Philadelphia 76ers Training Camp Profile: Gani Lawal
Gani Lawal was a late invite to Philadelphia 76ers training camp after the team decided to waive Solomon Alabi. Lawal was drafted in the second round back in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns after playing his college ball at Georgia Tech. Lawal appeared in one game during his rookie season for only two minutes before tearing his ACL, and he has not appeared in an NBA game since.
It seems that 2013 may be the best chance for a comeback, as Lawal has a legitimate shot to make the 76ers’ opening night roster. He is still trying to get used to the system, having only been here for six days, but Lawal has seen action in each of the Sixers’ two preseason games. In nine minutes thus far, he has recorded two points and two rebounds, and head coach Brett Brown loves his aggressiveness and his ability to rebound.
At Georgia Tech, Lawal had two very solid years, peaking at averages of 15.1 points and 9.5 rebounds during the 2008-09 season. Because of so many question marks with the Sixers’ frontcourt, Lawal has put himself in an opportunity to make an NBA roster on opening night.
Locks for the Sixers are Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen at the forward and center position. Nerlens Noel and Arnett Moultrie will get roster spots but will be injured. If the Sixers decide to waive Kwame Brown, which they should, that leaves Lawal battling with Royce White, Mac Koshwal and Tim Ohlbrect for a roster spot. White certainly has more upside and potential, but the Sixers might decide he is not worth the risk with his anxiety disorder that causes him issues when it comes to travelling to away games.
Basically, Lawal has been handed the opportunity to earn a spot on this team. He didn’t do much in the first two preseason games while guys like Allen, Koshwal and White sat, but there is still plenty of time left for Lawal to make an impact.