Oct 23, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown talks with guard Evan Turner (12) during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Wells Fargo Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Sixers 125-102. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Brown: Sixers have six NBA players


With the final preseason game in the books after Wednesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the focus now shifts to October 30, the Sixers’ season opener against the two-time defending champion Miami Heat.

That being said, Michael Carter-Williams, James Anderson, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Spencer Hawes have established themselves as clear starters. Rookie Nerlens Noel, Jason Richardson, Kwame Brown, and Arnett Moultrie are all out due to injury. Big man Lavoy Allen is now a veteran and returning to form it seems, but after that the Sixers’ roster is a bunch of question marks. Head coach Brett Brown said it himself.

“And after that, who knows? You have six NBA players and then you have a bunch of guys that are fighting for spots and want to be seen and need opportunity.”

Tony Wroten, Darius Morris, and newcomer Daniel Orton have all played in the NBA. Royce White was a first round draft pick just a season ago. While they may not have been successful in their previous seasons, they are NBA players nonetheless.

The final spots boil down to Vander Blue, Khaliff Wyatt, Mac Koshwal, Gani Lawal, Hollis Thompson, and Rodney Williams. With winning not really in the picture for the 2013-2014 Sixers, Brett Brown and Sam Hinkie will hold on to the players that they believe will help them the most later on down the road.

Despite the fact that Brett Brown said there is six NBA players on the roster, fifteen will make the final roster.

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