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Carter-Williams, Burke Are Rookies of Month

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The Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams and the Utah Jazz’s Trey Burke today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in January.

Carter-Williams led all rookies in scoring (16.5 ppg) and ranked second in rebounds (5.6 rpg), assists (5.6 apg) and minutes (33.3 mpg) during January.  Carter-Williams posted a point-rebound double-double with 19 points and 12 boards, and added seven assists during a 110-106 win at the New York Knicks on Jan. 22.  The 76ers recorded a 5-3 road record on the month.

Burke led all rookies in assists (6.8 apg), and ranked third in scoring (11.8 ppg) and minutes (31.5 mpg) during January.  He scored in double figures seven times, and handed out five or more assists in nine of 12 contests.  Burke recorded consecutive point-assist double-doubles on Jan. 15, during a loss to the San Antonio Spurs, and Jan. 17, during a win over the Detroit Pistons.

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Agent: Gordon Hayward Unlikely to Return this Season Following Surgery

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Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return during the 2017-18 season, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night, a procedure that Bartelstein labeled a success.

“We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” Bartelstein said.

Source: ESPN

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Ben Simmons on NBA Debut: ‘It felt like I was playing 2K’

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Ben Simmons finally made his long-awaited NBA regular-season debut against the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday night. And after his extended wait to wear the Philadelphia 76ers jersey in a meaningful game, he said he felt initially like he was in a video game.

“It felt like I was playing 2K, honestly,” Simmons said postgame.

“Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘man, I’m actually here.'”

Simmons was drafted with the first overall pick by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, but he missed the entire 2016-17 season while recovering from foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture. He suffered the injury on Sept. 30, 2016, less than a month before the start of the regular season. The Australian was originally expected to miss three months, but was eventually ruled out for the entire season.

Source: Nick Metallinos of ESPN

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Sources: Nuggets Release Jameer Nelson

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Sources: Veteran point guard Jameer Nelson has been released by Denver, clears free agency waivers Friday.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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