The Sixers played in their finale in the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday. They would close out the summer strong and on a high note, beating the Toronto Raptors by a final score of 108 to 102. Although we did not see Shake Milton or Norvel Pelle in this game, we still got to see some of the key Summer Sixers.
The twentieth overall pick finished out the Summer League with a very good performance. He looks poised and ready to come right in and contribute for the Sixers this season. Like he has done all summer, Matisse has shown that he is going to pride himself on the defensive end of the ball. He also continued to show that he can stretch the floor, knocking down a couple of shots from deep in today’s game. The similarities to former Sixers wing Robert Covington are very preeminent in his game, which is a great sign for the team moving forward. One thing that stood out for me this game is Matisse’s ballhandling. In earlier games, he was very clumsy with the ball and had some sloppy turnovers trying to push on his own, but in today’s game, he looked a lot more confident as a ballhandler in a small sample of bringing the ball up.
Game stats: 25 MIN, 10 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST, 2 STL, 1 BLK
We didn’t see as much of Zhaire in the finale as we had seen in other games, which is a good sign. The Sixers know that he is ready for this season and did not have to overextend him with the regular season right around the corner. Like all summer, Zhaire showcased his elite athleticism and that he did not need to participate in this year’s Summer League. Losing Shake Milton to injury also allowed to see what Zhaire could do in the point guard role running the offense. Even though I do not think we will see Zhaire in that kind of role with the Sixers, it is good to see what he could do when called upon. One bright spot is that he is not afraid to attack the rim, he can finish when creating contact and is not afraid to shoot jumpshots. I am very excited to see what the talent of the Sixers roster is going to bring out of Zhaire this season.
Game stats: 22 MIN, 9 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST, 3 STL
The G-League season has not even started yet, and I already have my favorite player. I am all in on watching Marial Shayok tear up the G-League for the Blue Coats this season. Shayok has been the best surprise of the Summer Sixers. His offensive game has been fun to watch. He has shown the ability to score in multiple ways and is not afraid to shoot. The last two games, he has also shown that he can affect the game in multiple ways, racking up a good amount of rebounds and assists to go along with his scoring numbers. I think that Shayok is going to benefit greatly from splitting time between the Blue Coats and the Sixers. The G-League will allow him a big role in the offense to polish his skills and then his time with the Sixers will allow him to polish himself into a contributing role player for the team moving forward.
Game stats: 17 MIN, 14 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST, 1 STL