Philadelphia 76ers: G-League DPOY should be rewarded

The Philadelphia 76ers should reward the G-League’s Defensive Player of the Year.

The Delaware Blue Coats have always had a tight connection with their NBA affiliate the Philadelphia 76ers. Since the G-League team was brought to Delaware, the Sixers have taken several players from the Blue Coats to add to their roster. There is clearly one player on Delaware roster right now that the 76ers should consider signing this offseason.

This isn’t the first time that I’ve brought up Christ Koumadje as a candidate for a two-way contract. However, due to the fact that he’s been named the G-League’s Defensive Player of the Year, it’s a subject that should be revisited.

Koumadje deserves a two-way contract.

Koumadje led the G-League with 4.2 blocks per game. He also averaged a double-double of 11.3 points and 11.0 rebounds (eighth in the G-League). His 7-foot-4 frame helps him defensively, but when I saw him play in person at the end of November 2019, he showed a high basketball I.Q. on the defensive side of the court.

That is proven by the fact he only averaged 3.3 fouls in 26.4 minutes per game. Considering his height and how active he is defensively, only averaging 3.3 fouls in a little more than half a game is pretty impressive.

Beyond his skills, it might make sense for Philly to sign Koumadje to a two-way deal this offseason based on what could happen to the center position. If the Sixers trade Al Horford, then adding a center on a two-way deal makes sense.

Also, there’s a chance that they may lose Kyle O’Quinn and/or Norvel Pelle in free agency. If that were to happen, then adding Koumadje is a no-brainer. There’s likely to be a change at some level at the center position and if that’s the case, then the 76ers would be wise to sign the 7-foot-4 center to a two-way deal.

Based on Koumadje winning DPOY and the fact that there will probably be turnover at the center depth chart this offseason, signing Koumadje to a two-way deal just makes sense.