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A Closer Look At The Sixers' Summer League Roster

Jacob Pullen

 

0 Jacob Pullen

Position: G

Height: 6-1

Weight: 200

DOB: 11/10/89

College: Kansas State

NBA Experience: R

 

Pullen, a 4-year starter at Kansas State (2007-2011), mainly played shooting guard in college, but will most likely have to move to the point if he wants to make it in the NBA due to his physical limitations. His greatest strength is his scoring ability, as he averaged 19.3 and 20.2 points per game his junior and senior years, respectively. Pullen finished his college career as Kansas State’s all-time leading scorer with 2,132 points. He’s an excellent “catch-and-shoot” scorer and can also shoot well off the dribble. Nevertheless, Pullen’s lack of ideal height for an NBA 2-guard caused him to go undrafted in 2011. Last offseason, he signed with Angelico Biella (Italy). In his only season with Biella, Pullen averaged an impressive 16.0 points per game on 48.7% shooting.

 

Moe Harkless

 

4 Maurice Harkless

Position: F

Height: 6-8

Weight: 208

DOB: 5/11/93

College: St Johns

NBA Experience: R

 

The Sixers selected Harkless with the 15th-overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He can play both forward positions (and perhaps even shooting guard), but will most likely see most of his time at the 3. Harkless has great size, length, and athleticism. He’s very agile and is equipped with a great first step that allows him to score with ease at the rim. In his only season at St. John’s, Harkless scored 15.5 points per game and was named Big East Freshman of the Year. At just 19 years old, Summer League should prove to be a valuable learning experience.

 

Jeremy Richardosn

 

5 Jeremy Richardson

Position: G/F

Height: 6-6

Weight: 185

DOB: 2/11/84

College: Delta State

NBA Experience: 3

 

Richardson began his college career at Copiah-Lincoln Community College before transferring to Division II powerhouse Delta State. The Fort Worth Flyers selected him with the 9th-overall pick of the 2006 NBA Developmental League (D-League) Draft. Richardson spent time over the next three seasons in the NBA with Atlanta, Portland, Memphis, San Antonio, and Orlando, playing sparingly with each, while racking up experience in the D-League. In 2008, he was named MVP of the D-League All Star Game.  He has since played with Aris Thessalononiki (Greece), Power Electronics Valencia (Spain), and Army Sport Klub Tbilisi (Georgia). Richardson is a long, athletic swingman. He’s also a solid mid-range shooter with decent range, but needs to prove to NBA teams that he has improved his defense and ball handling ability, both of which were criticized during his limited time in the NBA. With the Sixers’ Summer League guard rotation lacking many definite minute-getters, this could be a great opportunity for Richardson to do just that.

 

Zack Rosen

 

7 Zack Rosen

Position: G

Height: 6-1

Weight: 175

DOB: 3/14/89

College: Penn

NBA Experience: R

 

Rosen had an excellent career at University of Pennsylvania. He was a 4-year starter, a 3-time captain, and the program’s all-time leader in assists, games started, and minutes played. He was named to the All-Ivy First Team three times (2010, 2011, and 2012), and was named Ivy League and Big Five Player of the Year as a senior. Rosen is a pure point guard and possesses excellent ball-handling skills and an NBA range on his jumper. Rosen, who went undrafted this year, is looking to show teams that he can be an effective long-range shooter and floor general at the pro level.

 

Nik Vucevic

 

8 Nikola Vucevic

Position: C

Height: 7-0

Weight: 240

DOB: 10/24/90

College: USC

NBA Experience: 1

 

The 76ers selected Nikola Vucevic with the 16th pick in the 2011 NBA draft. In his first season in the NBA, the 21-year-old averaged an impressive 5.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, despite logging just under 16 minutes a night. As a junior at USC, Vucevic led the Pac-10 in rebounds and ranked third in points and fourth in blocks. He’s a legitimate 7-footer with a good face up game and a soft touch around the basket. He’s also a solid rebounder who has the potential to become an improved shot blocker (he averaged 1.5 per 36 minutes as a rookie). Vucevic’s game will only improve as he continues to get stronger and play with more physicality, something that the majority of young bigs struggle with early in their pro careers. Vucevic is looking to prove that he is a viable option for the Sixers at center in 2012-13.

 

Xavier Silas

 

25 Xavier Silas

Position: G

Height: 6-5

Weight: 205

DOB: 1/22/88

College: Northern Illinois

NBA Experience: 1

 

Despite appearing in just two regular season games last season, the Sixers believe Xavier Silas has a future with the team. After two seasons at Colorado, and two more at Northern Illinois, Silas went undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft and spent time as a member of the Sixers’ 2011 training camp roster. In addition to his time with Philadelphia, he also played with BCM Gravelines (France) and the Sixers’ D-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws in 2011-12.  At Northern Illinios, he excelled as a scorer, averaging 19.7 and 22.3 points per game his junior and senior years, respectively. With the Sixers looking for viable scoring options, expect Silas to play a bigger role next season. He is the son of James Silas, an ABA legend whose number has been retired by the San Antonio Spurs, and is the godson of former Sixers legend Julius Erving.

 

Devin Searcy

 

30 Devin Searcy

Position: F

Height: 6-10

Weight: 226

DOB: 8/25/89

College: Dayton

NBA Experience: R

 

Searcy played four seasons at Dayton (2007-2011) and went undrafted at the 2011 NBA Draft. During his four-year career at Dayton, Searcy shot 51.0% from the field. He also shot 87.5% from the free-throw line his senior year, far better than the 58.5% he shot from the line his junior year. He played for Toyama Grouses (Japan) in 2011-12, averaging 13.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

 

Jon Scheyer

 

31 Jon Scheyer

Position: G

Height: 6-5

Weight: 190

DOB: 8/24/87

College: Duke

NBA Experience: R

 

Scheyer played four seasons at Duke (2006-2010), where he was named team captain in his junior and senior years. As a senior, he led Duke to a national championship while pacing the team in points (18.2), assists (4.9), free-throw percentage (87.8%), and steals (1.6) per game. Scheyer played the most consecutive games (144) and shot the third-highest free percentage (86.1%) in Duke history. After going undrafted in 2010, he played with the D-League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2010-11 and Maccabi Tel Aviv (Isreal) in 11-12. A natural leader and excellent shooter, Scheyer needs to prove that he has the athleticism and strength to hang at the NBA level.

 

Chris Johnson

 

33 Chris Johnson

Position: F

Height: 6-6

Weight: 201

DOB: 4/29/90

College: Dayton

NBA Experience: R

 

Johnson played four years at Dayton (2007-2011) and went undrafted in the 2012 NBA Draft. In his senior year, he averaged career highs in points per game (12.4), field goal percentage (46.5%), and three-point percentage (39.7%). Johnson became the first college basketball player in the past 20 years to score at last 1,400 points, pull down 800 rebounds, notch 300 offensive rebounds, and hit 200 threes while shooting at least 80% from the line. He’s an athletic and versatile wing player with a huge wingspan who will look to earn a spot on the team’s 2012-13 roster with a strong performance in Orlando.

 

Clay Tucker

 

35 Clay Tucker

Position: G

Height: 6-3

Weight: 195

DOB: 6/14/80

College: Wisconsin-Milwaukee

NBA Experience: R

 

Tucker played four years at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1998-2003) and went undrafted in the 2003 NBA draft. Since leaving UW-M, he has played for a variety of teams in both the United States and Europe. Despite playing only one season in the ABA (in 2004-05), he was named to the league’s All-Decade First Team for 2000-2009. Tucker is a talented player who has enjoyed close to a decade of success in professional basketball, but, at 32 years old, he’s looking to take another shot at making an NBA roster.

 

Solomon Jones

 

40 Solomon Jones

Position: F/C

Height: 6-10

Weight: 245

DOB: 7/16/84

College: South Florida

NBA Experience: 6

 

Jones played two years at Daytona State College before moving on to University of South Florida for his junior and senior seasons. He was selected 33rd overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2006 NBA Draft. He played three seasons with the Hawks (2006-2009), two seasons with the Pacers (2009-2011), and parts of last season with the Clippers and Hornets. In 268 NBA games, Jones has averaged 3.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in limited minutes. Jones uses his enormous wingspan and spectacular physical tools to make an impact on the defensive end every time he steps on the floor.

 

Justin Williams

 

41 Justin Williams

Position: F/C

Height: 6-10

Weight: 260

DOB: 5/12/84

College: Wyoming

NBA Experience: 2

 

Williams is the all-time leading shot-blocker at University of Wyoming and the Mountain West Conference, despite just playing there for two seasons (2004-2006); Williams averaged an unreal 7.2 blocks per 40 minutes as a senior. Despite his awe-inspiring shotblocking ability, he went undrafted at the 2006 NBA Draft. Soon after, he signed with the D-League’s Dakota Wizards and eventually the Sacramento Kings. In 2007-08, he was released by the Kings and played one game with the Houston Rockets that same year. In 2012, Williams signed with the Los Angeles Defenders of the D-League, but only appeared in one game. Williams is a prolific shot-blocker and skilled rebounder, but offers little on the offensive end. Still, NBA teams always value weakside defense and rebounding, so Williams has a shot of earning a spot on an NBA training camp roster with a solid showing in Orlando.

 

Terrence Jennings

 

43 Terrence Jennings

Position: F

Height: 6-10

Weight: 230

DOB: 11/2/88

College: Louisville

NBA Experience: R

 

Jennings played three years at Louisville (2008-2011), two of which he spent backing up Samardo Samuels (currently of the Cleveland Cavaliers). He was not selected in the 2011 NBA Draft. In 2011-12, he played for Belgacom Liege Basket (Belgium), averaging 8.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.  Jennings is an athletic big man and an excellent shot blocker (averaging 1.9 blocks per game as a senior).

 

Justin Holiday

 

20 Justin Holiday

Position: F

Height: 6-6

Weight: 185

DOB: 4/5/89

College: Washington

NBA Experience: R

 

Holiday played four seasons (2007-2011) at Washington, where he averaged 10.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a senior; he went undrafted in 2011. Soon after, he signed with Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium), where he averaged 7.4 points in 22.9 minutes per game. Holiday is a long, athletic swingman who plays tough, aggressive defense. Holiday is the older brother of current Sixer point guard Jrue Holiday.