This afternoon, the team announced they would be without their prized sophomore guard for what will likely be the remainder of the summer league, as he went back home to Texas to hold a skills camp for the youth. Through two games, he was leading the entire league in scoring, averaging 26.0 points per game.
In a battle between two undefeated teams, Philadelphia falls to the Boston Celtics by a final score of 100-80. Carsen Edwards had it going on for Boston, as he tallied 16 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
Here are a few of my takeaways from this game:
Tyrese Maxey: Obviously, he did not play, but his impact was easily seen in his absence. Turns out the "Summer League Sixers" being so fun to watch was almost entirely because of him. Nothing was the same with him out of the lineup. Maxey was just that much better than the overwhelming majority of others playing in summer league, and without him, they don't have anyone dependable to run the offense.
Jaden Springer: Today, he scored 6 points on 3/11 shooting (0/2 from three) and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. He was given a larger offensive workload today in the absence of Maxey. As a whole, the offensive side of his game continues to leave a decent amount to be desired. He has his flashes of shot creation and being a strong and physical slasher, but his lack of feel for the game and overall consistency will keep him out of an NBA rotation in season one. He continues to play excellent perimeter defense, and at only 18 years old, he was drafted knowing there is a long road of development ahead for him. I can't say I have been all that impressed by his play so far, but I think we've been a little bit spoiled recently, having drafted two immediate contributors in the 20's in back-to-back drafts in Maxey and Matisse Thybulle.
Paul Reed: Today, he had 14 points on 5/11 shooting, 10 rebounds (5 offensive) with a steal and a block in 24 minutes. Not having Maxey out there hurt the whole team, but I think it impacted Reed's game the most. The team doesn't really have a reliable ball handler out there, so his normal role as a screener and roller wasn't anywhere close to the same. He's certainly not an offensive initiator, and is erratic when relied on to create anything for himself. He's still very nimble for his size and position, a strong rebounder and a defensive unit all by himself, and his well-rounded game has really impressed me a lot through three games. I still believe his future is at the 5 as opposed to the 4. It's a shame we haven't gotten to see Charles Bassey yet, who was the 53rd overall pick in this last draft, and is being held out due to not having negotiated a contract with the team as of yet. I think either Reed or Bassey has a good shot of contending for the backup center spot behind Joel Embiid for the 2022-23 campaign.
Filip Petrusev: Today, he had 3 points on 1/7 shooting with 1 rebound and 3 blocks in 17 minutes. The word on the Serbian big man when he was taken 50th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft was that he was a dynamic offensive player overseas, and that his versatile offensive game should translate relatively easy. But what has really stood out to me through three games has been his overall defensive impact, more specifically his rim protection. That block he had on Bruno Fernando in the second quarter was spectacular. That brings his block total up to 8, and he's only playing about 20 minutes per contest. I am not so concerned about his offensive struggles up to this point because he has an impressive track record of that against higher levels of competition.
The 76ers will look to bounce back tomorrow, as they play the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:00 on ESPN2.