The Sixers dropped their first game of the Summer League in Orlando to the Houston Rockets 88-80. The score doesn’t necessarily reflect how the game went. It felt like the Rockets were up at all times by at least 10. The Sixers never lead and the closest they ever were was 3-3 with 8:10 to go in the first quarter.
With that said, it was a good showing by the Sixers. There will be mistakes, turnovers and sloppy play will occur; it is all expected in Summer League. The purpose of Summer League is to not look like an All-Star; it is to work on areas of the game that need improvement. Summer League gives players an opportunity to make mistakes without them looming over their head.
Like I said, it wasn’t a bad showing for the first day of Summer League play.
Michael Carter-Williams almost had a quadruple-double; unfortunately one of those stats was turnovers. In his debut, the Syracuse standout had 26 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds, and 9 turnovers.
Micheal Eric was the second best player on the floor for the Sixers today, registering a team high +11 with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and many more altered shots. Eric is a 6’11, 245 lbs. center from Temple that spent this past year with the Canton Charge. After his showing today, he looks like he has a chance to stay with the team come fall.
Arslan Kazemi saw very limited time today but showed heart and energy.
Khalif Wyatt, out of Temple, had a pretty atrocious shooting day, going 4-15 from the floor with no free-throw attempts. It seemed as though he was rushing his shot, wasn’t patient on the offensive end. Wyatt is streaky, so hopefully next game he puts up a better shooting line.
James Southerland was also cold today, shooting 2-8, only attempting, and missing, one 3 pointer.
Carter-Williams had a stellar performance in his first game with the Sixers. The 9 turnovers is a little misleading. Offensively, he did a great job of drawing fouls and knocking down his free throws, ultimately finishing 10-of-11 from the charity stripe. Patrick Beverly was the opposing match-up for the rookie point guard for the majority of the contest; Beverly ended up with 7 fouls. Carter-Williams was picked up full court the entire time, so by the end of the game, fatigue was a factor. For a rookie, he had some very nice passes and a couple of veteran-like moves to get to the hoop.
The 76ers look to take on the Indiana Pacers tomorrow at 1:00 (EST) pm on NBATV. Justin Holiday was not present for today’s game because he was at Jrue’s wedding (We miss you Jrue!), but will be there for tomorrow’s game.
Zeke Marshall also did not play today, but plans on getting in tomorrow.
Last but not least, Nerlens Noel may try to make the trip to Orlando to be there with his teammates. Noel is not officially on the team until July 10th, but league sources saying he will try to be there for the last two days of Summer League play.