Position: shooting guard
Potential role: two-way contract
Despite being somewhat unheralded out of college, Marial Shayok looks to have a future with the Philadelphia 76ers. His senior season of college, he looked to be a prototypical 3-and-D player. During his last season, he averaged 18.7 points and 4.9 rebounds, while converting 38.6 percent from downtown.
The shooting guard has the potential of becoming an important 3-and-D wing off the bench, but it’s unlikely it happens this season. He’s on a two-way contract, like Pelle, so unless injury occurs it’s unlikely that he gets a call-up to the Sixers. He should prove to be one of the better players on the Blue Coats this year. If he does get some game action with the 76ers, it will most likely come at the end of games when the outcome has already been decided.
Position: small forward/shooting guard
Potential role: depth
Furkan Korkmaz showed some signs of growth last season, but it was interesting that Philly still brought him back despite the fact he didn’t show the potential of being a former first round pick. He was projected to become a 3-point specialist, but has only shot 32.3 percent from the 3-point line during his two-year career. This past season averaged 5.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists, while shooting 32.6 percent from downtown.
In the past, I wrote about how this season Korkmaz has to reach his potential as a 3-point shooter in order to justify the Sixers re-signing him. Hopefully he can do it, but it will be tough due to the increased quality depth that the 76ers have heading into this season. At this point, Korkmaz will be at the end of the bench, but head coach Brett Brown could use him in certain situations that call on the team to have multiple shooters on the court.