The 76ers opened their Summer League campaign with an 84-74 win over Derrick Favors and the Nets. It was an impressive performance by the 76ers, running the floor well, and showing overall domination against the Nets. The 76ers squad, led by PG Jrue Holliday, struggled from the field, only shooting 41.7%, while shooting 30% from three-point range. Even though their shooting wasn’t outstanding, the 76ers ran the floor and went to the line like it was nobody’s business.
Jrue Holliday was clearly the favorite for player of the game, shooting 8-13 from the field, with 23 points and 8 assists. His numbers were impressive, but the presence he brought to the game was terrific. He displayed his excellent court vision, and showed his improved skills of finishing around the rim. Holliday was the best player out there in my opinion and dominated the Nets.
The player who impressed me second most was 6-4 shooting guard, Jodie Meeks. Meeks was impressive all throughout the game, whether it be in transition, or in the half court set, scoring 18 of the 76ers 84 points. He was 2-5 from beyond the arc, and grabbed 5 boards. Meeks has definitely improved over last season, and showed he can be valuable off the bench for this upcoming season.
Now, I’m sure by now you are wondering about the headline players of this game, Evan Turner and Derrick Favors. While both players played well, their first professional action wasn’t overly impressive. Evan Turner played well on defense, collecting 2 steals, and scoring 12 points and creating 4 assists. Turner led the team in rebounds, fighting for 8 of the 76er’s 35 total boards. Turner did a few great things with the ball especially in one play, where he got a defensive board, and went coast-to-coast, behind the back twice, and made a terrific finish around the rim. Derrick Favors had a good game, with 8 points and 2 blocks. He also led the game in rebounds, grabbing 9 of his team’s 32. He definitely showed his potential and athleticism in this outing, and I think we will be hearing much more of his name in the future.
For the most part, the game was fun to watch, and well played, but there were some negatives. The 76ers shot horrifically, and played very sloppily at some points. Aside from that, there were TOO MANY FOULS. Now, in a summer league game, you can’t foul out, but there are consequences, such as if a player commits 6+ fouls, the other team gets an automatic 2 free throws, and if a player commits 10+ fouls, the other team gets 2 free throws and the ball. Evan Turner finished the game with 6 fouls, Speights with 6, and Plaisted with 7. If you are going to get minutes in the NBA, you better learn not to commit so many fouls! Also, impressive were Butler’s own Mike Green, showing speed at the PG position, and NC State’s Cedric Simmons.
That was the first of a week long grouping of articles based off the 76ers summer league games.