Brand: ‘Joel(Embiid) has quickly established himself as one of our game’s most dominant players’

The NBA announced today that Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers was named an Eastern Conference starter for the 2020 All-Star Game in Chicago. It’s Embiid’s third consecutive All-Star Game selection after being named a starter in each of the past two seasons. He’s the first 76ers player to be named a starter in three straight All-Star Games since Hall of Famer Allen Iverson started seven straight from 2000-06. Embiid is also the eighth player in franchise history to be named an All-Star starter three times, matching Wilt Chamberlain with his third selection.

“Congratulations to Joel on being named an All-Star starter for the third consecutive season,” said Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Elton Brand. “Through his continued hard work and intense desire to win, Joel has quickly established himself as one of our game’s most dominant players and a cornerstone of our franchise. His combination of power and finesse is truly special, as is the unique connection he’s made to our fans in Philadelphia. This is well-deserved, and we look forward to Joel representing the Philadelphia 76ers in Chicago during All-Star Weekend.

In his fourth NBA season, Embiid holds averages of 23.4 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. He and fellow All-Star starter Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only two players in the league averaging 20 points, 12 rebounds and one block per game. Embiid has posted a team-best 24 double-doubles (sixth in East) in his 31 games, while his 21 games with 20 points and 10 rebounds are tied for the second-most in the NBA, behind only Antetokounmpo.

Embiid is one of four Eastern Conference players, and one of seven league-wide, averaging at least eight free-throw attempts per game, making at least 10 free throws on nine occasions. In five of those 10 free-throw games, Embiid has scored 30-plus points, something he’s done a team-leading eight times this season. On Dec. 12, Embiid joined Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes (twice) as the only 76ers ever to post at least 38 points, 16 rebounds and six assists against the Celtics.

Defensively, Embiid ranks sixth in the East with an individual defensive rating of 99.5. He’s one of eight-players league-wide with a mark below 100. Embiid, Antetokounmpo and Detroit’s Andre Drummond are the only three Eastern Conference players averaging at least 1.0 blocks and 12.0 rebounds per contest.

On Nov. 15 at Oklahoma City, Embiid’s 166th career game, Embiid surpassed 4,000 points, becoming the second-fastest 76er to reach the mark, behind only Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain. The Cameroon native would later collect his 2,000th career rebound in his 174th game, becoming the fastest NBA player to reach the mark since Tim Duncan in 1999. The only 76er ever to post 2,000 career rebounds faster than Embiid was Hall of Famer George McGinnis in 1977.

In the Eastern Conference frontcourt, Embiid finished third in fan voting and second in both player and media voting.

Fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote to determine the NBA All-Star Game starters, while current NBA players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each.

After all votes were tallied, players were ranked in each conference by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups – fan votes, player votes and media votes.  Each player’s score was calculated by averaging his weighted rank from the fan votes, the player votes and the media votes.  The two guards and three frontcourt players with the best score in each conference were named NBA All-Star Game starters.

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Marial Shayok scores 29 points in Blue Coats’ 119-109 victory over Lakers

The Delaware Blue Coats (14-10), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the South Bay Lakers (10-17), 119-109, on Monday afternoon at 76ers Fieldhouse. Seven Blue Coats players scored at least 10 points for the third time this season, improving to 2-1 in such games.

76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok tallied a game-high 29 points (12-21 fg, 5-9 3fg) with six rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes for the Blue Coats. Xavier Munford scored 17 of his 21 points (6-13 fg, 3-7 3fg, 4-4 ft) in the first half for Delaware, while Doral Moore registered 17 points (7-12 fg, 2-2 ft), seven rebounds and three blocked shots in 29 minutes off the bench.

Zhaire Smith, on assignment from the 76ers, finished the game with 14 points (5-12 fg, 4-8 3fg), three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes of action for the home team. Smith matched his career-high mark with four 3-point field goals made. Julian Washburn notched his first double-double of the season for the Blue Coats with 10 points (3-4 fg, 2-3 3fg, 2-2 ft) and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes, while Christ Koumadje neared a double-double with 10 points (4-7 fg, 1-2 ft), nine rebounds and five blocked shots in just 16 minutes of work.

The Blue Coats led 75-54 at halftime and by as many as 34 points in the third quarter. Delaware outrebounded the visitors 54-50, marking the team’s sixteenth game with at least 50 total rebounds.

Zach Norvell Jr. paced South Bay with 22 points (6-10 fg, 3-6 3fg, 4-5 ft), six rebounds and a pair of assists in 35 minutes as a starter. Los Angeles Lakers two-way contract player Kostas Antetokounmpo secured his third-straight double-double with 21 points (9-18 fg, 1-4 3fg, 1-2 ft) and 13 rebounds in 33 minutes for South Bay. Marcus Allen and Javan Felix each finished with 18 points in reserve roles for the visitors, with the duo combining for 16 points in the third quarter.

The Blue Coats will hit the road to take on the Memphis Hustle on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

76ers’ Ben Simmons named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

The NBA announced today that Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for play during the week of Monday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, Jan. 19. This marks Simmons’ third career Player of the Week honor, earning the award in each of his first three seasons in the NBA (April 9, 2018 and March 4, 201

Simmons’ award marks Philadelphia’s second consecutive winner after Josh Richardson earned Player of the Week honors on Jan. 13. The last time the 76ers were awarded back-to-back Player of the Week honors was the 2002-03 season when Hall of Famer Allen Iverson earned the honor in consecutive weeks. The last time two different 76ers earned the award in back-to-back weeks was when Aaron McKie and Iverson did so in 2000-01.

 For the week, the 76ers played in four games, earning a 3-1 record. Simmons recorded a total of 85 points through four games, averaging 21.3 points on the week. The 2019 NBA All-Star notched 20-or-more points in a career-high four straight games. Simmons also averaged 9.5 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game, the only Eastern Conference player to record such averages last week and one of three in the NBA.

 Simmons registered a double-double in three of the four games, with all three coming in the form of 20-10 games (two point-rebound double-doubles and one point-assist double-double). The NBA steals leader recorded at least one swipe in each of the four games, sending his season total to 88. Overall, the third-year NBA player has upped his streak of double-digit scoring to 18-consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak of his career.

 On Wednesday, Jan. 17 against Brooklyn at home, Simmons played in his 200th career game. Through those 200 contests, Simmons scored 3,228 points, collected 1,660 rebounds and dished out 1,608 assists. Simmons joined Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson as the only three players in NBA history to reach at least 3,000 points, 1,500 rebounds and 1,500 assists in 200 career games.

 In the team’s matchup against the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Jan. 17, Simmons scored 12 of his 20 points in the first half, marking the fourth game in a row that he scored 10-plus in the first half. Against New York on Jan. 18, Simmons locked in his fourth consecutive 20-plus ppoint game, along with his 18th-straight double-digit scoring game, helping the 76ers snap a six-game road losing streak. Philadelphia sealed the season series against the Knicks on Saturday, owning a 3-0 record this season. Simmons is 11-0 in his career against New York.

At Indiana on Monday, Jan. 13, Simmons led the team in scoring (24) and rebounding (14).

 Simmons currently leads the league in steals (88), steals per game (2.1) and loose balls recovered (77), and is averaging 15.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 8.4 assists (fifth in NBA) per game. Simmons is the only Eastern Conference player this season averaging at least 15 points, seven rebounds and eight assists per contest and the only other players in the league doing so are Lakers’ LeBron James and Dallas’ Luka Dončić.

76ers’ Richardson named Eastern Conference Player of the Week

The NBA announced today that Josh Richardson of the Philadelphia 76ers was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played between Monday, Jan. 6 and Sunday, Jan. 12. In his fifth NBA season, and first with the 76ers, it’s Richardson’s first career Player of the Week selection.

Richardson led the 76ers to a 2-1 week, including wins over Oklahoma City and Boston, while posting a team-leading (eighth in East) 22.7 points per game. For the week, Richardson connected on better than 50-percent of his shots from the field (24-47) and scored 16-plus in each of the three contests.

 Last Monday, at home against Oklahoma City, Richardson notched a team-high 23 points (9-17 FG) and added four assists as the 76ers earned a 120-113 win, snapping a 10-game home losing streak against the Thunder. He followed up on Thursday with a 29-point (9-16 FG), seven-assist outing against Atlantic Division-rival Boston, the East’s No. 2 seed. In that game, Richardson knocked down each of his career-high 10 free-throw attempts as the 76ers clinched the season series over the Celtics for the first time since 2013-14. With the pair of home victories, Philadelphia improved to 18-2 at The Center this season, the team’s best home record through 20 games since 1982-83. In the team’s final game of the week, Richardson tallied 16 points in 34 minutes at Dallas on Saturday night.

Richardson, who was acquired in an offseason trade with Miami, has appeared in 32 games (all starts) for the 76ers this season, averaging 15.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 32.1 minutes per contest. He’s scored in double figures 24 times and reached the 20-point mark on eight occasions, including twice over the past week. The former Tennessee Volunteer is the team’s first Player of the Week honoree this season and the first since Ben Simmons earned the award in March last season.

Zhaire Smith matches G League career-high in Blue Coats’ loss

The Delaware Blue Coats (12-9), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Grand Rapids Drive (13-10), 100-91, on Friday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. Zhaire Smith, on assignment from the 76ers, scored a game-high 19 points (6-9 fg, 4-6 3fg, 1-1 ft) with three rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes for the Blue Coats. Smith’s 19 points match his career-high total in the G League.

76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok added 14 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of action for Delaware, while Jared Brownridge came off the bench to tally 13 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes of work. Christ Koumadje, the NBA G League leader in blocked shots per game (3.8), added five rejections and corralled a team-high 13 rebounds in a game-high 36 minutes for the Blue Coats. Koumadje was the team’s leading rebounder for the ninth-straight game.

The contest featured 13 lead changes and was tied seven times. The Blue Coats led 43-42 at the halftime break and 69-66 after three quarters. The Drive out rebounded the Blue Coats, 66-48, marking a season-high total for the visitors.

A pair of 16-point performances paced Grand Rapids. Donta Hall registered his sixth-straight double-double with 16 points (8-12 fg) and 16 rebounds in 27 minutes for the Drive, while Adam Woodbury came off the bench to collect a double-double of his own with 16 points (8-18 fg) and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. Detroit Pistons two-way contract player Louis King posted 12 points (5-18 fg, 2-2 ft) and eight rebounds in 27 minutes as a Drive reserve, and Tra-Deon Hollins was a game-high plus-29 while stuffing the stat sheet with game-high totals in assists (12) and steals (5) to go along with his eight points (3-8 fg, 1-1 ft).

Shayok drops 31 points in Blue Coats’ victory

The Delaware Blue Coats (7-4), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Capital City Go-Go (5-6), 110-109, on Friday night at 76ers Fieldhouse for the team’s fourth-straight victory. 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok scored a game-high 31 points (13-23 fg, 4-7 3fg, 1-1 ft) in 30 minutes of action. Jonah Bolden, on assignment from the 76ers, converted a putback dunk with 5.4 seconds remaining to take the lead.

Bolden posted his third double-double of the season and his eighth overall in a Blue Coats uniform with 14 points (6-9 fg, 1-2 3fg, 1-2 ft), 13 rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes. Christ Koumadje also secured a double-double, his second of the season for the home team, with a season-high 20 points (7-9 fg, 3-3 ft), 12 rebounds and two blocked shots in 20 minutes as a reserve. Jared Brownridge added 16 points (6-11 fg, 4-8 3fg) in 22 minutes off the bench in the victory. Brownridge has now converted four triples or more on five occasions this season, after doing so in 30 of his 49 appearances (61 percent) with the Blue Coats during the 2018-19 campaign.

76ers two-way contract player Norvel Pelle nearly racked up his third consecutive double-double with the Blue Coats, finishing with 12 points (5-9 fg, 1-1 ft) and nine rebounds in 19 minutes.

Delaware grabbed 59 total rebounds for a plus-22 margin on the glass. Friday marks the second time this season that the team has recorded 59 rebounds, two shy of the season-high 61 rebounds posted on Dec. 1 at Lakeland. Delaware has corralled 55 rebounds or more in six of the team’s 11 games to this point.

The Blue Coats led 61-56 at halftime in a game that saw 12 total lead changes. The team improves to a perfect 6-0 overall when leading at the break.

For Capital City, Jerian Grant led the way with a season-high 25 points (6-13 fg, 2-4 3fg, 7-8 ft) to go along with six rebounds, six assists and three steals in a game-high 36 minutes. Jalen Jones collected 20 points (6-10 fg, 4-6 3fg, 2-3 ft) and eight rebounds in 34 minutes for the visitors, while Jalen Hudson added 19 points (8-18 fg, 3-6 3fg), seven rebounds and three steals in his first start of the season.

Norvel Pelle leads Blue Coats to victory

The Delaware Blue Coats (6-4), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated Raptors 905 (3-5), 115-106, on Tuesday night at 76ers Fieldhouse for the team’s third-straight victory. In his fifth game with the Blue Coats, 76ers two-way contract player Norvel Pelle notched his third double-double of the season with 20 points (9-14 fg, 1-2 ft), a season-high-tying 14 rebounds and 2 blocked shots in 27 minutes of action.

Six Blue Coats players scored in double figures for the fourth time this season. Zhaire Smith, on assignment from the 76ers, tallied a season-high-tying 18 points (8-13 fg, 1-2 3fg, 1-1 ft) and added five rebounds in 31 minutes. 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok posted 16 points (5-13 fg, 2-5 3fg, 3-3 ft), six rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes off the bench for Delaware, while Christ Koumadje added a season-high 12 points (5-6 fg, 1-1 ft) to go along with four rebounds and three blocks in 15 minutes as a reserve.

Delaware led 54-49 at halftime and is now a perfect 5-0 overall when leading at the break.

The 905 also saw six players reach double figures scoring. Dewan Hernandez, on assignment from Toronto, posted a game-high 22 points (10-17 fg, 2-3 ft) with eight rebounds in 27 minutes. Raptors two-way contract player Shamorie Ponds came off the bench and scored 17 of his 19 points (6-15 fg, 2-7 3fg, 2-2 ft) in the second half. Justin Anderson (4-15 fg, 3-10 3fg, 4-5 ft) and Raptors two-way contract player Oshae Brissett (7-25 fg, 1-9 3fg, 1-2 ft) each contributed 17 points in the loss, with Brissett adding 11 rebounds in 27 minutes to secure his first career double-double.

The Blue Coats will host the Capital City Go-Go on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. at 76ers Fieldhouse.

Zhaire Smith drops season-high 18 points for Blue Coats

The Delaware Blue Coats (3-4), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Wisconsin Herd (7-1), 124-119, on Saturday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. Zhaire Smith, on assignment from the 76ers, posted a season-high 18 points (7-18 fg, 1-5 3fg, 2-2 ft) with seven rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes for the Blue Coats.

Six Blue Coats players, including Smith, scored in double figures in the loss. Tonight marks the third time in the past four contests that six Delaware players have scored at least 10 points. Jared Brownridge led the way with 23 points (8-16 fg, 5-10 3fg, 2-2 ft) in 25 minutes off the bench, while Xavier Munford tallied 15 points (7-17 fg, 1-4 3fg), six rebounds and seven assists in 31 minutes against his former team. Isaiah Miles scored 12 of his 14 total points (4-9 fg, 2-5 3fg, 2-2 ft) in the first quarter for Delaware, while Haywood Highsmith added 12 points (4-13 fg, 2-7 3fg, 1-1 ft), three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes for the home team.

76ers two-way contract player Norvel Pelle recorded his second double-double of the season for the Blue Coats with 10 points (5-9 fg) and 12 rebounds, to go along with a pair of blocked shots, in 27 minutes of work.

With the win, Wisconsin extended its franchise-record winning streak to seven games. Rayjon Tucker posted a season-high 30 points (9-14 fg, 4-5 3fg, 4-7 ft) with six rebounds in 32 minutes for the Herd, as the visitors saw seven players reach double figures for the first time this season. Former Blue Coat D.J. Hogg contributed 10 of his 17 points (6-8 fg, 2-4 3fg, 3-3 ft) in the first quarter. Hogg, who sunk a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to extend his team’s lead to five points, added six rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes. Luke Maye added 16 points (6-13 fg, 4-8 3fg) and seven rebounds in 28 minutes for Wisconsin.

Delaware led 37-34 after one quarter, but trailed the Herd 72-65 at halftime. The Blue Coats outrebounded Wisconsin, which entered the game leading the G League with 56.8 rebounds per game, 55-48, in the loss. Delaware also blocked 10 shots for the second time this season.

Shayok wins NBA G League Player of the Week

The NBA G League announced today that Philadelphia 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok has been named NBA G League Player of the Week for games played Nov. 8 – 17. Shayok is the first Player of the Week award recipient of the 2019-20 G League season.

In three games played for the Delaware Blue Coats, Shayok averaged 35.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 32.7 minutes per game. The Ottawa native currently leads the G League in scoring average (35.0 ppg), while shooting 48.7 percent (37-76) from the field, 33.3 percent (8-24) from beyond the arc and 85.0 percent (17-20) from the free throw line.

In front of a sellout crowd at 76ers Fieldhouse on Opening Night against the Maine Red Claws, Shayok posted a game-high 34 points with six rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes for Delaware. The rookie out of Iowa State followed that up with a 42-point performance (nine rebounds, three assists) in a 141-135 home win over the Greensboro Swarm on Nov. 11. When the Blue Coats posted the second-highest point total in franchise history in a 152-137 road victory at Long Island on Nov. 15, Shayok netted 29 points and grabbed a season-high 13 rebounds in 33 minutes to pick up his first career double-double.

The Blue Coats return to action on Tuesday night at home when they take on the Capital City Go-Go at 7:00 p.m.

76ers two-way player Marial Shayok scores 42 points for the Blue Coats

The Delaware Blue Coats (1-1), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, posted the team’s highest point total ever at 76ers Fieldhouse in a 141-135 victory over the Greensboro Swarm (1-1) on Monday night. The team previously scored 140 points in a victory over Fort Wayne on Feb. 20, 2019. 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok totaled 20-or-more points in both halves of Monday’s game, finishing with 42 points (14-27 fg, 3-9 3fg, 9-9 ft), nine rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes, as the Blue Coats picked up their first win of the 2019-20 season.

Shayok has now scored 76 points through Delaware’s first two games of the season. Xavier Munford was a game-high plus-16 in tallying 36 points (9-18 fg, 6-10 3fg, 6-7 ft), six rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes for the Blue Coats. Haywood Highsmith (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Christ Koumadje (10 points, 12 rebounds) each registered a double-double, while Julian Washburn added 12 points (5-7 fg, 2-4 3fg) and four rebounds in 25 minutes as a reserve.

“We played at a great pace,” said Munford. “We kicked the ball ahead and we moved the ball. Our big emphasis coming into the game was more passes per possession, and I feel like we really focused on that tonight.”

For Greensboro, both players on assignment from the Charlotte Hornets—Caleb Martin and Jalen McDaniels—scored 30 points in the contest. Martin posted 30 points (10-19 fg, 1-6 3fg, 5-6 ft) with seven rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes, while McDaniels finished with 30 points (9-17 fg, 5-6 3fg, 4-4 ft), eight rebounds and five steals in 31 minutes. All five starters for the Swarm reached double figures scoring, including Hornets two-way contract player Robert Franks, who notched 27 points (10-19 fg, 3-7 3fg, 2-3 ft) and seven rebounds in 35 minutes of action. Fellow two-way contract player Kobi Simmons secured his second-straight double-double with 18 points (7-14 fg, 2-5 3fg, 1-1 ft) and 10 assists in 28 minutes.

The Blue Coats return to action on Friday night when they take on the Long Island Nets on the road at 7:00 p.m.