76ers head coach Brett Brown figuring out rotation
Brett Brown knows who his five starters will be when the 76ers open the season at home against the Miami Heat on Oct. 30. After that, he's still figuring things out. Michael Carter-Williams is the point guard, James Anderson the shooting guard, Evan Turner the small forward, Thaddeus Young the power forward and Spencer Hawes the center.
"I feel comfortable with the first five," he said. "I like getting Tony [Wroten] in there for Evan and then I can get Evan back in there. I don't like to have games where you look on the floor and Evan and Thaddeus and Spencer are out, so I like getting Evan out and then getting him back in so I can end that first quarter with him. We're starting to get into a little bit of a flow. We're still experimenting."
Part of the experiment is Temple product Khalif Wyatt. While his game is quite intriguing to Brown, the coach revealed that Wyatt is in a battle for a roster spot, perhaps directly with fellow guard Vander Blue.
"I think Khalif is an old-school, old-man YMCA player that really knows how to play basketball," Brown said. "Khalif just knows how to play basketball. He's not dazzling anybody with speed and dunks and all that. He goes about the game with a high level of old-school intellect and feel. Is he a 'two' or is he a 'one'?"
Before the game, as Wyatt made his way off the court and into the locker room, Brown alerted the media about Wyatt's improved physical condition. Wyatt then let on that he ballooned to 226 pounds before the NBA draft but is now down to 207. His goal is 205, the weight Brown set for him before the season. Though he was playing for the first time as a Sixer in the arena he visited as a fan, the Norristown native downplayed that.
"You just want to go out there and give it your best shot," he said before posting six points and three assists in 23 minutes. "There's no pressure; you just go out there and play the game, just play basketball. It's pretty cool. I was getting up some shots [before the game]. I came here and watched a lot of games, I played here once in college. We played Duke here and that was a pretty special experience."
Temple defeated the No. 5 Blue Devils, 78-73, in early January 2012. Wyatt led the Owls with 22 points.
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