Vander Blue has a chance to be a member of the Philadelphia 76ers this season, and will look to help the Sixers in the scoring area from off the bench. He was not drafted during the summer, and saw action for the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets during the summer league season. The Sixers decided to give him a training camp contract with a partial guarantee.
Blue, a 6-foot-4 guard from Marquette, scored 982 career points in three collegiate seasons averaging 14.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game last season.
In his college career, he shot 42.9 percent from the floor. The Sixers will look for Blue to complement their outside shooting game when he comes off the bench. He’s among those NBA players who needs to have a solid training camp to catch a few coaches’ eyes and make the team.
Blue had expected to be drafted in the second round and when that didn’t happen, he went shopping and decided to sign with the Sixers over the Miami Heat.
Blue has more of a chance to be an impact player with the Sixers, who are in the rebuilding process. It was an easy decision on his part, but now comes the hard part.
The Sixers expect Blue to not only make the team, but also be an impact player of sorts. He’s a tenacious on-ball defensive worker, and Philadelphia likes his athleticism and shooting ability. Blue prides himself on going hard after the ball on every possession.
These are all traits the Sixers can use. If everything goes Blue’s way, he could be a key player for Philadelphia.
John Raffel is a writer for RantSports.com.