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Terquavion Smith
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Develop: Terquavion Smith

The Philadelphia 76ers didn’t make a selection in the 2023 NBA Draft, but they did make a solid move (at least from a long-term potential standpoint) in signing Terquavion Smith to a two-way contract as an undrafted player. Smith is not a player that is going to contribute anytime soon but is worth investing time in developing.

During the NBA Summer League, Smith did flash on a few occasions. In five games, Smith averaged 14 points and five assists on 38 percent shooting from 3-point range.

It was actually a bit surprising that Smith didn’t get drafted considering how productive he was during his two seasons at NC State. During his final season with the Wolfpack before making the jump to the NBA, Smith averaged 18 points, four assists, and four rebounds per game. He did struggle with his offensive efficiency, but it’s hard to argue against his scoring prowess.

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If the Sixers can develop Smith over the next couple of seasons to the point where he becomes a contributor off the bench, that’d be a huge win. He’s certainly a long-term investment and gives the team another possible future asset in the backcourt. At least for now, Smith seems like a worthwhile keeper.