Following yesterday’s porous interior defense, coach Michael Curry decided to use a no hedging policy on pick and rolls to limit points in the paint. Curry accomplished that goal but the only problem was the 76ers gave up 15 three’s in the process.
Second year forward Arnett Moultrie commented on the Pacers shooting, “They made a couple and then the rim just got bigger for them.”
The Sixers kept the game close in the first half on the shooting of un-drafted free agent Khalif Wyatt. Wyatt kept the offense under control in the first half scoring 15 points off of 6-11 shooting. Wyatt got whatever shot he wanted making two three’s, floaters and driving to the lane for lay ups in the first half.
“I’m having fun and just playing ball, before the game coach Curry told me to be in attack mode,” Moultrie continued.
Philadelphia went on a run to make it 43-47 at the break but after halftime the three point barrage continued. Every time the Sixers generated any momentum it was answered by either Solomon Hill or Micah Downs draining a three. Hill and Downs alone combined to shoot 8-9 from behind the arc.
First round pick Michael Carter-Williams gave a strong effort to try and rally the team in the second half, but had a pedestrian shooting day going 4-19 from the field. The one bright spot for Carter-Williams was the stat of zero turnovers improving upon his nine giveaways from yesterday.
Coach Curry was pleased with MCW’s progress and said, “Michael not turning the ball over is definitely a good sign for us moving forward.”
Moultrie had a strong offensive game with 15 points, while shooting 5-12 from the field and grabbing 9 rebounds. Other than Moultrie, Carter-Williams and Wyatt, the offense was very mundane. The rest of the team scored a combined 22 points.
With most of the team playing very inefficiently on the offensive end it is a serious concern of where the points will come from going forward. Wyatt finished the game 11-18 shooting with 25 points. The rest of his teammates shot a combined 16-50. Wyatt may not have envisioned having to bear this big of a load offensively coming into OPSL but he will surely embrace it similar to the way he did at Temple. The only earmark to Wyatt’s game is his defensive capabilities.
Coach Curry added after the game, “He is being asked to defend more than he probably ever has before, but if he can defend he can stay on the court and continue to do some of the things he is great at on offense.”
Wyatt was only scheduled to play two games with Philadelphia then report to Dallas but decided to stay on for the rest of summer league adding, “I think I fit in well with this team and can help them so why not (stay in Orlando)?”
If Wyatt can continue to defend and play efficient offensively, then he will make a strong case for a roster spot with the 7-6 come fall. Let’s not stop there though, if we are being honest as Sixers fans there really isn’t a reliable scoring option on the actual team. Yes Carter-Williams can score if asked to do so but if he is the only option then teams will concentrate on limiting him. Then who do you go to as a second option, Evan Turner? Be real.
Wyatt could be the Sixer equivalent of a rare hologram card nerds get when they buy the Pokemon packs. They didn’t expect to get it but they will damn sure take it. Wyatt may just be the hologram card of un-drafted free agents and be a valuable source of points for the Sixers come fall.
Game 3 of the OPSL for Philadelphia is Wednesday July 10th at 1 p.m. vs. Oklahoma City.
Alex Gorge is a scribe for Philadunkia and he will be Tweeting live from the OPSL all week. You can follow him @apg3000.
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