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Sixers Notes: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot gives No. 20 to Markelle Fultz

Sixers Notes: Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot gives No. 20 to Markelle Fultz

There are a lot of pressing questions heading into Sixers training camp.

How many games will Joel Embiid play?

How will Ben Simmons do running the point?

What jersey number will Markelle Fultz wear???

Fultz has donned No. 20 since his freshman year of high school. Last season, that number belonged to Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, who also wore it internationally prior to the NBA. 

When the Sixers revealed their new uniforms for the 2017-18 season, the unveiling featured Fultz … in No. 20.

“Tim was a good enough person to give it up to me,” Fultz said in a Sixers.com video. “He’s become very close to me. I appreciate him giving me No. 20. I think he knows that. I’m going to represent it well. I think he had a lot of meaning behind it, too, so I’ve got to represent it the right way.” 

Earlier this summer, Luwawu-Cabarrot joked on Instagram that the cost of his number would be hefty, to the tune of a luxury sports car. He and Fultz formed visible chemistry on the court and on the bench during summer league, so the second-year guard may have dropped the asking price.

There's no word yet on what number Luwawu-Cabarrot will wear this season for the Sixers. He posted a photo with a No. 3 jersey for the French national team on Tuesday, shortly after Fultz’s number was announced.

The Sixers are holding an online contest to win one of five Fultz jerseys. The rookie hopes fans appreciate his attachment to the number. 

"It’s kind of crazy, really, seeing your number that you want and have your name on the back of it," Fultz said. "It just shows that you worked hard for something, you got that spot, and you’ve just got to protect your brand." 

TLC injury update
Luwawu-Cabarrot reportedly suffered patellar tendinitis, left his training with the national team and will not participate in EuroBasket this summer. The Sixers are aware of his injury, according to a source. Sportando first reported Luwawu-Cabarrot left the training camp.

NBA draft profile: UCLA PG Aaron Holiday

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NBA draft profile: UCLA PG Aaron Holiday

Aaron Holiday

Position: Guard

Height: 6-0

Weight: 187

School: UCLA

Sixers fans should recognize the name. Aaron Holiday is the brother of former Sixers first-round pick Jrue Holiday and Bulls wing Justin Holiday. Aaron is the youngest — and smallest — of the three. 

A three-year player at UCLA, Holiday developed into one of the most prodigious scorers and shooters in Bruins history. He was the first UCLA player to lead the Pac 12 in scoring (20.3 points per game) since some guy named Reggie Miller. For his efforts, he was named to the All-Pac 12 first team.

For his college career, Holiday averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 assists per contest in 101 games (65 starts). He also hit 180 treys, shooting 42 percent from three.

Strengths
Holiday’s most obvious and translatable NBA attribute is his jump shot. He shot over 40 percent in all three of his seasons at UCLA and is capable off the dribble, off screens and in catch-and-shoot opportunities. He also has NBA range and is not afraid to pull up from any spot on the floor.

For his size, he’s a good, creative finisher and features a pretty nice floater. He understands how to attack defenses, especially in the pick and roll. He’s excellent at changing his pace and lulling defenders to sleep. He’s a good and willing passer. Defensively he has excellent instincts. He’s aggressive and does well at getting his hands in passing lanes.

Weaknesses
Size is a huge issue for Holiday. The other big issue is, he’s just an OK athlete that lacks quickness and explosion while driving to the basket. Defense is always going to be an issue as he’ll struggle to guard some of the bigger and more explosive point guards in the league. He also struggled with turnovers.

NBA comparison
Aaron Brooks, most recently of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Both players make up for their size with excellent perimeter shooting. Brooks was more explosive coming out of Oregon, but also has a good change of pace to confuse opponents. Holiday has better feel and vision. Brooks has struggled defensively at the NBA level and Holiday will likely encounter the same issues.

How he'd fit with Sixers
It’s tough to project Holiday to the Sixers. His shooting would play well here and playing with a 6-foot-10 point guard would certainly help his cause, but where would he fit? He won’t be a starter right away and the Sixers already feature T.J. McConnell off the bench. McConnell provides energy and top-notch defense that Holiday cannot.

Draft projection
The modern NBA is all about the three so teams will be interested in Holiday as a backup point guard and shooter off the bench. He could go anywhere from the late teens to the mid-20s.

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Sixers' G League affiliate, Blue Coats, name Connor Johnson head coach

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Sixers' G League affiliate, Blue Coats, name Connor Johnson head coach

The Sixers’ Gatorade League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats, named Connor Johnson head coach for the upcoming season.

Johnson has worked with the Sixers since 2014. He most recently was the Sixers’ director of player development and coaching administration. Johnson began his time with the Sixers as the video coordinator. He also was a graduate assistant at Villanova under Jay Wright for the men’s basketball program.

“Our real goal is to improve the 76ers players,” Johnson said.

The collaboration between the Sixers and Blue Coats will be key as minutes for developing players could be lessened while the Sixers continue to compete for the postseason.

“The fact that the 76ers are growing and becoming a playoff-caliber, championship-contending team, we’re really going to need to use the G League to continue to make the younger players better who might not have the same opportunity,” Johnson said.

With news of Johnson’s hiring, the Blue Coats continue to promote from within the Sixers organization.

“I was thrilled,” Johnson said.