The purpose of the NBA Summer League definitely isn’t the final score; although the “Process” has also taken this strategy to the regular season.
The Sixers ended the Summer League with a 99-82 defeat to the Chicago Bulls to end the league with an 8-2 record.
There are some positives to take from this though. Even though number one overall pick Markelle Fultz did hurt his ankle it’s not serious and he’ll be fine for the start of training camp.
He also seemed to have a good feel for the flow of the game and can definitely dish the rock. What he will need to work on is finishing at the rim. There were many and one opportunities missed out on. This was something he struggled with in high school and college as well so fixing that overnight won’t be an easy fix.
Fultz was the headliner however; there are intriguing stories to follow and see what happens with them. There is the second round pick Jonah Bolden, he showed signs of being an NBA player but did struggle in the Las Vegas league.
Many had said his performance could mean the end of Jahlil Okafor in Philadelphia, unless I’m mistaken Okafor has been rumored to be a part of every Sixers trade for at least two years, at this point I’ll believe it when I see it.
The other really good bright spot was the emergence of Furkan Korkmaz. He missed the Utah League because he didn’t have a contract done, however; in the Las Vegas league in five games he averaged 14.2 PPG. He may be a player to take advantage of the new rules where players can go back and forth to the G-League.
Normally a 2-6 record is nothing to get excited about, when you are the Sixers and can go through eight games with no major injuries it’s a huge win.
The NBA regular season is set to begin in mid-October and hopefully the “Process” will finally turn into wins.