Darius Johnson-Odom Signs with Sixers: Call-Up Breakdown

If the Sixers are looking for a prospect to try out for 10 days -- and potentially develop into a long-term contributor -- there's no better bet in the NBA D-League than Darius Johnson-Odom. The 24-year-old comes ready-made as a playmaking combo guard and has made strides in transitioning into a full-time point.

"He could help any team," said Doug Overton, his coach with the Springfield Armor and a former Sixer himself. "He's just so explosive that he can give you instant energy off the bench."

(Click here to read the official release on Johnson-Odom's 10-day contract.)

But DJO has been a relatively known commodity since his standout three-year career at Marquette: He's a rugged defender; he has a sweet lefty stroke; his motor never stops running and he's ultra-competitive. The difference between that player, who was drafted 55th overall in 2012 before a brief stint with the Lakers, and this player (22.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 6.1 apg) lies in his new-and-improved abilities as a distributor -- a necessity given his stocky 6-2 frame.

The basic numbers tell the story: Johnson-Odom averaged 3.8 assists over 11 games in January, then 7.6 over the next 16 games. What changed? New acquisitions Khalif Wyatt and Devin Ebanks gave Springfield NBA-caliber talent up and down its lineup, allowing Overton to put the ball in DJO's hands and let him go to work. It's no coincidence that the Armor's pace increased each month from November through February as they opened the offense up to accommodate their athletes.

And Johnson-Odom never lost his natural scoring touch, still a top-notch mid-range shooter able to create his own shot at will (see shot chart above); 76% of his field goals this season have been unassisted. Now a true duel-threat lead guard, he could have a future running an NBA second unit. "I think he's gonna be an NBA point guard, be a quarterback," Overton said. "I think he has to be a straight point guard, not a combo guard."


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