It’s hard to judge a basketball team playing a 10 AM game with just 8 active guys on the roster, but the 76ers looked rather sloppy in their 29 point defeat (88-59) Friday morning which was the Sixers final game of the 2010 OPSL. It was the squad’s third straight loss.
For the first time all week though, Evan Turner was the Sixers leading scorer with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Turner was 4-of-10 from the field and was often handling the ball as a point guard in the second half. Turner admittedly had a frustrating week, and he wore those emotions on his sleeve.
“This was the best eight days of Evan’s life because he understands the level now that you have to be at competitively and in shape to play this game. He’ll go from here until the end of September to do what’s necessary.” said Collins.
Collins all week analyzed why some lottery picks—like Derrick Rose a few years back—struggle in the summer league. Collins said that agents go out of their way to make sure players don’t get hurt, mainly by limiting their client from playing five-on-five. “He’s 90 days behind in his conditioning, he’ll catch up and he’ll be fine.”
With Marreese Speights gone (this was scheduled) and Jrue Holiday resting a sore hamstring the Sixers were left lacking its experienced scoring threats. But Philadelphia turned the ball over 23 times and shot 34% from the floor. Utah manhandled the Sixers down low out rebounding Philadelphia 37-24. The 76ers had just 24 points at the half.
Doug Collins didn’t want the sour note on Friday to spoil what he thought was a very productive week.
“We wanted to start planting the seeds of the type of team we wanted to be, mainly the defensive concepts. And when we had our full crew of guys, I think you saw that.”
Jodie Meeks had his quietest game during the week in Orlando, making just 1 field goal and scoring 4 points. But Doug Collins was reaffirmed this week by Meeks’ performance that Jodie could see regular minutes once the season begins
“Jodie did a terrific job. He solidified with me that he’s going to be a guy in our rotation. A high energy guy, he can make shots and he was a little better defensively than I thought. I like his passion and his toughness.” said the Sixers head coach.
The smaller roster allowed some other Philadelphia summer leaguers to showcase their abilities in front of various D-League and NBA scouts. Philadelphia native Ryan Brooks hit a couple of nice pull-up jumpers and provided energy with his 12 points and 2 steals. Journeyman Ndudi Ebi grabbed 7 rebounds and had 10 points. The power forward even hit a three-pointer and his hoping to get a shot on the Great Britain 2012 Olympic roster.
Utah second round pick Jeremy Evans really displayed his athleticism Friday throwing down 2 big dunks on 12 points and 5 rebounds. Gordon Hayward tied his week high with 14 points and converted all 7 of his free throws. Jazz Head Coach Jerry Sloan was delighted with his rookie’s progression throughout the week.
“Gordon seems like he’s a guy who picks things up quickly. We are going to spend more time with him, and were happy with who he is as a person.” said Jerry Sloan.
Here’s teh box score from the Sixers final game in the 2010 OPSL.