It’s been a busy day on the Philadelphia 76ers injury news front. Earlier, Keith Pompey (@PompeyonSixers) revealed that point guard/forward Ben Simmons is listed as doubtful for tonight’s game in Detroit against the Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena. (No, really. That’s what the arena is called.)
On a more positive note, Pompey has just tweeted out that one of the Sixers’ off-season acquisitions, center Mike Muscala, is available and will play tonight.
Muscala came to the Sixers via a three-team trade between them, the Atlanta Hawks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. This trade sent Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to OKC and sent Justin Anderson and a 2022 first round pick to the Hawks. (This was also the Carmelo trade, but I don’t count that as he didn’t even see the Hawks practice facility.)
The 6’10 Muscala is a stretch-big that plays both the C and PF positions. He shoots threes (career 38% from three). He spaces the floor. That’s his thing. He’ll be helpful because I’m sure most of us are sick and tired of hearing the popular take that the Sixers losing Ilyasova is a knock on the roster and rotations.
Muscala is younger and didn’t cost the Sixers $21 million over three-years. Sure, we’ll take that. It’s very “process” and very “on brand”.
The Sixers are still without Wilson Chandler, however, who is out with a hamstring injury after tweaking it in the season opener.