For the first time since May, the Sixers will play Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.
Here are the essentials for their preseason opener against the Guangzhou Loong-Lions, a Chinese Basketball Association team:
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And here are three storylines to watch:
A lot of faces, new and old
Though Brett Brown has said he expects he'll begin the regular season with a rotation of 10 or 11 players, the Sixers currently have 20 players on their roster. All 20 are healthy, and it sounds possible that every one will play Monday.
"I'm going to rotate the team and there's not a ton of method to madness, except to get people some minutes," Brown said after practice Monday. "I'll pull out of some stuff, probably halfway through the third period, and look at some bench guys. But on the weekend, it'll go back to like, let's start to get some stuff right and how we sub and play this."
The competition between Neto and Burke for the backup point guard job has already been compelling to follow, and there's no obvious leader at the moment. Shake Milton, who starred for the Delaware Blue Coats last season and earned a full NBA contract in the summer, is also part of that discussion.
Thybulle couldn't have been much better defensively at Saturday's Blue x White Scrimmage, and he's impressed his teammates with his ball-hawk skills at practice (see story). Zhaire Smith and Furkan Korkmaz are the two other main contenders for wing minutes off the bench.
How's this going to work?
The Sixers aren't constructed like the typical NBA team in 2019. They're huge, defensively imposing and determined to play a physical style.
Training camp and Saturday's scrimmage have given us the odd hint, but the questions of whether the Sixers will have sufficient outside shooting, who will take over Jimmy Butler's role as the commander of the offense late in games and how Brown will stagger his stars' minutes are all open.
And, of course, there's Ben Simmons' jump shot. He said at media day that he will take three-pointers this season if he's open.
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