5 NBA veteran free agents that impressed in the G-League: Denzel Valentine
Last but certainly not least is Denzel Valentine. I was high on Valentine when was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 14th overall in the 2016 NBA draft. In his first two seasons with the Bulls, Valentine showed promise, but injuries caused his development to go off the rails.
He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2021-22 seasons and didn’t play in the NBA this past year. For his career, the 6-foot-4 wing averaged 7.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.8 assists, while converting 36.0 percent of his 3-pointers.
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This past season the 28-year-old wing become a triple-double threat with the Maine Celtics. In 12 regular season games, he averaged 14.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 7.0 assists, while making 36.0 percent of his outside shots.
He can impact multiple areas of the game coming off the bench for the Sixers. While he’s not a great defender, he’s serviceable and can be a glue guy coming off the bench for the 76ers. He’d also be able to be signed for the veteran’s minimum.
The Philadelphia 76ers have viable options to look at in the pool of former NBA veterans in the G-League. One or two of them would upgrade the bench’s talent considerably.