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76ers' Ben Simmons: Rolls ankle in practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Simmons rolled his ankle in Friday's practice and will have precautionary x-rays, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly reports.

Head coach Brett Brown does not seem too concerned with the No. 1 overall pick's health, but it's something to monitor as the injury was severe enough where x-rays needed to be taken. The 76ers will likely update Simmons' status tomorrow following the x-rays and take precautionary measures with him as the preseason approaches.

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76ers' Jahlil Okafor: Will play in preseason opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Okafor is expected to play in Tuesday's preseason opener against the Celtics, Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly reports.

The 76ers have limited Okafor's activity during training camp while he battled a knee injury, but the big man had said earlier in the week that he is no longer being bothered by the ailment. Head coach Brett Brown saying Okafor will play Tuesday essentially confirms that the former Duke big man is healthy and ready for the season. Brown also doesn't anticipate that he'll have a minutes restriction on Okafor, further affirming that he is fully recovered.

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76ers' Joel Embiid: Practices with starters Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Embiid practiced with the Sixers' projected starters during Wednesday's session, Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reports.

While coach Brett Brown has yet to formally announce his opening night lineup, the inclusion of Embiid at center in a unit with Jerryd Bayless, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Ben Simmons provides a close approximation of what the Sixers might roll out when the season begins, as Bayless, Covington and Simmons are all considered virtual locks to start. As expected, Embiid hasn't been limited during the first week of training camp, though he's acknowledged that he still needs more time to knock off the rust after missing the first two years of his professional career with a fractured right foot. The Sixers recognize that conditioning may be a concern for Embiid, and have already suggested that he'll be held out of one game of back-to-back sets throughout the season. In addition, he could face nightly caps on his minutes, which may prevent him from posting high-end production in 2016-17. That being said, if he makes it through this season without any injury setbacks and flashes the elite skills that made him the No. 3 overall pick in 2014, Embiid could be a breakout candidate in 2017-18.

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76ers' Jerryd Bayless: Dealing with wrist soreness
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Bayless was held out of Thursday's scrimmage with soreness in his left wrist, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Bayless' injury doesn't appear to be serious and it's believed he was just held out for precautionary reasons. It wouldn't be surprising if he was limited again Friday, though he should be back to full strength prior to the preseason schedule. Bayless is the frontrunner for starting duties at point guard and should see his usage jump to career-high levels this season.

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76ers' Dario Saric: Candidate to start at small forward
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Saric scrimmaged Wednesday with what appeared to be the Sixers' projected starting lineup, Jake Fischer of the Sports Illustrated reports.

With No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons manning Saric's natural power forward spot, the 22-year-old from Croatia slotted in at small forward, a position the Sixers believe he can successfully settle into over time. At 6-foot-10, Saric is bigger than most other wings, which may confer him an advantage on the offensive end, but could inhibit him defensively. In order for Saric to successfully man that spot, he'll need to show in training camp that he can consistently produce as a three-point shooter. It's not expected that that will be much of an issue for Saric, who shot better than 40 percent from beyond the arc last season while playing abroad for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball Super League. If the rookie sticks in a starting role for the bulk of the season, he could be a respectable source of points, rebounds and treys in deeper formats.

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2015-16 Team Leaders
PPGRobert Covington , SF12.8
RPGNerlens Noel , PF8.1
APGIsh Smith , PG6.5
FG%Nerlens Noel , PF52.1
FT%Isaiah Canaan , PG83.3
3P%Hollis Thompson , SG38
BLOCKSJerami Grant , SF127
STEALSNerlens Noel , PF118
MPGNerlens Noel , PF29.3
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