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Examining the Philadelphia 76ers summer league team

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The Philadelphia 76ers are one of three teams that will partake in both the Southwest Orlando Pro Summer League (July 5-11) and the Samsung Summer League in Las Vegas (July 11-22) according to NBA.com on July 4.

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Philadelphia will open up their summer league action on July 5, against Orlando at 1 p.m. EST. The Sixers will then play Oklahoma City on July 6, Houston on July 8, Brooklyn on July 9 and concludes the weeklong event on July 11 (TBA).

Indiana, Miami, Boston, Detroit and Memphis are the other teams playing in the OPSL.

All games will be played at the Amway Center on the Magic Practice Court and will be closed to the public. All five of the Sixers’ games will be televised on NBA.com.

By participating in both summer leagues the Sixers will be able to maximize minutes for their young players and to get a closer look at a larger number of prospects. The team will field two separate teams, with 2014 draft picks split between them.

Here is a look at the Sixers’ OPSL roster.

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Nerlens Noel (R, Kentucky).

Noel, the sixth player taken overall in the 2013 draft, will play his first game for the Sixers. He missed last season after suffering a knee injury 17 months ago while playing at Kentucky.

Noel a prolific shot blocker should help the Sixers’ NBA worst defense.

Forwards

Ronald Roberts Jr. (R, St. Joseph’s), Hollis Thompson (1, Sixers), Jerami Grant (R, Syracuse),Talib Zanna (R, Pittsburgh), Ed Daniel (R, Georgio Tesi Group Pistoia (Italy), Jamelle Haggins (R, Rio Grande Valley (NBDL),Melvin Ejim (R, Iowa State) and K.J. McDaniel (R, Clemson).

Grant and McDaniel are very athletic but will need to show they can’t knock down perimeter shots on a consistent basis. Zanna and Ejim will have opportunities to impress while Thompson must show he belongs on a NBA roster. Thompson averaged 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 409 percent from beyond the arc.

Guards

Casper Ware (1, Sixers), Aaron Craft (R, Ohio State), Isaiah Sykes (R, Central Florida), Travis Bader (R, Oakland), JaKarr Sampson(R, St. John’s) and Pierre Jackson (R, Fernerbahce Ulker (Turkey)).

Casper, Sampson, Sykes, Ware, Jackson and Craft all have a chance to receive an invitation to training camp with the Sixers if they perform well.

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