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Top overall pick Fultz to open 76ers season as reserve

(TSX / STATS) -- Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA draft, will open the season as a reserve, coach Brett Brown revealed Sunday.

The 76ers open the season Wednesday against the Washington Wizards and the star backcourt combo of John Wall and Bradley Beal and that was one factor in the decision. Another is that Fultz played in just two preseason games after battling shoulder and knee ailments.

"He hasn't played much basketball in preseason," Brown told reporters. "He's been out for a while. He hasn't been with our group. I think the decision like, 'do you put him into the fire right away and have him play against starting NBA defensive players, especially with the little foundation that he has?' I don't think that's smart."

Points: Joel Embiid20.2
Rebounds: Joel Embiid7.8
Assists: T.J. McConnell6.6
FG%: J.J. Redick44.5%
Steals: Robert Covington1.90
Blocks: Joel Embiid2.45
Defense (Rank)
Points: 108.1 (24)
Rebounds: 45.0 (27)
Assists: 22.7 (14)
FG%: 46.1% (21)
FT%: 77.3% (20)
3P%: 35.7% (16)
Offense (Rank)
Points: 102.4 (25)
Rebounds: 42.8 (24)
Assists: 23.8 (7)
FG%: 44.2% (27)
FT%: 77.1% (18)
3P%: 34.0% (25)
Atlantic Division
  W L Pct GB
Boston 0 0 - --
Brooklyn 0 0 - --
New York 0 0 - --
Philadelphia 0 0 - --
Toronto 0 0 - --
Full Standings
Date Player Transactions
10/16/2017 James Blackmon Jr. Waived
10/16/2017 Kris Humphries Waived
10/16/2017 Emeka Okafor Waived
10/9/2017 Joel Embiid Contract Extended Signed to multi-year extension
9/25/2017 Kris Humphries Signed as Free Agent
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Date Player Status
10/8/2017 Richaun Holmes Fractured wrist
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