76ers come out firing to kick off Summer League: Player recap, analysis

2024 NBA Salt Lake City Summer League - Oklahoma City Thunder v Philadelphia 76ers
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The rest of the group

Justin Edwards

Stats: 18 minutes, 0 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 turnovers

Edwards' impact on the game was hardly felt. He only attempted two shot attempts. One of them was a catch and shoot three and the other was a hard dribble into a mid range jumper. On a positive note, he had the largest +/- on the team registering a +11. 

Looking for other positives from this game is a challenge. He was late closing on shooters and out of position on rotations. He routinely missed boxouts and made a couple of ill advised passes leading to turnovers. 

He played aggressively while guarding the ball, but routinely reached in resulting in careless fouls. It was a rough outing for him and hopefully he can grow some confidence and momentum during the next outing.

David Jones

Stats: 16 minutes, 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist

Jones demonstrated his deceptiveness. He fully appreciates the artistry of a ball fake. Jab step or shot fake, Jones uses these moves effectively to get his defender off balance.

He has an innate ability to gain an angle on his defender and get to the paint. Finishing his attempts is another story as he went 3 of 9 from the field. 

Defensively, Jones sinked down in a low stance but had a difficult time staying in front of his assignment. Off-ball, he fell asleep at times and missed boxout opportunities.

Going forward, I’d like to see Jones shoot with higher volume from three, finish at a higher efficiency in the paint, and demonstrate improved defensive awareness. 

Judah Mintz

Stats: 16 minutes, 6 points, 0 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover

Mintz proved to be a pest while guarding the ball. He played with good intensity creating a couple of steals. His hands were active and accurate. He moved his feet well and anticipated screens fighting over them effectively. 

He showed his ball handling chops and did his best Council IV impression finishing through contact. In college, Mintz excelled at penetrating the paint and creating contact to get to the free throw line averaging 8.3 attempts per game. 

In college he lacked efficiency shooting from the field converting 44% of his attempts and shot a modest 28% from beyond the arc. Shooting efficiency and ball security are important aspects of his game that should be monitored throughout the summer.

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