It’s almost the middle of July and I’m about to type the words victory for the third time this month. Besides the 76ers 3-0 start to the 2013-2014 season, I don’t remember the last type I typed the words ‘Sixers’ and ‘victory’ in the same sentence in the span of a week. Well, it happened again as the 76ers dropped the Brooklyn Nets 92-86 in Summer League action last night.
This young 76ers squad in Orlando has been ballin’ like crazy and it was no different last night. The “stars” were the same as Nerlens Noel, Casper Ware and Hollis Thompson lead the charge for Philadelphia.
Nerlens Noel — in his fourth game — carried the team with 14 points, nine rebounds and five monster blocks on the night. He continues to affect the game in a various amount of way and had five blocks to go along with the countless number of shots he altered at the rim. Nerlens Noel is looking more and more like the real deal at the center position for Philadelphia.
The other player who keeps impressing for the 76ers is Casper Ware, who dropped 24 points last night. The 5-foot-10 guard tossed eight dimes (five turnovers) and had a +/- of +5. Ware is second in the OPSL in scoring averaging 19.0 points per game.
Jerami Grant turned into another impressive performance, after starting slowly in Orlando. Grant dropped 12 points and grabbed 5 boards while hitting 2-of-3 from deep and 4-of-5 overall.
The NCAA’s leader in made three-point field goals — Travis Bader — showed why he has that title last night. Bader connected on four triples, scoring 12 points in 25 minutes. Bader will have to get extremely hot to have any shot to make the roster at this point. Defenses know his game and have been successful at locking him down, but if he can find ways to get open then there’s a slight chance he could be valuable to the 76ers as a shooter.
How could I almost forget the beloved Hollis Thompson? He continues to impress everyone and last night was no different. Thompson had another rough shooting night — 3-of-13 from the field and 1-of-7 from three — but grabbed nine rebounds and tossed three assists. Thompson is fourth in the OPSL in rebounding with 8.7 boards per game.
So, another Summer League game is in the books and another 76ers victory is also. Remember, the Orlando Summer League ends on July 11, the same date that the Vegas Summer League begins.
Nerlens Noel for Summer League MVP anybody?