KJ Martin (ankle) removed from injury report
Sat, Feb 24, 2024, 4:39 PMNBA Injury Report
KJ Martin (right ankle impingement) is no longer on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Bucks.
Analysis: Martin was initially probable for Sunday's game, so the status upgrade was expected. While he will be in the rotation, Martin hasn't done enough to merit being rostered in most fantasy leagues.
KJ Martin (ankle) probable Sunday vs. Milwaukee
Sat, Feb 24, 2024, 12:49 PMNBA Injury Report
KJ Martin (right ankle impingement) is probable for Sunday's game against the Bucks.
Analysis: Martin is listed as probable on the initial injury report, so he should ultimately be cleared to play. While he is playing rotation minutes off the bench, the production hasn't been good enough to justify Martin being rostered in most fantasy leagues.
Kyle Lowry (rest) removed from injury report
Sat, Feb 24, 2024, 12:41 PMNBA Injury Report
Kyle Lowry (return to competition conditioning) is not on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Bucks.
Analysis: Lowry did not play in Friday's win over the Cavaliers, Philadelphia's second game in as many nights. His return will mean fewer minutes for fellow backup point guard Cameron Payne, who played 20 minutes and scored 16 points against Cleveland. Neither is a great fantasy option with Tyrese Maxey available, but 76ers coach Nick Nurse mentioned Lowry as one of the players who could start alongside the All-Star guard at some point.
Buddy Hield nails three triples in win over CLE
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 11:02 PM
Hield played 31 minutes in Friday's 104-97 win over the Cavs and dropped 13 points (5-of-9 FGs), five rebounds, one assist, and three 3-pointers.
Analysis: Hield's journey this season presents a narrative of adaptation and resurgence. Currently positioned outside the top 100 in 9-cat leagues, his proficiency from beyond the arc, averaging 2.4 three-pointers per game, remains a significant aspect of his game. However, it's his recent form with Philadelphia that's drawing attention. Hield has eclipsed 20 points in four of his last five games before facing off against the Cleveland Cavaliers, showcasing his scoring ability in this new chapter. His impact on the Sixers has been noticeable, providing the team with much-needed spacing on the floor.
Tobias Harris notched 15/9/4/2 line in win over CLE
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 10:43 PM
Tobias scores 15 points (6-of-14 FG, 2-of-2 FT), nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one 3-pointer in Friday's 104-97 win over the Cavs.
Analysis: Harris is performing admirably this season, positioning himself just outside the top 50 in 9-cat. His success is partly due to his remarkable shooting efficiency, boasting a 50% field-goal percentage and an impressive 89% from the free-throw line. In the recent game against the Cavaliers on Friday, Harris contributed 15 points and nine rebounds. His ability to contribute high-quality shots without compromising efficiency is a luxury for managers seeking reliability and productivity from their players. As the season progresses, his role as a steady contributor to his team is expected to continue. Managers should keep an eye on Harris, as his quiet yet impactful season could provide a significant advantage in closely contested fantasy playoff matchups.
Tyrese Maxey drops 24 PTS in win over Cleveland
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 9:25 PM
Tyrese Maxey finished Friday's 104-97 win over the Cavaliers with 24 points (9-of-22 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.
Analysis: Maxey, positioned just outside the top 30 in 9-cat leagues, has found a steady rhythm after an explosive start to the season. The increased defensive focus on him, especially in the absence of Joel Embiid (knee), hasn't significantly hindered his performance. Maxey continues to impress with an average of 25.9 points and 6.4 assists per game, a testament to his adaptability and skill as a primary offensive option. In the recent game against the Cavaliers on Friday, Maxey maintained his role as a key contributor, ending the night with 24 points after a relatively slow start. Despite challenging matchups, his consistent performance suggests Maxey will remain a valuable asset, providing solid points and assists for managers who have him rostered.
De'Anthony Melton, Nic Batum available Friday
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 5:59 PMKyle Neubeck on Twitter
De'Anthony Melton (lumbar spine stress response) and Nicolas Batum (injury recovery) are available for Friday's matchup with the Cavaliers.
Analysis: Melton has been sidelined since January 12, but he'll make his return against a shorthanded Cavs squad. Melton will likely face a minutes restriction after being out for so long, but he's someone to keep an eye on as his playing time trends up. Batum could also face a minutes restriction, but his availability is far less impactful for fantasy hoops than Melton's.
Nicolas Batum (hamstring) questionable for Friday
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 11:41 AMNBA Injury Report
Nicolas Batum (left hamstring strain injury recovery) is questionable for Friday's game against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: Batum was limited to 18 minutes in Thursday's loss to the Knicks, as he spent much of the night in foul trouble. Should he not play on Friday, more minutes would be available to KJ Martin and Ricky Council IV. Neither would be worth streaming in that role.
Kyle Lowry (conditioning) out Friday vs. Cavaliers
Fri, Feb 23, 2024, 11:37 AMNBA Injury Report
Kyle Lowry (return to competition conditioning) will not play in Friday's game against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: Lowry played 25 minutes off the bench in his 76ers debut, a loss to the Knicks on Thursday. Given the amount of time that he missed while waiting for a new team, it's understandable that he would be given Friday night off. De'Anthony Melton (back) is on track to make his return and can absorb some of the minutes that would have gone to Lowry.
Buddy Hield hits four triples, scores 14 points
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 10:33 PM
Buddy Hield shot 5-of-15 from the field in Thursday's 110-96 loss to the Knicks, accumulating 14 points, two rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block, and four 3-pointers in 33 minutes.
Analysis: Hield has started five of the six games he's played since being traded to Philadelphia, but that was when the 76ers were severely shorthanded on the perimeter. With De'Anthony Melton (back) expected to play in Friday's game against the Cavaliers, the perimeter rotation will be complete (and without any players on minutes restrictions) very soon. Before Thursday's game, 76ers coach Nick Nurse named Hield as one of four options to start alongside Tyrese Maxey, with Melton, Kelly Oubre Jr., and Kyle Lowry being the others. Hield's disdain for coming off the bench is well-known, and doing that in Philadelphia would cut into his fantasy value. Oubre finished Thursday's defeat with 14 points, four rebounds, two steals, and five turnovers in 32 minutes off the bench.
Kyle Lowry (face) plays 25 minutes in 76ers debut
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 10:24 PMPaul Hudrick on Twitter
Kyle Lowry (facial laceration) shot 5-of-7 from the field in Thursday's 110-96 loss to the Knicks, accounting for 11 points, four rebounds, five assists, and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.
Analysis: The Philadelphia native made his 76ers debut on Thursday, and Lowry had a good night outside of the result. The veteran point guard came off the bench, but he's among the potential starters alongside Tyrese Maxey moving forward. Before Thursday's game, 76ers coach Nick Nurse said Lowry, Buddy Hield, Kelly Oubre Jr., and De'Anthony Melton are all in the mix to start next to Maxey. If Lowry, who looked slimmer than he did while with the Heat, could earn that responsibility, he'll be valuable in deeper leagues.
Tyrese Maxey leads 76ers with 35 points vs. Knicks
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 8:54 PM
Tyrese Maxey played 40 minutes in Thursday's 110-96 loss to the Knicks, accounting for 35 points (11-of-24 FGs, 9-of-9 FTs), six rebounds, five assists, and four 3-pointers.
Analysis: Maxey has scored 30 points or more in back-to-back games, something he's done on three other occasions this season. However, with Joel Embiid (knee) sidelined, the 76ers need others to step up alongside Maxey. Tobias Harris (7/4/3/3 with one 3-pointer in 27 minutes) didn't offer much production on Thursday and hasn't consistently taken advantage of Embiid's absence. The addition of Kyle Lowry has the potential to relieve some of the pressure on Maxey to run the offense, which is something to keep an eye on in the short term.
De'Anthony Melton (back) expected to play Friday
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 4:30 PMGina Mizell on Twitter
De'Anthony Melton (lumbar spine stress response) is expected to be available for Friday's game against the Cavaliers.
Analysis: Sidelined since January 12, Melton has already been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Knicks. He's expected to return on Friday, and fantasy managers should anticipate Melton being on a minutes restriction in his first game back. Who starts next to Tyrese Maxey could change by the game, with 76ers coach Nick Nurse saying that Melton, Buddy Hield, Kyle Lowry, and Kelly Oubre Jr. will all be in the mix once the team is at full strength.
Nicolas Batum (hamstring) available, will start
Thu, Feb 22, 2024, 4:27 PMPaul Hudrick on Twitter
Nicolas Batum (left hamstring strain) is available for Thursday's game against the Knicks and will start.
Analysis: Batum has been cleared to play after missing the 76ers' last nine games before the All-Star break. He'll be a starter on Thursday, joining Tyrese Maxey, Buddy Hield, Tobias Harris, and Paul Reed. Kelly Oubre Jr. drops to the bench, and his fantasy value takes a hit with the lineup change.
De'Anthony Melton (back) still out vs. Knicks
Wed, Feb 21, 2024, 3:43 PMNBA Injury Report
De'Anthony Melton (lumbar spine stress response) will remain sidelined for Thursday's game against the Knicks.
Analysis: Melton hasn't played since January 12th, and he will remain out despite logging a full practice on Wednesday. It is unclear how he will fit into their new rotation, but both Buddy Hield and Kelly Oubre will continue to start, with Kyle Lowry filling out a large role off the bench.
Nicolas Batum (hamstring) questionable vs. Knicks
Wed, Feb 21, 2024, 3:40 PMNBA Injury Report
Nicolas Batum (left hamstring strain) is questionable to play against New York on Thursday.
Analysis: Batum was able to practice on Wednesday, but his status for Thursday's game is still up in the air. If he is back, he will likely push KJ Martin out of the rotation entirely. However, if Batum remains out, Martin should fill out the backup power forward minutes behind Tobias Harris, who is back after missing their last two games.
Tobias Harris, Kyle Lowry available vs. New York
Wed, Feb 21, 2024, 3:39 PMNBA Injury Report
Tobias Harris (left hip impingement) and Kyle Lowry (conditioning) will be available to play against the Knicks on Thursday.
Analysis: Harris and Lowry were both able to practice on Wednesday, and they will play on Thursday. Harris missed their last two games before the All-Star break, while Lowry will be making his debut for his new team. Harris should push KJ Martin back to the bench, while Lowry will see a decent-sized role as a reserve.
Robert Covington (back) expected to miss 3 weeks
Wed, Feb 21, 2024, 1:34 PMKyle Neubeck on X
Robert Covington (back) should be ready to play in about three weeks.
Analysis: Covington hasn't played since December, but he isn't expected to be back until the middle of March. KJ Martin and Nicolas Batum should continue to fill out the power forward minutes behind Tobias Harris for the foreseeable future.
Melton, Batum, Lowry, Harris get in full practice
Wed, Feb 21, 2024, 12:46 PMDerek Bodner on Twitter
De'Anthony Melton, Nic Batum, Kyle Lowry and Tobias Harris were full participants in Wednesday's practice, according to Derek Bodner of PHLY Sports.
Analysis: Harris missed the Sixers' final two games before the All-Star break, but Batum hasn't played since January 29, Lowry has yet to debut for Philly, and Melton hasn't taken the court since January 12. All four players appear to be on track for Thursday's matchup with the Knicks, but in the case of the latter three, it's unclear if they'll face minutes restrictions after so much time off.
Darius Bazley inks 10-day contract with 76ers
Mon, Feb 19, 2024, 11:01 AMShams Charania on Twitter
According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Darius Bazley will sign a 10-day contract with the Philadelphia 76ers.
Analysis: Baz played the first three seasons of his career in Oklahoma City, and he split time between the Thunder and Suns in 2022-23. He hasn't appeared in the NBA this season, but he's been one of the best players in the G League behind averages of 20.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 2.5 blocks and 1.3 triples for the Delaware Blue Coats. The Sixers aren't exactly the deepest team in the Association, so Bazley has a chance to carve out a meaningful role for his new team.