While the Sixers are still very much in their rebuilding phase, players such as T.J. McConnell and Robert Covington are in the position to find out what their respective niches are in the league, Bob Cooney of The Philadelphia Inquirer writes. Some teams may be watching, as Cooney points out, so McConnell and Covington, two players who have proven to be capable in the league, can look at their situations as sort of auditions in some way. In any event, the increased roles players have with the Sixers would likely not exist on another squad and it is a good opportunity for some to develop and learn if they belong in the league, Cooney surmises.
Here is more from Philadelphia:
- Nerlens Noel had to adjust on mental and emotional levels when the Sixers replaced former GM Sam Hinkie, who told Noel that he wouldn’t trade him, as the big man discussed with The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski (podcast link). Among the other topics worth listening in on include Noel’s thoughts on the Sixers’ center logjam, and Noel acknowledging that communication could have been better between him and team when he was working out on his own during the offseason.
- While talk of making the playoffs is still premature for the Sixers, having Noel, who is known as a solid defender, lead the second unit along with Dario Saric and Gerald Henderson or Nik Stauskas has yielded positive results, Cooney writes in a separate column.