The most inspired tank effort the NBA may have ever seen is still ongoing as the Philadelphia 76ers prepare for training camp and a 2013-2014 season that seems destined to be a big bag of terribleness. They haven’t made much of an effort to get better this off-season, which is of course in their plans to build for the future.
On Thursday night, though, they may have made a sneaky good pick up that will help them as they build towards the future. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Sixers have signed undrafted rookie Vander Blue, out of Marquette, to a partially guaranteed deal for training camp.
Blue going undrafted was somewhat surprising, especially after the success that he had in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, including a 29-point outburst in the round of 32 against Butler. Overall last season Blue averaged 14.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and one steal in 33 minutes per game while shooting 45.4 percent from the field.
Blue also went to the Las Vegas Summer League with the Memphis Grizzlies this year where he impressed quite a few people. In six games he averaged 11 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.8 steals while shooting 40 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three.
At 6’4”, Blue is a bit undersized to play shooting guard, but he has solid athleticism and the chance to be an explosive and exciting offensive player. If he sticks with the Sixers, he could actually see meaningful minutes for them at the two-guard this season and could really impress people. If that’s the way things play out, Blue could be a guy that sticks as the Sixers try to rebuild things in Philly.
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