The Philadelphia 76ers can look to add an unsigned player from their D-League team, Delaware 87ers, if they need to fill some voids left by injuries by the start of the regular season. All of them would come cheap and can become a mainstay.
The Sixers have been attempting to save as much as they can as a way to stay under the luxury tax, while acquiring inexpensive pieces with potential. The 87ers can be an option as well.
The 87ers recently acquired 16 players via the D-League expansion draft held late last month. They are owned by the Sixers and begin play late November. Some of the key players who could fit the Sixers are guard Jerome Dyson, forward Darrington Hobson, forward Leo Lyons, guard Ramone Moore, guard Jerome Randle and guard Willie Warren.
All of them can be contributors off the bench. Hobson averaged 10 points, six rebounds and four assists while playing for 2 D-League teams. Hobson also played in five games for the Milwaukee Bucks. Dyson averaged a career 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the D-League.
Dyson also averaged seven points in nine games for the New Orleans Pelicans in 2011-12. Warren averaged 17 points, five assists and three rebounds in the D-League. He also played in 19 games during his stint with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2010-11.
The other players mentioned haven’t played in the NBA, but can make their time useful starting with a familiar face in Philadelphia with Moore. He starred at Temple University and South Philadelphia High School. He also averaged nine points in 37 games in the D-League. Lyons averaged 14 points and seven rebounds in the D-League.
The undersized Randle averaged 14 points, four assists and three rebounds while shooting 51 percent in the D-League. Randle may be small, but his quickness can help him beat defenders — just look at Denver Nuggets‘ 5-foot-9 point guard Nate Robinson.
The Sixers will probably call a few of the 87ers up during training camp and regular season.
Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.