Thanks to a combination of two transactions, the Philadelphia 76ers have had two major updates regarding their rookies. One of those moves ended up adding a new rookie to the team’s roster in Mason Jones. Jones will now be added to these reports moving forward.
21st pick, 2020 draft
Tyrese Maxey played in the most amount of games yet again this past week. He appeared in three out of four games. While Maxey’s scoring went well, his playmaking dropped out in a major way. Only recording just one assist in three games. His playmaking needs to take the next step for him to continue to develop into a quality point guard.
Season averages: 7.3 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.2 blocks, 0.6 turnovers, and 1.2 fouls. Shooting 45.9 percent on field goals, 30.0 percent on 3-pointers, and 82.8 on free throws.
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49th pick, 2020 draft
Sharpshooter Isaiah Joe only appeared in one game and didn’t record a single stat. With the team’s acquisition of George Hill at the trade deadline, Joe has yet another player ahead of him on the depth chart. Don’t be surprised if playing time is sparse for the rookie moving forward as long as the roster stays healthy.
Season averages: 4.0 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.2 blocks, 0.2 turnovers, and 1.0 fouls. Shooting 36.0 percent on field goals, 36.4 percent on 3-pointers, and 100.0 on free throws.
58th pick, 2020 draft
The first move the Sixers front office made was converting of Paul Reed‘s two-way contract to the a regular NBA deal. This seems fitting for the big man who won G-League’s MVP and Rookie of the Year. Reed did play two games for the Sixers this past week and there’s a legit argument he should be starting over Mike Scott in place of the injured Joel Embiid.
Season averages: 3.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.3 assist, 0.2 steals, 0.6 blocks, 0.7 turnovers, and 0.9 fouls. Shooting 46.7 percent on field goals, 0.0 percent on 3-pointers, and 0.0 on free throws.
Undrafted, 2020 draft
As stated above, Mason Jones was signed to a two-way contract in Reed’s spot. Jones did play with the Houston Rockets and played pretty on offense. He was also a teammate of fellow rookie Joe at Arkansas and he averaged 22.0 points per game as a sophomore. He’s a solid prospect to evaluate on a two-way contract for the rest of the season as he clearly has upside as a scorer.
Season averages (Houston): 5.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.2 steals, 1.1 turnovers, and 0.8 fouls. Shooting 41.2 percent on field goals, 35.9 percent on 3-pointers, and 64.1 on free throws.
It will be interesting how Jones impacts the dynamic of this rookie class of the Philadelphia 76ers and it was good for Reed getting a new contract moving forward as he deserves it.