- On Friday, the 76ers confirmed their first round of pre-season roster moves. SG Vander Blue, PF Mac Koshwal, SF Royce White,
and SG Khalif Wyatt
were all released.
With the exception of White, the other three players that were cut all recently saw their playing time dwindle in exhibition games. Koshwal wasn't able to get on the floor in the Sixers' last two pre-season games; during that same stretch, Wyatt totaled just six minutes of action. Blue logged only six minutes in Wednesday's pre-season finale against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Sixers gave White - the 16th overall selection of the 2012 NBA Draft - a decent look throughout the pre-season. At various points, he flashed signs of a compelling skill set, especially for a player at his position; ultimately, he still proved to be raw. White committed 17 turnovers and 20 personal fouls in 94 total pre-season minutes. He averaged five points and roughly four rebounds. Head Coach Brett Brown explained the front office's decision to - at least for now - part ways with White
(click link to hear audio). The 76ers must make one more cut in order to meet the NBA's 5:00 PM 15-man roster deadline on Saturday.
- The Sixers finished the pre-season with a 2-5 record two days. After winning two of their first three games, including a solid performance against the Boston Celtics, the Sixers lost their last four exhibitions by a combined margin of 80 points. Below is a comparison of the final pre-season statistics between the Sixers and their seven opponents:PHI
- 96.9 PT / 39.9 FG% / 52 3FG / 31.7 3FG% / 69.9 FT% / 44.6 R / 20.6 A / 21.4 TO / 11.9 SOPP
- 108.3 PT / 44.4 FG% / 63 3FG / 35.2 3FG% / 76.1 FT% 49.0 R / 27.3 A / 21.0 TO / 10.6 S
Despite some of those numbers, Brett Brown was able to take some positives away from what he saw during the pre-season
- The Sixers are less than a week away from their regular season opener against the defending NBA champions. Starting with their Wednesday, October 30th match-up versus the Miami Heat, the Sixers will rip through a run of five games over the first eight days of the new year. With this intensive stretch looming, Brett Brown discussed an aspect of his team that he plans to keep close tabs on
(click link to hear audio).