Throughout his career, Sergio Rodriguez has shown he can hold his own in EuroLeague and Olympic play, but he’s yet to prove his worth at the NBA level. The 30-year-old had a four-year stint in the league from 2006-2010, but spent the past six seasons in Spain after failing to carve out a definitive role stateside.
“El Chacho” is in the midst of his first NBA training camp in a long time, but he doesn’t seem to be struggling with the adjustment. Media members in attendance of Wednesday’s practice session at Stockton University noted that Rodriguez stood out from the rest of the team.
Sergio Rodriguez was the best player on the floor for the 10 or so minutes we got to watch. pic.twitter.com/fmIP2YkXa4— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) September 28, 2016
His court vision is really remarkable. Rodriguez was also caught on film throwing a crosscourt bullet pass to Nik Stauskas, who knocked down a corner three.
From the past few minutes of the scrimmage. pic.twitter.com/bob6nGsBTO— Brian Seltzer (@brianseltzer) September 28, 2016
One thing is for certain: if the Sixers are consistent with cutting off ball and getting open around the perimeter, Rodriguez will find them. Provided his three-point shooting is around as good as it was during his time with Real Madrid, then he’ll stick in the league beyond this season.
After dealing with flu-like symptoms yesterday, Joel Embiid seemed to be a full go on Wednesday. Considering the 22-year-old hasn’t played organized basketball in over two years, it’s no surprise he had his fair share of struggles.
Embiid misses follow-up shot. pic.twitter.com/vc9lj8kIdr— Tom Moore (@tmoore76ers) September 28, 2016
Moments like these will be a nice reminder for everyone — myself included — that every time Embiid touches the floor won’t look like a Vine clip or a pre-game workout. Still, snapshots like the one below are a reminder of what may be to come for the Cameroon native, if he can stay on the court.
In other news:
- Jahlil Okafor is dealing with right knee soreness. The expectation is he’ll practice tomorrow.
- The Sixers did some serious experimenting with Ben Simmons today.
The Sixers will practice again tomorrow, and it’ll be their last two-a-day of training camp.