The Summer Sixers, at 1-1 following an 86-82 win against the Jazz on Wednesday, are back in action tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Paul Reed was the star of the Sixers’ first Salt Lake City Summer League game against Memphis. He finished with 20 points (8-of-15 shooting), 15 rebounds (seven offensive) and four steals. Reed immediately showed that he’s way too good for Summer League competition, which is all you want from him in this situation. Similarly, Isaiah Joe has displayed his talent level and looked comfortable competing against younger prospects.
On Wednesday, we got to see new signing Trevelin Queen make his debut, showing off his athleticism and jumper. The upside for Queen, the 2021-22 G League MVP, as an athletic shot-maker with size at 6-foot-6 and good defensive tools is obvious.
Beyond new faces, it will be interesting to see how Jaden Springer continues to perform through Summer League. He bounced back from a rough first half against the Grizzlies with a stronger second half, partly thanks to some nifty drives to the basket. His defense is there as well, but he clearly still has plenty of work to do with his handle and jump shot. Hopefully for Springer he can build off those last two quarters when he goes against OKC.
Tonight’s game against Oklahoma City has potential to be a fun one. The Thunder have one of the league’s more intriguing young cores, receiving a major boost with the selection of No. 2 pick Chet Holmgren in this year’s draft. Holmgren had a stellar Summer League debut as well, tallying 23 points (7-of-9 shooting), seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and six blocks. He showcased his range with four made triples, handle, and rare rim protecting talents.
Watching Reed and Charles Bassey (who was much better in his second game this week) go against Holmgren will be the key matchup to watch. How much success will the Sixers’ young bigs have in containing Holmgren’s three-point range and attacks off the dribble (the highly agile Reed will be best suited to this), and going at him in the paint offensively?
Josh Giddey is also primed to have an entertaining Summer League run and build on his promising rookie season.
I mean, just look at this pass. The nonchalant delivery, yet perfect spin and placement.
What a ridiculous pass by Josh Giddey lmao pic.twitter.com/xHD893SVbw— Thunder Film Room (@ThunderFilmRoom) July 6, 2022
The Summer Sixers, especially their bigs, are in for a good test against the Thunder. Enjoy following along in the comments.
Update: Tonight’s game has lost some of its intrigue, as Chet Holmgren will now be out to rest.
When: 6:00 pm ET
Where: Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Watch: NBA TV