10/11/2012 - at Orlando - Pregame - Preview
Preseason: Thursday, October 11, 7:00 PM at Amway Center, Orlando, FL
35-31 in 2011-12
37-29 in 2011-12
Players To Watch
Maalik Wayns, G, 6-1. 195, Rookie
Maalik Wayns has been one of the Sixers' pleasant surprises in preseason practices thus far. A Philly native who played his college ball at local Villanova, the 6-1 guard has commanding the reserve squad in their intrasquad scrimmages against the starters throughout Training Camp, impressing teammates along the way.
Starting point guard Jrue Holiday recently said that the tenacious, young player has helped prepare him for some of the more physical guards he’ll face throughout the season.
Head coach Doug Collins mentioned Wayns' name when listing the players outside of his projected nine-man rotation who could earn spot situational minutes once the regular season begins. If the Villanova alum is able to earn a roster spot, Collins believes that he could help increase the tempo of the offense in brief stints playing point guard next to Holiday or Evan Turner. prepare him for some of the more physical guards he’ll face throughout the season.
Arnett Moultrie, F, 6-10, 230, Rookie
During the NBA Draft in June, Philly brass watched with surprise as impressive, young big man Arnett Moultrie slid down the draft board, past the Sixers' first selection (Maurice Harkless) at number 15 and through nearly the entire first round, before the team struck a deal with the Miami Heat to acquire their 27th-overall pick, which they used to select Moultrie.
Unfortunately, the 6-10 Mississippi State alum suffered a high ankle sprain during a pre-draft workout, forcing him to miss the team's five early-July summer league games in Orlando. Thursday's game against the Magic will be his first official game action since a March 13 NIT loss to UMass in which he scored 34 points.
Moultrie's blend of size, skill, rebounding ability, and athleticism makes him one of the more intriguing players on the roster.
Thaddeus Young, F, 6-8, 234, Sixth Season
With the departures of the three longest-tenured Sixers – Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams, and Elton Brand, Thaddeus Young has taken that title, despite being just 24 years old. In each of the last two seasons, the 6-8 forward has come off the bench and has provided valuable minutes at the power forward position. A matchup nightmare for slower-footed post players, he averaged 12.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in 63 contests last season.
With the loss of athletic wing defender Andre Iguodala this offseason, head coach Doug Collins is looking for Young to perhaps play spot minutes at small forward in order to use his supreme athleticism and length to guard some of the league's better offensive wing players.
Collins has said he'll use these preseason games as an opportunity to see what Young can do at the 3.