“Once he settled in in the third quarter and we started drawing plays up for him…” Luckily for him, no one would remember his early woes due to his second half performance. He seemed impressively aware of the big picture view of his showing and looks to be the type of athlete that will demand more out of himself than those covering and even coaching him. Winslow scored 17 points but needed 15 shots to get there and had four rebounds and just one assist despite handling the ball a lot. One would hope Okafor won’t have to operate with the likes of the Sixers’ Utah Summer League roster too far beyond this stretch.
No need to give Jahlil Okafor a grade in his first game in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform. “I could have played better”. And the turnaround jumper – hard to know from just one game if it’s sustainable, given how shooting from any kind of range was hardly a regular weapon deployed by Jah in his college days, but if it’s really something he has in his arsenal, it’s going to make him doubly risky from Day One in the National Basteball Association. Well, in his Summer League debut, Lalanne wasn’t shy about taking shots from all over the place. He’d score 14 points after the break to finish with 20 on the evening and chipped in nine rebounds to go with it, five of them coming on the offensive end. “It’s a process, and hopefully I’ll play better in the next game”. Especially with the lack of spacing that he was working with, Okafor would have gotten some easier looks if he set himself up with a deeper post position. On the insuing Sixers’ possession, Jahlil Okafor would make a huge mistake by dribbling out of bounds on the baseline while looking for three-point shooter Jordan McRea in the corner.
Now onto the positives with Okafor and majority have to do with his impressive skills in the post. When Jah puts the ball on the floor the help defender goes for the steal, but Okafor is able to rip through and hold onto the ball.
Jerami Grant struggled from the field (4-for-13), which was low-lighted by a few contested threes and out-of-control drives to the rim.
Celtics first-round pick R.J. It was Philadelphia looking for a late game lead, as T.J.
Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace issued a statement Tuesday saying that “the team has been engaged in negotiations” with Gasol and free-agent forward Brandan Wright “and intends to sign them both to player contracts at the conclusion of the National Basteball Association moratorium period”. McConnell was 0-for-3 from beyond the arc and he had good, open looks.
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