Potential. That's the word of this upcoming season (other than tank) that the Sixers should be focusing on. James Southerland has it written all over him (potential that is). The 6-8 forward/guard combo is a match up night mare. He has a great shot from deep and can get to the free-throw line with ease. He also is a sufficient rebounder when needed. The only knock on him is his-consistency. He reminds me of a young Melo because of his lights out shooting in some games and bench worthy performances in others. That is part of the reason he went undrafted.
In this game versus Arkansas he shows his shooting potential and the reason why he can be a number one option.
JAMES SOUTHERLAND SCORES 35 POINTS AGAINST ARKANSAS (via steve1016mtv)
Wow. He can shoot and fly to the rim, sign me up. In this game he dropped 35 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 block. This includes being 9-13 from downtown and getting to the line twice. There is nobody on the roster capable of doing that. In one game against Depaul he dropped 22 points along with 10 boards for a double-double. However, he was 1-10 from three-point range. Talk about inconsistent. It sounds like he belongs on the Knicks roster! The promising stat that game is actually his 11-11 from the free throw line. His upside truly outweighs his downside because he can be a cheap high ceiling replacement for ET and the other shooters on the roster. The fact that him and MCW were teammates only makes his presence extremely exciting. So with that in mind keep an eye out for him on the summer league games.