Wilson Chandler - Wilson Chandler is the depth protection for some of the forwards like Dario Saric and Robert Covington. He will help out with a bench role that Philly desperately needs. Right now Chandler is dealing with a hamstring injury, and that is not good for any player, but especially one of Chandler’s age. If Chandler is dealing with this all year, it could really hinder consistency within the bench. While he should return in the earlier part of the season, we will need to keep an eye on him.
Mike Muscula - Mike Muscula was the player the 76ers brought into fill the role of Ersan Ilyasova, who is now in Milwaukee. Muscula is battling an early ankle injury, but it doesn’t seem to be too serious. He should be back sometime in October, but if you look back at his Atlanta Hawks days, Muscula did battle some nagging injuries. Say Muscula was to start missing more games, the 76ers bench would be very limited.
Zhaire Smith - Zhaire Smith is a rookie guard out of Texas Tech, and was drafted 16th overall by Phoenix but was traded to Philly. It is another Philly rookie with injury issues, as he had surgery earlier in August. He had a fractured foot, and is without a timetable for return. The 76ers have plenty of guards so this is no immediate issue, but you do not like to see rookies having surgery right off the bat with how quick teams are to move on these days.
Top Injuries in Franchise History
You could go on and on about the injuries in the 76ers organization from the last few years. A lot of them were from rookie draft picks like Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz. All missed significant time after being drafted. Looking back at some of their earlier years, Eric Snow had multiple fracture sin his hand which caused him to miss three months. This was shortly after Allen Iverson needed elbow surgery. Iverson had some more extensive injuries later on with a broken finger that caused him to miss two months as well. Iverson seemingly would miss about 4-6 weeks at a time with various injury, and even played through some pretty nasty hand injuries.
Moving ahead a bit, Andrew Bynum had injury issues everywhere he went. That was the case in Philly as well back in 2013. Bynum needed surgery on both knees, which ultimately ended his career. Another rookie draft pick, Michael Carter-Williams, had shoulder surgery at the beginning of 2014. Going into the 2015 season was when Embiid had to miss the season with surgery on his right foot. Nerlens Noel could have picked up some of the slack, but was battling numerous injuries. Jahlil Okafor had to have surgery on his right knee due to a torn meniscus, and that was another young player for the 76ers that went down. Richaun Holmes was right behind him with a strained Achilles tendon.