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Carter-Williams takes home April rookie honors

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Carter-Williams takes home April rookie honors

Michael Carter-Williams was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the fourth time this season on Friday.

Carter-Williams is the first Sixer to earn Rookie of the Month honors more than twice in a season.

By claiming the award for April, Carter-Williams may have sealed his claim on the Rookie of the Year Award. Caron Butler, Brandon Jennings and John Wall are the only two players who were named Rookie of the Month four times and failed to win the Rookie of the Year

Carter-Williams joins Butler, Jennings, Wall, Damian Lillard, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, David Robinson, Ralph Sampson and Terry Cummings as the only players to win four Rookie of the Month awards.

In eight games in April, Carter-Williams averaged 17.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6.4 assists while shooting 53 percent from the floor. He had 21 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in a win over Boston on April 14. He also added six assists and four steals in the game. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last rookie to record at least 21 points, 14 rebounds, six assists and four steals in a game was Bernard King on March 24, 1978.

Selected No. 11 in the 2013 NBA draft, Carter-Williams averaged 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, 6.2 rebounds and 1.86 steals this season. He became just the third player dating back to 1950-51 to lead rookies in points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game, joining Oscar Robertson (1960-61) and Alvan Adams (1975-76).

Carter-Williams also joins Robertson and Magic Johnson (1979-80) as the only players to average at least 16.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in their rookie season.

Sixers reportedly ink Kris Humphries to non-guaranteed deal; sign Jacob Pullen

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Sixers reportedly ink Kris Humphries to non-guaranteed deal; sign Jacob Pullen

The Sixers are busy just days before the start of training camp. 

The team plans to sign veteran forward Kris Humphries to a non-guaranteed deal, according to The Vertical

Humphries fits with the Sixers’ plan for a versatile system. At 6-foot-9, he can knock down a long-range shot. Last season on the Hawks, he averaged 42.9 percent from 16 feet from the rim to the three-point line and 35.2 percent from three, according to Basketball-Reference.com. 

Humphries also averaged 3.7 boards in 12.3 minutes. The 32-year-old is entering his 14th NBA season and will add to the Sixers’ growing group of veteran players. 

The Sixers also signed 6-foot-1 guard Jacob Pullen, who was a member of BC Khimki in the VTB United League (Russia) last season. Pullen, 27, also has played in Italy, Israel, Spain, and Croatia. He was a standout at Kansas State (2007-11) and reached the NCAA Tournament in three of his four seasons. 

Pullen has been getting acclimated to the city. Earlier this month, he tweeted:

The Sixers will hold their media day Monday and open training camp Tuesday. 

Sixers to hold Blue-White Scrimmage at the Palestra on Oct. 1

Sixers to hold Blue-White Scrimmage at the Palestra on Oct. 1

If you’re a die-hard Process believer who can’t wait for the Sixers' preseason opener, you’ll have a chance to see the team in action three days prior, albeit in a scrimmage.

The Sixers announced Thursday that they will be holding a Blue-White Scrimmage on Oct. 1 at the Palestra from 1-3:30 p.m. Tickets will be free to the public.

“The building strongly represents the toughness and perseverance of the city of Philadelphia and of the 76ers organization,” coach Brett Brown said.

While Joel Embiid likely won't play in the scrimmage (see story), the event is a good opportunity to see No. 1 picks Markelle Fultz and Ben Simmons. Fultz’s summer league campaign was cut short by a sprained left ankle.

The scrimmage is also an early chance to get a sense of what Brown’s rotation may look like this year, his fifth with the Sixers and first in non-tanking mode.

The preseason will begin at Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 4, against the Memphis Grizzlies. The first game of the regular season is on Oct. 18, a nationally televised contest vs. the Wizards in Washington, D.C.