Tonight, for The Sixer Sense I will be giving you a player profile of Philadelphia’s own Maalik Wayns. Many people were shocked that the junior point guard out of Villanova University went undrafted in this past summer’s NBA Draft.
I was shocked too because at Villanova, Wayns was a star in the making and in his last season there he made his presence known. Wayns averaged 33.6 minutes per game, scored 17.6 points per game, and dished out 4.6 assists per game. He was Villanova’s number option at all times. But if you have been following Wayns’ career you would know he has been doing this since he was playing high school basketball at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia.
Fast forward to the present, Wayns is now playing for his hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers. With the Sixers so far, he has outperformed the competition and is showing head coach Doug Collins and the staff that he deserves to be the team’s backup point guard.
By the way he is playing this preseason; he will be the backup point guard. In the preseason so far, Wayns is averaging 12.4 points per game and that is top five on the team. He is also second on the team in assists with 4.8 assists per game this preseason only behind starting point guard Jrue Holiday. In the previous, preseason game on Friday night versus the Brooklyn Nets, Wayns had 10 points and 3 assists in 18 minutes of game action as the Sixers went on to beat the Nets.
Only time will tell what the young rookie point guard can do with the Sixers this season but if he can improve over time then he just might be playing himself into a possible role in the Rookies vs. Sophomores Game during All-Star Weekend.
Jovan Alford is a staff writer for The Sixer Sense, a writer for Buzz On Broad covering the Philadelphia 76ers and Local College Basketball, a writer for Philly Sports Nut, and is a writer for Rant Sports covering the A-10 Conference for College Basketball.
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