When the Philadelphia 76ers decided to increase their training camp roster to 20 invitees, that provided an opportunity for Mac Koshwal to come to camp and compete for minutes. So far, Koshwal has not appeared in either of the two Sixers’ preseason games, and at this point, he appears to be a long shot to make the club. But let’s take a look at what kind of player he is and what kind of fit he would be in Philly.
Koshwal went undrafted out of DePaul University, where he averaged over 16 points and 10 rebounds per game in his final season in 2010. Koshwal has yet to appear in an NBA game since he finished at DePaul, but he has excellent size at 6-foot-10, 255 pounds, and one thing the Sixers need is big bodies. With injuries to Arnett Moultrie and Nerlens Noel, the Sixers are in a need for big bodies, which is why they have signed guys to battle it out during training camp.
Koshwal seems to be competing with Gani Lawal and Tim Ohlbrect for the final big man off the bench. The fact that Koshwal has not seen any time yet is alarming, but I think if you look at the type of player he is, he would suit well with the Sixers’ new NBA Developmental League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.
Koshwal is still raw at this point in his career, and some time in the D League would do him well, as it would help him work on his defense and rebounding. While you might not see him make an impact right away with the Sixers, he is a guy that they could stash in the D League and then move up if more injuries arrive. With the struggles and health concerns of this roster, don’t be shocked if Koshwal eventually gets a chance.