Robert Covington

Nerlens Noel

Philadelphia 76ers

 

2015-16 Season Record: 10-72 (-8 wins from 2014-15)

 

Departures:

PG Kendall Marshall

PG Ish Smith--> Pistons

G Isaiah Canaan--> Bulls

F/C Carl Landry

F/C Christian Wood--> Hornets

C Elton Brand--> Retired

The 76ers will miss Ish Smith's leadership, but it was a foregone conclusion he would leave again. Carl Landry was certainly an interesting release as he had played quite well last season, but with the frontcourt growing too large, he was given an opportunity to fight for playing time elsewhere. Canaan and Wood secured guaranteed contracts (surprisingly) while Kendall Marshall once again searches for another team in his young career.

Additions:

PG Sergio Rodriguez (Spain)

G Jerryd Bayless (Bucks)

SG Gerald Henderson (Trail Blazers)

We are not used to Philly doling out free agency money to anybody outside of undrafted rookies, but guard depth was desperately needed. Jerryd Bayless will likely start at point guard with Sergio Rodriguez being the new backup (sorry T.J. McConnell!) Gerald Henderson has been projected by many to start at SG, especially since Nik Stauskas didn't impress in his 2nd season. Barber and Webb represent options that perhaps would have been drafted for their athleticism, but alas, fell into the team's laps in summer league. I don't expect either of the two or Brandon Paul to make the roster.

Draft Picks: F Ben Simmons (1st), C Joel Embiid (3rd- 2014), PF Dario Saric (11th- 2014), G/F Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (24th)

Team Needs: Starting PG, SG/SF; Backup

Of course, right after I publish this, Ben Simmons is out for 3 months with a Jones fracture in his foot, so I will skip him for players who WILL be available opening night. Embiid, entertainment aside, will finally play after two years of foot surgeries that saw his Hakeem Olajuwon comparisons quiet down. He should back up Noel and/or Okafor at center. Dario Saric will join the team as promised after two years in Turkey. His passing ability should see instant rotation time, likely as the rotational PF. The final drafted rookie is Frenchman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, an uber-athletic player who will likely see D-League time, but could turn into a tremendous 3-and-D player.

Contract Decisions:

G/F Hollis Thompson (1.02 million non-guaranteed)--> Cut

PF Robert Covington (1.02 million non-guaranteed)--> Keep

F Jerami Grant (.98 million non-guaranteed)--> Keep

G T.J. McConnell (.87 million non-guaranteed)--> Keep

Ultimately, I do believe these are the 4 non-guaranteed players that are kept. Covington is one of the league's most undervalued players and I cannot see the team getting rid of him unless a MASSIVE trade offer comes their way. Jerami Grant's athleticism (he led the team in blocks last season), should have him see time at SF and PF as he improves his shooting. T.J. McConnell should easily be the 3rd PG after he played surprisingly well. 

Draft and Stash Prospects:

PG Vasilije Micic (57th overall; Serbia)

SG Furkan Korkmaz (26th pick in 2016; Turkey)

 

Current Roster (WAR/82):

PG Sergio Rodriguez (DNP)

G Jerryd Bayless (1.45)

G T.J. McConnell (1.69)

SG Gerald Henderson (-.09)

SG Nik Stauskas (-2.20)

G/F Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (Rookie)

G/F Hollis Thompson (.45)

F Jerami Grant (1.74)

F Ben Simmons (Rookie)

PF Robert Covington (7.15)

PF Dario Saric (Rookie)

F/C Richaun Holmes (.95)

F/C Nerlens Noel (3.00)

C Joel Embiid (Rookie)

C Jahlil Okafor (-3.37)

Current WAR/82: 9.93 (does not include rookies)

Projected Record: 9-73 (15th in East)

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