Oct 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Khalif Wyatt (11) goes for a steal on Brooklyn Nets forward Chris Johnson (24) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The Nets defeated the Sixers 127-97. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Khalif Wyatt and Vander Blue Fighting for Final Roster Spot


Oct 14, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Vander Blue (17) shoots as Brooklyn Nets guard Marko Jaric (55) defends during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The Nets defeated the Sixers 127-97. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The general consensus in Philadelphia is that the final roster spot on the Sixers will come down to undrafted rookie’s Khalif Wyatt and Vander Blue.

Many fans are familiar with Wyatt and his “old man” game. Wyatt has done his part this summer to give himself the best shot to make the final cut. Yesterday, Wyatt said he was at 226 lbs when he scored 31 points on Victor Oladipo and the Indiana Hoosiers in the NCAA Tournament. Now? Wyatt has slimmed down to a lean 207 lbs and still wants to lose two more lbs. He’s been putting the work in this off season, will it pay off?

Even though the two are fighting for one spot, neither of them are receiving heavy minutes in preseason action. Yesterday’s game vs Brooklyn saw Wyatt log 23 minutes (6 pts, 3 assts) and Blue logged 11 minutes (4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist). According to coach Brett Brown, it was planned for Wyatt to get some run last night, which he did. Friday’s victory against Boston saw Wyatt with four minutes and Blue with 14 minutes. One would have to imagine that this roster spot is being won in practice, because neither are getting heavy playing time during the preseason.

It appears that Vander Blue is ahead of Khalif Wyatt for the final sport currently. Both players have said that they are not worried about the perceived competition between the two. Blue said, “I don’t look at it as competing with (Wyatt); I look at it as well we’re getting each other better. I’m more concerned about myself than any other person.” Wyatt knows how to put the ball in the bucket, while Blue is a more energetic and athletic player. These attributes have shown in Blue’s favor, which is why he appears to be ahead of Wyatt for the final spot.

There’s one roster spot left in Philadelphia, who will it be? Vander Blue or Khalif Wyatt? The hometown hero or the unheralded guard from Marquette?

What do you guys think?

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