Age: 24 Height: 7-0 Weight: 250 lbs School: Kansas
After allowing 120 points -- and letting five opposing players score in double figures -- in a 32-point home loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday, the Orlando Magic travel to Philadelphia on Saturday night to face the 76ers' balanced lineup. The Sixers had eight players score in double digits on Thursday night in their home opener, a 127-108 win over the Chicago Bulls, with Joel Embiid leading the way with 30 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Philadelphia rebounded from a poor first quarter, when it allowed 41 points, to shut down the Bulls for the next two quarters.
The Sixers' home opener on Thursday night in South Philadelphia was an eventful and somewhat easy win over the Chicago Bulls. Joel Embiid had his way on the offensive end. Ben Simmons did it all en route to a seemingly effortless triple-double.
Markelle Fultz heard 20,000 Philadelphia 76ers fans exhort him to shoot each time he touched the ball, a roaring confidence boost for a No. 1 pick closer to a bust than brilliance. Fultz had the look he wanted in the second quarter. Yes, a simple jumpshot from the top pick of the 2017 draft in the second game of the season was enough to get a rise out of the fans – and a sigh of relief from Fultz.
In the Sixers' 127-108 home-opening win over the Bulls, Markelle Fultz's jumper overshadowed dominant nights from Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. That's going to be the case for the foreseeable future. By Noah Levick
Wendell Carter Jr. learned just how difficult life in the NBA can be in his debut battling All-Pro center Joel Embiid. But the 19-year-old says it'll be a learning experience.