The Sixers kicked off undrafted free agency with a signing from the Big 10, reportedly locking up Indiana’s James Blackmon to a deal shortly after the 2017 NBA Draft came to a close.
Word came from The Vertical’s Shams Charania.
Indiana's James Blackmon Jr. has agreed to an undrafted free agent deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, league sources say.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2017
Blackmon, a 22-year-old junior, took an absolutely absurd amount of threes last season, averaging over seven attempts from deep per game and connecting on over 42 percent of those. He’s not going to do much else—he’s an undersized shooting guard at 6’3”, and he’s not what you would call an advanced playmaker for others.
But hey, he should be fun to watch chuck it up in Summer League and training camp. Here’s what Draft Express has to say about his shooting ability.
He has a quick and compact release with deep range, and although he only played in 13 games last season, he started the season looking like one of the most prolific shooters in the Big Ten, connecting on 37 of his 80 attempts from deep last season, an increased percentage from the already strong 38.7% he shot on 199 attempts as a freshman.
The majority of his 3-point shots came in catch and shoot situations, benefiting from the tremendous spacing Indiana enjoyed as a team, but he showed he was more than capable of shooting off the dribble when defenses ducked under screens. He wasn't featured often as a shooting threat coming off screens or hand-offs, an aspect of his game that would be valuable at the next level if he can continue to improve on and establish he's capable of.