Sixers Notes: Sixers coach sees potential in Wyatt
Khalif Wyatt knows he has little margin for error in his quest to make the 76ers. The free-agent guard out of Temple has signed a partially guaranteed contract, so every practice and game serves as an audition.
What is interesting is that coach Brett Brown has talked on a few occasions about the need for Wyatt to get in the best possible physical condition.
Yet there is something about Wyatt that definitely intrigues Brown. On a team that may have trouble scoring, Wyatt has the type of no-conscience mentality that is needed in the NBA. He believes he can score on anybody.
Although other parts of Wyatt's game need major work, Brown is watching the rookie with a close eye.
Brown isn't effusive in his praise of Wyatt, but he says enough that makes one believe that the rookie coach is interested in seeing what lies ahead.
"I think that he is like all the young guys: He has a long way to go, but he does some NBA-type things," Brown said.
The physical condition of Wyatt and all the players can't be emphasized enough. After training camp, Wyatt appeared drained from the experience.
"I knew it was going to be a long five days, a couple of two-a-days, and I knew it was going to wear you down," Wyatt said. "For the young guys, they expect you to bring energy every day."
Actually, on this young Sixers team, that sort of effort is expected from everyone.
What might seem like a lot of energy to Wyatt may be interpreted differently by the coaching staff.
"We keep talking about him getting to be as fit as he can because he gets quicker and faster," Brown said. "And I think you start getting a little bit of a swagger and tougher. Those are the areas I will always challenge Khalif."
One gets the impression that Brown thinks Wyatt can be a factor on the offensive end in the NBA if he gets the rest of his game together.
"He has a long ways to go like everybody else, but at times you see things that make him unique," Brown said.
At this stage, the Sixers can use unique talent. That is why Wyatt should get a long look to see what he can do and it's why the preseason games in Spain and England will be the continuation of a most interesting evaluation period for the former Temple star.