Today the Philadephia 76ers kick off the Las Vegas Summer League against the Milwaukee Bucks. Over the next 10 days, it will be an opportunity for some key rookies and young players to make their mark. The Sixers next potential star could be in the making. Lets preview the team and who can make the biggest impact this season.
Summer League roster
Below is the complete roster that will take the court in Vegas.
There are three players in particular that extra attention will be on. Those players are Zhaire Smith, Shake Milton, and rookie Matisse Thybulle. Smith is finally healthy after spending most of his rookie season injured and is ready to impress. These 10 days are also important for Milton as he could potentially lock down the backup point guard spot. Thybulle will look to avoid the Sixers rookie curse provide energy off the bench.
Smith ready to breakout
At Texas Tech, Smith averaged 11.3 points per game. Looking to provide scoring off the bench this will be his chance to really showcase his skillset. The 6’5 guard only appeared in six games last year for the Sixers. He started 11 games for the Delaware Blue Coats averaging 7.2 points and 3 rebounds. He is what Smith was able to do last year in the Summer League
Can Milton be the backup point guard?
Milton Spent last season splitting time between the Sixers and the Blue Coats. He appeared in 20 games for the 76ers averaging 4.4 points across 13 minutes. The former SMU guard really excelled with the Blue Coats as he averaged 24.9 points and 5.3 assists per game across 27 starts. Furthermore, he shot 36 percent from three.
Now officially on an NBA contract, as Sixers and Milton agreed to terms on a four-year contract the opportunity is there for Milton to secure his spot in the Sixers rotation which will be in need of bench scoring.
Thybulle ready to make presence on defense
Thybulle enters Las Vegas ready to showcase his worth on the defensive side of the ball. The Arizona Native won the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award in 2019 and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award twice at the University of Washington.
Summer League champions?
Thybulle, Milton, and Smith will look to power the Sixers to a Summer League championship. All three of these players will be competing for minutes off the bench and a good showing in Vegas could help cement their status. Another player who should make an impact is Marial Shayok who averaged 18 points per game last season at Iowa State. Which player are you most excited to see in Vegas? The fun begins today at 3:30 on ESPN 2.
The complete Sixers Summer League schedule is below with times and where to watch the games. After the 10th games will be determined based on seeding.
- Friday, July 5: vs Milwaukee Bucks 3:30 p.m (ESPN 2)
- Saturday, July 6: vs Boston Celtics, 5:30 p.m (ESPN U)
- Monday, July 8: vs Oklahoma City Thunder, 3 p.m. (ESPN U)
- Wednesday, July 10: vs Detroit Pistons, 3 p.m (NBA TV)
all stats via gleague.nba.com & basketball-reference.com
Featured image via Flickr Peter Benedict St. Andrews
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