Philadelphia 76ers Summer League Report: Sixers Meet Knicks in Vegas Opener

76ers Meet New York Knicks in Las Vegas Summer League Opener

After playing a three-game schedule at the 2023 Salt Lake City Summer League, the 76ers are in Las Vegas for the start of NBA 2K24 Summer League 2023.

The Sixers open with the New York Knicks on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.

New 76ers Head Coach Nick Nurse coached the team during the first two games in Utah, before giving way to Rico Hines, who will also lead the club in Vegas. All 30 teams play at least five games there.

The Sixers fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder in their Salt Lake finale on Thursday, despite mounting a strong comeback effort on the second night of a back-to-back. Philadelphia successfully rallied against the host Utah Jazz in the previous game and forced 22 turnovers in a victory.

Saturday against the Knicks is a 5 p.m. ET start in Las Vegas.

Thursday’s Top Performances:

Jaden Springer

  • Springer tallied a team-high 17 points – including a perfect 7-for-7 from the foul line – with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one blocked shot in 29 minutes.
  • Across the three games, Springer averaged 15.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 3.0 steals (second among all players), and 1.0 blocks in 27.6 minutes per contest.
  • Springer ranked first in free throws made (7.0) and attempted (7.7) per game, shooting a sparkling 91% from the line.

Terquavion Smith

  • The rookie Smith added 15 points in 25 minutes against the Thunder. He shot 5-for-10 from 3-point range in his third consecutive double-figure scoring effort.
  • In his three appearances, Smith averaged a team-high 15.7 points in 25.3 minutes per game. He shot 38% from long range on 9.7 attempts per contest.

Opponent Outlook:

The Summer Knicks feature a pair of former 76ers two-way contract players in Charlie Brown Jr. and Michael Foster Jr., both of whom helped to lead the Delaware Blue Coats to the G League title last season.

New York also rosters 2022 NBA Draft selection Trevor Keels and 2019 Pistons draftee Isaiah Roby, who was later traded to Dallas.

Quote to Note:

Delaware Blue Coats Assistant General Manager and 76ers Scout Jameer Nelson on the upcoming schedule:

“It’s still going to be a lot of learning. Try to get better in the film room, in practice, and it’s game-by-game. We give all of these guys different opportunities. You [saw] we’ve had three different starting lineups in three games… These guys are getting good opportunities to play in front of not only us, but the other 29 teams as well.”

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