3 takeaways from Salt Lake City Summer League: Jaden Springer is a consistent jump shot away
When evaluating Jaden Springer‘s performance in Salt Lake City, there are two ways of looking at it. The first is that he’s looked great as a defender and athletic offensive player. The other way is that he’s still a jump shot away.
For most Sixers fans, hearing “a jump shot away” can active Ben Simmons-type panic attacks. However, it’s not in the same context. Simmons barely ever attempted outside shots whereas Springer certainly tried, but just failed to convert many of them.
In Salt Lake City, Springer averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.0 steals. Those are solid stats, but his shooting was less than encouraging. He shot 28.0 percent from the field and 0.0 percent from the 3-point line. The positive aspect is that he shot 70.6 percent on 8.5 free throw attempts.
Hopefully, Springer shoots the ball better in Las Vegas, but as of now, there’s no way he can crack the rotation for the 76ers next season. Don’t get it wrong. He’s shown great defensive ability and body control, but without a shot, he just isn’t NBA-ready.