Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (2016-17)
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot reframed the acronym TLC in Philadelphia. The young Frenchman was a relatively unknown asset when the Sixers used their 24th draft pick in the 2016 NBA Draft on TLC. He was coming off a productive year with the Mega Leks of the Serbian league in which he was a part of the Championship team overseas.
The Sixers took a flier on drafting TLC taking him in the first round. The league was seeing an influx of European talent as it appeared that the rest of the world was beginning to catch up to the United States in terms of basketball talent. Finding the needle in the haystack for overseas players could make or break General Managers and in this case, it was the latter.
TLC is likely more suited for the G-League than the NBA.
I mentioned on the first slide that the criteria for “starter” was 20 games started, but I made an exception for TLC as he started 19 games for the Sixers in 2016-2017. As has been seen earlier and will be seen later in this list, this is the season when most of the worst starters come from during Embiid’s Sixers tenure. It is hard to blame the franchise, as this was an experimental year to find the types of players that could complement Embiid in the years to come in pursuit of an NBA Championship.
TLC never averaged above 8 points or 3 rebounds per game during his six-year NBA career and is now back playing in Europe where he probably belongs. This tumultuous time towards the turnaround in “The Process” was a breeding ground for players to get an opportunity to earn future NBA rosters. TLC was unable to cash in on this.