After a week off to get our mind right (or really due to a lack of questions), we're back today with another of edition of the Liberty Ballers mailbag. Let's get things going.
David Van Lanten (via email): Who are you eyeing on other rosters that might get waived and be available to the Sixers?
I'll give you one name that's already on the market: Bryce Cotton. The Sixers may already have a roster's worth of point guards in Pierre Jackson, Scottie Wilbekin, and T.J. McConnell alone, but I think Cotton is better than all of them. He spent four years at Providence, leading the Big East in assists his senior year, and putting on a show against UNC in one of my favorite NCAA tournament performances ever. He played 15 games with the Jazz last year, averaging 5.3 points a game while shooting 42% from the floor in almost 11 minutes. He's undersized, but he can shoot, pass, and even play off ball in certain situations. Philadelphia has also expressed interest in him the past, at one point nearly making him a promise in the 2014 NBA Draft. If the Sixers are searching the waiver wire, he's a guy who would be at the top of my list.
Commenter Carlo69: What's your opinion in regards to the Nik Stauskas injury? Is it possible that a team like us, that emphasizes day in and day out the importance of sports science, didn't recognize the need of him having a bit of rest after coming from a long NBA season and being involved for the whole summertime in FIBA basketball action with his national team?
I think it's unfortunate, but likely won't be a huge deal as we head through the season. Some guys are able to handle the grind of the international summer circuit and then head right to training camp. Maybe Stauskas wasn't one of those guys, but it's not like he had a very grueling summer. He sat out of all of Las Vegas Summer League with an ankle injury, and had nearly a month before FIBA competition began. Frankly, I think playing in two intense international cups was probably a much better learning and playing experience than anything he would seen in the preseason. He looked composed and confident shooting the ball for team Canada, and I expect that style of play to translate to the regular season.