First Impressions (36ers vs United 14/10/2016)
Got my first live look at the 16/17 Sixers last night. The game was pretty average except for a late 36ers tease but there's plenty to be excited about. Here's my thoughts.
Has all the fundamentals you'd expect from someone who played four years of college ball at a respected college. Has shown a few different skills on offense but Adelaide most needs his defence because of...well you know who. Is a disciplined defender and has lots more to show on the press, looking especially dangerous when thrown out there with Deng and Ferguson. Figures to have a nice pro career.
Probably got a little caught up in the excitement of the late run at times but oozes talent, especially on defence. Wing span is incredible and expect to see more of him as Joey looks to tweak the full court press. Has range and plenty of athleticism. Lots to like. Had the best +/- last night (+11).
Already a great perimeter defender and shooter, just clearly needs to work on body, ball handling and interior D. By 2017 should be starting and playing plenty.
Was solid and did all he could to get the team going. United tried to expose him lots on defence and Ced Jax was smarter this time around, creating more out of the post than launching jumpers.
Solid on D but hampered us offensively. Was -15 for the night, hitting just 1/5 shots.
Injured early and never a factor.
Scored early but hurt us late. Poor night on D, still not showing much growth in his basketball IQ. -22 for the night.
Battled but missed some easy baskets and never had an influence.
Combined with Sobey pretty well on offense but defensively the height is an issue.
-13 in 13 minutes talks of the impact he had. Still to find his role but should be a contributor as season goes on.
Easily our best with Randle. Thrived playing in the "nothing to lose" last quarter and hit big baskets, nailed a huge dunk and ran amok on the pressure D. 15 points in 15 minutes.