2016 NBA Draft Recap: Reaction and Analysis Cover Image
2016 NBA Draft Recap: Reaction and Analysis
Brett Squires
Ben Simmons Headshot

Ben Simmons saw some minutes at point guard during Wednesday's scrimmage.

Simmons is a great talent with the only real knock on him during college was his inconsistent shooting. Despite his size he certainly has the handles to play some guard if the 76ers find themselves running a bigger lineup on the court with the likes of Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Simmons all positioning for two front court spots.
18 hours ago
Thon Maker Headshot

Thon Maker suffered a sprained right wrist in opening practice Tuesday. and was sent back to Milwaukee to be evaluated.

It's safe to say that this is not the way the Bucks expected things to go for Maker in their opening practice of training camp. He's been sent back to Milwaukee in order to be evaluated for a sprained wrist, and we should know more about the injury in the next couple of days. The Bucks selected the 19-year-old with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and his pro career is not off to a great start.
22 hours ago
Jahlil Okafor Headshot

Jahlil Okafor was limited in practice Wednesday with right knee soreness.

The 76ers have been actively trying to trade either Okafor or Nerlens Noel this offseason so this injury is not exactly ideal should they be currently negotiating any deals. Okafor had a solid rookie year in 2015, averaging 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.
1 day ago
Elfrid Payton Headshot

Elfrid Payton's practice status is day-to-day because of a strained hip flexor.

Payton strained his left hip flexor during the practice on Tuesday. He sat out the last 40 minutes. On Wednesday, head coach Frank Vogel said his practice status "day-to-day" which means Payton's timetable to return is completely up in the air. Vogel earlier this off-season said he is anticipating a "heck of a year" from the third-year point guard. If his shooting stroke has improved, Payton could have a big year in Orlando, assuming he outplays D.J. Augustin
1 day ago
Dante Exum Headshot

Dante Exum (knee) said he has no limitations heading into training camp.

Exum has been cleared for full activities for awhile so now it’s a matter of getting into playing shape after missing all of last year. The guard will be used off the bench so his fantasy value is limited and can be avoided in drafts.
1 day ago
Jake Layman Headshot

Jake Layman didn't practice Tuesday due to an undisclosed injury.

More information will be known later, but not good for a rookie trying to carve out a role on a team to miss any amount of time. At this point, it doesn’t appear Layman will be a fantasy option and fantasy owners can avoid this situation.
1 day ago
Festus Ezeli Headshot

Festus Ezeli (knee) did some individual shooting on the side of Tuesday's practice.

Ezeli continues to deal with knee issues, but the original timetable suggested the big man would be ready for the start of the regular season. There’s not much upside so fantasy owners can avoid investing in this situation.
1 day ago
Cameron Payne Headshot

Cameron Payne tweaked his ankle during the Thunder's team scrimmage Tuesday.

Payne had been recovering from a fractured foot so it’s not known if this is related or how long he will have to be sidelined for. The guard is looking to take the next step in his career as he enters his second year with the Thunder, but it will be hard to carve out a role playing behind Russell Westbrook.
1 day ago
Josh McRoberts Headshot

Josh McRoberts will be limited to start camp because of a foot injury.

McRoberts has always had trouble staying healthy and it will continue this season. The power forward was in line to receive more minutes due to the latest situation with Chris Bosh, but will now have to play catch up when he is finally healthy. The Heat will use a combination of Derrick Williams, James Johnson and Udonis Haslem to fill that void.
1 day ago
Derrick Rose Headshot

Derrick Rose said he doesn't mind playing second fiddle to Carmelo Anthony.

Rose is looking to start fresh in New York, as he has not played in more than 66 games since the 2010-'11 season. In 2015-'16 Rose averaged 16.4 points and 4.7 assists. The Knicks go into the season with Rose, Anthony and youngster Kristaps Porzingis, which figures to be a talented core. Rose is worth drafting, but do not overpay for him.
1 day ago
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