Philadelphia 76ers Player News: Centers

News: Horford will start Friday against the Magic, Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: With Ben Simmons (kneecap) out indefinitely, Horford will re-join the starting five as Shake Milton mans the point guard spot. In Horford's 57 previous starts, he's averaging 12.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 31.1 minutes.
News: Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said Thursday that Horford will play alongside Joel Embiid on a more regular basis after Ben Simmons (kneecap) was ruled out indefinitely, Tim Bontemps of reports. "If I had to tilt one way or another, I will pair them," Brown said of Horford and Embiid. "We've played around in game planning and spitballed what this actually looks like now. If you made me weigh one area or the other, I would pair them."
Impact: The Horford-Embiid pairing hasn't worked out as the 76ers had hoped since signing Horford to a four-year, $109 million last summer, prompting Brown to move the veteran to the bench and shift Simmons from point guard to power forward during the first three games of the season restart in Orlando. With Simmons now sidelined for at least Friday's game against the Magic and likely additional contests to follow, the 76ers aren't left with many attractive alternatives to work alongside Embiid. Even if fitting in alongside Philly's star center continues to prove problematic from a real-life standpoint, Horford's fantasy outlook should improve, assuming he moves into a starting role and takes on a slight uptick in minutes sans Simmons. Through the Sixers' first three games in the NBA bubble, Horford averaged 7.0 points, 7.3 boards, 3.3 assists and 1.0 blocks in 28.3 minutes per game off the bench.
News: Embiid posted 30 points (11-20 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 8-9 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 107-98 win over the Wizards.
Impact: Embiid made easy work of the Wizards' inexperienced frontline on both ends of the court. It's only the second time in Embiid's career that he's posted at least 30 points, 11 boards, three assists, three steals and two blocks. With Ben Simmons' (hamstring) status unclear for Friday's game against the Magic, Embiid could be in line for an even bigger workload.
News: O'Quinn (not injury related) is available to play Wednesday against the Wizards after Tuesday's negative COVID-19 test, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: O'Quinn wasn't an every night player for the Sixers during the first portion of the regular season, and it doesn't seem likely that will change significantly in the bubble. In his 27 appearances, he's averaging 3.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 9.6 minutes.
News: Horford picked up nine points (4-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 32 minutes during Monday's 132-130 victory over San Antonio.
Impact: Horford continues to come off the bench for the 76ers, but he found himself with an increased role Monday. Ben Simmons managed only 25 minutes before fouling out, resulting in Horford getting extra time down the stretch. However, that isn't typical for him, so expect the veteran to see no more than about 25 minutes going forward. He's still worth rostering, particularly in roto formats, as long as you keep your expectations in check.
News: O'Quinn missed a COVID-19 test Sunday and is therefore ineligible to play Monday against the Spurs, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Assuming O'Quinn tests negative Monday, he should be cleared to rejoin the team ahead of Wednesday's matchup against the Wizards. O'Quinn was a DNP-CD in Saturday's opening seeding game against Indiana.
News: Embiid notched 41 points (15-23 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 10-12 FT), 21 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and one steal in 34 minutes during Saturday's 127-121 loss against the Pacers.
Impact: T.J. Warren grabbed most of the attention with his 53-point performance, but Embiid did what he could to keep the Sixers in the game -- he recorded his second-best scoring output of the season while also tying his season-best mark for rebounds. The big man was dealing with a calf injury prior to this game, but the fact that he logged 34 minutes should mean he is ready to handle his regular workload moving forward.
News: Embiid (calf) is not on the injury report for Saturday's restart opener against the Pacers, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: As expected, Embiid will be available for the opener after working past a calf injury. After the New Year, Embiid has been averaging 22.9 points on 15.4 shots, 10.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in 28.7 minutes per game.
News: Embiid (calf) is expected to play in Saturday's seeding game opener against the Pacers, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: Embiid missed the 76ers' final two scrimmages while dealing with right calf soreness, but the injury was ultimately minor and he'll be able to play Saturday. Look for Embiid to start alongside Ben Simmons while Al Horford comes off the bench. After the New Year, Embiid is averaging 22.9 points on 15.4 shots, 10.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals in 28.7 minutes per game.
News: Embiid (calf) will not scrimmage Tuesday against the Mavericks, Serena Winters of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Impact: Embiid missed Sunday's scrimmage as well due to the issue, and the team will continue to hold him out after he participated in a light practice Monday. It seems likely he'll be good to go for Saturday's opener against the Pacers, but until we get any concrete information, he should tentatively be considered questionable.
News: Embiid (calf) is scheduled to participate in a light practice Monday, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Impact: A tight right calf prevented Embiid from playing in Sunday's scrimmage with the Thunder, but the injury only looks to be a day-to-day concern for the star center at this juncture. The 76ers will wait and see how Embiid's calf responds to Monday's workout before determining whether he's fit to play in the exhibition finale Tuesday against the Mavericks. Al Horford replaced Embiid in the starting five Sunday but is expected to fill a bench role if the 76ers are at full strength when the season restarts Saturday against the Pacers.
News: Pelle collected six points (3-8 FG), six rebounds and four blocks in 15 minutes during Sunday's 102-97 scrimmage loss to the Thunder.
Impact: Pelle stepped up with Joel Embiid (calf) sidelined and turned in a solid showing in limited action. When Embiid is healthy, there are barely enough minutes to go around at center now that Al Horford is coming off the bench, but on nights when either of the aforementioned big men sit out, Pelle becomes a decent option for daily leagues.
News: Embiid (calf) will not play in Sunday's scrimmage against the Thunder, Kyle Neubeck of reports.
Impact: After experiencing discomfort in his right calf during Friday's game against the Grizzlies, Embiid will be forced to miss Sunday's scrimmage against the Thunder. While the injury is something to keep an eye on, the big man is only considered day to day and will be re-evaluated Monday. Embiid will still have an opportunity to participate in the 76ers' final scrimmage game on Tuesday against the Mavericks before the team plays in its first seeding game on Saturday against the Pacers.
News: Horford posted five points (2-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt), five assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 18 minutes during Friday's 90-83 scrimmage win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Horford came off the bench during Friday's opening scrimmage, as coach Brett Brown gave Shake Milton the starting nod. Despite some inefficient shooting, Horford was able to contribute as a passer and defender. As of now, it appears Horford will be coming off the pine when the 76ers' season officially restarts Aug. 1 against the Pacers.
News: Embiid posted 10 points (3-10 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds and one assist in 12 minutes during Friday's 90-83 scrimmage win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Embiid was only able to make one field goal inside the three-point line as he struggled against the tough frontcourt of Jonas Valanciunas and Jaren Jackson. He'll look to get back on track during the 76ers' second scrimmage Sunday against the Thunder.
News: Horford admitted his health "probably wasn't where he wanted [it] to be" so this season and that the time off has been beneficial, Rich Hofmann of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Horford struggled at times during the season, shooting just 44.2 percent from the field, 33.7 percent from three and 75.3 percent from the charity stripe. It seems the hiatus has given the 34-year-old time to rest his body, and the Sixers are likely hoping he can rise to the level of play we saw out of him in Boston. Over 46 playoff games with the Celtics, he averaged 15.1 points on shooting splits of 53/43/81 plus 7.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 34.8 minutes.