5 takeaways from the Las Vegas Summer League opener vs. the Knicks

The Philadelphia 76ers begin their NBA 2k24 Summer League games against the New York Knicks. After a good showing in Salt Lake City, the Summer Sixers now have a championship to play for and will be looking to start strong. But Sixers fans are mostly busy with free agency, as one of the more obvious roster moves was made more complicated and less likely to happen.

After the Sixers re-signed Montrejal Harrell, the Utah Jazz signed Paul Reid to an offer sheet. Philly has a chance to match the sheet and keep him, but the fact that the talented youngster and fan favorite is close to leaving — especially after multiple reports indicated he was likely to stay — has fans worried. Is. The background to Philly’s first Sin City exhibition match isn’t a confident one.

The Sixers’ final SLC game came against former Sixer Zaire Smith, and in his first Las Vegas contest, he faced Michael Foster Jr. and Charlie Brown Jr., who helped their G League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats, win the league title the previous season. Tyrese Maxi was in attendance. sitting courtsideSummer with general manager Elton Brand to watch the Sixers win 110–101.

Here are five takeaways from the Sixers’ Vegas Summer League opener against the Knicks.

5. Jaden Springer shoots efficiently

In the Utah round robin, Springer showed he could take it to the basket with gusto and wasn’t afraid to let his three balls fly, while continuing to improve in that area. But his shooting splits from each of those games indicated a need for more polish. As the Sixers moved from the mountains to the desert, their shooting percentage increased.

Springer scored a game-high 23 points on 8-14 shooting and even hit a pair of threes on six attempts. He hit a jumper in the paint and filled the lane and half court very well in transition. in hard times, he became a beautiful spin trick In an easy looking one-handed dunk. His biggest highlight in the game was a touchdown pass to Petrusev.

Summer league statistics are rarely completely indicative of what a player will do in the regular season. Still, the Sixers are certainly pleased to see the player under the most pressure to perform after a respectable efficiency. Springer has improved his poor image in the last few games, which is a good sign of development.

4. Filip Petrusev teases some shooting ranges

The Sixers’ first two buckets of the game came off of Petrusev’s jumpers, one from the left baseline and one from the left elbow. With Smart in a pick-and-roll, he took his man with him and ran back to the perimeter to open up a lane, which led to Smart getting a foul. At the beginning of the second half, he scored a straight triple off the pop.

If Petrusev is to secure a roster spot, he will have to stand out, and being a reliable shooter will certainly boost his chances. He showed potential last season, converting 20 of his 57 downtown attempts in 34 Euroleague games, which is good for 35.1 percent. Giving the Sixers a closer look at Petrusev’s shooting this summer could not only open up the field for their scorers but give them a better understanding of what the Serbian big man can really do.

Mo Bamba, who the Sixers just signed, has shown the ability to shoot the three-ball very well at the NBA level. To earn more opportunities with Philly, Petrusev will have to do a lot more than just shoot, specifically controlling the paint better through rebounding and positioning.

The Summer Sixers’ other notable center, Azuolas Tubelis, lost a corner three but has shown little shooting ability from beyond the arc. He shot only 29.5 percent on 1.2 three-point attempts per game in his three years at Arizona.

3. Greg Brown III delivers a solid performance

Brown, who spent the last two seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers, was looking bad in Utah. A few solid moments here and there didn’t faze his inconsistency. He did well against the Knicks but his shortcomings didn’t make up for it.

To put up nine first-quarter points, Brown went inside and hit a triple. The 6-foot-9 forward’s excellent hops made him a good target in the pick-and-roll, but he also showed off a jump hook.

In defense, Brown’s hops allow him to counter a wide range of shots, Blocked three of them. But he lacks discipline and has a bit of a temper – going against small to big guys while also not being a natural perimeter defender – and has committed five fouls. nix center damyetro Skypintsev at times got the better of him at the lower level. After being stripped of his jersey by Brown, he somehow came out of the ordeal with a technical free throw, but still pushed him hard.

There were plenty of good moments for Brown, who blocked a last-second jumper to end the first quarter and got an offensive rebound, got fouled and made both of his foul shots. His chances of playing for the Sixers are slim, but more good performances like this could earn him a guaranteed spot with the Blue Coats.

2. Ricky Council missed the IV dunk! but still well played

In a turn of events that no one saw coming, the Sixers rookie missed the dunk. The council missed mainly because it took off from far enough away that for someone with unrealistic buoyancy it was not a very surprising reason to fail to drop it. The missed jam didn’t stop him from playing a good game.

While Springer’s going into bully-ball mode at the hoop matched by his massive frame is understandable, Council did so with direction-changing moves and determination. On shots inside the arc, he went 4-7, including his wild dunk attempt. Although he also took some ill-advised shots early in the shot clock, opting to make the most of his touch rather than reset the offense, it didn’t smack of ball-hogging.

Council also had an impressive performance on the glass, adding three offensive boards and eight boards overall, which led the team. Late in the game, he missed his free throw to get a one-on-one chance. He just makes things happen on the court. The Sixers can use any player they can find.

1. Techion Smith Brings the Clamp

Smith made a name for himself with the Summer Sixers for his prolific scoring in Utah. Against the Knicks, he showed he could also be a defensive highlight reel. It wasn’t all perfect, but the slender guard did some things on the defensive end, including some blocks by raising his hands against shooters.

Twice in the second quarter, Smith took a steal and converted it into a fastbreak point. Once he fed Springer for a layup and another time he threw down a monster dunk in the open floor. He finished with six shots in the game, keeping his head and hands up and standing at the point of attack.

Smith was also dishing (with a game-high five assists) and swishing (from deep beyond the arc, twice, with 13 points overall) but his defense was more than his offense, especially in the first half. An actual roster spot may not be in play right now, but he’s doing a lot of things to show he’s worth it.

The Sixers’ next Summer League game is on Monday at 8:00 p.m. EST against the Dallas Mavericks and Derek Lively II, a product of Philadelphia and the 12th overall selection of the 2023 NBA Draft, is on the way.

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