The last time teams wearing Sixers and Bucks uniforms met, Philadelphia wiped the floor with Milwaukee, 130-95, in the regular season finale. From that epic beatdown, only Furkan Korkmaz and Sterling Brown will take the floor again when the franchises meet tonight for the Sweet 16 round of Vegas Summer League.
The Sixers rallied Thursday night to upset Phoenix and secure their first win in Summer League action. On the other side, Milwaukee went 1-2 in preliminary play before topping San Antonio in tournament action, led by former Process legend Christian “The Cross” Wood, who dropped 26 points and 15 rebounds.
Through four games, Wood is leading the Bucks in points (18.8 ppg), rebounds (10.5 rpg), and blocks (2.3 bpg). Having last appeared in the NBA for 13 games with the Hornets during the 2016-17 season, Wood didn’t mince words about what he’s trying to accomplish at Summer League:
“I’m good and I need to be signed. I’m just waiting for my opportunity and I know it’s going to come.”
Sterling Brown is the other leader for Milwaukee’s Summer League squad, averaging 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists. Brown will be trying crack a deep Bucks rotation with significant playoff aspirations this season. Meanwhile, the millions of dollars the Sixers received for trading the pick are accruing plenty of interest in ownership’s bank accounts.
The other relevant new face on the court will be former Villanova alum and Bucks first-round pick Donte DiVincenzo. The Michael Jordan of Delaware missed Milwaukee’s first three Summer League games with a groin strain, but took the floor in a Bucks jersey for the first time Thursday night, going scoreless in 11 minutes. We’ll see if The Big Ragu can cook up a better dish with a couple additional days rest behind him.
Furkan Korkmaz has been either extremely hot or extremely cold. Which version will we see tonight? Zhaire Smith matchup up against Donte DiVincenzo could make for another fun throwback to that Villanova-Texas Tech tournament meeting. Jonah Bolden vs. Christian Wood is basically Process fan fiction. Follow along with all tonight’s proceedings below in the comments.
Time: 8:30pm EST
Location: Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV