After the end of last year’s tumultuous campaign, I thought that would be the end of seeing Casper Ware at the Wells Fargo Center. Standing at 5-foot-10, 175 lbs, Ware fits the mold of a small but aggressive guard. He scored 5.3 points in 12.9 minutes per game last season, but was never truly unleashed playing behind Rookie of the Year, Michael Carter-Williams.
In Summer League, however, Casper Ware received his opportunity to prove he can ball. Ware was a man possessed in the Orlando Pro Summer League, ripping through the competition and leading the 76ers to winning the championship. His play was so impressive that Ware only played in two games in Las Vegas, sitting out the rest.
In Orlando, Ware ended up as the second leading scorer at 19.0 points per game, just a few points behind Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s 24.0 points per game. The small guard was also top five in assists at 5.2 per game. Ware didn’t score less than 16 points in six games in Orlando, finishing the tournament up with 19 points, seven assists, and five rebounds in the championship game against Memphis. He wasn’t the most efficient from the field — shooting 43 percent — but he still showed the ability to put the ball in the hoop.
This quick guard from Long Beach State had slim chances to make this roster when Summer League opened. But at the conclusion of Orlando, he seemed like as close as a lock there is to make the team. This was culminated by the fact that he didn’t play much in Las Vegas, opening up playing time for other guards like Tim Frazier from Penn State.
Having Casper Ware on the roster goes against Hinkie’s apparent religion of only having playing 6-foot-5 or above, but in this case, he may have to make an exception.
Throughout Summer League, Ware played with confidence and played like he was the best player on the court. Truth be told, he was the best player on the court at times. It’s hard to determine how successful a player was during Summer League considering the level of play is on par or less than the D-League, but the numbers are what they are.
Casper Ware dominated in Orlando and deserves a spot on this roster. Who knows, maybe Hinkie has found another hidden gem?
No one — including myself — expected much out of Ware, so his Summer League performance is raising eyebrows in the 76ers organization. Especially with second-year guard Tony Wroten opting to not play in Orlando or Las Vegas, it opened up minutes for players like Ware to prove themselves.
After his impressive Summer League outing, there’s no reason why Casper Ware shouldn’t be on this team.