Apr 14, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Hollis Thompson (31) shoots from the foul line during the third quarter of the game against the Boston Celtics at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Summer Sixers Spotlight: Hollis Thompson

The newly crowned Orlando Summer League Champion Sixers had a few bright spots and Hollis Thompson filled the role of the veteran scorer quite well in five games for the Sixers. One of the few players on the Summer League roster to have pro experience, Thompson started out extremely slow only shooting 2-of-12 in the teams lone lost to the host Orlando Magic. In 26 minutes of play he finished with five points but, he also grabbed 14 rebounds in the opener. Taking 12 shots and only hitting two of them is not what coaches and assistants wanted to see on the stat sheet. The 14 rebounds may have saved him from being benched because as a guard it’s not common to see rebounding numbers like that.

The next game against the Houston Rockets, Thompson finished 5-of-10 from the field and 4-of-7 from downtown tallying 14 points in 25 minutes of action. The Sixers would win the game 92-71 as they dismantled Houston in dramatic fashion. His performance from beyond the arc was far more impressive than his 0-for-5 performance from the opener. During the season, Thompson led all Sixers in three-point field goal percentage at 34 percent. In fact that was the highest among rookies during all of last season.

He was doing his best to bring that talent to Orlando but as much scoring as he was doing it seemed he couldn’t be consistent with his shot. The very next game against the Brooklyn Nets, he played 29 minutes, Thompson’s performance was down right horrid. 3-of-13 from the floor and 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. It was as if Hollis’ last performance seemed like fools gold.  Again, he grabbed nine rebounds and finished with 12 points. That is almost a double-double. We are starting to see Thompson as a stat sheet stuffer. If his game is suffering he is bound to make his presence known in other areas of the game.

The final game of Summer League play against the Memphis Grizzlies had Thompson unleash for 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting. According to the numbers it was his best performance of the Summer League. He played 32 minutes and was the main reason the Sixers were donned champions at the final buzzer. It’s no secret to the opposition that Hollis Thompson is a solid three-point shooter but he will have to become more consistent if he wants to be a feared three-point shooter. Thompson is absolutely one of the gems of the Summer League. Playing the most minutes he has played all week, he put the load on his back and did what needed to be done. A vast amount of improvement compared to last season. He has the opportunity to be a guy who is an all round solid player on the court.

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