Philadelphia 76ers Training Camp Profile: Vander Blue
The Philadelphia 76ers decided they were going to bring 20 players to training camp this year. When you are a team that is completely rebuilding and half of your roster is castoffs from other teams and undrafted rookies, you have the luxury of bringing a lot of guys to camp.
One of the final players that the Sixers decided to invite and sign to a partially guaranteed contract was former Marquette University guard Vander Blue.
Blue went undrafted out of Marquette after he significantly improved in his final season there. He averaged 8.4 points on 41.3 percent shooting in 2011 and those numbers jumped to 14.8 points on 45.4 percent shooting. This was still not enough for Blue to get drafted, but he did catch on with the Memphis Grizzlies‘ Summer League team.
While there, he averaged 11 points a game while shooting 40 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three. The Sixers brought him in to camp because of their lack of a shooting guard on their current roster.
Only 15 out of the 20 guys on the Sixers training camp roster will make the team when the season kicks off, and Blue is a bit of a longshot at this point. In terms of guards the Sixers likely have Michael Carter-Williams and James Anderson starting. They also have Tony Wroten and Darius Morris as guards off the bench who have more experience than Blue.
It likely comes down to Blue and Khalif Wyatt for that fifth guard spot. Unless Blue has a remarkable showing at camp I would think the Sixers would go with Wyatt because they already saw how capable of a scorer he is since he was on their Summer League roster.
Blue is a longshot, but the Sixers’ training camp is a wide open competition so you never know who will make the cut.