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Summer league recap: Korkmaz, Drew II shine in Sixers loss

Korkmaz and LD2 couldn’t outlast Lonzo.

NBA: Summer League-Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

There’s only three words to say about the Sixers 103-102 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night: Too. Much. Lonzo.

The second overall pick had an incredible 36 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists to propel Los Angeles to victory. Even though the Sixers dropped their third summer league game, there were still some positives.

  • Korkmaz played by far his best game as a member of the Sixers to date. He finished with 19 points (8-14 FG) to go along with three assists. The 19-year-old was only 2-8 from beyond the arc, but moved well off the ball, streaking down the floor on fast breaks and making nice cuts in half court sets. He also looked pretty comfortable setting up others, finding Alex Poythress on dives to the rim with a couple solid bounce passes. Perhaps the absence of Fultz has benefited Korkmaz. It’s allowed to work on his ball handling and playmaking abilities, and he’s shown some flashes in those departments. He was marketed as a combo guard overseas, and maybe at some point down the line he can have a similar role in Philadelphia as well.
  • Larry Drew II, who spent some time with the Sixers back in 2015, looks like a really strong candidate for a two-way contract. He finished the game with 15 points (5-10 FG) and 8 assists. Drew took advantage of the poor on ball defense of Ball, utilizing his dribble moves to create some separation to knock down five of his seven three-point attempts. There’s no room for him on the active roster, but in case someone goes down with an injury, it wouldn’t hurt to have a competent scorer who’s familiar with the Sixers system.
  • Alex Poythress also looks like another candidate for a two-way deal. He did a little bit of everything against the Lakers, notching 16 points (7-11 FG) and five rebounds. He looked strong attacking the rim, and even displayed a little touch from the outside.

With the loss, the Sixers will now play their final summer league game Friday at 8:30 p.m.

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