AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The 76ers now have tough decisions to make. Do they keep Casper Ware as the third point guard? Have Malcolm Lee and Chris Johnson shown enough to make the roster? And will Brandon Davies' status as a great locker-room guy outweigh his on-court limitations for the second straight season?
It's apparent that a lot of 76ers fans are content with rebuilding. Many are pleased that general manager Sam Hinkie has a plan to turn this struggling franchise into an annual contender. He's chosen to sacrifice wins to get a better draft pick for the second consecutive season.
CHICAGO - Dante Exum is a mystery. There are videos of him galloping toward the rim and finishing with thunderous dunks, displaying his off-the-charts athleticism. But outside of those YouTube clips, the 6-foot-6 point guard from Australia is an unknown in the United States. And it was set up that way.
Scootie Randall should bottle up his patience and sprinkle it on every high school basketball player in the area. In this era of instant gratification, hotshot college basketball recruits expect to start as freshmen. And if they don't, those recruits often become agitated and threaten to transfer. Randall, now a junior at Temple, did neither. And the 6-foot-6 swingman is still a success story.