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Sixers to work out 6 draft prospects Wednesday

Sixers to work out 6 draft prospects Wednesday

A day after hosting a pre-draft workout that included potential top-three pick Jaylen Brown from the University of California (see story), the Sixers will host another group session Wednesday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The workout will feature a set of six players, including former Michigan State guard Bryn forbes.

Bryn Forbes (6-3/190, Michigan State)
Forbes is a 23-year-old guard who played two seasons at Big Ten powerhouse Michigan State after transferring from Cleveland State following his sophomore season. Forbes made a name for himself at Michigan State by displaying his innate ability to shoot the three. In his senior season, Forbes led the Big Ten with 112 made three-pointers while shooting 48 percent from beyond the arc. Despite his pure shooting ability, Forbes' major weaknesses include his one-dimensional offensive game as well as his smaller frame. 

Grandy Glaze (6-6/235, Grand Canyon)
A native of Canada, Glaze transferred from Saint Louis to Grand Canyon for his senior season. As a forward at Grand Canyon, Glaze averaged 14 points and just under nine rebounds per game. Coming in as a relative unknown, Glaze must show scouts something special in order to prove he's ready for the NBA. 

Stefan Jankovic (6-11/235, Hawaii)
After spending two years in the SEC at Missouri, Jankovic transferred to Hawaii, where he made an immediate impact thanks to his size and shooting ability. In his final season with the Rainbow Warriors, Jankovic averaged 15.6 points per game while shooting an impressive 54 percent from the field, including 39 percent from beyond the arc. Jankovic won Big West Player of the Year honors while leading his team to an NCAA Tournament berth. 

Retin Obasohan (6-1/210, Alabama)
Another under the radar prospect is Belgian native Retin Obasohan. At Alabama, Obasohan proved to be a multi-dimensional player, showing off his natural scoring ability as well as his tenacious defense on the other side of the ball. Obahosan averaged 17.6 points per game in his senior season while shooting 47 percent from the field. He finished his career ranked eighth in Alabama history with 154 steals and was named to the SEC All-Defensive team following the 2015-16 season. 

David Walker (6-6/200, Northeastern)
Walker is another pure scorer in this year's draft. Projecting as a point guard or shooting guard, Walker averaged 17.9 points per game while shooting 45 percent from the field, including a remarkable 41 percent from three. He also chipped in four assists per game for the Huskies. With good size and natural scoring ability, look for Walker to land a summer league invite from someone if he goes undrafted. 

Stephen Zimmerman (7-0/240, UNLV)
A 7-foot freshman, Zimmerman averaged 10.5 points and 8.7 rebounds in his lone season for the Rebels. Despite playing just one season in college, Zimmerman has maintained potential first-round status on most NBA mock draft boards in recent months. Zimmerman is a highly skilled big man with the ability to hit a mid-range jump shot. This should set him apart from other centers in the draft as not all have the ability to knock down a 15-footer. With traditional centers becoming more rare with each passing year, Zimmerman must continue to work on his outside shot if he wants to make it in today's NBA. 

Nets 127, Sixers 124: Shorthanded Sixers scorched yet again by Nets' guards

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Nets 127, Sixers 124: Shorthanded Sixers scorched yet again by Nets' guards

BOX SCORE

No Jimmy Butler. No Mike Muscala. JJ Redick ice cold. The Nets’ guards continuing to kill them.

It just didn’t look like the Sixers' night Wednesday from the beginning in a 127-124 loss to Brooklyn at the Wells Fargo Center.

The loss was just the Sixers’ second defeat at home this season and drops them to 19-10 overall. 

Here are observations from the loss:

• Joel Embiid looked more like the player we’ve grown accustomed to seeing. There was definitely an effort to get him the ball early and often. He was 10 of 15 for 23 points in the first half.

He was a force on both ends, posting 33 points, 17 rebounds and six assists.

The footwork here is gorgeous.

The issue was when Embiid wasn’t on the court. He was a plus-7 while backup center Amir Johnson was a minus-10.

• Ben Simmons continues to be aggressive early and looking to score. He took nine shots in the first half. He shot just 4 of 9 but was getting into the paint at will. He wasn’t quite as aggressive in the second half when the Sixers could’ve used it.

The two-man game between Embiid and Simmons showed flashes to get the Sixers a brief lead. It’s not something the Sixers do a ton of, but with Butler out of the lineup and Redick struggling (5 of 15), it was an effective way to get both players going.

Simmons was also on the receiving end of this insane alley-oop from T.J. McConnell.

From courtside, it looked like Simmons was going to touch the ceiling.

He finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

• Have to give credit where it’s due: Furkan Korkmaz played a solid game Wednesday night. In his first NBA start, Korkmaz provided his typical shooting from his first touch.

What was more impressive was the pair of runners he hit off of overaggressive closeouts and his engagement on the defensive end. Defense has always been the question for Korkmaz and tonight he answered the bell, showing off some of his athleticism and instincts.

Both of those attributes were on display on this pick-and-roll by Brooklyn.

He also showed a little chemistry with Embiid on a couple offensive possessions.

Is he turning into a legitimate bench option? It’s still too early to tell, but the Sixers needed him tonight and he played well, matching the career high he set Monday night with 18 points.

• The Sixers' pick-and-roll defense continues to be an issue — as do guards D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie. The duo combined for 51 points on 16 of 28 from the field after killing the Sixers in the previous two matchups in Brooklyn this season. 

Dinwiddie was really cooking in the third quarter, at one point hitting five straight shots on his way to a career-high 39-point night. He’s a guard that can create his own shot and score in bunches. He’ll also be a free agent at season’s end. 

The Nets have yet to talk an extension with Dinwiddie, according to reports. If Brooklyn decides to get value for him while it can at the deadline, Elton Brand should place a call.

• Shake Milton got his first meaningful action in the first half with the Sixers being down so many men. The rookie out of SMU had a tough go and didn’t get back into the game until the outcome was decided late in the fourth quarter.

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Sixers vs. Nets: 3 storylines to watch and how to live stream the game

Sixers vs. Nets: 3 storylines to watch and how to live stream the game

The Sixers (19-9) will look to extend their league-leading record at home (14-1) against the Nets (10-18) at the Wells Fargo Center.

Though their first matchup against the Nets at Barclays Center is one they’d like to forget, it was Jimmy Butler’s game-winner in their second matchup that everyone will remember. But Wednesday night, Butler is out with a groin strain.

Here are the essentials for tonight’s matchup:

• When: 7 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
• Where: Wells Fargo Center
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia+
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

Here are three storylines to watch:

Spencer Dinwiddie is always a problem

Dinwiddie always causes the Sixers trouble. He scored 31 points in his 28 minutes off the bench in their last matchup, including 4 for 5 from three-point range. He’s second in the league in assists off the bench, trailing only JJ Barea. And he's tied for the most double-digit scoring games off the bench with Lou Williams (24). With the Sixers' bench already depleted, watch out for Dinwiddie to have another big night.

To blitz or not to blitz?

In their last game against Brooklyn, the Sixers found success defensively after they started blitzing and double-teaming the pick-and-roll in the second half. Defending the pick-and-roll has been one of the Sixers' biggest defensive weaknesses this season (see film review). With a team certainly looking to exploit that, it’ll be interesting to see what defensive adjustments the Sixers start this game off with.

Clutch who?

The Nets are tied for the most clutch games (those in which the margin has been five points or fewer during the final five minutes of a game) in the NBA this season with 17, but their record is just 5-12 in those games. The Sixers, on the other hand, have played in just one less clutch game this season, but their record is 13-3 (and two of those wins are game-winning three-pointers by Butler). With Butler out tonight, and the game on the line, who steps up?

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