Jerami Grant and Nik Stauskas were brought in as reinforcements for the Sixers Las Vegas Summer League team, but their time on the roster was short and not too sweet.
Lloyd Pierce confirms both Jerami Grant and Nik Stauskas have finished their playing stint with Sixers in Vegas. pic.twitter.com/wLN4R31rUi— Brian Seltzer (@brianseltzer) July 12, 2016
Stauskas averaged 11 points on just 35 percent shooting (7-20 FG), and Grant averaged 10 points on 31.3 percent shooting (5-16 FG). Both played just two games. Considering Stauskas and Grant are now heading into their third season in the NBA, their extremely limited impact against rookies and other fringe roster players was disappointing, to say the least.
Stauskas seems to still be lacking confidence in his three-point shooting, and his defense continues to look rather lackluster. Grant did put Ivica Zubac on a poster in his summer league debut, but the rest of his play was far from noteworthy. His 2-4 shooting from three-point range isn't a big enough indicator to tell whether or not he's actually improved in that department, and he needs to show he's a viable threat from beyond the arc to be a legitimate contributor on this team. His drives to the rim have been surprisingly awkward, mostly resulting in him throwing the ball at the rim as he fought through contact he initiated.
Based off their play and the current shape of the roster, both are likely fighting for a roster spot. Stauskas is now facing competition from newcomers Gerald Henderson, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, and Jerryd Bayless. Grant has been completely overshadowed in Las Vegas by the rim protecting abilities of Richaun Holmes, and the scoring prowess of Christian Wood.
The pair will need a really solid training camp and preseason campaign to secure their place on a team with few open roster spots.