October 1, 2022 | 8:15 pm EDT Update
Ham said he will still try out different lineups before the regular season opens Oct. 18 on the road against Golden State. Lonnie Walker (ankle) went through a full-contact practice for the first time all camp on Saturday. Troy Brown Jr. remains limited because of his back. And Dennis Schroder, who has missed all of camp thus far after signing as a free agent last month, is expected to join the team as soon as midweek in Las Vegas after sorting out a visa issue that was keeping him in his native Germany.
New coach Darvin Ham has used James, Davis and Westbrook in his preferred starting five during camp, along with guard Kendrick Nunn and center Damian Jones. He is trying to maximize the potential of the three max players with a combined 35 All-Star appearances between them. “We have a three-man package, actually a playcall, that they’re going thrive in and it involves all three of them,” Ham said. “I look forward to that being at a very, very high level. And there’s different nuances in it that they can play around with.
Josh Robbins: The Wizards say Deni Avdija (left groin strain) and Bradley Beal (rest) will not play in the team’s second (and last) exhibition game here in Japan. Will Barton (lower back soreness), who sat out the preseason opener, is listed as probable to play.
Damichael Cole: Ziaire Williams already looks more actively involved in the Grizzlies offense than any point last season, as he said he would be. Will be interesting to see if he still gets those actions ran for him when the starters play, because he looks promising.
Lauren Rosen: Furkan Korkmaz on @Joel Embiid: “With Joel, I should call him the head of the snake. However he acts… that brings the whole team up. I feel like he is really being bossy the last 2 years. He’s talking more, he’s being around more – that really helps for the team chemistry.”
In order to improve as a catch-and-shoot player, one has to be able to move well without the ball. Luckily for Harris and the Sixers, he had a crash course in that type of role after the break in 2022. “I think last year really helped,” Rivers added. “The second half of last year, the last 15 games, and through the playoffs, I thought he really bought into who needs to be.”