Opening night is around the corner for the Philadelphia 76ers. They’ll have to cut six players on their roster by season start. Vander Blue won’t be one of those to receive a pink slip.
Blue has been making the best of his opportunities so far, particularly against the Charlotte Bobcats. His explosiveness will give the Sixers the scorer they need off the bench. He had an impressive game against Charlotte scoring 15 points, grabbing four rebounds, two steals and shooting 3-for-5 three-pointers.
The former Marquette University star is becoming what the Sixers are looking for, a diamond in the rough. He will certainly give the Sixers help at a cheap price tag.
He can shoot the ball exceptionally well and showed it particularly against the Boston Celtics. He shot 75-percent while managing to score eight points and pick off two steals. Blue is also looking comfortable on the court. He threw down an alley-op from rookie Michael Carter-Williams in the Celtics game.
For those unfamiliar with Blue, he was an All-Big East Conference Second Team selection last year during his junior season for Marquette where he averaged 14.8 points. He bypassed his senior season just to declare himself for the NBA Draft where he became undrafted like fellow Sixers Khalif Wyatt.
The Sixers should offer him a full-time contract considering he can emerge as a solid role player similar to former Sixers Raja Bell. Bell was a relative unknown to most Philadelphians but became a key player in the Sixers 2001 Finals appearance.
Coach Brett Brown can use Blue’s versatility to back-up both starting guard spots. Starters Carter-Williams and James Anderson will need someone to relieve the minutes from them since they don’t have much NBA experience playing many minutes.