Temple Grad Khalif Wyatt recently played on the Sixers Summer League team and opened up a lot of closed eyes. During his Senior season at Temple, Wyatt averaged 20.5 points, 4.0 assists, and 2.9 boards per game. In about 20 MPG in the summer league, Wyatt averaged 13.8 points, 3.2 assists, and 1.6 steals. Those numbers may not be mind boggling, but for an UDFA that had just 20 minutes a game, that’s impressive.
Wyatt is known for his scoring, it seemed like he carried Temple on his back during the NCAA tournament this past year. The tournament that almost included an upset victory vs #2 overall pick, Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Hoosiers, where Wyatt scored 31 points on 50% shooting. Wyatt also scored 31 in the previous game (upset victory vs #8 NC State) where he also went 12-14 from the charity stripe.
Looking at his summer league numbers, the 3.2 assists are a great sign too, since Wyatt is more known for scoring than distributing. We know this guy can put the ball in the bucket, but if other parts of his game are developing, who knows what Wyatt could turn into. Paired with the right staff and given a good amount of playing time, Wyatt could turn into a stud. Thaddeus Young has been vocal with support of Wyatt and Sixers GM Sam Hinkie was impressed with his Summer League performance.
Ever since Lou Williams departed for Atlanta last off-season, the Sixers have been searching for that spark plug off the bench. Nick Young didn’t really work out last season, as he often fell out of favor with Doug Collins and wound up in his dog house on most nights. Who will come off the bench and guarantee a few quick buckets?
If Wyatt makes the Sixers roster this year, I can definitely see him as the next Lou Williams. That player that comes off the bench every night and you know what he’s going to give you. The man is going to score, that may be it, but he will put points on the board. Exactly what Lou Williams did for the Sixers for many years. And exactly what the Sixers have been missing.
I’ve been a fan of Wyatt since I saw what he did in the NCAA tournament this past season, the guy can put the ball in the bucket consistently, no one can deny that. This is something the Sixers have needed desperately the past few years, a player that can put points on the board at will. Wyatt may not be the next Kobe, but he can definitely carve out a niche on this depleted Sixers roster.
If the Sixers chose not to sign him, I have faith that Wyatt will land on a roster somewhere. His talent and scoring ability should be able to get him a job somewhere in the NBA. Hopefully it’s the Sixers, because it just makes sense, and who doesn’t love to endorse things that make sense? A Philly guy, playing for the Sixers, it’s just a good story. Here’s to hope that the Sixers sign Wyatt to a contract and that we have a coach before my hair falls out.