Sixers long shot Webb is glad to have a chance

James Webb III knows he's a long shot to make the 76ers' roster.

He's an undrafted rookie power forward on a roster that features power forwards Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Jerami Grant, and center/power forward Richaun Holmes. Yet, the former Boise State standout isn't deterred.

He's confident that his time will come one day. The 6-foot-9, 217-pounder knows there's a solid chance that he'll remain in the Sixers' pipeline. That's because they always wanted him to be a member of their NBA Development League team, the Delaware 87ers.

After signing Webb to a partially guaranteed deal, the Sixers own his D-League rights if he fails to make their NBA roster. He'll have a better idea of his fate in the coming days; NBA teams have to trim their rosters to 15 players by Monday.

"I'm open to anything, honestly," Webb said. "If you can be a part of an organization, that's more than a lot of people [can say]. Plus, you can get called up at any moment."

Brooklyn shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick and Cleveland combo guard Jordan McRae are two of the most notable players on NBA rosters who had stints with the 87ers.

Their journeys motivate Webb, whose athleticism has been on display in the scrimmages that have been open to the media. He has a knack for crashing the boards and scoring putback dunks. The 23-year-old is also a solid three-point shooter.

Webb averaged 4.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.8 minutes off the bench in the Sixers' first six preseason games. He is making 40 percent of his three-point shots.

His best game was a six-point, seven-rebound, one-block performance at Washington on Oct. 13. That was his second seven-rebound outing.

The native of Augusta, Ga., said he first realized that he could contribute on this level in summer league play.

"But then our first preseason game started, you get your first couple points, you feel like you can play with anybody," he said. "You practice with players all the time. So it's becoming normal."

Stauskas' struggles

Nik Stauskas has been sidelined for three exhibition games with a strained left hamstring. But that's not the only thing bothering the reserve guard.

The third-year NBA veteran has made just 1 of 11 shots (9 percent) while averaging 1.3 points this preseason. He has missed all seven of his three-point attempts.

Stauskas averaged 8.4 points and connected on only 32.6 percent of his three-pointers last season. He had eight games in which he failed to score a point.

The Sixers acquired him in a trade with Sacramento in July 2015.

The team had its annual open practice Wednesday night at Temple's Liacouras Center.

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