Better Than Nothing: Sixers Swap Second-Rounder for Grizzlies Guard Sam Young

Better Than Nothing: Sixers Swap Second-Rounder for Grizzlies Guard Sam Young

No, it's not Dwight Howard, and no, it's not gonna make anyone change
their end-of-season outlooks for Philly, but the Sixers and GM Rod Thorn
have made a decent, low-risk move in acquiring third-year guard Sam
Young from the Memphis Grizzlies before the trade deadline today. The
expense is the rights to 2005 second-round pick Ricky Sanchez, who has
played a grand total of zero games for the Sixers or any other NBA team
as he continues to spend his pro career in Puerto Rico. Good enough.

Sam Young hasn't exactly set the world on fiii-yahhhh!! this
season, falling out of the Grizzlies rotation almost entirely, playing
more than five minutes in a game only twice since February. But that's
mostly a testament to the Grizzlies being stocked with big, range-y twos
and threes, including OJ Mayo, Tony Allen and Rudy Gay. Last year,
Young was a starter on the Grizz team that upset the Spurs in the first
round of the playoffs, and averaged seven a game on 47% shooting and 34%
from deep. Rod Thorn has expressed his desire for a shooter with some
size off the bench now that Evan Turner has moved to the starting
lineup, and in the tough, 6'6" Young, they got one.

Again, not a home run of a trade, and if the team was going to make a
low-leverage acquisition, I would've preferred it to be for a defensive
big. Still, considering what they gave up—nothing, effectively—and
considering that Sam Young makes less than a mil this year and his
contract is up at the end of the season, give credit to Thorn and co for
making the team 1% better at no real expense to their present and
future. And personally speaking, I always liked Young as a player, going
back to his days playing with DeJuan Blair and Fat Levance Fields at
Pitt.

Welcome aboard, Sammy. Please see Malik at the booth to acquire all
your necessary "Night Shift" paraphernalia. You're about an XL, right?

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- With Joel Embiid's excitement to be on the court following two years of injuries comes the reality of his lengthy setback.

Embiid is participating in his first NBA training camp this week. While he has impressed with his natural abilities and improved skills, Embiid is facing challenges as he gets accustomed to the league.

"Everything is kind of off right now as far as catching the ball or shooting," Embiid said after practice Wednesday. "I've still got to get in the flow of the game."

Embiid has yet to play since being drafted in 2014. For the past two years he has worked out individually and in controlled settings. Practices, even in training camp, are different. 

"You see all the time when you realize he hasn't played basketball for a long time," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. "He's trying to gather his feet and find his balance, he's trying to figure out stuff in real time speed on defensive assignments and rotations."

On Wednesday, Embiid went through practice without any minute restrictions and was feeling healthier from the cold and virus he had been battling (see story). Teammates have praised his physical presence and eagerness to compete. He makes an impact with his 7-foot-2 presence alone, but there is more he wants to improve. 

Embiid is adjusting to the speed of the game. He has been facing challenges with getting the ball in the post and spoke to the coaches about his frustrations. The staff explained they are focusing on pick-and-roll defense and getting out to run during training camp, but he will get that desired location in game situations. 

“You continue to see the size of Joel Embiid,” Brown said. “He's a big man and he's got a mindset to back up his physical gifts. He really wants the ball. He wants to get deep catches. He wants to dunk on people.”

Embiid always has been realistic about his transition to his rookie season. He has pointed out many times that he is a fast learner, and is anxious to soak up new knowledge and apply it to the court.

"It's really frustrating," he said. "But like I've said, you've got to trust the process, which I've been doing."

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

Tonight's lineup: Cody Asche starts in place of injured Roman Quinn

With Roman Quinn's season over with an oblique strain, Freddy Galvis moves up to second in the Phillies' lineup Wednesday night against the Braves.

Quinn's showing in the majors this month was a microcosm of his pro career to this point — he showed his speed with four steals and several infield hits, posted a .373 OBP in 69 plate appearances, but suffered another injury. Health has always been his roadblock.

With Quinn out, Cody Asche gets a start in left field against Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz, who he's homered off of. The presence of Quinn and Aaron Altherr has limited Asche's playing time — he's started only three games since coming back from Triple A on Sept. 10.

Asche bats seventh, a spot ahead of Aaron Altherr, who is 7 for 52 (.135) in his last 18 games and has four extra-base hits in his last 133 plate appearances.

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Cody Asche, LF
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Adam Morgan, P

Matt Kemp, who sat last night, returns to the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Dansby Swanson, SS
7. Mallex Smith, RF
8. Daniel Castro, 2B
9. Mike Foltynewicz, P