Winners and Losers from Philadelphia 76ers Summer League
You can't expect summer league basketball to be at the same level as regular-season play, because it never will be. Very few of those competing over the summer will actually make it onto a final roster, so the play is much more energetic than it is skilled.
The Sixers brought a thrown-together team to Orlando, and it showed. They managed to grab their only win of the summer in their last game, and it was by a measly three points.
Philly might have overflowed with sloppy play, but from a player-by-player standpoint, the Sixers actually ended up having some impressive performers. Let's take a look at the winners and losers from Philadelphia's summer league.
Winner: Michael Carter-Williams
Michael Carter-Williams might have ended up having more struggles than successes during summer league play. He averaged almost five turnovers, took the most shots per game out of any player with 17 and ended up only hitting 27.1 percent of those.
It isn't exactly what everybody was looking for.
With that being said, Carter-Williams did have moments where he proved how he could be a guy who eventually gets to Jrue Holiday's level.
His two steals and 6.8 assists per game confirmed what most already knew about the 6'6" point guard. The good news is how he was able to succeed in these areas at the NBA level.
It will certainly take some time for him to reach his full potential, but Carter-Williams has a chance of getting there.
The summer league was a better-than-average start.
Loser: Travis Leslie
Most of us remember Travis Leslie as the athletic shooting guard from the University of Georgia, and there was some hope of him being able to finally find a niche at the pro level.
It looks like we're all still waiting.
Leslie only managed to get up 11 shots in three games and made three of them. He also went 3-of-8 from the free-throw line in his time with the Sixers.
Now, there is a chance he just didn't like playing with Philadelphia, because he managed to play much better for the Miami Heat in the Las Vegas Summer League. Still though, his play was enough to turn away some teams.
One of those teams is the Sixers.
Winner: Arsalan Kazemi
Arsalan Kazemi struggled with playing power forward. However, moving down a position to the small forward spot gave him an opportunity to shine.
Kazemi is undersized at only 6'7", but he showed the ability to rebound in college. Unfortunately, players in the NBA are just too much stronger and taller for him to really compete as a power forward. Competing as a small forward allows him to play his same game without any size limitations.
He doesn't have a developed offensive game yet. There were also times where he looked lost after the position change. The key for Kazemi, though, is that he found much more success as a small forward.
A position that could keep him in the league much longer.
Loser: Justin Holiday
Maybe Justin Holiday is still suffering symptoms from his brother being traded?
Holiday was one of two players on the Sixers summer league roster who played for the team during the 2012-13 season. You expect him to come into summer league play with a confidence and leadership other players didn't possess.
It just looked like he dropped the ball on this one.
It's not that he played poorly, because he didn't. Holiday just wasn't able to establish any kind of veteran dominance.
He'll most likely be on the final roster when the regular season rolls around. He just might not have improved too much since last season.
Winner: Arnett Moultrie
The second of Philadelphia's returning players was Arnett Moultrie, and he came to play.
Moultrie averaged 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in 28.2 minutes per game during summer league. There wasn't an ounce of him that looked like he didn't know he was better than the majority of the others he was competing against.
Don't be surprised if Moultrie has a breakout year after not being given much of a chance during the 2012-13 season. It really feels like playing time is the only thing Moultrie needs.
We could be looking at Philadelphia's future starting power forward—if he gets the minutes he deserves.
Winner: Khalif Wyatt
Averaging the sixth most minutes on a team wouldn't lead you to believe that Khalif Wyatt would be the leading scorer, but it is exactly what ended up happening.
Wyatt's 13.8 points per game led the Sixers. The best part of it all was how he did it—shooting 45.8 percent from the field, including 42.9 percent from the three-point line.
There were concerns about Wyatt's lack of athleticism. Would it hold him back from being the effective scorer he was in college?
Well, those worries have now been calmed, and it looks like the Sixers might have a steal on their hands.