the popcorn ready.
September 21, 2018, 3:40 pmBen Simmons - G/F - Philadelphia Sixers
In a press conference to open up training camp, Ben Simmons said that he has been working on his shot, but “I’m not going to come in and hit threes this season. That’s not what I’m going to do. But I’m going to get better.”
We assume Simmons has been working on weaker aspects of his game and we wouldn’t expect him to become prolific from deep after one summer, but it’s good to see he’s been working on it. Once preseason games get rolling, we’ll have to see how he’s improved (and which hand he shoots it with).
Source: Derek Bodner on Twitter
September 18, 2018, 4:00 pmMarkelle Fultz - G - Philadelphia Sixers
Brett Brown said that "the gym really does tell me" when asked if Markelle Fultz will start this season, though he added that he's entering the year with an open mind.
Brown also cited that the Sixers had one of the very best starting fives in the league last season, so for now we'd be surprised if Fultz could earn the job early with anything short of a spectacular preseason. He will spend some time playing next to Ben Simmons, however, which should be a very frustrating look for opponents. Fultz is tough to forecast after last season's nightmare but he'll win a spot in fantasy leagues of all sizes thanks to his incredible upside.
Source: Tom Moore on Twitter
September 9, 2018, 9:49 pmDario Saric - F - Philadelphia Sixers
Dario Saric led Croatia in a 83-75 win against rival Slovenia, their second meeting this week as a tune-up for the World Cup Qualifiers.
While the victory doesn’t mean much overall, this is a matchup between two bitter rivals. Slovenia won the first game earlier in the week despite Croatia being stacked with NBA talent. Saric turned it on in the second game to score 19 points, grab nine boards while handing out eight assists.
September 4, 2018, 11:03 amJerryd Bayless - G - Philadelphia Sixers
The Sixers and free-agent shooting guard Jamal Crawford have mutual interest in getting a deal done, but the contract of Jerryd Bayless is currently holding up all talks.
Bayless has one year left on his contract and is slated to make $8.6 million. The Sixers lost rookie guard Zhaire Smith to a Jones fracture and have grown more interested in Crawford’s services since the news broke that Smith would require surgery. The team also let Ersan İlyasova and Marco Belinelli walk in free agency and is in need of a scorer who can come off the bench. Crawford averaged 10.3 points while shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 33.1 from 3-point range last season with the Wolves but he opted out of his contract beacause he was looking for a larger role. The Sixers haven’t had any luck finding a taker for Bayless and a buyout could be in the works as a last resort.
Source: Sam Amico on Twitter
April 24, 2018, 11:02 pmBen Simmons - PG - Philadelphia Sixers
Ben Simmons shot 4-for-10 from the field for 14 points with 10 boards, six assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes on Tuesday to eliminate the Heat and move on to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
He is growing up before our very eyes. Simmons has stepped up in a huge way this season, becoming a key contributor on what looks to be a sure-fire contender in the East. This team seems to get better every game, and Tuesday was a great learning experience. The Sixers await the winner of the Bucks and Celtics and should be favorites to reach the Eastern Conference Finals.
April 24, 2018, 10:57 pmJoel Embiid - C - Philadelphia Sixers
Joel Embiid shot 8-for-14 from the field for 19 points with 12 boards, one assist, two steals and one block in 29 minutes to take down the Heat and advance to Round 2 on Tuesday.
Mask and all, Embiid was a difference maker in Round 1 and the NBA took notice. As long as he is healthy, he will be a force for a long time. Expect the Sixers to be favored against the winner of the Bucks or Celtics in Round 2.
April 24, 2018, 10:54 pmJ.J. Redick - SG - Philadelphia Sixers
J.J. Redick shot 6-for-13 from the field (5-for-10 from 3-point land) for a game-high 27 points with two assists in 32 minutes to advance the Sixers to the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Redick was terrific in Game 4 and 5, averaging 25.5 points between the two wins. The Sixers now await the winner of the Bucks and Celtics (Celtics lead 3-2), who play Game 6 in Milwaukee on Thursday. The Sixers will be off until the weekend, if not longer.
April 21, 2018, 5:32 pmJ.J. Redick - SG - Philadelphia Sixers
J.J. Redick led the way with 24 points in Saturday's Game 4 win, shooting 8-for-18 from the field with two triples, three assists and three steals.
This was much more of a defensive slog than the first three games of the series, but Redick's shooting helped put the Sixers over the hump today. His gravity opens up tons of driving lanes and the Heat foolishly gave him a wide-open look in the final minute that put the home team into desperation mode. Redick has been a steady hand for the Sixers, who could move on to round two in front of a raucous home crowd on Tuesday.