4 Young players for Philadelphia 76ers to develop, 3 to give up on

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Develop: Jaden Springer

During the 2021 NBA Draft, Jaden Springer was considered a quite curious selection by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 28th overall pick in the first round. By all accounts, he was considered one of the riskiest first-round selections because of how raw of a prospect he was. On paper, there was a lot to like about the athletic 6-foot-4 guard. However, he was still very much a roll-of-the-dice type of selection.

It’s no surprise that through his first two seasons in the league, Springer hasn’t contributed much to the Sixers. Heading into year three, though, you can argue that he’s continued to show some signs of promise. In fact, in three games played in the Las Vegas Summer League this season, Springer averaged 22 points and four rebounds on 49 percent shooting from the field. More often than not, he looked like one of the more promising players on the floor in summer league.

The question is, is he someone the Sixers should continue trying to develop over the next couple of seasons? For now, I’d lean yes. But if Philadelphia can’t figure out how to begin to incorporate him into a role this season, this answer could completely change next summer.

For now, Springer is talented enough of a player that you want to keep around.