Coors Light Summer Six Pack: July 14th

by Brian Seltzer
Sixers.com Reporter

Stat of the Day:
In Wednesday’s dominant 108-71 triumph over the NBA Development League Select team, the Sixers erupted for the highest point total to-date in this year’s edition of the Samsung NBA Summer League. Other noteworthy numbers that emerged from Wednesday’s prolific performance included:

  • The team shot 53.9 percent from the field, its best percentage between seven games played in both Salt Lake City and Las Vegas.

  • The Sixers’ 13 three-point field goals also represented their largest summer league total yet.

  • Of the Sixers’ 41 made baskets, 25 were assisted.

  • Two players finished with at least 20 points. Guard Brandon Paul hit the number on the nose, while power forward Shawn Long racked up 21 points. Prior to Wednesday, Christian Wood had been the only Sixer to reach the 20-point plateau, doing so July 4th against Boston (21 pts), and July 12th versus Golden State (22 pts).

  • Long’s lone miss on nine field goal attempts was a contested two-foot runner in the fourth quarter. He hit each of his three three-point shots, and went two for two from the free throw line as well.

  • The Sixers forced the NBA D-Leaguers into 23 turnovers, which they subsequently turned into 39 points.

Notable Quotable:
Heading into their pairing with the NBADL Select squad, the Sixers’ top two scorers in the Samsung NBA Summer League were Christian Wood, with 39 total points, and Ben Simmons, with 34 points. Both, however, were held out of Wednesday’s contest for rest, which set the stage for other members of the roster to step up. Sure enough, contributions came from across the board. In addition to receiving 21 points from Shawn Long and another 20 from Brandon Paul, the Sixers got 15 points from Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (6-12 fg, 2-6 3fg). James Webb III - making his second straight start - manufactured a versatile box line that featured 14 points (4-9 fg, 3-4 3fg), six rebounds, three assists, and five steals. T.J. McConnell, meanwhile, in just 20 minutes, handed out nine assists, and deposited eight points (4-7 fg). Lloyd Pierce, who’s coaching the Sixers in Las Vegas, appreciated the efforts from his short-handed club.
“It was good, because you see a guy Shawn Long just filled in. Next man up. He filled in, in the same fashion that Christian did, scored inside and outside. I think T.J. set the tone, and everybody got some rhythm shots, some open shots. Once you see one go in, all the other ones look a little bit easier.” 

Did You See That?:
Just how much excitement are Ben Simmons and the Summer Sixers generating back home? Apparently enough for one of Philadelphia’s most prominent recording artists to make the trek out west himself, and catch up with the team he so regularly supports during the season.

#SummerSixers Sounds:
Hear some of the highlight calls from the Sixers' first victory in Samsung NBA Summer League play.

Around Town:
Wednesday marked the start of the Samsung NBA Summer League’s tournament competition, in which all 24 participating teams were seeded based on their records through three games, and paired accordingly. Taking that dynamic into account, it could be written that there was a noteworthy upset, as Minnesota, the lowest seed, ousted San Antonio, seeded ninth. Without Kris Dunn, the fifth overall selection in this year’s draft, the Timberwolves benefited from a 20-point, seven-rebound showing from big man Adreian Payne, en route to a wire-to-wire 80-71 triumph. The Spurs, last year’s Las Vegas champions, were down a key contributor as well. Kyle Anderson, who cranked out 23.7 points per game in Salt Lake City before tallying 18.5 points through two games in Sin City, was shut down on Tuesday.

On Tap:
The Sixers are slated to go up against sixth-seeded Brooklyn on Thursday at 6:30 PM EST. The Nets’ summer roster is highlighted by Chester’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and former Delaware 87er Sean Kilpatrick. Now healthy, Hollis-Jefferson is posting 10.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 4.0 steals per game in the Samsung NBA Summer League. Kilpatrick’s 14.0 points ranks as Brooklyn’s highest average.

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