And then there were 20.
The Philadelphia 76ers released their 2014-15 training camp roster today (about an hour after the end of Media Day because... Sixers), and the mysteries surrounding the final list have now been solved:
0 - Brandon Davies, F, 6-10, 240, BYU
1 - Michael Carter-Williams, G, 6-6, 185, Syracuse
4 - Nerlens Noel, F, 6-11, 228, Kentucky
5 - Arnett Moultrie, F, 6-10, 240, Mississippi St.
7 - Ronald Roberts, F, 6-8, 225, St. Joseph's
8 - Tony Wroten, G, 6-6, 205, Washington
9 - Jakarr Sampson, F, 6-9, 214, St. John's
12 - Luc Mbah a Moute, F, 6-8, 230, UCLA
14 - K.J. McDaniels, G/F, 6-6, 200, Clemson
16 - Chris Johnson, F, 6-6, 201, Dayton
17 - Casper Ware, G, 5-10, 175, Long Beach State
21 - Joel Embiid, C, 7-0, 250, Kansas
23 - Jason Richardson, G, 6-6, 225, Michigan St.
25 - Elliot Williams, G, 6-5, 190, Memphis
31 - Hollis Thompson, G/F, 6-8, 206, Georgetown
35 - Henry Sims, C, 6-10, 248, Georgetown
39 - Jerami Grant, F, 6-8, 210, Syracuse
40 - Jarvis Varnado, F, 6-10, 225, Mississippi State
88 - Alexey Shved, G, 6-6, 187, CSKA Moscow
- Keith Bogans, G, 6-5, 215, Kentucky
Notably absent is injured point guard Pierre Jackson, who failed to make the cut despite agreeing to a partially guaranteed contract with the Sixers back in July after rupturing his Achilles in the Orlando Pro Summer League. On the surface, it seemed unlikely that team was going to reserve Jackson's spot on the roster for the entire season, but given the 76ers' good faith gesture in signing him initially, it's clear that the two parties are interested in one another. In short, don't be surprised if Jackson winds up getting a training camp invite next season.
Also missing from the 20-man roster are shooting guard Malcolm Lee and forward Drew Gordon, both of whom were rumored to have reached deals with the 76ers in recent days. For what it's worth, the team never announced a contract with either player.
Chris Johnson, Ronald Roberts and Jakarr Sampson have all signed training camp deals with the Sixers, while second-round draft pick Jordan McRae is currently playing with the Melbourne Tigers in the Australian National Basketball League.
Training camp begins September 30 at Stockton College in New Jersey, and the 76ers will play eight preseason games before kicking off the season on the road against the Indiana Pacers on October 29. Per league rules, the Sixers will need to trim their roster to 15 by 5 P.M. ET on October 27.