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JaKarr Sampson Waived by 76ers: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Philadelphia 76ers' JaKarr Sampson in action during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Celtics won 112-92. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2016

According to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday, the Philadelphia 76ers will waive JaKarr Sampson. 

Sampson appeared in 47 games for the 76ers this season, averaging 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest.

The 22-year-old hasn't had a good start to his NBA career. In two seasons with the 76ers, Sampson has won just 26 games.

In his rookie season, he averaged 5.2 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. He saw his playing time decrease this year, though, recording just 11 minutes played in February.

Per Wojnarowski, the 76ers cut Sampson to make room for forward Joel Anthony, whom they acquired from the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.

Sampson, who stands at 6'9", brought a shaky mid-range game to the floor, shooting 42.3 percent from the field. However, at just 17.6 percent, his three-point shooting was abysmal this year.

He did not play decisively around the rim despite his size, either, and at 214 pounds, he needs to work on his strength.

Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry even rejected him at the rim in January:

Anthony, 33, can add toughness down low while also bringing a veteran presence to a team that has won just eight games all season. His arrival makes him the second-oldest player on the team behind Elton Brand (36). 

Sampson hasn't done much to warrant an opportunity with another NBA team. If he couldn't cut it on the worst team in the league, that could be a red flag for other teams around the league that are looking for some help on the wing.

If he is able to improve his three-point shooting and strength, though, perhaps Sampson will have a chance to catch on somewhere else.


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