For the first time ever, the Delaware Blue Coats held media day in their new home, the 76ers Fieldhouse. It’s the first full season in the brand new facility.
The team rang in the busy day with a public opening from the Mayor of Wilmington declaring a full week dedicated to the Delaware Blue Coats. The excitement of having a G-League team in the city of Wilmington is certainly felt from the community.
The team has a ton of talent hidden throughout the roster, but most eyes were on the Philadelphia 76ers’ main guys: Zhaire Smith and Marial Shayok.
Zhaire Smith was recently sent down to the Blue Coats on a development assignment. The Sixers’ roster features a ton of talent. At times, that can be very hard to break through for a young player like Smith. The Blue Coats will offer him consistent playing time and reps.
Marial Shayok is in a different situation. He was recently drafted 54th overall in the recent 2019 NBA Draft. Shayok and the Sixers agreed to a two-way contract. Basically that means the young prospect will split time between the Delaware Blue Coats and Philadelphia 76ers.
A two-way deal is really the best of both worlds between the NBA and the G-League. A young prospect can get consistent playing time in the G-League while getting to experience the NBA as a league both on and off the court.
Both of these said players will look to lead the Delaware Blue Coats to a successful 2019-2020 campaign. While the starting five isn’t official, it’s safe to say that Smith and Shayok will look to be the major cornerstones for the Blue Coats early on. Zhaire Smith is entering his first season fully healthy and will look to make a statement for the Sixers.
Marial Shayok has already proven to be a three level scoring threat, as we’ve seen in the recent NBA summer league. It’s a safe prediction to make that he will carry a large load offensively for the Blue Coats.
The city of Wilmington has a lot to look forward to with this team: there’s a ton of talent found throughout the roster. They have rim running bigs in Norvel Pelle, Christ Koumadje, and Doral Moore. They have three point snipers in Jared Brownridge and Julian Washburn. There’s two way talent in Haywood Highsmith.
It’s safe to say there’s a ton of things you should look forward to with this new and young team. The Delaware Blue Coats will start off this season at home against the Maine Red Claws (Boston Celtics’ G League Affiliate).