The Philadelphia 76ers chose a new point guard and shooting guard on Wednesday. But Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick have nothing to fear. The picks were for its digital team, the 76ers Gaming Club, playing the NBA 2K18 video game in the NBA’s first professional esports league. In its first draft, the Sixers club chose shooting guard Antonio “Newdini33” Newman, 22, who had been toiling in a Walgreen’s while attending pharmacy school and living in Washington, Ill. Yet, he practices gaming 12 hours a day and scored 23.6 points a game in the 2K18 League combine, shooting 58 percent from the field, and 54 percent from behind the three-point line. That caught the eye of the Sixers, who made him their second pick, after choosing Ethan “Radiant” White, 19, a point guard from Battle Creek, Mich., in the first round. “I think we can be a dominant one-two,” Newman said. “Whether I’m having an off game, he’ll be … [Read more...] about 76ers draft players for their new NBA 2K esports team
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PHILADELPHIA — Until last week, Markelle Fultz’s NBA rookie season consisted of an endless string of early-afternoon workouts.The overall No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft worked with Sixers assistant coach and South Jersey native Billy Lange.Fultz, 19, and Lange ran through a variety of shooting drills. The only audience was usually 20,000 empty seats, a couple of ushers and a few reporters videoing his every move with their phones in search of web clicks.All that changed Monday.Fultz returned to the court and the only life he’s ever known, playing for the first time since October and helping the 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets. And on Wednesday, the 6-foot-4 guard answered a number of routine questions from reporters after helping the Sixers beat the Knicks. Close 1 of 22 Philadelphia 76ers’ Markelle Fultz, left, goes up for a shot past Denver Nuggets’ Torrey Craig during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 26, 2018, in … [Read more...] about What is Markelle Futlz’s future with the 76ers?
PHILADELPHIA — The sellout home crowd at Wells Fargo Arena took every opportunity to break into raucous roars Monday night. They cheered when the Nuggets’ Torrey Craig missed two free throws, yielding free Wendy’s frosty desserts for all in attendance. They cheered when 76ers rookie Markelle Fultz did, well, anything in his unexpected return from a shoulder injury that had kept the No. 1 overall draft pick out for the bulk of the season. And they cheered when Rookie of the Year contender Ben Simmons went coast-to-coast for a fourth-quarter layup to extend Phildelphia’s ballooning lead. A team and city celebrating surviving “The Process” with a return to the playoffs delivered another blow to Denver’s postseason hopes with a 123-104 victory. The Nuggets (40-34) entered Monday in ninth place in the Western Conference standings — 1.5 games back of Utah and Minnesota, and one game ahead of the 10th-place Clippers. The Timberwolves … [Read more...] about Philadelphia 76ers blow past Denver Nuggets in second half to deliver another hit to playoff hopes
Amway Center has hosted NBA games for eight seasons now, and in all that time, perhaps no one had an easier dunk than the one Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons unleashed on the Orlando Magic with 5:00 remaining in Thursday night’s second quarter.Magic point guard Shelvin Mack hoisted an errant 3-pointer, and Simmons gathered the rebound.Simmons dribbled upcourt at three-quarters speed and spotted a gaping pathway to the hoop between Nikola Vucevic and Mack while Vucevic and Mack jogged back in transition. Simmons looked to his right, as if he intended to dish the ball, and then he sped toward the rim with no Magic player close to him, and he unleashed a left-handed dunk. Arron Afflalo, who trailed the play, grimaced.The basket extended the Sixers’ lead to 56-39.Led by Simmons and Joel Embiid, two superstars in the making, the Sixers toyed with the Magic and beat the Magic on their home floor 118-98 in a game more lopsided than the final score indicates.“Our guys … [Read more...] about Philadelphia 76ers crush Orlando Magic 118-98
Last Updated Jun 22, 2017 9:18 PM EDT NEW YORK -- The Philadelphia 76ers have selected 6-foot-4 guard Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.Fultz averaged 23.2 points last season at Washington, tops among freshmen, and added 5.9 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game, the only Division I player to reach those stats. He walked across the stage Thursday night at Barclays Center wearing red sneakers made of basketballs.FULL COVERAGE: See more of the NBA draft from CBSSports.comThe 76ers had the No. 1 pick for the second straight year after trading with the Boston Celtics on Monday.Fultz joins Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, last year's No. 1 overall pick, to give the Sixers one of the most exciting young cores in the NBA, CBS Sports reports. The Sixers had previously said that Simmons would serve as the de facto point guard once healthy, so it will be interesting to see if Fultz, who has mostly played point guard, shifts to playing off the ball in Philadelphia's … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Philadelphia 76ers choose Markelle Fultz with top pick in NBA draft 2017