Not a lot was known about Richaun Holmes coming into the draft. He spent a year in junior college after not receiving any offers from D1 colleges out of high school, then played his final three at Bowling Green in the Mid American league where under the radar to most, he showed significant improvement every year in his game. But it wasn't until his impressive showing at the combine and 5 on 5s that his draft stock shot up. And now Richaun Holmes can officially say he's an NBA player as the Sixers have signed him.
The Sixers summer league games have come and gone. They're little more than a peak through the window at what we may or may not be working with on the court this season. One could argue that the summer league gives you a taste of what is to come, however 2014 Las Vegas Summer league MVP Glen Rice Jr would beg to differ as would Jordan McRae whose 2014 performance far surpassed his 2015 output. What I'm saying is, when enjoying the rich taste of basketball in July, the dish is best served with a grain of salt.
That being said, let's discuss some "findings" from the 8 sloppy summer league games in Utah and Las Vegas. This edition will be strictly focused on this year's top pick and hopefully future meal ticket: Jahlil Okafor.
The Sixers have officially confirmed that Joel Embiid will miss his second straight season - further delaying his NBA debut - and will have surgery on his right foot in the next seven to 10 days.
Following a report from Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer on Saturday afternoon, the Sixers confirmed the news that the 21-year-old Embiid would indeed undergo surgery on his right foot yet again, in an announcement Saturday night.
According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Joel Embiid is expected to undergo a second surgery on his right foot after suffering a setback in the healing of the injury. The surgery would likely put Embiid out for his second straight season and further delay his NBA debut.
With Embiid likely out for another full season with a career-threatening injury, the Sixers' drafting of Duke center Jahlil Okafor looks more and more like a wise choice.
On Friday, the Sixers’ trade with the Kings, in which Sam Hinkie absolutely fleeced Vlade Divac, became official. The Sixers acquired Nik Stauskas, Jason Thompson and Carl Landry, as well as a 2018 protected first-round pick and the option to swap 2016 and 2017 first-round picks in exchange for Arturas Gudaitis and Luka Mitrovic.