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Which Sixer has the most to lose in 2019-20 season?

Which Sixer has the most to lose in 2019-20 season?

With training camp getting closer, there are plenty of topics to discuss involving the 2019-20 Sixers. Running the Give and Go are NBC Sports Philadelphia's Paul Hudrick and Noah Levick.

In this edition, we ask: Which Sixer has the most to lose this season? 

Hudrick 

Before the Sixers missed out on signing veteran sharpshooter Kyle Korver, there were rumors that 2016 first-round pick Furkan Korkmaz was headed back to Turkey. It would’ve made sense. The Sixers didn’t pick up his option for 2019-20 and he reportedly complained about his playing time last season.

Then Korver chose the Milwaukee Bucks over his former team and Elton Brand brought back the 22-year-old Turkish guard on a one-year deal. The fact that this could be Korkmaz’s last shot to stick in the NBA means he has the most to lose of any Sixer this season.

Korkmaz was touted as an excellent shooter during the pre-draft process. That skill has yet to translate to the NBA as Korkmaz has shot just 32.3 percent on 161 career three-point attempts. He’s shown offensive skill and instincts at times, but his shot selection is questionable. He’s a decent athlete, but has been a below-average defender.

He’ll be in a serious fight to become a part of the rotation this season. James Ennis will likely be the first wing off the bench, but there should be minutes for another perimeter player available. Korkmaz will have to battle 2019 first-round pick Matisse Thybulle and 2018 first-rounder Zhaire Smith. If Korkmaz's shot doesn’t fall, Thybulle and Smith both bring way more on the defensive end.

And that could send Korkmaz back overseas for 2020-21.

Levick 

There’s a lot at stake for Jonah Bolden this season.

He had an eventful rookie year, dealing with injury, stints in the G League and irregular playing time with the Sixers. 

Bolden had some positive moments. The Australian big man rebounded from making just 2 of his first 17 NBA threes to hit 35.4 percent from long range, and he flashed ability as a lengthy, athletic defender. There were also a variety of issues for Bolden, including classic rookie errors like unforced turnovers and excessive fouls, and his lack of size at center.

Now, there’s not an obvious spot for Bolden in the Sixers’ rotation. Kyle O’Quinn and Al Horford will presumably be ahead of him as backups to Joel Embiid, and Mike Scott seems to be the team’s backup power forward. Perhaps Bolden’s aptitude with perimeter defense will appeal to Brett Brown in specific matchups, but you have to look hard to find a regular place for him in the rotation.

Another important factor with Bolden is his contract situation — he has nothing guaranteed beyond this season. He’d gain a lot by earning playing time as a young player on a championship contender. If he’s unimpressive in his second year or simply doesn’t get much opportunity, though, he might end up moving elsewhere. 

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Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) questionable for Game 2 of Sixers' playoff series against Nets

Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) questionable for Game 2 of Sixers' playoff series against Nets

The questions about Joel Embiid's left knee aren't going away. 

The Sixers' center is is listed as questionable with left knee soreness for Game 2 of the Sixers' first-round playoff series against the Nets on the NBA's official injury report. After being doubtful for Game 1, Embiid played through pain and posted 22 points on 5 for 15 shooting, 15 rebounds, five blocks and four assists. He admitted he was hampered by both the knee pain and by being "out of shape." Embiid's last game prior to Game 1 was on April 6 against the Bulls.

Jonah Bolden, who played five minutes Saturday, is probable for Game 2 with left knee soreness. Though Boban Marjanovic was effective in Game 1, scoring 13 points on 5 for 7 shooting in his 15 minutes, Bolden is a different, more agile backup center option for Brett Brown.

James Ennis has been upgraded from out to doubtful. He's been sidelined since aggravating a right quad contusion on April 3 in Atlanta. Without Ennis, Brown used Jonathon Simmons as his primary wing off the bench Saturday.

There are two notable inclusions on the injury report for the Nets as well in Jared Dudley and Ed Davis. Dudley is questionable with right calf tightness, while Davis is questionable with a right ankle sprain. If Davis doesn't play, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, a native of Chester, Pennsylvania, would likely enter the Nets' rotation. Hollis-Jefferson had 19 points in 26 minutes against the Sixers on March 28 and took advantage of the matchup vs. Marjanovic offensively.

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

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

Updated: 6:45 p.m. 

The Sixers (50-31) are back at it against the Chicago Bulls (22-59) in their final game of the regular season. All Sixers starters (Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid) are sitting this one out. Jonah Bolden is also out with left knee soreness. Mike Scott, who was questionable with lower back tightness, will play.

Here are the essentials:

When: 8 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 7 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:

Bulls again …

Who’s ready for another game against JaKarr Sampson and the Chicago Bulls? Just a few days ago, Sampson, the former Sixer, dropped 29 points in the Sixers' victory over Chicago. Greg Monroe made his debut with the Sixers and Zhaire Smith and Shake Milton got some solid playing time. With the Sixers resting all of their starters, expect the focus to be on the youngsters.

Regular season wrap-up

In game 82 and with the No. 3 seed locked up, tonight is all about staying healthy. Whatever the outcome, the Sixers have finished with their second consecutive 50-win season. The last time the Sixers had back-to-back seasons 50-plus wins was the 1985-86 season.

Furkan Korkmaz

Furkan Korkmaz was back on the court Tuesday night for the first time since he tore his meniscus in mid-February, finishing with two points in seven and a half minutes. It’s going to take a little time for Korkmaz to get himself back to where he was, but even Brett Brown said that his return could prove timely.

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