marreesespeightsAs you probably know by now the 76ers are entering a “split squad” in conjunction with the New Jersey into the Orlando Pro Summer League. The Sixers portion of the team will depart for Orlando on Thursday, July 2 and will conduct a three-day mini-camp leading up to their first game on Monday, July 6.

Headlining Philadunkia’s home team down in Orlando will be Marreese Speights, Jrue Holiday and former Temple star Dionte Christmas. Also receiving roster spots from Ed Stefanski were guard Blake Ahearn and forwards Gary Forbes, Rob Kurz and Marcus Slaughter. Here’s the 411 on the last four players we just mentioned:

Ahearn (6-2/190) has played a total of 15 games in the NBA for San Antonio and Miami, averaging 5.2 points, 1.4 assists and 1.3 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game. He was named First Team All D-League this past season and took home D-League Rookie of the Year honors in 2007-08. Ahearn led the D-League in 3-pointers made last season on 43.1% shooting.

Forbes (6-6/221) played his final two seasons at Massachusetts after starting his collegiate career at Virginia. He joined Julius Erving as the only players in UMass history to score 1,000 points in two seasons. After going undrafted last year, Forbes spent time playing overseas and in the D-League this past season.

 Kurz (6-9/232) signed as a rookie free agent with Golden State last summer and went on to appear in 40 games with five starts for the Warriors, averaging 3.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game. He attended Germantown Academy and William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia.

Slaughter (6-9/220) was an early entry candidate in the 2006 NBA Draft out of San Diego State after earning First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors as a junior. Most recently, he has played in Germany and France. Last summer, Slaughter played for Charlotte in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.


Below is the 76ers schedule for the Orlando Pro Summer League :

Mon., July 6th – PHI / NJ vs. Indiana @ 3:00pm

Tue., July 7th – PHI / NJ vs. Utah @ 5:00pm

Wed., July 8th – PHI / NJ vs. Orlando @ 7:00pm

Thu., July 9th – PHI / NJ vs. OKC @ 3:00pm

Fri., July 10th- PHI / NJ vs. Boston @ 1:00pm


If the rosters for the other teams involved in the OPSL hold true there should be some very good talent featured over the course of the week. In particular we’ve noticed that the Celtics roster seems a little stacked with NBA talent for the OPSL.

Here are few of the big names that will play this week down in O-town:

Boston Celtics

Lester Hudson (R); Bill Walker; JR Giddens; Gabe Pruitt; Michael Sweetney; Coby Karl; Darius Washington

OKC Thunder

DeAngelo Alexander (Undrafted R / Charlotte); James Harden (R); Shaun Livingston; BJ Mullens (R); Russell Wesybrook; DJ White (Undrafted R / Indiana);

Indiana Pacers

Roy Hibbert; Tyler Hansbrough (R); Josh McRoberts, AJ Price (R) and Brandon Rush

Orlando Magic

Maurice Ager; Brian Chase; Levance Fields (Undrafted R / Pitt); Jeremy Pargo (Undrafted R / Gonzaga);  

Utah Jazz

Eric Maynor (R); Cedric Bozeman; Derrick Brown (R); Kosta Koufus

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