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by Doug Ammon

It’s been close to six months since the Sixers last played a meaningful game, but this week NBA basketball finally returns to the City of Brotherly Love. After completing a grueling five-day training camp last week at Stockton College in Galloway, NJ, the Sixers traveled to Boston in advance of a Monday night meeting with the Celtics. These are not the Celtics of old. Fresh new faces litter their squad, which in in the midst of a youth movement similar to that of the Sixers.

Projected Starters

Sixers: Tony Wroten, Hollis Thompson, Luc Mbah a Moute, Nerlens Noel, Henry Sims

Celtics: Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, Gerald Wallace, Brandon Bass, Kelly Olynyk

Noel’s Debut

Monday will be a special day for last year’s sixth-overall pick, Nerlens Noel, who will get his first taste of NBA action when the Sixers take on his hometown Celtics. The 6’11” big man is back to full health after spending all of last season rehabbing from a torn ACL in his left knee. After spending his redshirt rookie season season building up his strength and refining his game, Noel is looking to show off some new wrinkles in his game and immediately establish himself as a defensive force down low.

Noel will be paired with center Henry Sims, who will play the center position while the Kentucky alum lines up at power forward.

Wroten At The Point

With reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams still working his way back from offseason shoulder surgery, Sixers head coach Brett Brown has made it clear that third-year guard Tony Wroten will serve as the team’s primary ballhandler during preseason play. The 21-year-old appeared in 72 games for Philadelphia last season, averaging 13.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists …read more