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    2017-2018 Training Camp / Preseason Thread

    It's media day and the start of training camp is upon us. Use this thread to discuss the training camp roster, new updates, preseason action, etc.

    Here is the official training camp roster:

    - Jacob Pullen, G
    - Jerryd Bayless, G
    - Justin Anderson, G/F
    - Amir Johnson, F
    - Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, G/F
    - Jahlil Okafor, C
    - Dario Saric, F
    - Nik Stauskas, G
    - TJ McConnell, G
    - James Michael McAdoo, F
    - JJ Redick, G
    - Markelle Fultz, G
    - Joel Embiid, C
    - Richaun Holmes, F
    - James Blackmon Jr., G
    - Ben Simmons, F
    - Furkan Korkmaz, G/F
    - Robert Covington, F
    - Kris Humphries, F
    - Emeka Okafor, C

    Five Storylines to Follow at Sixers Training Camp

    (Written by Jessica Camerato)

    Monday is media day, which means the start of training camp is 24 hours away. The Sixers are positioned to be a team to watch in the NBA this season, and with that comes storylines to pay attention to before it kicks off. From health to new additions to contract extensions, here are five things to look for in training camp.

    Restrictions
    Minutes. Games. Back-to-backs. Those are in question when it comes to Joel Embiid. Last season the big man was limited to 31 games, did not play in back-to-backs, followed a closely-watched minutes restriction, and underwent season-ending knee surgery in March. Embiid has not been cleared for 5-on-5 yet, making his game availability to be determined during camp.

    “It’s not about being ready for the first practice or the first game,” president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said regarding Embiid last week. “And he will be out there for the first practice and the first game. The question is how much, how little, if at all. Those things will be determined by certain criteria along the way.”

    It also remains to be seen if Ben Simmons, who missed all of last season because of a Jones fracture, will end up being placed under restrictions as well. The Sixers have enhanced their medical staff with the addition of Dr. C. Daniel Medina Leal to the newly-created VP of athlete care position. Leal previously worked for FC Barcelona.

    Embiid contract extension
    The Sixers and Embiid have a very significant decision to make before the start of the regular season. The deadline for Embiid’s contract extension is Oct. 16, two days prior to opening night.

    For such a serious business matter, there are so many question marks involved on both sides. How many games will Embiid play? How is his health after yet another injury last season?

    If the Sixers offer the max in the extension, would they be overpaying? If Embiid accepts a percentage of the max based on these uncertainties, will he be taking less than if he waited for restricted free agency?

    These questions will be answered in less than a month.

    Point guard role
    The Sixers plan to utilize Simmons as an unconventional 6-foot-10 point guard. Expect him to be tasked with defending power forwards on defense. This role will lend itself to more versatile lineups wherein the Sixers can be a position-less team in many cases. With Simmons at the point, Markelle Fultz will slide over to the shooting guard spot when they are paired on offense. The Sixers traded up to draft him No. 1 in part for his ability to play off the ball.

    The backup point guard roles will have to be sorted out. Jerryd Bayless is returning from appearing in just three games last season because of a wrist injury. The veteran can play both guard spots in the backcourt. T.J. McConnell, who started 51 games last season, will once again find himself fighting for minutes.

    Jahlil Okafor's future
    The Sixers are entering another season with a logjam of centers. Jahlil Okafor still does not have a clearly defined role with Embiid as the starter and Richaun Holmes making a strong case for increased minutes as the backup.

    The team remains open to trading Okafor, as they attempted to do last season, if they find the right fit. Okafor’s health will factor into the Sixers’ opportunity to make a deal. He continued to battle right knee soreness after undergoing surgery for a meniscus tear in March 2016. Okafor last played on March 22.

    Looking to improve his game, Okafor has gone “mostly” vegan. He is down to 258 pounds, 20 less than his weight in last year’s training camp.

    Starting 5
    The Sixers had 30 starting lineups last season and will be looking for more consistency this time around. Don’t expect standard roles, either. With Simmons running the point, players will be shifted into different positions depending on matchups.

    Back in July, I projected the 2017-18 starting five and that group hasn’t changed, in my opinion. I am going with Fultz, JJ Redick, Robert Covington, Simmons and Embiid.

    There are many people who reacted strongly to the idea of Covington as a starter instead of Dario Saric. Covington is key to the Sixers' defense, though, and Saric can thrive as a go-to in the second unit if he embraces that role.
    http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphi...p-5-storylines

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    Embiid on hold out rumor...
    "Where is he, that Howard something?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDish87 View Post
    lol Humphries and Emeka Okafor as camp bodies. easy paycheck for them. I imagine Emeka is pretty out of shape and overweight with not playing in any league in 4 years now due to a bad neck injury.


    He doesn't look out of shape. He's one of the few athletes I'd never picture getting out of shape.
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    I love that we have Emeka in camp. Not because of any realistic basketball expectations, but because he was a defensive anchor on my 2006 fantasy basketball championship team. That man will always have a special place in my heart!

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    Quote Originally Posted by urban85disciple View Post


    He doesn't look out of shape. He's one of the few athletes I'd never picture getting out of shape.
    def doesnt look overweight, good for him all things considered it would be easy for most to fall off with that type of injury/layoff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDish87 View Post
    def doesnt look overweight, good for him all things considered it would be easy for most to fall off with that type of injury/layoff.
    Having met him back in his UConn days, he's super dedicated to his body and staying in amazing shape. Has been a very clean eater since those days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sixer04fan View Post
    I love that we have Emeka in camp. Not because of any realistic basketball expectations, but because he was a defensive anchor on my 2006 fantasy basketball championship team. That man will always have a special place in my heart!
    I'm really hoping he's a guy they use as a camp mentor for Joel and Richaun. Especially Richaun could use some teaching in the when to leave the floor and when to play the lane.

    I really think Humphries is going to be a good mentor of Saric, helping him become a better rebounder and shooter.

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    Oh FWIW, put the big 3 in bubble wrap.

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    Most excited I've been for a Sixer season since ....

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    If Emeka is healthy, he's our starting C if Embiid isn't playinG.

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    Wow. Just wow. That’s some hate.

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    i hope he is trolling

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    Quote Originally Posted by BChydro86 View Post
    If Emeka is healthy, he's our starting C if Embiid isn't playinG.
    Okafor is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by koldjerky View Post
    Okafor is.
    Can't start 6 guys

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    I dont think its that far fetched... even if he can only play 20mpg, i think Emeka Okafoe or Amir Johnson are easily better starters than Jah or Holmes.

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