Mar 27, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Casper Ware (17) brings the ball up the court during the fourth quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Summer Sixers Spotlight: Casper Ware

Casper the Ghost? Nope. Then Casper who? Casper Ware, an undersized guard, two years removed from Long Beach State University. What is so special about him? Well he might just have that IT factor.

Not many people would know that he played for the Sixers last season in nine games. He averaged 5.3 points per game in very limited minutes. Ware started to really open eyes in Orlando this summer. The 5-foot-11 guard, who also drew some comparisons with Suns point guard Isaiah Thomas coming into the league. They both have great quickness, and play pressure defense.

But this summer in the Orlando Summer League, Ware took over. The Sixers ended up winning the championship against the Grizzlies, despite dressing only eight guys in the final game. In that game Ware really showed his heart and dedication to the game. He was the only point guard the Sixers had to play that day, and even though it was just summer league, he played almost every minute and brought the championship home.

In Orlando, he was second in scoring in the small league, averaging 19 points per game on 43 percent shooting. He was only behind Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who was averaging 24 points per game. Ware also was fifth in the league with 5.2 assists per game. The small guard also showed extreme toughness during the six games. He averaged a steal and a half per game. He also grabbed over three rebounds per game, and turned the ball over less than three times a game.

Ware hasn’t had his shot yet in the NBA, only playing in nine games for the 76ers last season. He has also played overseas in Italy. While playing in Italy, Ware averaged nearly 12 points per game and over two assists. He played all four years at Long Beach State. His best years were his last two years, where he averaged nearly 20 points per game both seasons.

Now in no means will Ware be a star in the NBA. But a role player? A good bench player? For sure. Over the past week he showed guts, skill, and leadership. He tried to prove to any of the scouts looking at him, especially the Sixers, that he is worth that roster spot, and that he can help any team, no matter the situation, win and score points.

As summer league has just begun, it will be exciting to see what else Casper Ware has in store for everyone, as he has been a delight to watch.

 

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