The Sixers Summer League experience has been less than stellar thus far. Isaiah Joe has been dealing with an injury (per Keith Pompey of The Inquirer), while Trevelin Queen and Julian Champagnie have been less than impressive.
However, one surprise on this Summer League roster should have the Philadelphia 76ers front office excited. That surprise comes in the form of Malik Ellison. This isn’t the first time I’ve written about the impressive play, but he’s made an even stronger impression since then.
Ellison has been impressive for the Sixers.
In the 76ers’ most recent outing against the Miami Heat, Ellison drew the start and didn’t disappoint. He finished with a double-double. He ended the game with 12 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks, shooting 6-13 from the floor.
Considering that he’s only 6-foot-6, this is an impressive stat line. During his time in Las Vegas, he’s averaged 6.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks, while converting 50 percent of his shots from the field.
The only concern is with his 3-point shooting as he’s failed to convert any of his few attempts. However, it should be noted that the 6-foot-6 wing shot about 31.6 percent of his 3-pointers with the College Park Skyhawks in the G-League last season.
If Ellison can develop a reliable outside shot, then he’s a true NBA talent. However, it appears that’s the one hole in his game at the moment. While he continues to grow that aspect of his game, the Sixers should sign him to an Exhibit 10 so that they can have him develop on the Delaware Blue Coats next season.
Ellison is a prospect that the Sixers should try to keep heading into next season, even if that means he needs to play for the Blue Coats.