Yesterday the 7-6 confirmed a roster move rumor that had been flying around the internet for two days – they had in fact signed former Villanova guard and Philadelphia native Maalik Wayns to a one-year contract. This move along with the signing of veteran journeyman Royal Ivey appears to be Doug Collins unique solution to the back up point guard problem that was plaguing the Sixers roster.
A former McDonald’s All-American out of Roman Catholic, Wayns played three seasons for Jay Wright at Villanova. He appeared in 95 games, averaging 12.5 points and 3.4 assists for his career. After splitting time with Corey Fisher in 2010-11, last year Wayns became Nova’s primary ball handler and put up career best numbers of 17.6 points, 3.8 boards and 4.6 assists per night. According to draftexpress.com, Wayns was the 74th ranked prospect among the 2012 Draft class and as we all know he did not hear his name called on Draft night this past June.
So why did the Sixers decide to ink Wayns?
Well, according to Philadunkia’s Stephen McNutly it was his efforts at the Orlando Pros Summer League in July that grabbed the attention of Doug Collins and Co. Stephen was down in Orlando covering the OPSL for us and has some thoughts on Wayns after the jump…
Balling for the Orlando Magic’s 2012 OPSL squad, Wayns was one of the most consistent players in the league during the first three days. In three games, he averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 assists and 2.3 steals. Highlighting his solid week of play in Orlando was an 11 point, 10 assist and 3 steal effort on Day 1 against the Nets as well as a 16 point outburst vs. the Jazz on Day 3. However, thanks to a groin injury Wayns did not play against the 7-6 during the Magic’s 77-75 win on Day 4 of the league. The injury also kept him out of action on the fifth and final day of the OPSL.
Overall I was impressed with him the first couple of days. Wayns looked good right out of the gate. Again, on Day 1 he had a double-double, looked good defensively (3 steals) and controlled the point for Orlando. He started for them the first three days of OPSL action.
He did struggle a little bit in Day 2 as Brandon Knight got the best of him in a good close game (they lost). He played well again on the third day (scoring 16) and once again did a nice job running their offense. He knew when to keep feeding the ball inside, had a nice knack for finding guys like DeAndre Liggins on the wing, was very good at getting himself looks and earning trips to the line. When he didn’t play Thursday vs. 76ers, I was disappointed because I was really interested in seeing him go up against the Sixers guards.
Here’s a link to an article from the Magic’s website about how well Wayns played during the OPSL.
Brett Koremenos of Hoopspeak.com also had a solid post on Wayns recent outstanding play.
Below is a scouting report on Wayns by Kyle Nelson of draftexpress.com:
“At 6’2 with a compact 200-pound frame and a 6-2 wingspan, Wayns has just decent physical attributes for the point guard position. Though he is fairly strong and quick, he is not a standout athlete, lacking the explosiveness to finish around the basket. As Wayns is a scoring guard who tends to dominate the ball, his average physical profile puts him at somewhat of a disadvantage looking towards the next level…While Wayns does a terrific job of changing speeds and keeping his defender off balance, he struggles mightily finishing around the basket, which not only is related to his lack of length and explosiveness, but also his inability to get all the way to the rim and take high percentage looks. Wayns is often forced to heave up tough shots in the paint, particularly in traffic, raising the question of whether his slashing game will translate to the next level. Furthermore, while he has a solid first step, he drives left nearly 75% of the time,rendering his diverse mid-range and slashing games somewhat predictable for opposing defenders… What remains to be seen is whether or not Wayns can develop his playmaking instincts further and develop into a better facilitator. Though his supporting cast is less than stellar, complete with raw big men and streaky shooters, he has just average court vision and his overall decision-making abilities still need work.”