Philadelphia 76ers: Preseason Loss to Oklahoma City Thunder Showed Potential Strength

By Ryan Heckman
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Tuesday, the Philadelphia 76ers took on the Russell Westbrook-less Oklahoma City Thunder in a preseason matchup. Philly showed some promise in certain areas, but also revealed some weaknesses. Overall, free throw shooting may be hard to come by as the team only shot 61 percent from the line. But, the shooting wasn’t all bad on Tuesday.

From beyond the arc, strangely enough, the Sixers shot lights out at 40 percent. Not only that, but a few new faces contributed to the cause — a welcomed sign.

Backup point guard Tony Wroten, previously with the Memphis Grizzlies, show 4-for-8 from three point range and ended the night with 20 points in just 22 minutes. He also grabbed four rebounds, dealt out three assists and came up with two steals for good measure. But, the addition of Wroten may pay off in the end if he keeps up his hot shooting at that range.

Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who figures to be the solidified starter, also contributed going 3-for-5 on three point attempts. He shot 4-for-8 overall and ended with 11 points, four rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes. Carter-Williams will be a guy that the Sixers depend on all year long to mature quickly.

Getting into the action as well was Thaddeus Young who hit both of his threes, ending the night with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting, four rebounds and four assists to match his point guard.

James Anderson and Khalif Wyatt also combined to go 3-for-8 from long range.

While it’s only preseason, and the Sixers came up with a loss, there was definitely reason to be pleased with their shooting from long distance. It may end up being one of the reasons they can keep themselves in games this year while in the midst of a rebuilding year.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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